How to choose the right sealing system

December 23, 2013 | no responses | 875

It is essential that, in the design and construction stages, there should be full consultation with the Ecoflor representative and/or the specialist flooring contractor to ensure that the sealing system to be selected is entirely suited for the conditions both during application an in subsequent service. Consideration should therefore be given to whichever of the following are applicable:

  1. Intended use of the flooring including the type, extent and frequency of trafficking
  2. Type of loading, static or dynamic, and severity of impact
  3. Details of all chemicals, including those used for cleaning or sterilizing, which could come into contact with the floor, and extent, frequency and temperature of spillage
  4. Temperature that the flooring is required to withstand in normal service or as a part of the cleaning operations and whether exposure is by radiant or conductive heat or by direct contact
  5. Color, uniformity and retention, aesthetics and decorative effects
  6. Extent to which flooring will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultra-violet light
  7. Compliance with hygiene or food industry requirements
  8. Special requirements such as slip resistance or static controlled characteristics
  9. Expected life of the flooring
  10. The level of stain resistance required
  11. Time available for the application and curing of the flooring
  12. Frequency of the intended cleaning and buffing the floor
  13. Health & safety and environmental issues during application and in service

Selection Parameters

Factors influencing the selection of a sealing system include:

  1. Type and degree of traffic
  2. Temperatures to which flooring will be exposed
  3. Nature and duration of any chemical contact with the floor
  4. Wet or dry service conditions
  5. Slip resistance requirements
  6. Ease of cleaning (include hygiene requirements)
  7. Time available for application and cure of the sealing system
  8. Prevailing site conditions at time of installation
  9. Cost

durability of the sealing systems

 

In very general terms the service life will be proportional to the applied thickness of the sealing system. However, many operational factors will directly affect the performance including the severity of trafficking, the frequency and efficiency of cleaning, mechanical handling abuse and impact, etc. In most commercial facilities there will be a variety of situations for each of which a different type of sealing system will be most appropriate. Conversely there will be areas where some types are completely inappropriate.

The most appropriate sealing system for any situation will depend upon the particular conditions to which it will be subjected, and the choice should be made in discussions between all the interested parties, including client, architect, engineer, contractor and Ecoflor representative.