A new standard in flooring levelling systems
An Introduction to NEW ERA
As the name suggests, NEW ERA provides a new standard in flooring levelling systems through progressive development and a complete understanding of problems inherent with uneven subfloors.
NEW ERA achieves a Practical cost Effective and Versatile solution in overcoming inconsistencies in variable subfloor levels.
NEW ERA is the ideal means of attaining the correct and required finished floor level.
NEW ERA has been tested to comply with the new European Sports Standard BSEN14904 which confirms that it can achieve the highest level of performance for sports use.
The NEW ERA cradle has been improved and modified so that it is now dual height which offers a more versatile approach to stocking and site surveys.
- Dual cradle 16/30mm
- Dual cradle 45/60mm
The new versatile cradle is still available in the unique NEW ERA multi component stacking system and can provide an overall finished floor height of 74-439mm when using a 22mm thick finished board.
NEW ERA has also been tested to comply with the Acoustic Document E regulation and has been successfully used on many installations where the isolation of noise transmission has been critical.
…specify NEW ERA
Designed for traditional Batten floor construction for Commercial, Domestic and Multisports flooring.
NEW ERA Levelling Elements or “cradles” are resilient foam-backed injection moulded modular flooring supports. Formed from polypropylene, NEW ERA components are impervious to moisture and are extremely durable.
The 90mm square levelling Elements effectively “cradle” 50mm wide softwood battens, each “cradle” allowing for upto 20mm of packing to be inserted and retained beneath the batten, thus levelling the system.
NEW ERA levelling Elements are available to a wide range of heights to cater for most level deviations whilst keeping packing within the 20mm maximum. Precut Packers from 2mm to 18mm are readily available.
NEW ERA is simple and quick to install and easy to specify especially when supplied as a complete system. See the specifier’s page in this brochure or contact your flooring supplier for specific requirements. NEW ERA is recognised by major flooring suppliers as being an effective problem solver in over coming uneven subfloors.
NEW ERA does not require a subfloor produced to tight tolerances. When planning your installation remember NEW ERA can eliminate the need for a costly screed or power floated base.
NEW ERA levelling systems are dry installations with no base drying time to consider – few moisture problems and at less cost.
The accepted standard tolerance for a batten floor “base” is defined in BS 8204 Part 1 and is a maximum level deviation of 3mm over 3 LM. Increases to this tolerance can affect both the floor and its warranty.
NEW ERA systems are often used to remedy level discrepencies where tolerances within a concrete base or screed have not been met.
Unfortunately an unsuccessful base cam sometimes leave insufficient floor depth for a remedial levelling system…
If possible plan ahead… our construction heights begin at 74mm … specify NEW ERA from Day 1.
NEW ERA levelling systems offer far more than the ability to overcome average or out of tolerance level deviations.
System construction heights range from 74mm to 441mm allowing for a wide range of services, under floor heating and insulation to be installed within the floor void.
NEW ERA can overcome large “step” level deviations and “wells” often found in the subfloors of old buildings being redeveloped.
The combined benefits of using NEW ERA for both standard and non standard applications are evident in the systems compliance with the following British Standards.
- BS6399 part 1 table 8 – Static Floor Loadings
- BS2750 part 7 1980 – Acoustic Insulation
- BS7044 part 4 – Multisports use
NEW ERA levelling elements are available in three module types:-
- Single component “cradles” construction range 74mm to 150mm
- Double component “height extender” construction range 134mm to 216mm
- Multi-component “towers” construction range 199mm to 441mm
The ability to support and level batten floor systems within this range makes NEW ERA probably the most versatile levelling system available.
NEW ERA has a reputation as being a strong, well produced modular system. The first polypropylene units fitted with resilient foam pads were manufactured in the early 90′s with the first significant installation being the main sports hall at Cranford Community Centre near Heathrow, Middlesex. NEW ERA was specified to level and support 500m² of Junkers 22mm Flamey Beech on 36mm softwood battens.
