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.
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.