When specifying flooring, one should consider both sustainability and performance. They are not mutually exclusive, but rather completely integrated. Both are affected by the material science that goes into the product: How are they constructed? Where do the materials come from that make these products? These factors not only contribute to the sustainability of the flooring, but how it performs.
Resinous flooring, also known as fluid-applied or poured-in-place flooring, is common in industrial and commercial environments. Its properties allow for a smooth, non-porous, easily cleanable surface that cannot be achieved with any materials that have grout or seams.
While modern flooring systems predominantly feature the durable reinforced concrete floor slab, previously there had been a number of different materials such as brick, terracotta, and a group of materials and methods known as alternative concrete systems, which are still prevalent in a lot of built structures.
While floor preparation and moisture testing (including ASTM F1869-16a, ASTM F2170-19a, and ASTM F710-19e1) have become standard practice, these critical steps can be overlooked due to tight timelines, limited budgets, inexperienced contractors, uninformed architects, designers, specifiers, or installation subcontractors who lack adequate knowledge or training.
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