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Isolating tiled floor covers fire-damaged slab

11 December 2017

Kemtile has recently completed an installation of its Kagetec tiled flooring system for The Blue Sea Food Company to cover a fire damaged slab. 

The Blue Sea Food Company approached Kemtile to provide a suitable flooring solution for an existing building that had been badly damaged by a fire in 2009. 
 
Initially the company had intended to use a heavy-duty polyurethane resin floor similar to what was installed in the unit prior to the fire. However, when Kemtile surveyed the fire-damaged slab, it recommended its Kagetec system instead, to avoid any issues of  ‘reflective’ cracking of the resin layer if the slab was to move in the future. 
  
When installed as an isolating floor, the Kagetec system floats above the structural slab allowing it to move. This means any future cracking is isolated and is not transferred to the surface of the new floor finish.
 
 Some 600m2 of the Kagetec BS vibration, ceramic floor tiling system were installed alongside 20m of stainless steel drainage channels, gullies and manhole covers and frames from Wiedemann-Technik.
 
Floor tiles specified for The Blue Sea Food Company project were Argelith MV TECH fully vitrified porcelain ceramic, which are 18mm thick and in a hexagonal design.
 
Kemtile installed the company’s chosen tiles using the Kagetec BS system – using an ultrasonic vibration technique, which eliminates any air voids under the tiles making for a longer-lasting flooring system. 
 
The hexagonal design of the tiles means that complex falls and bay designs can be accommodated, which is not possible  using square or rectangular tiles. The chosen Argelith tiles are pressed rather than extruded so fit together exactly – leaving a small 2mm gap around each. A low viscosity epoxy grout is then applied to provide a hygienic and very attractive flooring system ideal for most food related installations.
 
New stainless-steel drainage channels, gullies and manhole covers were supplied and installed as part of the overall project. All of which were linked to –- or built into – the existing underground pipework system. 

 Commenting on the project,  Trevor Bartlett of The Blue Sea Food Company, said: “In order to concentrate our production on these two adjacent sites, it was essential that we found a company that could provide a guaranteed flooring solution, which didn’t require the excavation of the existing concrete floor slab. 
 
“When we first spoke to Kemtile we were converting the adjacent unit and the team specified the Kagetec system as an isolating floor.  Our initial concerns were overcome by a visit to a nearby factory in Newton Abbott, where the same system had been installed some 10 years earlier. We were won over there and then and we all absolutely love the tiles. It really is one of the best food grade flooring solutions you could choose.
 
“As we already had a strong working relationship with Kemtile and trusted its approach, product quality and installation experience, the team there was a welcome addition to ours at this very exciting time.”


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