When quality flooring was required for a new ablution area in a building extension at the LR Plastics premises in Mobeni, Durban, the contractor specified Sika, leading supplier of flooring materials to the construction industry. Time was of the essence, as the work had to be completed in December, traditionally a busy time for the client. Sealcon Systems, sub-contracted to main contractor Stefanutti Stocks, had only one week to finish the preparation and application of the floor coating for an area of around 350m² — which proved to be something of a challenge.

Due to the short completion time, Sika’s high performance products and systems were selected for the ablution flooring. Sikafloor-20N PurCem (6 kits), a coloured polyurethane modified cement and aggregate screed suitable for floors subject to heavy loading, abrasion and chemical exposure, was applied inside the showers to a thickness of 6mm. Sikafloor-21N PurCem (121 kits) was applied at a thickness of 4mm in all other areas of the ablution block, including the toilet and change room. This medium-to-heavy-duty self-smoothing polyurethane screed provides smooth, flat and decorative wearing surfaces. Sikafloor-29N PurCem (41 kits) was used for the covings around the floor area. Four kits of Sikafloor-156ZA, a low viscosity, two-part epoxy resin for priming concrete substrates, cement screeds and epoxy mortars, were also used in the process.

The high temperatures experienced in Durban that week during the application meant that the contractor had to apply the coating within a shorter time span, as higher temperatures reduce the curing time of the product. Thanks to the quick setting times of the Sika products chosen, as well as the expertise and efficiency of the contractors, the job was completed within the specified time span, proving once more that Sika can be relied upon to get the job done in most challenging circumstances.