MAPEI Planiseal ESP: A Game-Changer in Controlling Moisture & pH Below Finished Flooring

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MAPEI Planiseal ESP (PRNewsFoto/Specified Surfaces)

Specified Surfaces announced the launch of Planiseal ESP in collaboration with MAPEI Americas on December 22, 2015. Planiseal ESP is a water-based, single component coating that dramatically reduces surface preparation requirements and the associated costs. The coating brings high moisture and pH slabs into compliance for floor covering installation.

“With the introduction of MAPEI Planiseal ESP we are eliminating the need for shot blasting and other time and cost consuming mechanical surface profiling processes associated with ASTM F3010-13 products and requirements,” said James Longo, National Account Manager, Specified Surfaces.

“ESP will handle most typical moisture-related project challenges, offering the floor covering installer a value engineered means to specification compliance with the ability to deliver clients a warrantable installation.”

Designed to cost-effectively manage moisture and alkalinity up to 95%RH (ASTM F2170) 12lbs MVER (ASTM F1869) and 12pH (ASTM F710), Planiseal ESP (Encapsulator, Sealer and pH blocker) will be distributed exclusively by Specified Surfaces.

“Traditionally, moisture mitigation has been an all or nothing process that includes shot blasting, epoxies and cementitious materials at an installed cost of three or four times that of employing Planiseal ESP,” Longo added.

“While the 3010-13 products definitely have their place, Planiseal ESP will offer significant cost savings by allowing direct application of standard water-based glues without the use of primers, patches, skims or levelers over the moisture control coating… giving floor covering installers greater control of costs, schedule and application.”

After their successful collaboration launching Planiseal MVR in 2010 through an exclusive distribution model (resulting in more than five million square feet of Planiseal MVR warranted projects world-wide), MAPEI and Specified Surfaces have jointly developed Planiseal ESP to go to market utilizing the same model.

MAPEI Planiseal ESP is only available through Specified Surfaces to commercial flooring contractors for professional installation.

About Specified Surfaces

Specified Surfaces Concrete Moisture Vapor SystemsFounded in 1997, Specified Surfaces of New Smryna Beach, Florida has distributed more than twenty million square feet of warranted moisture control systems to commercial contractors on projects in the US and abroad. Focusing primarily on institutional and commercial applications, Specified Surfaces works closely with architects and owners to develop warranted solutions to challenging flooring related design-build issues. Recognized as an industry expert in moisture and related flooring conditions, Specified Surfaces is a member of NAFCD and registered AIA provider delivering educational CEU programs to the AD community as well as trade groups, general contractors, flooring contractors and engineers.

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Designer Epoxy Floors for New Blue Moon Cafe Federal Hill Baltimore

Sarah Simington of Blue Moon Cafe fame is well-known for her Sweet Baby Jesus and Cap-n-Crunch French Toast dishes. She’s been serving both from her Fell’s Point, Maryland location for the last 19 years. When she decided to expand into Federal Hill with her new location at 1024 Light St, Blue Moon Cafe Too, breakfast lovers everywhere cheered with anticipation.Epoxy floor coatings in Baltimore MD

Before opening her doors however, Simington focused on creating a unique design atmosphere for her patrons. In the same way she oversees and perfects every food item that leaves her kitchen, she used that same attention to detail in her new 90’s-style coffeehouse and dining establishment.

When it came to flooring, she chose concrete epoxy floors by O & E Concrete Design.

Concrete Epoxy Floors in Maryland: Blue Moon Too

Property type: Restaurant
Project: Floor Renovation & Installation at Restaurant
Client: Sarah Simington, Blue Moon Cafe
Location: Blue Moon Too, 1024 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230
Concrete Contractor: O & E Concrete Design, 3146 Rogers Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043. (410) 461-9445

Epoxy Floor Coating Project Details

Problem 1: 850 sf commercial kitchen floor. Previous contractor coated the kitchen floor with paint that started failing and peeling immediately.
O & E Concrete Design Solution: Concrete Repair & Epoxy Floor Coating Installation
Process: Contractor mechanically removed existing paint. Next, the team filled saw cuts and control joints in concrete slab with fast-set, flexible joint sealant, O & E installed urethane cement and then applied Novalac epoxy with light sand broadcast.

