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Quest Use: FloorBridge®

Have you got issues with poor existing floor joints? If so, FloorBridge® installed by Quest is the solution. FloorBridge® is a unique joint reinstatement system. Made from a visco-plastic carbon fibre composite, FloorBridge® can be ground flat to the level of the adjacent floor ensuring the smoothest and possible transition across the joint, ensuring the safety of operatives across the floor.

Proven to be more robust than many other jointing systems, with a longer lifetime for any vehicles expected on the surface; FloorBridge® is an economical and ecological solution to joint problems within your floor slabs. The system is also a long lasting addition to your floor joints that will increase the lifespan of the surface; making it a cheaper option than replacing the whole floor in the event of irreparable damage to the old joints.

Main advantages include:

  • An investment protected by a warranty of up to twenty years.
  • Reduce maintenance costs of MHE
  • Prevents loss and damage to stock
  • Increased productivity
  • Helps to prevent back problems with drivers
  • Completely impact free
  • Prevents recurring damage to your floor joints
  • Reduced noise when trafficking the joint
  • Easy to keep clean

The system is easy to apply (approx. 12 hours) in all areas and environments without unnecessary disruption to production and operations; providing a perfect, everlasting solution for all kinds of joint problems within a busy industrial environment.

Fields of Application include:

  • Warehouse (including very narrow aisles warehouses)
  • Industrial buildings
  • Automotive and Manufacturing companies
  • Production buildings
  • Multi storey car-parks (including underground)
  • Shopping centres
  • Exhibition centres
  • School buildings
  • Medical sector (hospitals)
  • Pharmaceutical sector (production and distribution)
  • Food industry (production and distribution)

Comfort Flooring – Part One

Comfort Flooring – Part One

INTRODUCTION

‘Comfort flooring’ or ‘liquid vinyl’ resin systems have been growing in popularity in recent years. These types of resin floors are generally a modified FeRFA Type 5 flow applied system, comprising a primer, a flow applied ‘body coat’, optional surface sealer and may include a rubber underlay and associated adhesive and pore filler. This type of resin flooring aims to offer the user the comfort properties typically provided by cushion vinyl, with the additional benefit of providing a seamless hygienic floor. Comfort flooring is monolithically bonded to the substrate and therefore removes the need for welded joints. Resin flooring can also be overlaid at the end of its life span unlike vinyl which needs to be removed and disposed of.

DESCRIPTION

These type of systems generally obtain their resilient properties from the ‘body coat’, which is usually a flexible 2 – 4 mm flow applied two-part resin self-smoothing material, and often may incorporate a filler component to increase the overall thickness of the system. Some ‘body coats’ are inherently colour stable and may be given a clear coat for scratch resistance or left un-coated. . The non-colour stable grades are usually specified with a thin colour stable top-coat. A slip resistant topcoat is also an option. Comfort Flooring systems may have a shorter lifespan than other Type 5 systems due to the relatively low thickness of the topcoat. Systems incorporating a underlay mat require an adhesive to bond the mat to the substrate and a pore filler to grout any holes between rubber crumb particles. The body coat may be specified in two thinner applications (for example 1.5 mm each) to improve smoothness and reduce the risk of protruding rubber particles affecting the surface finish.

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Anti-Static Flooring Part Four

Anti-Static Flooring Part Four

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SPECIFICATION AND STANDARDS

The rate at which electrostatic charge is dispersed within and through the floor finish is controlled by the resistance, measured in the unit Ohms (Ω), usually expressed in thousands (Kilo-ohms or KΩ) or millions (Mega-ohms MΩ) and denoted by units expressed as a figure of ten with indices, i.e.103 for 1KΩ or 106 for 1MΩ. Greater values of resistance suggest a slower passage of electrostatic charge and the decay of voltage measured.

Resistance may be measured in one or more of four ways:

(a) between two points at a pre-defined distance on the surface of the cured resin floor finish

(b) between the surface and the underside of the resin finish (the substrate)

(c) earth leakage of the whole system, between the surface of the resin finish and via the substrate to a point defined as electrical earth

(d) a combined body voltage test where the charge level generated and its decay rate on a person walking the floor is measured using specialist equipment to identify the interaction between floor and specialist footwear.

It is not uncommon for those operating facilities which demand static controlled flooring to be unsure of their exact numerical requirements, when expressed in the terms above.

Anti-Static Flooring Part Three

Anti-Static Flooring Part Three

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SELECTION OF FLOORING MATERIAL

Static controlled grades of resin flooring are available in Types 3 to 8 (coatings, self-smoothing and trowel applied screeds). It is important for the specifier to understand that there is a wide range of products and properties available and to select the system that best meets the requirements for the working environment as a whole and to not treat the individual elements in isolation. Colour should be discussed with the flooring manufacturer, as there may be certain colour limitations on static controlled flooring due to the darkening effect of carbon or other conducting additives.

 

Case Study – Office Fit Out

Concrete Topping Project – Office Fit Out

Brief Description

An office fit out contractor contacted Quest in regards to a flooring project that involved installing a concrete topping onto several different areas within an office premises – this included one flight of stairs, seven lift lobbies/landings and adjacent corridors; totalling 130m2 of flooring.

The client wanted a surface that was easy to clean and low maintenance but also non-slip as the flooring had to ensure the safety of the employees and visitors to the building. After listening to the clients’ requirements, Quest made the decision that a concrete topping was the most viable option and a tender for the works was provided as appropriate.

Overview

Quest were awarded the contract shortly after the tender was provided and a programme was set out in order to properly timetable the work to be carried out. Quest were given 2.5 weeks on the site from the start of the project in order to complete the job. Before arrival, Quest carried out preparations to get all the materials at the correct time as the site was incredibly busy throughout the entire project.

