Panelised stone flooring system behaves as a single-surface layer and replaces cementious screeding

Technik Floor is an interlocking monolithic raised tile system for brittle surface finishing.

The panelised stone flooring system behaves as a single-surface layer and replaces cementious screeding. The elimination of this wet trade in laying flooring promises time and cost savings as other trades can work around the floor.

Prefabrication also reduces the dependency on site workmanship and allows better quality to be delivered from a controlled environment.

Arup's materials specialists and Grants, a stone flooring contractor, identified the need for this type of flooring whilst working on a building design with Stanhope’s.

Technik Floor

For assistance, Lindner was engaged because of itslong history of designing and supplying bare boards with structural, acoustic, and insulation properties that exceed those of the usual MDF board.

The Technik floor has gone through the full suite of testing at the BRE.

The product is ideal for airport concourses, shopping centres, galleries, and large, open office lobbies. The system is also used for an increasing volume of restoration work.

Key points

• The tiles are joined together via a tongue-and-groove joint, resulting in a monolithic support layer.
• Raised on pedestals creating a useful underfloor void for wirelooming, whilst creating a plenum for air conditioning.
• Each tile is made from a panel of 95% recycled paper with the stone (or ceramic layer) factory bonded on top making it highly sustainable.
• Prefabricated nature of the panel means quality can be controlled in a factory environment, reducing the risk of failure at a later stage in the building’s maturity.
• Floor laying process is no longer a wet trade, enabling other trades to work around it and ensuring a greater adherence to program times.
• Costs relatively the same as traditional wet cement floor systems, but carries the benefit of shorter construction times, weight savings and reduced stone thickness.
• Much lighter floor system resulting in further cost savings as the stone is a lot thinner than that used in traditional cementious screeds and the volume of stone reduced.