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 Partys promise to build 100,000 starter homes after the election, Labours Help to Build scheme and the Lib Dems recent social housing plan.
Taking place at Londons Olympia from the 26th 27th November, the HOMES show 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.
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.
Flowcrete UKs 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 UKs 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.
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 UKs balcony protection system can be applied on top of the old asphalt to simultaneously treat and protect the structure.
If youd like to find out more about Flowcrete UKs social housing range you can talk to the resin flooring experts at stand H221 of HOMES 2014.