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… And it all ends level

08 November 2016

CG Flooring Systems makes fast work of floor levelling to get an unused area of a warehouse fit for a racking installation.

A heating firm in Norwich planned to have a new section of racking installed in an old loading dock area that was no longer used in its distribution centre. Work was needed on the floor to make it suitable to support future operations.

“The floor wasn’t fit for a new racking installation. This is why we were called in,” says Alan Yuill, director of CG Flooring Systems. “There was a fall (slope) of around 100mm in a 100 sq m area leading down from the loading dock which needed to be built up in layers and levelled out before the new racking could be installed. There was also a very short timescale for us to get this floor right.”

The floor was initially shot blasted to prepare it for the base screed work. Shot blasting makes the floor surface rough, allowing greater bonding for the base screed.

Alan explains: “We then needed to set screws at selected points in the floor working to a datum. This allows us to apply the Fast Floor IT base screed up to the aligned screw heads, giving us the level we’re working to.”

The Fast Floor IT base screed product can be applied in layers of up to 50mm, and takes approximately 24 hours before it’s ready for subsequent layers to be applied. In this particular job, two 50mm layers of base screed were be applied to the floor over two days, before the top layer surface screed was added to complete the job.

“The base screed isn’t durable enough to stand up to traffic conditions,” says Alan. “So we added a 7mm application of our Fast Floor IT Topping Screed on the final day. This gave it the durable finish and allow the floor to accept foot, truck and machinery movement.”

The job was completed in five days. This allowed the client to install its new racking in the old dock area, contributing to an efficient operation on site.