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Installation: Self-levelers solve subfloor prep issues

April 30/May 7, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 23

By Lindsay Baillie

Retailers, installers and contractors know that what’s underneath a floor is just as critical to a consumer’s long-term happiness as the floor’s overall look and feel. For the consumer to get the most out of her floor over the life of the product, installers need to properly prep the substrate.

To assist installers with this crucial step, manufacturers are developing new self-levelers to help shorten prep time and create a better working environment for workers on the job site. Following are some of the recent entries to the market.

Ardex

Ardex K 22 F and Ardex K 60 are designed to accelerate even the tightest construction schedule. Ardex K 22 F is a high-flow, self-leveling underlayment that is reinforced with microfibers to increase product flexibility. This installation can be done as thin as 1⁄8 inch without the need for a liquid admixture or any sort of mesh fastened to a wooden subfloor. The product eliminates the need for putting down lathe. It is also fiber reinforced and low tension allowing it to go over challenging substrates with less floor preparation than the most common self-levelers.

Ardex K 60 Arditex—a rapid-setting, self-leveling latex underlayment—is mixed only with a latex additive and can be installed over a wide variety of substrates without the use of a primer. Ardex K 60 is a versatile product that eliminates the need for sourcing water. It also saves significant time by reducing the need for floor preparation.

Laticrete

The Laticrete SuperCap ready-mix delivery service is a new turnkey service that delivers blended self-leveling underlayment (SLU) through the company’s patented pump truck technology directly to the job site. According to the manufacturer, this service significantly saves both time and cost while providing a safer, cleaner work environment.

With the ability to blend and pump up to 30,000 pounds per hour—the equivalent of 600 small bags per hour—the SuperCap ready-mix delivery service benefits the entire project from design to completion by providing predictable results, according to Clint Schramm, director of marketing, Laticrete SuperCap. “Thanks to its computer-control system, a consistent, quality blend is ensured every time, shaving weeks off a project schedule while delivering a flat floor for subsequent trades to build out on within 24 hours.”

Schönox

Schönox will soon take the wraps off its latest cement-based, self-leveling compounds, S1500 and XM. Schönox S1500 is a cement self-leveling compound designed for a multitude of projects with a depth of ¼ inch to 1½ inches. Schönox S1500 is noted for its very low shrinkage and PSI of 4900.

Schönox XM offers a self-leveling, cementitious smoothing as a leveling compound with very low VOC, good working properties, standard preparation and cost-effective applications. This high-flow self-leveler is designed for layers from 1⁄6 inch up to ½ inch with a PSI of 4300.

Both of these new compounds feature high hardness and strength, underfloor heating and a Schönox quality smooth subfloor.

Sika

Sika recently launched two innovative self-leveler systems: Sika Level-425 and Sika Level-525. Sika Level-425, a low-dust solution, offers innovative dust reduction technology preventing excess dust from spreading around the job site during the mixing of the product. Sika Level-525, which is designed to work quickly, rapid cures in 90 minutes, offering installers the opportunity to cover the underlayment with a floor in the same day.

The new products round out Sika’s total system of moisture-mitigation products. “The Sika Secure System helps installers to find what they are looking for,” said Marlene Morin, marketing manager, interior finishing. “We offer solutions that can provide great flow, high compressive strength, fast drying time and varying thicknesses.”

Taylor

Sahara is one of Taylor’s most aggressive moisture vapor barrier (MVB) products on the market. The product, which is engineered to withstand the most extreme moisture installations, is designed to control concrete substrate vapor emissions. For glue-down applications, it is designed to be paired with the company’s all new Enhance bond promoter. Sahara can be applied directly to a clean and porous concrete substrate, meaning installers can eliminate expensive and time-consuming bead blasting or scarifying, also making it easier for the flooring contractor to comply with the new OSHA regulations on crystalline silica dust.

As a self-leveling, one-part trowel applied product, Sahara is ready to use straight out of the pail. It creates a smooth, solid surface for excellent flooring installations and is ready for next steps in approximately eight hours. Floating floors can be installed directly over Sahara and hardwood can be glued directly to it using the Taylor Signature Series line of wood flooring adhesives.

