Selecting adhesives – Leave it to the experts


F. Ball have a proud heritage in all things sticky. For over 100 years they have been purveyors of adhesives and subfloor preparation products to the contract flooring industry. Their stamp is so widely recognised in the industry and ‘Ball’ is the byword for adhesives.

The RAG is their annual published guide to which adhesive products to choose for any commercial flooring product. It’s the go-to handbook for any flooring professional worth their salt. It lists virtually every flooring product on the market in the UK, and recommends specific glue products for different situations such as:

  • Permanent
  • Release
  • Heavy-Duty / Wet-Areas

F. Ball and Co. Ltd physically test every flooring sample submitted to them, in order to determine which products from their huge rage of solutions will perfectly match the flooring product. COBA now have received recommendations from F. Ball for 15 products lines.

They also have a neat search function on their website that helps track down the data also. You can see the COBA Flooring products that feature in the 2016 guide here. Simply click on the product name to see what has been recommended by the experts.

The RAG (Recommended Adhesives Guide) now has an app available on both the App Store and Google Play. If you prefer the old school method you can even download the PDF.

What they say “Established in 1886, the company’s market leading products are tried and trusted across the contract flooring industry where F. Ball flooring adhesives, smoothing underlayment and ancillary floor preparation products offer proven reliability for applications in many various sectors including commercial, retail, education, healthcare and leisure.”

So if you’re installing COBA Flooring entrance matting products on your next project be sure to double check with the experts as to which adhesive will stand the test of time.

Choosing the right glue for your application can become tricky if you do not have the experience.  This guide will assist you in selecting the correct adhesive for our product range and what other considerations one should make when installing our products on site. Each mat will have a different type of glue and if your installation is not done by our COBA installation team it would be best practice to consult a glue specialist.


Expert Advice

Our employees have years of experience with the products and a quick assessment of the site would be enough to advise what products will be suitable for your site. If not, our trained professionals would be able to recommend the best alternative for your specific application. We take pride in our sales team’s ability to think out of the box to provide customers with solutions for their specific applications.

What conditions need to be considered when using adhesive?

Each site would have its unique conditions that play a role in which adhesive would be best for the specific site. Here are some of the factors that you need to look at to choose the correct adhesive:

  • Weather
  • Traffic Volumes
  • Traffic Type
  • Sunlight
  • Installation surface

Screed Preparation

Additional preparation might be needed to ensure that the area is ready for the specific adhesive needed for the product in question. Check out our screed preparation guide for more information.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Surfaces need to be properly cleaned before and during the respective installation process.  Failure to do this can result in the product failing in the early stages already.

Once the product has been installed, ensure that the area is cleaned from any left-over glue, debris and any other rubbish that might be laying around.

PVC and Rubber Adhesives

PVC to Rubber – Polyurethane Adhesive Gb209a

PVC to PVC – Polyurethane Adhesive Gb209a

Rubber on Rubber – Super Contact Adhesive S112

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