Kiwi Design recently appointed UK Tiles Direct to refurbish a Nissan showroom after working with them on another project the previous year. The challenge was to do the work whilst Yeomans Nissan’s Worthing showroom was still open for business. David Burgess, Managing Director of UK Tiles Direct said that they chose Kerakoll products for the tiling as they are “all eco-friendly” and have “less emissions than any other alternative products on the market”.
The team split the project which included floor preparation and tiling in the showroom, office and customer toilets into two phases of 5 days. They put up a partition to allow the work to be carried out on one side with business continuing on the other. The team had to carry out initial work grinding channels for wiring and services into the concrete floor by night to avoid disturbing the customers and staff, but then tiling was done during the day. David commented that it was very important to have the reassurance that Kerakoll products are safe to health with very low VOC emissions given the presence of staff and customers whilst work went on.
The first job was to remove the existing tiles, only to find that most of the old adhesive had stayed on the floor, making it impossible to tile. Kerakoll’s Primer A Eco had to be applied to consolidate the screed and bind any dust etc from the old adhesive before the floor was levelled to allow tiling. “We used Kerakoll Keratech R10 self-levelling compound… [It] flows fantastically, giving us a lovely flat floor after just three to four hours of drying. After 12 hours of drying, we could start the porcelain tile installation.”
The tiles were then laid using H40 Eco Rapid which is a fast setting adhesive that can be grouted after 3 hours, allowing work to be completed within the short timescales that were required.
The project team used over 2.05 tonnes of Keratech R10, and only one 25kg bag less of the H40 Eco Rapid adhesive, to complete the 330 sq. metres of wall and floor tiling.
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