The Importance of Moisture Mitigation for Concrete Flooring Systems
Concrete moisture mitigation is an intricate, meticulous, and technical process that demands a profound understanding of construction principles. Achieving a watertight surface involves the creation of a seamless, impermeable barrier—similar to a bathtub—that guides water towards designated drains or runoff areas.
To ensure the efficacy of the moisture mitigation system, precise execution at every stage is critical. This encompasses meticulous attention to detail in repairing any existing damage and applying primer coats, base coats, and wear coats. Each of these steps plays a vital role in fortifying the concrete against water infiltration as well as proper function of the moisture mitigation system.
Specialized consideration is also essential when addressing cracks and joints within the concrete structure. These vulnerable points must be designed and installed with a moisture mitigation strategy in mind. Neglecting cracks and joints can compromise the entire system, as even minor water seepage can lead to significant structural problems over time.
Industrial Areas That Need Moisture Mitigation Flooring
Moisture mitigation flooring is a critical aspect of our business, and it plays a pivotal role in preserving the integrity of various structures. The diverse range of areas that necessitate moisture mitigation flooring systems include:
Protecting concrete surfaces in parking garages is essential to prevent water damage from vehicle drippings and exposure to the elements.
Moisture mitigation in mechanical rooms is crucial to safeguard sensitive equipment and machinery from potential water ingress that could lead to corrosion or electrical issues.
These areas require specialized moisture mitigation systems to resist chemical spills and ensure the safety of both the facility and its occupants.
Exterior Concrete Surfaces
Outdoor concrete surfaces, such as walkways, decks, and balconies, demand effective moisture mitigation systems to endure the rigors of weather, UV exposure, and foot traffic.
Each of these areas necessitates a unique and customized moisture mitigation flooring solution tailored to its specific usage and environmental conditions.
Our Approach to Concrete Floor Moisture Mitigation
Typically, our approach involves a multi-layer system that includes:
An Epoxy Primer
This serves as the initial layer, enhancing adhesion and providing a secure base for subsequent coatings.
A Urethane Base Coat
This layer establishes the primary moisture barrier, safeguarding the concrete surface from moisture intrusion.
One or Two Urethane Traffic Coats
The number of traffic coats, coupled with grit if needed, depends on the type and frequency of traffic the area receives. These coats enhance durability and wear resistance.
Concrete floor moisture mitigation is one of the aspects of our business where the contractor, crew, equipment, and products have to be perfect to ensure the quality of the final installation.
Concrete Floor Moisture Mitigation Process
The process of concrete floor moisture mitigation involves a series of interconnected steps, with each phase playing a pivotal role in establishing a robust and resilient barrier against moisture. Here’s a closer look at some key aspects:
Before any moisture mitigation material is applied, it is essential to thoroughly prepare the concrete surface. This involves cleaning the surface to remove dust, dirt, and contaminants that could compromise adhesion. Any existing damage, such as cracks or spalling, must be meticulously repaired to ensure a seamless moisture mitigation system.
The application of primer coats is the initial step in the moisture mitigation process. Primers enhance adhesion and promote the bonding of subsequent layers. They also help to seal the concrete substrate, preventing water from penetrating it.
Base coats serve as the foundation of the moisture mitigation system. These coats are formulated with moisture mitigation additives and are applied evenly across the surface. They are responsible for creating the primary moisture barrier. It’s crucial to apply these coats with precision to achieve a uniform and impermeable layer.
Wear coats are the topmost layer of the moisture mitigation system. They provide additional protection against wear and tear, UV exposure, and abrasion. While they contribute to the aesthetics of the surface, they should not compromise the integrity of the moisture mitigation system. Therefore, proper application and curing of wear coats are critical.
Cracks & Joints
Cracks and joints are potential weak points in any concrete structure. They require special attention during the moisture mitigation process. Specialized materials and techniques are used in these areas, ensuring that water cannot infiltrate through them. The proper design and installation of expansion joints and control joints are also important considerations.
In many moisture mitigation projects, the creation of an efficient drainage system is paramount. This involves the installation of drains, gutters, or slopes that direct water away from the surface to designated runoff areas. The effectiveness of the drainage system is essential for preventing water accumulation and potential damage.
Concrete moisture mitigation is a multifaceted undertaking that goes beyond the mere application of coatings. It is a meticulous process that demands thorough surface preparation, precise application of primer, base, and wear coats, and special attention to cracks, joints, and drainage systems. When executed with expertise and attention to detail, moisture mitigation systems ensure that concrete structures remain resilient and impervious to water damage, contributing to their durability and longevity.
ICS has successfully completed moisture mitigation flooring projects spanning over 1,000,000 square feet for hundreds of customers. Each project is meticulously tailored to its specific location and unique requirements. With our wealth of industry expertise, ICS is well-equipped to offer expert guidance, provide the right products, and ensure the correct preparation processes are applied, guaranteeing a professional outcome for your project.