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How to prevent floor covering failures

How to prevent floor covering failures

The most common reason for floor covering failures is moisture egress from the concrete slab, but thankfully there’s a way to stop the rising damp.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Re-work is the bane of an architect’s existence. Having to go back and redo parts of a project that were already completed is not just demoralising, it costs time, money and reputation.

If an architect is trying to secure large-scale commercial projects, then the last thing he or she wants is to have products fail, because a hit to the reputation can jeopardise the brand and the ability to secure jobs.

But when it comes to concrete slabs, there’s so much potential for a flow-on effect of failures, simply because there’s a high moisture content required in the process of pouring the slab and, as we all know, moisture always finds a way of escaping.

For direct-stuck floor coverings this can be fraught with issues of degradation as the moisture rises up and interacts with adhesives, causing delamination or bubbles. For other flooring types it can be equally as hazardous, with carpets taking in moisture and floor sealants deteriorating.

But there is a way to prevent these failures, says Markham Global’s Hayden Prestidge.

“We use Aquron 2000 hydrogel, so as soon as the concrete is poured, the Aquron goes down and cures the concrete slab, and also binds up the internal moisture.”

This means that when it’s time to lay down flooring, there’s no risk to the product and, more importantly, no delay or unexpected extra cost to meet programme timelines.

Aquron 2000 is compatible with almost every flooring type that can be used on a concrete substrate, including: carpets, vinyls and tiles, as well as sealed, coloured or painted concrete.

Aquron 2000 hydrogel: how it works

The Aquron colloidal silica treatment is sprayed on at the same time the concrete slab is poured and a process of chemical attraction transforms the moisture in the slab into the state of a hydrogel. This means the moisture can’t move and can’t migrate up and degrade the adhesive.

The treatment penetrates the slab to between 100mm and 150mm deep (or the depth of the slab) and once the chemical process has occurred it can’t be reversed, so the concrete contains a permanent moisture barrier.

“It’s very cost-effective if it is used at the start of a project, but if it is done later on in the timeline, it often means working around different trades and working in small spaces and that makes it time-consuming and more costly.”

Markham Global treats around 150,000sqm of concrete with Aquron per month across a wide range of commercial projects.

In the past six years they’ve completed significant projects across New Zealand including the Westfield Albany and Westfield Newmarket shopping centres.

Because of the many tenants in these premises and the huge range of floor coverings specified, Aquron was the ideal solution, as it’s compatible with almost every flooring type that can be used on concrete flooring, including: carpets, vinyls and tiles, as well as sealed, coloured or painted concrete.

Even if the slab is cut into (for example, for pivot doors with floor plates), there’s no chance of moisture escaping because the chemical process permeates the slab.

As Aquron 2000 penetrates the concrete slab creating a waterproof barrier, it doesn’t allow bacteria to grow like it would in an untreated slab, making it an ideal treatment for aged-care facilities.

Aquron 2000 hydrogel: protecting the young and old

Other recent projects using Aquron include buildings for the Ministry of Education and aged care facilities for Ryman, Somerset and MetlifeCare.

For these projects it was crucial to ensure floor coverings were protected long term, but there was also an added bonus to using Aquron, which particularly applies to the education and aged care sectors, says Hayden.

“Because the hydrogel is in the concrete, it doesn’t allow bacteria to grow like it would in an untreated slab. It stops bio fluids and urine getting into the concrete, which reduces odours and increases hygiene.”

Markham operates on a “supply and apply” basis, to ensure all applications of Aquron 2000 meet strict criteria. The client then receives a 25-year warranty on the product—which goes a long way to reassuring them that there won’t be any re-work to negotiate.

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How to prevent floor covering failures

The most common reason for floor covering failures is moisture egress from the concrete slab, but thankfully there’s a way to stop the rising damp.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Re-work is the bane of an architect’s existence. Having to go back and redo parts of a project that were already completed is not just demoralising, it costs time, money and reputation.

If an architect is trying to secure large-scale commercial projects, then the last thing he or she wants is to have products fail, because a hit to the reputation can jeopardise the brand and the ability to secure jobs.

But when it comes to concrete slabs, there’s so much potential for a flow-on effect of failures, simply because there’s a high moisture content required in the process of pouring the slab and, as we all know, moisture always finds a way of escaping.

For direct-stuck floor coverings this can be fraught with issues of degradation as the moisture rises up and interacts with adhesives, causing delamination or bubbles. For other flooring types it can be equally as hazardous, with carpets taking in moisture and floor sealants deteriorating.

But there is a way to prevent these failures, says Markham Global’s Hayden Prestidge.

“We use Aquron 2000 hydrogel, so as soon as the concrete is poured, the Aquron goes down and cures the concrete slab, and also binds up the internal moisture.”

This means that when it’s time to lay down flooring, there’s no risk to the product and, more importantly, no delay or unexpected extra cost to meet programme timelines.

Aquron 2000 is compatible with almost every flooring type that can be used on a concrete substrate, including: carpets, vinyls and tiles, as well as sealed, coloured or painted concrete.

Aquron 2000 hydrogel: how it works

The Aquron colloidal silica treatment is sprayed on at the same time the concrete slab is poured and a process of chemical attraction transforms the moisture in the slab into the state of a hydrogel. This means the moisture can’t move and can’t migrate up and degrade the adhesive.