Uzin

Uzin Fast System features three products: Uzin PE 414, a turbo surface strengthener/ primer; Uzin PE 280, a fast primer; and Uzin NC 172, a bi-turbo self-leveling compound. This system allows flooring to be installed in as little as four to six hours from initial application, which makes it ideal for time-sensitive projects. The Fast System also reduces mixing time from three minutes to one minute and meets strict Emicode EC1 Plus environmental criteria.

Uzin PE 414 dries in 60-90 minutes, saving time and labor costs. As a single component, it requires no mixing and is ready to use. Both water and solvent free, Uzin PE 414 meets strict criteria for healthy indoor air quality. Uzin PE 280 dries in approximately 45 minutes and has superior bonding strength. Uzin NC 172 is ready for covering in as little as one hour and provides a flat, level surface.

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Ardex invests in DTA

Aliquippa, Pa.—The Ardex Group has attained a strategic stake in DTA, a quality tools, trims and machinery provider for the wall and floor market.

DTA was established in Australia in 1976. The company manufactures, imports and distributes high-end tools, trims and machinery throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Dedicated to delivering innovative, dependable products, DTA focuses on servicing the professional contractor.

“This joint venture is an exciting addition to the Ardex strategy of system solutions,” said Mark Eslamlooy, CEO, Ardex Group. “The burgeoning synergies we develop with DTA will present additional value to our customers.”

DTA will continue to operate independently from the Ardex companies in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. There are no planned changes to personnel in either company.

 

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Ardex UI 720 Flexbone now available in sheets

ardexAliquippa, Pa.—Ardex Americas’ UI 720 Flexbone floating uncoupling membrane is now available in sheets for purchase at Ardex distributors throughout North America. The product is designed for installer convenience on smaller jobs.

Ardex UI 720 Flexbone saves up to 50% on installation time and cost and is an ideal solution for frequently changed-out floors or for use directly over an array of difficult substrates that would normally require subfloor preparation prior to installation. The unique bone shape design allows for fast and easy prefilling in just one pass. Each sheet is 39 x 78.75 for 21.5 square feet of coverage per sheet.

“Our UI 720 Flexbone sheets are the perfect solution for smaller jobs when the 215 square feet roll is too much.” said Russ Gaetano, Ardex senior marketing manager, tile & stone installation systems. “The innovative technology behind this one-of-a-kind uncoupling system is now available as a convenient solution for every size installation.”

For more information, visit ardexamericas.com.

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Ardex introduces S 28 Microtec super-format tile mortar

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 10.55.58 AMAliquippa, Pa.—Ardex Americas’ S 28 Microtec rapid-set, rapid-dry, super-format tile and uncoupling membrane mortar is now available for purchase at Ardex distributors throughout North America.

Formulated with Ardex proprietary self-drying technology, Ardex S 28 is fully dry in just four hours when installing even the largest, most dense tiles. Suitable for interior use, Ardex S 28 is a high-performance rapid setting and drying, thin to medium bed mortar with a unique semi-pourable consistency for ease of application and a much easier ability to obtain full coverage when installing large and super format tile.

Ardex S 28 is highly flexible with virtually no shrinkage and delivers an unmatched open time for a rapid set mortar (45 minutes). Its semi-pourable consistency also makes Ardex S 28 the perfect choice for installing Ardex Flexbone uncoupling membranes and most other uncoupling membranes.

“We’re excited to be releasing Ardex S 28, because of its unique self-drying technology, semi-pourable consistency and revolutionary open time of 45 minutes,” said Russ Gaetano, marketing manager, tile & stone installation systems, Ardex. “There simply isn’t another product like this on the market. We feel that this product will become an industry benchmark.”

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Tarkett, Ardex form training partnership

Solon, Ohio—Tarkett has partnered with Ardex to host systems training for flooring installers. The two-day training sessions will cover relevant topics including: substrate preparation, moisture control, self-leveling and patching materials for resilient floor installation.

