Affordable housing has always been a hot topic, but it is currently one of the most frequently debated political issues – as seen by the Conservative Party’s promise to build 100,000 starter homes after the election, Labour’s Help to Build scheme and the Lib Dem’s recent social housing plan.
It is up to housing professionals to turn these national residential needs into a reality and events such as the HOMES show are a valuable focal point to discuss today’s housing landscape, what needs to be done and what tools there are to make this happen.
Taking place at London’s Olympia from the 26th– 27th November, this event aims to bring together the social housing and private rented sectors to provide them with a wealth of material on asset management, repairs and maintenance, retrofitting and sustainability.
For social housing landlords in particular these are all vitally important considerations when developing new sites or refurbishing existing facilities. It is important that the specified building materials will not only meet the demands of today, but that they will also safeguard the structure, appearance and integrity of the site for the future.
At the HOMES show Flowcrete UK will be showcasing its high performance range of floor and wall coatings that have been tailored to the meet the aesthetic and functional demands of social housing developments.
The resin flooring specialists understand that repair and maintenance expenditure represents a significant proportion of the annual budget for social housing developments – a budget that can rarely afford unforeseen costs for repairs or refurbishments.
Not only have these systems been designed to withstand factors such as inclement weather and general wear for an extended period of time, but the fast-curing formulation of the floors means that they also minimise disruption to occupants by allowing for a return to everyday activity much sooner than usual. In many instances reducing this time down to only a couple of hours.
Flowcrete UK’s social housing range allows landlords to choose flooring materials tailored to specific parts of the building. All of these systems have factored in a long list of practical problems faced by landlords, including the fact that seamless flooring has no weak points such as welds or grout lines and that an easy-to-clean, impermeable finish does not absorb unpleasant odours.
The methyl methacrylate system Flowfast SH for example is often utilised for highly trafficked areas such as stairwells, corridors and external balconies. It delivers an anti-slip surface and can be supplied with an attractive flaked or quartz finish to visually enhance the environment. The abrasion resistant, robust nature of Flowfast SH means that it will be able to retain this eye-catching surface in the face of chemical attack, impacts and heavy foot traffic.
Interior walls can be revitalised with Flowcrete UK’s seamless, easy-to-clean wall coating system Peran SH. This decorative, colourful and graffiti resistant wall coating has decorative flakes incorporated within the tough epoxy resin material.
For external walkways and landscaped areas Flowcrete UK has developed the hardwearing, weather proof solutions Deckshield Rapide SH and Naturewalk Rapide SH.
The solvent free, UV stable system Deckshield Rapide SH allows building owners to install bright and vibrant anti-slip floors with a seamless, heavy duty and durable finish that is able to withstand everything from corrosive chemicals to fires.
External areas floored with loose stone or gravel can make use of the bonded gravel system Naturewalk Rapide SH to create a more robust, cohesive and easy to maintain surface.
The asphalt floor on balconies can be a particular concern for social housing landlords, as exposure to the elements will often cause this surface to deteriorate, leaving the concrete substrate and steel underneath vulnerable to damaging water ingress. Flowcrete UK’s balcony protection system can be applied on top of the old asphalt to simultaneously treat and protect the structure.
If you’d like to find out more about Flowcrete UK’s social housing range you can talk to the resin flooring experts at stand H221 of HOMES 2014.