There are myths surrounding renovation but flooring takes the cake. While it is implied to be a relatively simple branch of home improvement, there are many things to look out for.
A common mistake that occurs when applying an epoxy or urethane floor coating is that no sealant is placed in the space between the top layer and the foundation. It is necessary to bond this area together because otherwise the existing layer will begin to crack or peel after hardening. After using a shot blaster or diamond grinder to remove all remaining debris or uneven surfaces, flooring should properly adhere. One way to determine if the project was effective is to test a leveler on the new surface. If there are no concave or convex portions of the project, you’re good.
Environmental factors such as temperature play a huge role in flooring as well. Even the slightest bit of fluctuation can influence adherence. Ideal working conditions are moderate and consistent with little change. Moisture and humidity can be problems too though. Before pouring any materials on to concrete it is helpful to test the surface for moisture to avoid a buildup of water vapor under the flooring. This can be done with a calcium chloride test.
Before starting a flooring project at Lime, we always take these factors in to consideration. Overall, rough surfaces, extreme temperatures, oily substrates and moisture can be detrimental to secure and reliable flooring. For more information on an epoxy or urethane floor coating call (720) 708-7807.