SpecFinish Comment from Lee Parker

SpecFinish Comment from Lee Parker

When it comes to choosing the correct tools and appropriate fixings for compliant drywall applications, even the most experienced installer can fall prey to time consuming and ultimately costly errors. Lee Parker, Category Manager for Drywall and Accessories at CCF, explains how using quality products can bridge the gap between output and a long-lasting result.

It’s no secret that having the right tools for the job makes delivering fit for purpose applications much more simple. However, with the variety of drywall fixings on the market it can be difficult to identify which solution is going to deliver the best results. This is why, despite brand promises, proof of regulated test performance and a full system warranty (in accordance with the project specific installation guidelines) are the only way to be confident of effective, long-lasting, and fully compliant results.

Furthermore, it’s important that each tool or fixing adheres to the core safety performance needs. Ensuring that fixings are compliant with the relevant British safety standards, such as EN14566 ‘Drivesure’ which covers ‘reaction to fire’ and ‘flexural strength’, is of paramount importance.

It isn’t just testing performance and the ability to meet regulations that should be taken into consideration. In fact, recent product developments mean that modern tools and fixings also contribute to faster application times and cleaner finishes.

For example, the Tradeline range of fixings, which is exclusive to CCF, has been developed to offer an extensive choice of sizes and materials such as zinc and black screws to ensure optimum workability. Not only will this guarantee that the screws are sharp enough to penetrate plasterboard and metal effectively, but that they will provide a high-quality, lasting finish for years to come.

Similar innovation is being seen across finishing essentials such as abrasives, tapes, and compounds. For instance, Tradeline’s ready mixed joint compound saves time and effort when applied to paper joint tape or when finishing gypsum panel joints. This is due to its lightweight and all-purpose nature which ensures low shrinkage, easy sanding, and excellent workability.

By choosing a reputable brand, such as Tradeline, specifiers and installers have additional access to technical handbooks that highlight testing based on accredited UKAS Reports, whilst being confident that they are selecting engineered solutions that are fully compliant with their requirements.

Tradeline is the dedicated drywall solutions range exclusive to CCF, one of the UK’s leading distributors of insulation and interior building products to the construction industry. For further information on Tradeline visit www.tradelinedrywall.com. For further information on CCF or to locate your nearest branch visit www.ccfltd.co.uk. Follow CCF on Twitter via @CCF_UK and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/ccf.