In addition to satisfying the flooring industry's need for adhesives that meet or exceed the regulations under the Clean Air Act and other environmental restrictions, W.F. Taylor is a leader in addressing problems resulting from microorganism attacks that cause mold and mildew growth. Taylor's Meta-Tec technology features Meta-Sept Anti-Microbial protection for both wet adhesives and cured adhesive films. In protecting the adhesive film, Meta-Sept also provides a first line of defense for the flooring product itself. This measure of protection from mold and mildew is crucial to continuing consumer satisfaction and health.
"The initial launch of Meta-Tec Technology has been so successful... (t)he company has committed 60% of R&D and capital budget for the next three years solely for this product line," said W.F. Taylor President Jack Raidy, Jr.
"In the two and a half years since launching Meta-Tec, we have discovered that performance is really what contemporary flooring installers are looking to obtain. For wood flooring installers, it is a product that is easy to apply and clean up, and yet has tremendous shear strength and waterproof capability. Moisture proofing is a huge issue for wood flooring installers, so they select a waterproof product like Meta-Tec 2071 and pay the differential for performance of the patent pending technology. Now we are finding that similar flooring installations such as luxury vinyl tile, vinyl strip plank, cork, linoleum, carpet, vinyl composition and rubber tile are beginning to require the same moisture proof and high shear strength assurances that the Meta-Tec cross-linking chemistry provides," said Executive Vice President Barry Wright.
The very high strength development of the 2071 adhesive was demonstrated in a recent 13,000-square-foot unfinished solid red oak installation in the new ballroom at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The floor plank was glued down with the Taylor adhesive over concrete and then easily withstood heavy industrial sanding, staining and refinishing.
Laminate and Hardwood Technnical Services in Tucson, AZ, was the contractor for the University of Arizona ballroom installation. Owner Thomas Hatfield said, "Taylor 2071 is the best wood flooring adhesive I have ever used. The holding power is tremendous, the clean up is simple, and it is easy and smooth to spread. This is the best wood flooring adhesive on the market today, bar none."
Previous to that installation, the refurbishing of the La-Z-Boy showroom at Furniture Mart in High Point, NC, was completed with the installation of thin gauge unfinished solid ash that was glued down with 2071, sanded, stained and finished. The high strength of the adhesive again allowed a type of installation over concrete that was not common before the introduction of the Meta-Tec technology.
The outstanding performance of 2071 and the ease of use and cleanup have been widely acclaimed by installers throughout the wood flooring industry. Says Tony Robinson, NWFA member and owner of Professional Installation and Repair of Huntington Beach, CA, "Taylor 2071 is my wood flooring adhesive of choice. I have full confidence in its performance for all of my solid wood and engineered wood flooring installations. The ease of use and lack of waste make Taylor 2071 a very economical product for my business."
Taylor 2092 Meta-Poxy Vinyl & Rubber Tile, Tread & Sheet Adhesive, and Taylor 2096 Meta-Poxy ESD Conductive & Static Dissipative Vinyl Tile Adhesive are one-part Meta-Tec replacements for two-part epoxies and urethanes. These products feature far more rapid strength development than slow-setting epoxies or urethanes and reach very high ultimate strength bonds. Their Meta-Tec chemistry provides cured bonds that are waterproof and resilient, and the ease of cleanup characteristic of all of the Meta-Tec adhesives is yet another benefit for the installer over epoxy and urethane use. Taylor's 2083 Tuff-Lok VCT Adhesive offers waterproof bonds for VCT, and Taylor 2084 and 2086 Tuff-Lok extend the crosslinking, high strength waterproof Meta-Tec technology to linoleum and cork flooring.
By combining the high strength waterproof bond of the expanded Meta-Tec technology product line with these X-Treme Concrete Sealers and the Meta-Sept Anti-Microbial protection, Taylor has now provided the flooring industry with the Lockdown Moisture Control Floor Covering Installation System. This system is truly an innovative answer for flooring installations over concrete with high moisture emission conditions.
"The introduction of this Meta-Tec technology will have far reaching affects, even greater than that of our original Envirotec Healthguard technology we introduced in the early 1990s, which was the first to feature solvent-free low VOC adhesives," W.F. Taylor Chairman Jack Raidy, Sr. said. "Not only does Meta-Tec technology continue this stewardship of the environment, it introduces previously undiscovered advancements to cross-linking adhesives resulting in high bond strength development and curing to create waterproof bonds."