The treatment penetrates the slab to between 100mm and 150mm deep (or the depth of the slab) and once the chemical process has occurred it can’t be reversed, so the concrete contains a permanent moisture barrier.

“It’s very cost-effective if it is used at the start of a project, but if it is done later on in the timeline, it often means working around different trades and working in small spaces and that makes it time-consuming and more costly.”

Markham Global treats around 150,000sqm of concrete with Aquron per month across a wide range of commercial projects.

In the past six years they’ve completed significant projects across New Zealand including the Westfield Albany and Westfield Newmarket shopping centres.

Because of the many tenants in these premises and the huge range of floor coverings specified, Aquron was the ideal solution, as it’s compatible with almost every flooring type that can be used on concrete flooring, including: carpets, vinyls and tiles, as well as sealed, coloured or painted concrete.

Even if the slab is cut into (for example, for pivot doors with floor plates), there’s no chance of moisture escaping because the chemical process permeates the slab.

As Aquron 2000 penetrates the concrete slab creating a waterproof barrier, it doesn’t allow bacteria to grow like it would in an untreated slab, making it an ideal treatment for aged-care facilities.

Aquron 2000 hydrogel: protecting the young and old

Other recent projects using Aquron include buildings for the Ministry of Education and aged care facilities for Ryman, Somerset and MetlifeCare.

For these projects it was crucial to ensure floor coverings were protected long term, but there was also an added bonus to using Aquron, which particularly applies to the education and aged care sectors, says Hayden.

“Because the hydrogel is in the concrete, it doesn’t allow bacteria to grow like it would in an untreated slab. It stops bio fluids and urine getting into the concrete, which reduces odours and increases hygiene.”

Markham operates on a “supply and apply” basis, to ensure all applications of Aquron 2000 meet strict criteria. The client then receives a 25-year warranty on the product—which goes a long way to reassuring them that there won’t be any re-work to negotiate.

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The most common reason for floor covering failures is moisture egress from the concrete slab, but thankfully there’s a way to stop the rising damp.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Re-work is the bane of an architect’s existence. Having to go back and redo parts of a project that were already completed is not just demoralising, it costs time, money and reputation.

If an architect is trying to secure large-scale commercial projects, then the last thing he or she wants is to have products fail, because a hit to the reputation can jeopardise the brand and the ability to secure jobs.

But when it comes to concrete slabs, there’s so much potential for a flow-on effect of failures, simply because there’s a high moisture content required in the process of pouring the slab and, as we all know, moisture always finds a way of escaping.

For direct-stuck floor coverings this can be fraught with issues of degradation as the moisture rises up and interacts with adhesives, causing delamination or bubbles. For other flooring types it can be equally as hazardous, with carpets taking in moisture and floor sealants deteriorating.

But there is a way to prevent these failures, says Markham Global’s Hayden Prestidge.

“We use Aquron 2000 hydrogel, so as soon as the concrete is poured, the Aquron goes down and cures the concrete slab, and also binds up the internal moisture.”

This means that when it’s time to lay down flooring, there’s no risk to the product and, more importantly, no delay or unexpected extra cost to meet programme timelines.

Aquron 2000 is compatible with almost every flooring type that can be used on a concrete substrate, including: carpets, vinyls and tiles, as well as sealed, coloured or painted concrete.

Aquron 2000 hydrogel: how it works

The Aquron colloidal silica treatment is sprayed on at the same time the concrete slab is poured and a process of chemical attraction transforms the moisture in the slab into the state of a hydrogel. This means the moisture can’t move and can’t migrate up and degrade the adhesive.

The treatment penetrates the slab to between 100mm and 150mm deep (or the depth of the slab) and once the chemical process has occurred it can’t be reversed, so the concrete contains a permanent moisture barrier.

“It’s very cost-effective if it is used at the start of a project, but if it is done later on in the timeline, it often means working around different trades and working in small spaces and that makes it time-consuming and more costly.”

Markham Global treats around 150,000sqm of concrete with Aquron per month across a wide range of commercial projects.

In the past six years they’ve completed significant projects across New Zealand including the Westfield Albany and Westfield Newmarket shopping centres.

Because of the many tenants in these premises and the huge range of floor coverings specified, Aquron was the ideal solution, as it’s compatible with almost every flooring type that can be used on concrete flooring, including: carpets, vinyls and tiles, as well as sealed, coloured or painted concrete.

Even if the slab is cut into (for example, for pivot doors with floor plates), there’s no chance of moisture escaping because the chemical process permeates the slab.

As Aquron 2000 penetrates the concrete slab creating a waterproof barrier, it doesn’t allow bacteria to grow like it would in an untreated slab, making it an ideal treatment for aged-care facilities.

Aquron 2000 hydrogel: protecting the young and old

Other recent projects using Aquron include buildings for the Ministry of Education and aged care facilities for Ryman, Somerset and MetlifeCare.

For these projects it was crucial to ensure floor coverings were protected long term, but there was also an added bonus to using Aquron, which particularly applies to the education and aged care sectors, says Hayden.

“Because the hydrogel is in the concrete, it doesn’t allow bacteria to grow like it would in an untreated slab. It stops bio fluids and urine getting into the concrete, which reduces odours and increases hygiene.”

Markham operates on a “supply and apply” basis, to ensure all applications of Aquron 2000 meet strict criteria. The client then receives a 25-year warranty on the product—which goes a long way to reassuring them that there won’t be any re-work to negotiate.

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