The move to water-based contact adhesives in commercial flooring
With the controversy over the continued usage of solvent based contact adhesives in the flooring industry, we are increasingly encouraged (and rightly so) for the long term health concerns of our installers and sensitive clientele to make the move to water-based contact alternatives.
The difference between a workspace filled with potentially deadly, flammable fumes of heavy solvent chemicals, and that of one where the air is clean and not at all contaminated by the water based counterparts goes without saying.
But, although testing has proved the non toxic products do work, we are definitely faced with noticeable performance issues when under pressure on the jobsite.
Water-based complaints such as long curing times, wet and messy to work with, then drying of to dead use, and of course, releasing after use means these products can still be improved.
These factors were taken heavily into consideration during the development of the innovative Stubbi Precision Cove Rollers.
The future of commercial flooring is facing a huge reform, pressure rolling of water based flash coving components is now inevitable to achieve an above standard finish, free from defects of slowly releasing, hand pressed surfaces, removing any further liability.