The new flooring has been fitted at the Premier League club’s Madejski Stadium in the away and home team changing rooms, the main tunnels, referees’ changing rooms and showers and a TV room – 240m2 in total.
Available in 18 plain and chipped modern colours, new Altro Unity 25 is ideal for locations that need to look good and work hard. With aluminium trioxide and coloured quartz, Altro Unity 25 offers long lasting slip resistance, and at 2.5mm thick, it’s durable and hard wearing enough to be used in areas of high foot traffic with constant dirt.
Altro Unity 25 combines durability with enhanced aesthetics and unrivalled PUR technology that can reduce cleaning and maintenance costs throughout the product’s life by up to 60%.
The product also offers enhanced chemical resistance and a bacteriostat for MRSA resistance, reducing the risk of infection. It copes well with moisture and temperature extremes, making it perfect for public walkways that need to work hard under a variety of conditions.
Caversham Flooring Company Ltd installed the new floor. Director Nik Tong, said: “The existing flooring was Altro Maxis™ 25, which we laid five years ago. With the club’s promotion back into the Barclays Premier League, they wanted to revitalise the stadium with new flooring. Rather than relaying Altro Maxis 25 again, Altro suggested we used their new Altro Unity 25 product because they wanted a good testing ground for it.
“The product is very easy to install, despite being very thick. It really is tough stuff. We had to take up the old floor, re-latex the sub-floor with a smoothing compound to give a level surface, then lay the new floor in sections.
“The football season had already started, so we had to work in stages to keep key areas operational during matches. We used AltroFix™ 365 adhesive to lay the floor. This product is superb for laying heavy-duty floors because it’s a very high-tack product and keeps it firmly in place.
“In the tunnel mouth, which opens up into the stadium, we also laid the Reading FC logo within a section of Altro Walkway™ 25 safety flooring.”
Nik Tong added: “Altro gave us great service the back-up throughout the installation. They wanted to ensure their new product would be perfect for this application. We have a great relationship with Altro, as well as Reading Football Club, and the results are great. I’m very impressed with the new product.”
Reading FC’s Stadium Manager, Ray Booth, commented: “The installation of the new Altro flooring was a challenge because it had to be laid in between match fixtures, but Caversham Flooring were very professional and completed the work in sections to cause minimal disruption. We have used the company for years and they did a superb job.
“The floor looks great, very smart indeed. Unlike many other safety floors it has a sparkle-free finish, which I prefer. It is proving to be tough, easy to clean and overall a great choice of flooring for our needs.”
Altro is a world leading manufacturer and supplier of flooring, walling, ceilings and doorsets. The company supplies hygienic, safe and practical, yet decorative, solutions for all interior environments – without compromising on function or design.
A vast product range features traditional and contemporary, textured and smooth coverings, all in a broad palette of colours. Altro’s customers operate in the education, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, leisure, hospitality and food and drink sectors.
Altro is leading the way in sustainable manufacturing and is the first safety flooring manufacturer with the facility to recycle safety flooring in house.