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You Can Drive Flooring Up The Wall

WITH the focus in this month’s CFJ on hospitality and leisure, I’d like to present a popular combination of materials frequently seen in leisure centres, hotels and gyms.

Hygienic wall cladding and safety flooring work excellently together in wet areas such as swimming pools, showers, changing rooms and kitchens, as well as in front-of- house areas like receptions.

The question I’m often asked is, ‘What is the finishing detail between the flooring and wall junction?’
This depends on what the specification states and the type of installation. For example, if used in shower or swimming pool areas, the flooring should be installed first and then coved up the substrate. The wall cladding is then fitted in the normal way.

The finishing detail between floor and wall is the ‘overlap detail”. This is when the bottom of the wall panel overlaps the upstand safety flooring by 50mm, leaving either 50mm or 100mm of safety flooring showing. The 50mm overlap is adhered to the safety floor by clear silicone sealant.

This detail should also always be used in areas where there is a possibility of water ingress. If installed correctly it is 100% waterproof.

If safety flooring and wall cladding are used in the corridors of a leisure complex, the flooring is generally a coved upstand of 100mm to 150mm. If there are no worries of water ingress then the finishing detail can be the ‘cut tile transition trim’. This is a 2 part trim.

The back plate of the trim sits underneath the bottom of the fitted wall panel and, depending on the spec, the bottom of the panel is fitted either 100mm or 150mm from the sur face of the floor.

The safety flooring can then be installed after the cladding by running the safety floor up to the bottom of the fitted back plate. The detail is then completed by fitting a cover trim that snaps into the back plate and seals onto the face of the flooring and cladding. The cover trim can also be formed for internal /external corners enabling a continuous uninterrupted finish in the vulnerable areas.

There are times when the specification is to straight lay the flooring and bring the cladding to abut to the safety flooring. This is simply achieved by firstly installing the safety flooring up to the substrates and then fitting the cladding allowing a 2mm-3mm gap at the bottom. This gives room for possible expansion. The gap is then filled with specified silicone to create a neat sealed detail.

Howard Golder is a member of Altro’s technical team
T: 01462 489405

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