It’s an unavoidable fact that refurbishment projects will often lead to downtime. However, when it comes to our country’s education buildings, this can cause a real headache. Here, Lewis Cooper, Segment Marketing Manager for the Education sector at Forbo Flooring Systems, explores how choosing flooring solutions that can reduce the amount of downtime and can be installed in shorter time windows are essential in such applications.
In any sector, while vital to help keep spaces looking great and suitable for occupants, refurbishment works can cause a large degree of disruption, resulting in the part-closure of a building for any length of time. When it comes to our schools, refurbishment and building work is understandably a regular requirement, especially given their constant use and the high traffic areas that get a real beating during term times. However, planning and managing the required downtime for work to be carried out can be a real challenge, both for contractors and also building and facility managers.
It is here that specifying and installing ‘fast fit’ products, which are available for all types of applications, can be of real value, helping to spread out the required refurbishment works during the course of the school year, and throughout half term breaks and school holidays.
With this in mind, the latest developments in adhesive free floor coverings - such as those found within Forbo’s Fast Fit range - offer school refurbishments the ideal solution, as they are quick and easy to install and ready for use immediately after installation.
Forbo’s Fast Fit collection encompasses an array of genuinely adhesive free products all suitable for different areas within a building, including the award-winning sheet vinyl, Modul’up. Quick, easy and economical, Forbo’s adhesive free solutions have been designed to be installed with minimal subfloor preparation, or even over an existing floor. Not only does this reduce installation time by over 50% compared to standard, glued down products but the elimination of adhesives also makes the job itself far easier, as it completely sidesteps a range of potential application and curing issues. There are also no lingering odours or aromatics, resulting in a better indoor environment for all who use the building.
As if that wasn’t enough, the fact that the installation is completely adhesive free, with no application or drying time to be factored into the project, means that the floor is ready to be walked on immediately after it is fitted, and facilities can resume as normal.
Of course, it is also important that a flooring product delivers from a design perspective, contributing to an inspiring and motivational interior, and meets the practical necessities required in terms of performance. Here, once again, specifiers, contractors and facilities managers can be confident in Forbo’s Modul’up. Thanks to its double structural stabilisation system, Modul’up will not curl, ruck or roll once installed – as can occur with some vinyl products. It is also available in an enhanced Decibel (19dB) version, which is ideal for spaces where impact noise needs to be minimised, such as in corridors. What’s more, the range offers an array of contemporary colours and designs, including ten natural wood items and three bright colour pops, perfect for primary education.
Any refurbishment project can be challenging, but flooring in education is perhaps especially so, with minimal downtime and disruption a key consideration. It is here that opting for Fast Fit products, which offer a quick turnaround, and getting smart about flooring can provide real value.
For more information on Forbo’s Modul’up range or Fast Fit collection, please visit: www.forbo-flooring.co.uk/fastfit