The difference between the success and failure of a floor lies both in the selection of the right flooring products as well as their correct application, to ensure they perform according to end users’ requirements.
In today’s modern building environment a myriad of new floor types has been introduced, each with its own requirements and all-new fixing and finishing products required to lay them correctly. Although different solutions for each type of floor may sound daunting, contractors accustomed to installing traditional floor surfaces should have no problems as modern systems are usually custom designed to ensure quicker and easier installation and high-quality finishes.
This is according to Tracy Harris, commercial manager of Mapei, one of the world’s best-known suppliers of construction chemicals and flooring solutions. She says specifiers and installers should take the time to investigate new systems rather than relying on traditional ways and trying to adapt them to suit new floor surfaces.
“Where specially developed solutions exist, it will usually be considerably more cost effective and safer than simply modifying traditional methods, as well negating the risk of floors failing, either aesthetically or mechanically,” she says.
Harris says Mapei constantly researches and develops new screeds, adhesives, grouts and other flooring products to suit new floor styles. As a result, the company has an expansive range of flooring products – from industrial solutions to commercial and retail products.
“The aim of our products, training and ongoing technical support is to improve speed of application, lower building and operating costs for longer building lifetimes. Our industrial flooring solution-based systems are developed for applications across all sectors in the industrial flooring market and are HACCP compliant and have international certifications from Clean Room associations. They are also easier to maintain for end users with no sealer coats and additional maintenance costs required.
“That’s why all Mapei’s products are manufactured to the strictest international quality and sustainability standards, either at its large factory in Roodekop, Germiston or obtained from its global supply chain.”
“We are eager to assist the local industry to improve efficiency and ensure that we provide installers with the most suitable products and techniques to undertake any flooring. As new flooring systems become available on the market, we make it our business to develop and constantly update and change our offerings to suit new requirements,” concludes Harris.
More information on MAPEI South Africa’s Solutions and Innovative products, Tel: +27(0)11 552 8476 / www.mapei.co.za