Of­fer­ing tips to ‘floor’ clients

RITESH JAIN, CHIEF EX­EC­U­TIVE OF­FI­CER, Lamba Techno Floor­ing So­lu­tions & In­dia Cargo Award win­ner 2017, talks about floor­ing prac­tices used in In­dia and abroad.

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What dif­fer­ence do you see in the floor­ing in­dus­try in In­dia and in a for­eign coun­try? Lo­gis­tics in other parts of world and the el­e­ment of civil engi­neer­ing which comes through the stor­age space created, that too spe­cific to our floor­ing in­dus­try and mostly high-end floor­ing so­lu­tions, are used as against nor­mal saw cut floor like ‘joint­less’ floor. An ideal floor would be per­fectly flat and level and have no joints. Joint­less floors are floors con­structed in large pan­els typ­i­cally 50 m square with­out in­ter­me­di­ate or con­trol shrink­age joints. What is joint­less floor­ing and its ben­e­fits? The word ‘joint­less’ can be mis­lead­ing, as there is a prac­ti­cal up­per limit to the area of con­crete that can be placed in a sin­gle con­tin­u­ous op­er­a­tion. No joints are sawn, but steel fi­bres in­cor­po­rated into the con­crete mix con­trol the width and distri­bu­tion of cracks caused by shrink­age. A ben­e­fit of joint­less floors to the build­ing user is the op­por­tu­nity of hav­ing rel­a­tively large ar­eas of floor with no joints. Nor­mally it is a steel fi­bre re­in­forced con­crete with a higher dosage of steel fi­bres say 30-45 Kg/m3 de­pend­ing upon the de­sign, with higher thick­ness of slab say up to 200 to 225 mm.

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