Flash coving is the process of extending the flooring up the bottom of the wall. This removes the seam or joint where the flooring usually meets the bottom of the wall. It helps to remove the chance of liquid or dirt accumulation and is often used in areas where cleanliness and sanitation are critical.
Flash coving allows flooring to promote sanitary conditions, ease of maintenance and protection against accumulation of dirt, water and moisture that gather at the base of vertical structures. This area is hard to clean correctly and bacteria can accumulate and grow, which is particularly dangerous in operating rooms where all efforts must be made to avoid contamination. Moreover, as our products contain no fillers or plasticizers, they will maintain their resilience and will not crack when curved.
INTEGRAL FLASH COVING
Integral flash coving is the process of turning a sheet of flooring upwards (usually 4” to 12” up) at the base of structural elements and walls, ensuring a monolithic surface for better infection control. Mondo‘s products construction and technology relies on its high integrity and malleability for a high resistance to cracking and puncturing; therefore, there is absolutely no need to use prefabricated flash-cove bases on our products.
Prefabricated flashcoving systems are typically performed via third party entities. For any given project, the resilient material would be sent to the third party where it would be adhered to an aluminum sheet, bent to a specific angle, then shipped back for installation. The key promotional point of these systems is resistance to puncture and cracks at the cove. This system is necessary for resilient flooring that is brittle and increasingly prone to puncturing. Following are comparisons between integral coving vs. prefabricated coving:
- Extra-long seam at the base of the cove and at every interval of the prefabricated molding.
- The cost of the system, labor of extra seaming and freight to and from the supplier dramatically increases the cost of the project.
- Rigidity of the prefabricated bases usually does not contribute for a clean result at outside corners and often times creates visible gaps between base and walls.
- Possible dye-lot issues can occur.
Examples of Mondo rubber flooring flash coving installation