Building external raised floors

by Darren
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Eliminating expensive replacement costs from water leaks or even permanent damage by installing a system that offers an effective solution.

Leaks invariably occur over time on waterproofed external surfaces and usually the only way of finding them is by removing all the tiles or pavers.

These are usually chipped off and, during this process, the waterproofing inevitably becomes damaged, making it extremely difficult to find the original source of the leak. In addition, if a high-quality stone tile has been used, it becomes very expensive as the tiles, all being damaged concurrently, now require complete replacement.

The Buzon Pedestal system provides a complete solution to this dilemma and can save a significant amount of money with regard to building lifecycle costs. The height-adjusting, slope-correcting pedestals enable tiles or pavers to be uplifted in order to identify the problem area, allowing repairs to be carried out on the membrane and simply replaced thereafter, on completion of the repairs. This saves on reparation time as well as major costs implications.

The Buzon pedestal can be used on all waterproofed surfaces and can accommodate ceramic tiles, concrete or stone pavers or tiles, wooden decks or deck tiles, or steel mesh and glass. The unit comprises high-strength, UV-resistant, recycled polypropylene, and can adjust from 11mm to 1 065mm while accommodating slope variations of up to 10% – resulting
in a completely flat surface created with minimal effort.

The air space created between surface and roof slab provides thermal and sound insulation, while permitting electrical and plumbing services to be directed beneath the floor – also with easy access to future services should they be required. On large areas where expansion joints are installed, these also become hidden beneath the floor surface.

Fixed-size spacer tabs of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10mm allow constant spacing to be maintained between tiles and, at the same time, provide complete surface drainage between tiles. This ensures no puddling occurs from poor screeding or installation and simultaneously obviates the need for any unsightly drain covers. Drainage of surface water follows the designed course on the roof surface, rather than the pedestrian surface.

The immediate effect may not necessarily be visible, however, in the long term, this kind of performance ensures cost efficiency and a longer lifespan of the end product.

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