The fast way to replace a floor
19th September 2023

The fast way to replace a floor

Whether you are refurbishing the floor in a function room, school, hospital or other public space, some projects need you to be in and out in as short a time as possible, causing the minimum possible disruption.  We take you through how to install a new resilient floor in less than a day.  

Careful substrate preparation is the key to a successful installation.  Firstly ensure that the surface is sound and perfectly level.  Where the previous floor consists of sound ceramic or vinyl tiles, it is a relatively simple task to ensure that they are all firmly stuck down and not cracked or broken, prime them with Tilemaster Prime+ Grip and use a suitable smoothing compound to cover them and level and smooth the floor.  Tilemaster Adhesives recommends Tilemaster Super Flow 30, a double component, ultra-rapid setting smoothing compound that is ready for laying impervious flooring such as LVT and vinyl after 90 minutes.  This has excellent flow and adhesion properties, is moisture-tolerant and can be used to smooth the floor prior to the installation of a DPM.

Where the existing floor has had to be lifted, adhesive and flooring grade bitumen residues are often left behind, and many smoothing compounds cannot be used over these.  Again Tilemaster Super Flow 30 is the product to turn to, as it works well over these residues, providing a smooth surface on which to lay the floor.

Once the floor has been smoothed,  the Tilemaster Eco-3000 range of adhesives should be used to install the floor covering.  Eco-3000 HT is a high temperature universal adhesive is suitable for installing LVT, PVC, vinyl flooring as well as carpet and textiles onto a wide variety of substrates.  It is ideal for use in conservatories, as well as other buildings with large expanses of glass where direct sunlight may heat the floor.  Tilemaster Eco-3000 HT has been formulated with a fast tacking-off time.  Flooring can be installed after as little as 10 minutes, when the adhesive is semi-tacked off and has reached its ‘anti-slide’ state.

When a design floor is being installed, Tilemaster Eco-3000 PS is the go-to adhesive.  This pressure sensitive adhesive has been specially formulated with a short open time to give it excellent initial grab and an excellent final bond strength ensuring a firm hold between the floor covering and the substrate.  Tilemaster Eco-3000 PS has a fast tacking off time meaning that installation can begin after as little as 10 minutes.

The floor can be walked on after 12 hours, meaning the venue can be used the next day.