First impressions matter and the parking area is the first point of contact for guests, customers or homeowners to virtually any site or high-rise condo. We ensure that you create a great impression with a professional traffic coating system application.
Aesthetics, however, is just a small part of a traffic or pedestrian coating system, also referred to as traffic coating membrane or elastomeric traffic coating, these systems are mandatory in parking garages to eliminate concrete deterioration, increase visibility, add slip resistance/traction and most importantly waterproof.
Another common application of these systems would be for mechanical rooms where there is a risk of flooding and waterproofing to ensure water flows properly to the drain. As Canada’s largest traffic coating applicators, we can help you find the system that fits your needs.
Elastomeric Traffic Coating or Membrane Application
Elastomeric traffic coatings provide a seamless waterproof system protecting the concrete surface from water, salts, oils, gas and other harmful substances that deteriorate concrete or rebar.
Traffic coatings are integral in parking structures to seamlessly waterproof the structure and prevent deterioration. These systems also act as a slip resistant or traction control floors for all foot or vehicular traffic. With these coatings permanently remaining flexible up to 500% any natural concrete cracks that may occur overtime will remain covered and sealed not allowing chemicals or water to penetrate and destroy the concrete or rebar below.
Similar composition as traffic coating but different thickness requirements, pedestrian coatings are not intended for heavy vehicular traffic but do protect the floor from deterioration and chemicals. Its primary purpose is still to waterproof and add slip resistance. These systems are commonly used in mechanical rooms, mechanical penthouses, balconies, pool decks, stadiums, green roofs or roof top terraces.
Traffic Coating Removal or Repair
Traffic coatings sometimes fail due to in experienced application, product failure or just high wear and tear. At Flortek Co., our staff is highly trained and experienced in the restoration, removal or repair of existing traffic coatings. We have the right tools, equipment and experience to properly remove and dispose of failing coatings without destroying the surface below.
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Depending on the budget and the surface of concern, concrete sealer may be a good and cost effective option to protect the concrete surface from water or chemical penetration, eliminate concrete dusting and also maintain concrete integrity. With many different products and applications on the market, Flortek can help to select and professionally apply the best and most cost-effective solution for your needs.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
How long must Traffic Coating systems be allowed to cure prior to exposure to pedestrian/ vehicular traffic?
A: The average recommended cure time is 72 hours. However there are some products that we use which have a 6 hour cure or return to service time. Note that this is a minimum, site-specific conditions, weather and temperature all have an impact to the cure rate and the adhesion development.
How long should concrete be allowed to cure prior to the application of Traffic Coating?
A: Concrete should be cured and in place a minimum of 30 days, moisture level test is the best method to determine weather the surface is ready to be worked on and we will do this for every project.
What are the benefits of concrete sealer?
A: Concrete sealer protects the concrete from allowing water or moisture to penetrate and deteriorate the concrete. The moment water sits or penetrates a concrete surface for a extended period of time the concrete ends up spalling, rebar rusting and popping and that results in very expensive problems!
How long will the sealer take to cure?
A: Curing times are dependent on ambient conditions. Under normal conditions sealer can be ready to return to service in as little as 4-6 hours but may take up to 1 week (7 days) to fully cure. Under milder conditions it can take longer. Exact curing times will vary from job to job. Driving on uncured sealer may reduce its lifetime.
What happens if the concrete is not sealed?
A: Unsealed concrete surfaces will still be serviceable but will speed up the deterioration of the concrete surface. Concrete is like a sponge if not sealed properly, it will soak up all the water causing either the concrete to deteriorate and literally start to fall apart or the steel rebar beneath with rust and cause the concrete to pop. Both obviously severely tarnish the structural benefits of concrete.
What influences the expected service life of sealer?
A: The type and frequency of traffic, along with the weather conditions all play a part in how long the sealer may last. Furthermore, traffic over excess dirt, friction (e.g. from tires), and other excessive wear and tear (e.g.heavy traffic) may reduce the life of the sealer. Regular maintenance can help extend the useful service life of sealer.
When should a Traffic Coating be used? Is it mandatory?
A: In many cases, Traffic Coating is mandatory in parking structures. Traffic Coatings withstand many different types of oils, salts and most importantly water or moisture. Creating a full waterproofing, done properly, it will not allow water to penetrate the concrete! Traffic Coating could also be used in mechanical penthouses where you have water tanks or equipment, should anything go wrong all the water would run properly to the drain and not penetrate the concrete to surfaces below.
What products do you use for Traffic Coatings?
A: There are several suppliers of Traffic Coatings or membranes, we mainly work with Tremco or Pecora products. We look for quality of products, warranty and level of service when choosing the supplier to work with. Each supplier has different product lines for different applications.
Do you offer warranty on your services?
A: Yes, we do! Warranty depends on the system used but can vary anywhere from 2-20 years.