The system levelling elements were a new design. The components used for their fabrication, both then and now, were chosen for their known individual qualities. Polypropylene for its integral strength and the resilient foam pads for their successful association with foam backed battens.
By way of monitoring the life expectancy of the system NEW ERA has the cranford installation periodically checked by V.A. Hutchison Flooring of Bognor Regis, who carried out the original installation. The system below the shooting circle of the basket ball court is inspected. There has been no deteriation, distortion or compression to either of the system components.
NEW ERA practical, cost effective, versatile & durable.
Single component 90mm “Cradle” System S1 – S4
This extremely popular system is commonly used for an enormous variety of floor installations.
Typical installations being:-
Sports halls, Squash courts and Commercial offices and Domestic flooring under hardwood and composite surfaces.
As with all NEW ERA systems the cradles are polypropylene with a 10mm resilient foam – padded base and have an individual packing range of 20mm.
This system is supplied in 4 heights (S1-S4), Construction range 74mm – 150mm.
Being of single components they are quick and simple to install and with no metal parts they are very safe to handle.
Double component “Height extender” System S5 – S9
The 2 component system has all the attributes and applications of the single “cradle” system and is specified where severe subfloor stepping is encountered.
The extender module simply increases the construction height by 74mm. Increased stability is offered by the 120mm wide base which tapers to house a 90mm wide “cradle”.
No adhesives are required to join the two components, the cradle push fits into the base unit.
Construction range 133mm to 214mm.
The combined strength of these polypropylene components is enormous and they remain virtually indestructible through normal use.
Multi component “Towers” S10 – S24
The “Tower” system is an extension of the 2 component “height extender” module. The third component used form a tower is the 45mm “spacer”. Spacers snap fit into any cradle* or other spaces increasing the overall component height by 45mm. The spacer(s) and attached cradle push fit into the 75mm height extender base module thus forming a tower.
NOTE* The S1 cradle is not used.
This system has many applications. Either as a 3 or 4 component module free standing levelling system, used with or independently to a single or double module system, or at increased heights within a subfloor well. For instance this system would allow for a hardwood floor to be installed within a “pedastal” computer floor without the cost of the metal floor to the “well” area.
Quantity requirements – Batten Centres & Cradle Centres – Installation basics.
The specifier’s page in this brochure illustrates the required quantities of NEW ERA levelling elements and linear meterage of battens required per m² for most common flooring installations.
There are too many system variations to list all installation requirements.
Batten ‘centre’ dimensions are normally totally subdivisible into he floorboard length. Battens are then ‘set-out’ at regular ‘centres’ to ensure that all board ‘header’ joints are fully supported by the battens.
Note: The main expectation to this being with random length hardwood strip flooring commonly used for sports floors – For this type of floor system 305mm batten centres are used regardless of strip length.
Cradle ‘centre’ dimensions are dictated by the batten thickness.
Normally ‘cradles’ are positioned each 450mm along 36mm battens and each 600mm along 48mm battens. Both these ‘centres’ being totally sub divisible into the standard 1800mm batten length.
Note: In instances where battens of reduced thicknesses are specified i.e. 22mm thick. The cradle ‘centres’ should also be reduced to approximately 300mm, this is not a standard specification and your supplier should be consulted.
The system quantities per m² shown on the specifiers page take into consideration perimeter and ‘end’ supports for batten runs.
See figure 1. which illustrates the necessary requirement of setting out battens in staggered lengths which enhances the strength of the system.
NEW ERA, practical, cost effective, versatile & durable.
All NEW ERA systems have upto a 20mm packing capability.
The system illustrated here is the S1 with a 74mm – 94mm Construction Range (with 36mm batten / 22mm floor board). Each System Range overlaps with the next i.e. System S2 overlaps System S1 by 6mm etc., see chart above.
Mix systems in areas to overcome Level discrepancies greater than 20mm overall, according to Survey findings.