F. Ball launches TWO revolutionary waterproof surface membranes
F. Ball and Co. Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of two revolutionary waterproof surface membrane products, Stopgap F77 and Stopgap F78.
Stopgap F77: the ultimate single-coat moisture protection system
Stopgap F77 is the ultimate waterproof surface membrane that offers maximum protection against damp and excess moisture in subfloors. The single-coat system is effective up to relative humidity levels as high as 98% and is suitable for any flooring installation, including application over underfloor heating systems.
The solvent-free, two-part epoxy resin system offers unrivalled protection and performance for installations where a waterproof surface membrane is required, and creates an impenetrable barrier against moisture in a one-coat application. Pigmented metallic black to aid coverage uniformity, the new epoxy resin product has a working time of 30 minutes and cures in approximately three hours, without the need for accelerants.
Stopgap F78: the speedy, water-based moisture protection alternative
Stopgap F78 is the first water-based moisture management system from F. Ball and offers a fast-drying, ready-mixed alternative to epoxy-resin systems. The two-coat product impedes the passage of construction moisture up to relative humidity levels of 95% in almost any flooring installation. This is recommended when working on new build projects where residual construction moisture will be present, enabling it to be managed straight away.
Furthermore, the ready-mixed formula, which is pigmented blue to aid coverage uniformity, is packaged in an easy-to-accommodate bottle, and is an efficient way to carry the product from site-to-site, as it can be resealed and stored for future use, resulting in less product wastage.
Water-based moisture management systems also offer very quick drying properties. Once applied, the first coat takes approximately 15-20 minutes to cure, and then a further 30 minutes for the second coat to cure, resulting in a barrier against damp and moisture, achieved in less than two hours. Thanks to its fast drying, ready-mixed formulation, this waterproof surface membrane is ideal for fast track flooring installation projects. Furthermore, contractors can apply smoothing underlayments directly onto its cured surface, without the need for priming.
Commenting on the launch, Richard Harris, Marketing Manager at F. Ball and Co. Ltd., said: "F. Ball is delighted to bring the next generation of waterproof surface membranes to the flooring industry. There is nothing quite like our moisture management systems available on the market, and we're immensely proud that our comprehensive range of products can accommodate the majority of installation settings and conditions.
"Once again, F. Ball has delivered optimum subfloor solutions to moisture and damp, while utilising the very latest in product development and technology."