Social Housing Flake, Woodgrange Estate

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Milestone were appointed one of the contractors to undertake the flooring works on the Woodgrange Estate in Southend on sea.The product used was the Flowfast Social Housing Flake commonly known as SHF as a 4mm system.

The 4mm SHF system is a Methane methacrylate(MMA) which incorporates a light textured flake finish ideal for lobbies, walkways and stairwells of communal areas such as social housing. Being an MMA product the SHF system is a fast track application. Its curing time of just two hours helps dramatically reduce disturbance to residents. The scattering of Flake leaves a decorative, aesthetically pleasing finish to a durable surface.

The job itself took around 7 weeks to complete as we undertook 3 blocks which had 2 stairwells each meaning we had 6 stairwells totaling around 100m2. Before the 4mm SHF system could be laid, prepping of the steps was required which included taking off the existing rubber surface and grinding the stairs with a hand grinder in order to activate the surface allowing a bond to be created between the concrete surface and the primer. Once the product was fully laid onto the stairs we finished off each step detailing with nose edgings across each step. This protects the system from chips or damage aswell as reducing slips and trips by highlighting where each step begins.

On small lobby areas where required we also laid a Damp Proof Membrane and mesh on some of the lobby areas to ensure a consistent finish and stop the floor from potentially failing down the line. In order to complete the look Milestone finished off the stairwells by applying the Deckshield Rapide Topcoat in Mid-Grey to stringers, risers and skirtings giving the stairs a professional and aesthetically pleasing design.

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