Sika floors The Square Shopping Mall

31 August 2018

Dawood Vawda, a well-known entrepreneur in the North-West of KZN, who owns two Mica stores in Estcourt and Ladysmith, is now opening The Square Shopping Centre in Ladysmith where his third Mica franchise will also be opened. As the developer and owner Vawda had a vested interested in the overall project and ensured premium products were used.

Sika recently launched a brand new tile adhesive range, including a porcelain adhesive product suitable for applying the porcelain tile finish to both the walls and the floors. Sika’s Regional Manager, Mervyn Naidoo, advised on correct application and product selection. This is the largest tile adhesive project for Sika SA to date, totalling 11,880m² of floor and wall tile area of the mall.

SikaCeram-200 Porcelain the tile adhesive was used for all floor tiles throughout the mall as well as the walls in the passages leading to the bathroom areas. it is easily mixed with water to produce a smooth, thixotropic, tile adhesive for thin or thick-bed application.

In addition to the interior finishes, the project also required waterproofing the outside walkways and entrance. Cemflex (250lt), an acrylic based emulsion was the simple solution, chosen for its ease of application and efficacy.

For minor patch repairs incorporated in to the screed mix, Sika Latex®, a synthetic rubber emulsion, was chosen. The product is suitable for use in tropical and hot climatic conditions and has extremely good adhesion, reduced shrinkage, greater flexibility and excellent water resistance.

Sikalastic-560, a one component, liquid applied waterproofing membrane, was specified to waterproof the flat roofs of the power station room. Sikalastic-560 provides excellent adhesion on both porous and non-porous substrates as well as on bituminous products, and since it is a completely seamless, fully bonded system, the risk of leaks due to overlap failures, is totally negated.

Sikaflex®PRO 3i a one part, moisture curing, elastic joint sealant was used to for the expansion joints of the floor in the interior section of the mall. This is a multipurpose floor joint sealant suitable for movement and connection joints in floors, joints in contact with potable water and indoor and outdoor applications for pedestrian and traffic areas

Sika’s high quality products were essential for the contractor to complete this project in the specified 12 month period. The mall is expected to have its Grand opening at the beginning of September 2018.

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