Neat Tips in Choosing the Right Concrete Floor Coatings – Part 1

October 19, 2009

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In selecting the most appropriate concrete floor coatings to use in the repair and maintenance of damage-prone concrete floors, careful consideration must be done to avoid coatings failure, using the following tips below:

1. Get a basic knowledge of concrete floorings properties

Facility managers should know the basic properties of concrete, at the very least, for them to understand how these properties can affect the choice of concrete floor coatings to use during repair and maintenance projects. Concrete, which is a mixture of cement, water and aggregate materials like sand or gravel is built with strength and flexibility, making it very suitable for a lot of construction projects. However, concrete also possess some vulnerable properties. Knowing these strengths and weaknesses of concrete gives insight into the performance of concrete floors, and the identification of the most appropriate concrete floor coatings to apply.

2. Be familiar with concrete floorings vulnerabilities

Concrete may be known for its strength, but it also features a porosity that performs poorly when subjected to constant heavy loads and impacts. Concrete floors can crack under heavy load and during material shrinkage. This behavior of concrete floors can significantly influence the selection of concrete floor coatings to use in maintenance projects.

The next blog will tackle some more practical tips in selecting concrete floor coatings, such as surface assessment, and why location and usage are important.

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