“We are excited to partner with Ardex to offer this training,” said Richard Schmidt, technical specialist for Tarkett North America. “Our investment in training courses such as these demonstrates our lasting commitment to supporting our installation partners.”

The dates and locations for the training sessions are as follows:

The course is free and includes hotel, meals and round-trip transportation the airport. Space is limited to 25 participants per session. For more information or questions regarding training registration, contact Pam Barrett at pam.barrett@ardexamerica.com.

 

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FCICA, Ardex Americas, Nora Systems to offer scholarship in honor of Bruce Newbrough

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 4.56.09 PMWest Bloomfield, Mich.—The Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA), Ardex Americas and Nora Systems have established the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship for the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) program in honor of Bruce Newbrough, former director of applications development at Ardex.

The scholarship has been developed to provide educational opportunities to floor covering installation managers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to and excellence in proper substrate preparation and installation of floor covering.

“FCICA is honored, not only to have known and worked with Bruce Newbrough, but also to have this opportunity to work with both Ardex and Nora toward our common goal of a standard of excellence for installation managers in the Certified Installation Manager program,” said Gerry Swift, FCICA chairman.

Individuals interested in applying for the scholarship can visit www.fcica.com/training-program/bruce-newbrough-scholarship. Applications must be received by June 1. The scholarship will be awarded in July.

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Ardex Americas launches new adhesive

Ardex CA 20 P
Ardex CA 20 P adhesive

Aliquippa, Pa.—Ardex Americas has launched CA 20 P multi-purpose construction adhesive and sealant, a one-component, modified silane, polymer adhesive and neutral curing sealant. Designed to be environmentally friendly, Ardex CA 20 P contains zero VOC’s with no solvents or isocyanates. Continue reading Ardex Americas launches new adhesive

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Ardex Americas debuts Ardiflo System

ARDEX_Americas_logoArdex Americas is synonymous with innovation, invention and industry leadership. In keeping with this tradition, Ardex introduces the Ardiflo System which proactively addresses concrete construction issues through a new and innovative specified finishing method for new concrete with an integrated system of moisture control and self-leveling underlayment products, installed with a range of high technology pumping platforms – from traditional mixing barrels to Standard, Medium and High-Capacity Pumping Systems. Each system is uniquely designed to match capabilities with the project parameters. But more than that, each system is available both for rent or purchase, with a broad range of training and support options as well as tailored warranty and contractor programs. Continue reading Ardex Americas debuts Ardiflo System

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FCICA’s mid-year meeting a ‘huge success’

By Louis Iannaco 

Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012

Florence, Ala.—The Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) recently held its 2012 Mid-Year Meeting here at the Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa. The event welcomed 75 attendees, including contractors and associates, for what was said to be “by far the most successful mid-year meeting in FCICA history,” according to the group’s executive vice president, Kim Oderkirk.

The four educational sessions were major draws for the event and included “Application of Self-Levelers” with Karen Bellinger of Schonox; “Welding Systems—Tools & Techniques,” a seminar by Brent Fike 
of Flexco; “The Risk of Excluding Initial Floor Maintenance,” led by Ed Farrington of Nora Systems and Gerry Swift, vice president, commercial division, Mike Flooring Companies, and “Is Your Concrete Concrete? – Avoiding Failures When the Floor Might Be Gypcrete, Fly Ash Concrete or a Lightweight Aggregate,” featuring Jeff Johnson of Mapei and Bruce Newbrough of Ardex.
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ReSource Commercial Flooring Network changes name to Fuse

Aims to ‘ignite’ business moving forward

Stone Mountain, Ga.—What’s in a name? Well, if you were to ask members of the ReSource Commercial Flooring Network (RCFN), their answer would probably be, “a lot.” That’s how it seemed as members responded with applause to the announcement at the group’s Network Exchange 2012 convention here that ReSource will now be known as the Fuse Commercial Flooring Alliance. Continue reading ReSource Commercial Flooring Network changes name to Fuse