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Winter Is Around The Corner

There is always a way to handle and extreme weather when it comes to installing an efficient London flooring. In this article, we will discuss the most important aspects of the procedure and how London flooring contractors can actually control the process when the winter is around the corner. When the external conditions play a vital part in the installation process, different products have to be used in order to tackle the tricky moments without a hassle. When we speak of new-build projects, often there are no windows, even roofs and heating so installers have to deal with moisture, contamination and low temperatures. London flooring contractors say that situations in which they have to work in dark unlit areas are decreasing their number. There are some good examples in which warmth, airflow and lighting are suitably provided which are pretty much everything you need to install a flooring solution efficiently. Below we will discuss the specifics of different flooring products and which are the best options for projects conducted in winter.

  • DPMs – a well-known fact is that the best DPMs comprise of curing or reactive products such as PU and epoxy systems. The reaction rates are correlated to temperature – this is what the laws of chemistry determine. What manufacturers point out is that curing times are best at a temperature of 20-23 degrees Celsius. If the temperature is halved, a simple overnight cure can take more than 24 hours to cure. London flooring specialists say that the solution here is to use an accelerator to counteract the temperature deficiency.
  • Primers – they are usually water-based so the obstacle is what time the water will take to leave the primer film as needed. Cold and damp conditions delay the drying time of water-based products. In order to handle this situation, you can to ensure that the air above is circulated and warm so the moisture can escape quickly and leave the primer well-bonded. However, don`t force the drying times with direct heat.
  • Smoothing compounds – London flooring experts say that even products with reasonable rates have controlled cure. As we already mentioned, damp conditions and poor airflow delay curing profile. However, rapid-curing smoothing compounds enable moisture levels to reduce quicker so that the strength build-up is much faster.
  • Adhesives – similar to primers, most adhesives are water-based with minimal solvent. Even though the amount is small, this is what is needed for the adhesive to work in cold weather as solvent evaporates quicker than water. However, the problem comes from the fact that when there is more solvent, it rises environmental concerns. A London flooring company says that the major issue in this area is contact adhesives as for years they are known to be solvent-based so they can evaporate quickly in the winter. They are used in coving and stair-treads to help the job be completed with a quick turnaround time. When comparing water-based equivalents, we can only say that they are not as quick but provide better technical requirements as in some cases residual solvent can cause bleed through London vinyl flooring and result in discolouration of the upper layer. If you need to use water-based adhesives, seek professional help and they will explain to you how to apply them so you can reduce the drying time.
  • Floorcoverings – manufacturers point out that ambient conditions are critical for flooring to be successfully installed keeping the end-curl ‘situations’ to a minimum. London flooring professionals state that in order to get sufficient results you should always get at least the minimum temperature requirements. Get decent conditions and ensure an efficient installation!

Happy winter flooring – let the temperatures be in your favour!

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