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Floor Problem 2: 1,600 sf dining area. The subfloor in the dining area of the restaurants was weak. Client wanted a seamless floor instead of tile.
Contractor Solution: Concrete Surface Prep, Patch & Install of Designer Metallic Epoxy Floor.
Process: O & E Concrete Design installed an additional layer of 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood with glue and screws. They next patched all seams on the new plywood subfloor with a low modulus joint filler and mesh tape. Installation continued with application of 100% solids flexible epoxy primer and designer metallic epoxy in whale gray. Finally, the contractor installed 100% solids Hi-Wear urethane with aggregate.

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Epoxy Floor Coating Products Summary

For Kitchen:

1. National Polymers Fast Set Flexible Joint Sealant
2. National Polymers Urethane Cement Slurry
3. National Polymers 85% solids chemical resistant Novalac Epoxy with light sand broadcast

For Front of House:

1. National Polymers 821 Low Modulus Joint Filler
2. National Polymers 139 100% Solids Flexible Epoxy Primer
3. National Polymers 137m 100% Solids High Build Epoxy with Whale Gray Metallic Pigment
4. National Polymers 359 Hi-Wear urethane.

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Concrete Moisture Mitigation at University of Miami Dining Facilities

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University of Miami students discovered renovated dining facilities at the Coral Gables campus when they returned to school in the fall of 2014. The university hired construction experts to renovate the Whitten University Center and the Hecht-Stanford Dining Hall during summer break.

Professional Surface Installations or PSI provided concrete surface prep and moisture mitigation expertise to the institutional project. Read on to learn more about the process.

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Project: University Of Miami Whitten University Center & Hecht-Stanford Cafeteria
Project Type: University Dining Facilities – Educational Institution
Location: 1350 Miller Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33124. Miami-Dade County
Contractor: Terstep
Flooring Contractor: Certified Floorcovering Services, Inc.
Surface Prep Contractor: PSI Inc. Chicago
Project Size: 35,000 sq. ft.
Vapor Barrier Systems: MAPEI
Flooring Project: The University of Miami hired architectural and construction professionals to design and renovate the Dining Facilities at Hecht-Stanford Dining Hall.

Professional Surface Installations (PSI Inc.) provided concrete surface preparation services along with moisture mitigation using MAPEI products provided by Specified Surfaces Inc. PSI’s selection of exotic woods, ceramic tile, carpet tile, glass stone and athletic rubber flooring adorn the flooring and walls within the food court and cafeteria.

As concrete moisture mitigation experts, PSI was also contracted to measure water vapor emissions in the concrete substrates and reduce high humidity readings in order to prepare the concrete for floor covering installation.

Concrete Moisture Control Products by Mapei:

Planiseal MVR – High performance epoxy moisture barrier for concrete substrates. Used for concrete slabs that exhibit high moisture vapor emission rates. Penetrates into substrate while at the same time creating a solid layer to reduce moisture transmission.

Primer T – General purpose primer for self-leveling underlayments. Enhances adhesion on non-absorbent surfaces such as tile and epoxy moisture barriers. Also works for absorbent surfaces and suitable for multiple substrates. Low odor and easy to apply.

Novoplan 2 Plus – High strength & quick cure self-leveling cement underlayment for interior concrete floors.

concrete floor surface preparation & moisture mitigation by PSI Inc.Scope of Moisture Mitigation Work:

1. Surface preparation – clean, grind & repair concrete surface.
2. Planiseal VS Application – PSI coated floors with epoxy coating specially designed to act as moisture vapor barrier for concrete flooring.
3. Cap Plainseal VS – PSI leveled the floors before installation of floor coverings by prepping floor with Primer T.
4. Apply self-leveling underlayment – Next, the moisture mitigation experts pumped Novoplan 2 Plus as an underlayment.

Professional Surface Installations was able to assist the contracting team with providing a complete and guaranteed moisture mitigation system for the University of Miami. To learn more about their services, give PSI a call or send an email via our contact form.

You may also learn more about concrete moisture mitigation for the University of Miami institutional project by visiting the Mapei reference for the University of Miami Dining Facility project.


Concrete Vapor Barrier for Cleveland Clinic Weston Florida

When Cleveland Clinic needed to renovate its campus in Weston, Florida, moisture mitigation for their concrete floors was at the top of plans to create a safe and hygienic environment for their patients, visitors and staff.

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Concrete Vapor Barrier Systems for Medical Facilities

Concrete floors require special attention for any new construction or renovation project at hospitals and medical centers. To mitigate moisture and strengthen concrete, slabs undergo special preparation prior to installing and finishing cement, tile, carpet or epoxy resin systems.

