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    a:6:{s:4:"date";s:10:"2019-05-29";s:5:"title";s:37:"How to Maintain Your Concrete Grinder";s:8:"subtitle";s:0:"";s:4:"meta";s:265:"As an installer, you want your concrete grinder to continue to efficiently and effectively perform at the highest level because your clients are depending on you. To keep your concrete grinder in tip-top shape, it's important to adopt a regular maintenance program.";s:5:"image";s:29:"/articles/images/20190529.jpg";s:3:"url";s:79:"http://www.citadelfloors.com/articles/how-to-maintain-your-concrete-grinder.php";}
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  • a:6:{s:4:"date";s:10:"2019-04-05";s:5:"title";s:45:"Ready for the Summer Rush? 4 Ways to Prepare";s:8:"subtitle";s:0:"";s:4:"meta";s:173:"Warmer weather is almost here for most of the country, which means peak season for contractors. As appealing as the prospect of steady work is, are you ready for the influx?";s:5:"image";s:29:"/articles/images/20190405.jpg";s:3:"url";s:76:"http://www.citadelfloors.com/articles/ready-for-summer-4-ways-to-prepare.php";}
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  • a:6:{s:4:"date";s:10:"2019-03-13";s:5:"title";s:62:"Case Study: An Auto Showroom's Step-by-Step Floor Installation";s:8:"subtitle";s:0:"";s:4:"meta";s:268:"A North Dakota collectible car dealership approached one of our trained installers, in need of a floor to match the high-quality and glossy appeal of their inventory. The client wanted a stylized "road" cutting down the middle of the showroom to feature select models.";s:5:"image";s:63:"http://www.citadelfloors.com/newsletters/images/20140811_01.jpg";s:3:"url";s:66:"http://www.citadelfloors.com/articles/case-study-auto-showroom.php";}
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  • a:6:{s:4:"date";s:10:"2019-03-06";s:5:"title";s:41:"6 Cold Weather Safety Tips for Installers";s:8:"subtitle";s:0:"";s:4:"meta";s:216:"Even if your winter concrete coating projects keep your team primarily indoors, cold weather and dropping temperatures bring safety hazards that apply to all contractors, even simply getting to and from the job site.";s:5:"image";s:29:"/articles/images/20190306.jpg";s:3:"url";s:83:"http://www.citadelfloors.com/articles/6-cold-weather-safety-tips-for-installers.php";}
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  • a:6:{s:4:"date";s:10:"2019-01-21";s:5:"title";s:37:"Case Study: A Quick Return to Service";s:8:"subtitle";s:0:"";s:4:"meta";s:0:"";s:5:"image";s:29:"/articles/images/20190121.jpg";s:3:"url";s:63:"http://www.citadelfloors.com/articles/case-study-2019-01-21.php";}
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Why 80% of concrete coatings fail – and how to prevent it

05-24-2017

In the rush to cover your concrete floor, you may miss an important step… and shorten the lifespan of your new coating. Ask any industry expert, or poke your head into any flooring contractor forum, and the single most cited cause for floor coating failures is moisture.

"Coatings, carpet, vinyl, rubber, wood, laminates and most floor coverings are affected to one degree or another by excess water vapor emissions through a concrete slab," writes Christopher Capobianco in a 2007 Plant Services article that's no less relevant today.

Too much moisture in the concrete causes adhesive oozing, bumps, dents, cupping, bubbles, indentations, wheel marks and more. Left untreated, moisture can create health and safety hazards caused by mold, mildew and uneven flooring.

Jason Spangler of Wagner Meters, in an article written earlier this year, estimates that "nearly 80 percent of coatings fail because the concrete surface was incorrectly prepared." However, budget and time constraints often pressure general contractors and facility managers to rush a flooring installation project over concrete that's too wet – to the tune of over $1 billion in annual damages.

You say potato, I say dry concrete... Part of the problem lies in the misuse of terms like curing and drying. Though often used interchangeably, a fully cured floor is not equivalent to a dry floor. This difference becomes critical when you understand that a successful coating requires the latter.

Curing is the chemical reaction that bonds the water, cement and aggregate together to make concrete – about 28 days per 4-inch slab. Drying refers to evaporating the excess water (about 2/3 of the water in the mix) from the concrete after the curing process is complete – which can take months, depending on concrete mix, conditions, and surface preparation.

So, how do you keep your project moving and on budget?

Begin with a detailed plan, guided by experts. It's important to know what to ask for, how to test for moisture levels in concrete, and what to do if you discover a problem.

Pre-planning with a qualified flooring installer or reputable product manufacturer to consider all factors – from whether to use a moisture mitigation system on top of the concrete, to navigating the durability and cure time of various coatings – will save you time and money.

Worried about moisture? Whether you're planning a new coating project over your concrete floor or trouble-shooting a flooring project in progress, let us walk you through what to do next. We can connect you with a Citadel-certified flooring installer in your area. Click here for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.



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