Set in a tight space in the heart of Kentish Town, North London, a recent house build – which was also featured on popular home renovation show Grand Designs – has been brought to life with the help of Sika’s SikaBond -52 Wood Floor elastic flooring adhesive.
The 3,700 sq. ft. house, which includes a lower floor that has been sunk 19 feet into the ground and a ground floor that is made almost completely of glass, brings a touch of Hollywood glamour to a small suburb of London, creating a bright, open space.
One requisite of the project was the incorporation of environmentally friendly products. While many of the rooms kept simple, concrete flooring, for the bedrooms and staircase there was a need for a more comfortable, warm surface. Wooden flooring was chosen, specifically Burano grey oiled and brushed Oak flooring from Source Wood Floors, which not only complemented the concrete flooring but also added to the stylish, contemporary look flowing throughout the house.
Of course, no choice of flooring would suffice unless used with a compatible fixing mechanism. SikaBond -52 Wood Floor elastic flooring adhesive is a great choice as it can be used with any width board, is incredibly easy to apply and remains resilient.
Peter Lazar, Managing Director of Source Wood Floors, commented on his choice to use SikaBond – 52 Wood Floor adhesive on this project: “The floors could have been floated, but as a specialist distributor of Sika flooring materials for many years now, we understand the merits of SikaBond wood floor adhesives and always strongly recommend this installation option to all of our clients. We know it will achieve a strong, long lasting finish and is a trusted and reliable product that provides peace of mind to users with outstanding performance and bond strength.
With the floors being responsibly sourced through the sustainable management of forests, it was important to use an adhesive that would complement the environmentally friendly product and being solvent free, odourless and possessing an EC1plus emissions accreditation SikaBond -52 Wood Floor is exactly that.”
As a one-component product it is ready for use and can be used for full-surface bonding on both solid and engineered wood floors – including strips, planks and mosaic or herringbone panels – from the most common types of wood to more problematic woods like beech and bamboo. Being solvent free, SikaBond -52 Wood Floor is not only safer, but also has no odour, making it a much more pleasant experience for users.
Although buildings surrounded the house, being able to create a space that maintained a sense of privacy and softness was also of great importance to the client. One of the elements of SikaBond-52 is that it reduces footfall noise, dampening sound especially when used in conjunction with Sika’s AcouBond noise reducing system.
Applied by gun or dispenser, the adhesive has excellent workability and possesses fast curing properties, which is ideal for projects like this where time is a serious constraint. SikaBond -52 Wood Floor has very high bond strength and can accommodate the natural movement of wood flooring of up to 600%, which is particularly useful when considering changing climatic seasons and just how much wooden floors need to move and flex in tune with the house and those using it.
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