Without the proper concrete vapor barriers in place, floor coverings may fail or even increase the risk of mold and mildew growth. Even more importantly, medical facilities typically cannot shut down their operations to allow time for traditional concrete to dry and cure. That’s where moisture mitigation expertise becomes necessary for fast track construction projects that require quick drying of concrete.

Specified Surfaces and PSI Inc. provided the concrete experts and products to control moisture and balance concrete alkalinity.

Moisture Mitigation Project Details

Project: Cleveland Clinic FAST TRACK NICI
Client: Cleveland Clinic, 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd, Weston, Florida, 33331. Broward County.
Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Flooring Contractor: Resource 4 Floors
Subcontractor: PSI Inc., Fort Myers, Florida. View contact information.
Floor Installation Systems Supplier: Specified Surfaces, New Smyrna Beach, FL. View contact details.
Project Size: 102,000 sq. ft.
Flooring Project: The medical center needed concrete moisture mitigation so that their renovation construction plans could proceed on schedule with limited downtime.

Concrete Moisture Control Products by Mapei:

Planiseal MVR – High performance epoxy moisture barrier for concrete substrates. Used for concrete slabs that exhibit high moisture vapor emission rates. Penetrates into substrate while at the same time creating a solid layer to reduce moisture transmission.

Primer T – General purpose primer for self-leveling underlayments. Enhances adhesion on non-absorbent surfaces such as tile and epoxy moisture barriers. Also works for absorbent surfaces and suitable for multiple substrates. Low odor and easy to apply.

Novoplan 710SL Specialty Underlayment at 3/16” – High strength & quick cure self-leveling cement underlayment for interior concrete floors.

Scope of Moisture Mitigation Service:

  1. Mechanically prepare concrete. Surface preparation includes clean and repair as well as grinding.
  2. Apply Planiseal MVR.
  3. Apply Primer T.
  4. Apply Novoplan 710 SL.
  5. Supervision

Polished Concrete Floors in Alpharetta for Camp Bow Wow Doggie Day Care

The precious pups at Camp Bow Wow Doggie Day Care in Alpharetta GA have a new thing to bark about with all their puppy pals – brand new polished concrete floors by AAA Southern State Refinishing!

Camp Bow Wow hired these concrete polishing experts to provide a low maintenance concrete floor that would be easy for employees to clean without being hard on little paws.

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Polished Concrete Floors in Atlanta Georgia for Pet Day Care Center

Client: Camp Bow Wow, 1755 Grassland Pkwy, Alpharetta, Georgia 30004

Contractor: AAA Southern States Refinishing

General Contractor: G. C. Chandlee & Sons

Project Location: Alpharetta, Georgia in Fulton County

Products: NIKA Corp Lithium Densifier; Copper Bond in 50-grit & 100-grit; Prosoco Polish Guard

Concrete Flooring Problem: The dog care center needed an easy maintenance floor, and all power was shut off pending a walk-thru inspection.

Contractor’s Solution: Remove, cure, seal & polish concrete floors for Camp Bow Wow

Project Details

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The general contractor, G. C. Chandlee & Sons, requested that AAA Southern States Refinishing spec an easy-to-clean, low maintenance floor for a brand-new Camp Bow Wow Doggie Day Care.

Upon arrival at the location, the AAA crew discovered that all power was cut off pending a walk-through inspection. They set up their generator to run concrete grinding equipment and strung lights in the work area since they knew it would be a late night to finish the project on time.

Steps to Seal & Polished Concrete Floors in Alpharetta Dog Day Care

1) The AAA team started with 50-grit copper bond, but quickly learned that the cure & seal would not lift from the company’s floor.
2) The contractor switched to a 20/30 metal, and after a slow walk with their big grinder, they were able to remove the old floor sealer.
3) In this step of the project, they noticed a lot of concrete removal so they saturated the floor with NIKA Corp Lithium Densifier. This mixture hardens the slab in preparation for the next phase of grinding.
4) Using 50-grit copper bond and moving up to 100-grit as the grinding continued, the AAA crew grinded the edges by hand between all steps of grinding the concrete to a fine polish.
5) They started the polishing process with 50-grit resin and polished up to 800.
6) Next, they used microfiber to apply two coats of Prosoco polish guard, and as they applied it, they burnished with each step.


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