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What is HTC ‘Superfloor’ By Quest?

What is HTC ‘Superfloor’ By Quest?

HTC ‘SuperFloor’ by Quest is a flooring system designed to provide a long lasting, low maintenance and environmentally low impact floor surface. The process involves mechanically refining the concrete surface by removing the top layer and revealing the underlying, more durable layers so that we can grind or polish it to provide a matt or polished finish which will provide an easy to clean, environmentally friendly and hard wearing surface. This means it’s very suitable to areas that see high foot traffic and a lot of heavy machinery, such as industrial environments like warehouses or engineering facilities; but is also at home in retail, leisure and exhibition environments where an industrial feel might be desirable.

The concrete floor is cut with a variety of diamond abrasive grits, usually 3-8 depending on the gloss level desired. This polishing can be done wet or dry depending on the site situation. Benefits of dry grinding include easier clean-up since no slurry is created during the process.

A densifier is then applied once the concrete is opened up and in a condition to readily accept the chemical. The step at which the densifier is applied is determined by the person polishing the concrete. The densifier is allowed to dry and cure for the manufacturers recommended time, followed by one or more abrasive cuts, which will polish the floor to the desired gloss.

Here are some examples of the process:

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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)

Quest Use: Sika®-ComfortFloor®

ComfortFloor® is more than just a sleek, stylish floor. It’s about how people see and respond to the cool look and the warm touch. Sika’s polyurethane liquid applied to floors offers a seamless result – to help realize the most modern creative concepts.

Quest specify ComfortFloor® as a flooring solution for many of our projects. Our partnership with Sika allows us to better integrate this great system into our operations and offer more effective options to our clients.

Find out more about Sika®-ComfortFloor® by clicking here!

Multi-National Clothing Retailer – Polished Concrete Installation

Retailer Polished Concrete Project

Brief Description

A multi-national clothing retailer contacted Quest in regards to a flooring refurbishment project within one of their stores. They were specifically looking for an industrial aesthetic, but also a surface that was easy to clean, low maintenance and hard wearing as the flooring had to ensure the safety of the customers and employees working in the store.

Overview

After listening to the clients’ requirements and comments, Quest suggested grinding and polishing the already existing concrete surface within the store. This was considered by the client and after some discussion, it was approved, as it closely matched the flooring aesthetic of some of the clients’ other stores.

After approval, Quest quickly acquired the relevant machinery to site to carry out the work required to create the desired floor with minimal disruption to the daily operations with the premises; using both the grinding equipment and polishing machines Quest own in-house.

While the whole refurbishment programme was taking place, Quest provided both day and night shifts in order to help accelerate the work of the main contractor, who were completing other tasks within the store in tandem with the flooring work being carried out.

Overall, the chosen polished concrete finish was successfully created within the agreed project timescales. In addition, the standard of the work carried out was so high that the retailer client has returned to Quest to request tender for the same work on their other stores throughout the UK.

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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 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 – 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.