June 2011 Rapid RH Newsletter – A Quick Course in Concrete and Moisture
A Quick Course in Concrete and Moisture
All types of flooring can be susceptible to failure if moisture conditions are not properly monitored and maintained. But a slab’s moisture condition begins long before the flooring is installed. If the concrete slab has not been properly dried and cured before the flooring is installed, moisture problems are almost guaranteed. Moisture-related problems in flooring can also become health issues as mildew, mold, gaps, bumps and unsecured flooring pose additional risks to anyone walking over them.
Don’t Power Trowel Blindly
Power trowels offer a great option for smoothing large concrete slabs and getting the slab to a hard, level finish. But timing is key, and trying to rush the concrete power trowel process can actually slow the project and add cost by limiting the porous nature of the slab that allows the concrete moisture to evaporate from the surface during the drying process. That glossy, smooth surface can actually retard the concrete drying process and extend the drying time required to meet a concrete moisture specification for a flooring installation.
Did You Miss Ray Thompson Jr.'s Webinar? Watch It Today
Wagner was proud to sponsor this webinar for flooring contractors, retailers, specifiers installers and more. Topics included:
- Moisture measurement before installation
- Moisture control remediation
- Troubleshooting problems
- And much more