The materials arrived on time and were batched for the entire job. This included the necessary equipment needed for the substrates preparation, which was all carried out by Quest within the time period detailed in the programme.

Despite challenging conditions and a very busy site environment, Quest completed the project in only 2 weeks and handed over the installation ½ a week ahead in line with the main contractors programme and to the end users satisfaction.

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Case Study – Preston College Resin Flooring

Resin flooring Project – Preston College

Brief Description

Quest were contacted by a main contractor and asked to tender for works on a public sector project within a college facility. This included installation of a resin flooring based system for an engineering workshop.

Overview

After initial contact, Quest put forward a tender and the order was accepted 4 weeks ahead of the programmed start date, which allowed for thorough planning to take place in order to ascertain the best flooring solution for the environment the end user specified to the main contractor. Altrotect Plus was specified by Quest as the best solution for the mechanical engineering space incorporating a 3 part system (one part DPM primer and two parts resin coating) which would provide a surface in line with the end users specifications.

Quest then met with the client to present the selected system to explain that it would provide a hard wearing, easy to clean and long lasting surface that would reflect the lighting in the space to give a much brighter feel to the environment. This was met with approval by the client and the system was approved for the project.

The entire project was programmed for one week but Quest finished in just 5 days; with all materials for the 1000m2 floor delivered at once from a single production in order to ensure no shade variations in the surface.

Both the main contractor and end user were very happy with the results of the final installation, due in large part to the work being completed ahead of programmed time and on budget and the floor is now used by the engineers of the future in the college today!

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Case Study – Royal Mail Polished Concrete

Royal Mail Case Study

Brief Description

Quest were asked to tender for works from a main contractor on a project for the royal mail. This involved the removal of existing faulty flooring and the grinding and polishing of the existing slab underneath to HTC Superfloor Platinum standard. Overall, the project totalled 3000m2 of flooring space.

Overview

Once the order was accepted for the project, Quest carried out slip testing and created samples of a polished concrete surface in order to ensure the existing concrete slab on site was suitable for the intended use the end user specified. This was approved, but first Quest had to remove the old vinyl tiles as they were causing major problems for the client such as constant cleaning, issues with maintenance and trip hazards.

This was all carried out on a very strict programme timetable as the whole project was to be completed in a live environment within twelve hour shifts over a ten week period. However, the main issue for Quest was that the client had given restrictions that the work had to be done in blocks of 300m2 per week to avoid disruption to its daily operations.

Despite a tight schedule and a busy site environment, Quest were able to complete the work within the programmed timetable, with the main contractor and end user very happy with the finished floor.

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Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part Two

Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part Two

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MEASURING THE LEVEL OF SLIP RESISTANCE PROVIDED BY RESIN FLOORING

As with any basic measure of performance, regardless of industry, most countries will have their own opinions and approved standards / methods by which performance should be assessed. Across Europe, there are a number of test methods that architects and specifiers refer to, but there are only 2 that are formally recognised in the UK within official standards that relate to flooring.

UK formally Recognised Methods for Measuring Slip Resistance

The most widely recognised scientific approach for the assessment of whether a floor offers an acceptable level of slip resistance is measurement of the dynamic co-efficient of friction. This assessment is normally carried out using swinging ‘pendulum’ equipment, which whilst of US origin, was further developed by the Transport & Road Research Laboratory (TRRL) for assessing both the skid resistance of road surfaces, and the slip resistance of pedestrian areas. This method has since been adopted by BSI for the British Standards in the BS 8204 series dealing with in-situ floorings (BS 8204-6 relates to Synthetic Resin Flooring in particular).

The construction and use of the Pendulum is specified in BS 7976. This equipment is used widely both in the UK and overseas because it is portable and can be used to determine the slip resistance of even small areas in situ. It is the standard reference method adopted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Laboratories, Sheffield.

However, whilst the TRL pendulum is portable, it is relatively difficult and time consuming to use (and requires specialist training), which has resulted in the development of a quick and easy to use device known as SlipAlert.

SlipAlert, also adopted by BS 8204, was designed to reproduce the characteristics of the lubricating film which is uniquely generated by both the TRL Pendulum and a slipping pedestrian under their heel. As a result it correlates well with Pendulum test results and has opened up the testing of floors to those who would previously never have considered such a test due to the complexities of using the Pendulum Tester. As such, SlipAlert is increasingly being used by flooring contractors and many specifiers to measure slip resistance.

Maintenance and Preparation of Flooring Part Two

Maintenance and Preparation of Flooring Part Two

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More complex restorative work such as re-polishing of terrazzo and natural stone is a complex process that only a company like Quest can carry out because of our large investment in the machinery necessary to complete this work. This constant prioritisation of the latest machinery, technology and training for their staff coupled with the number of projects they have completed has enabled them to develop a system of grinding, polishing and buffing to allow a possibly damaged or dulled floor to be restored to excellent condition.

Using their vast experience and transferrable skills from the resin and concrete maintenance industries, Quest is expanding their capabilities into the maintenance and preparation of wood flooring through a process called wood grinding, using products such as the HTC EZWood™ range.

Employing wood flooring in a space can give it an air of class and elegance, but if in a relatively busy area, particles of dirt and grit will be trafficked on to the floor, causing it to become layered with varying degrees of dirt and oil. This can be very damaging and seriously shorten the lifespan of any wood flooring. The floors surface can quickly become dull due to scratches and the wood may be affected by the ingression of moisture and stains.

Wood grinding is the process of passing diamond pads over the surface of the flooring in order to remove existing polish or finish and then sanding the surface to remove any scratches and create an even level, ready for new lacquer to be added. This method is great for wooden flooring that is used constantly, and has sustained a lot of damage; but it is just as effective on a floor that just needs to look its best again.