Prevent Flooring Failures
Moisture problems in concrete cause about $1 billion dollars in flooring failures every year. Prevention of such failures requires strict adherence to product specifications and ASTM procedures. Below are some key points to consider.
- The concrete slab needs proper curing time, and all lighting, heating, and cooling conditions need to be stabilized.
- Any curing compounds used on the slab must be removed.
- Regarding the concrete itself, it should have a water-cement ratio of less than 0.50 and a vapor retarder should be installed at a minimum thickness of 10 mils.
- Adhesives used for the flooring installation must be allowed their proper cure time, after the concrete has cured.
Finally, it’s critical that the slab be tested for moisture by a certified concrete slab moisture testing technician, according to ASTM guidelines. If you have experienced a flooring failure or require moisture testing before flooring installation, give us a call! We have an ICRI certified testing technician on staff to help you.