Fixing Flooring Failures

Hopps, Emily R.; Nelson, Peter E.
March 2012
Construction Specifier;Mar2012, Vol. 65 Issue 3, p60
Trade Publication
Recent changes in the installation and composition of floor finishes for concrete fl oor slabs have made these materials more susceptible to moisture- and alkalinity-related deterioration. This article reviews the sources of moisture in concrete floor assemblies and the current industry tests for determining slab moisture levels. A discussion on establishing a testing protocol, interpreting test results, and understanding test limitations is included, along with recommendations for minimizing the chances for flooring failures, mitigating existing high concrete moisture levels, and selecting appropriate finishes.


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