Published on April 2, 2014
How to Avoid Bubbles and Blisters in Resin Flooring… Brought to you by Dr Flowcrete’s Flooring Clinic @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
Resin-based flooring solutions are extremely durable and when properly installed offer clients a seamless, hardwearing and highly resistant finish. @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
However, avoiding blemishes in the finished surface - including bubbles and blisters - requires careful preparation and attention to detail. @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
Bubbles can either appear all over the floor or in localised honeycomb clusters. @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
There are three main causes of bubbles or blisters in resin flooring: Air bubbles become trapped in the resin material during mixing and remain during cure Moisture vapor transmission Applying resin material onto a porous substrate @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
How can we prevent or eliminate the imperfections from forming? @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
Ensure that the component products are thoroughly distributed during the mixing process using a slow helical spinner drill @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
Ensure the material is pre-formulated to suit the weather and temperature conditions at the time of installation @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
Avoid high temperature or low temperature conditions wherever possible @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
Ensure that porous substrates are properly sealed and primed to prevent outgassing @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
This includes filling all cracks, holes and dents prior to installing the finish. @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
Typically polyurethane solutions offer breathability on a moist or damp substrate… @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
Epoxy solutions do not and will require the application moisture tolerant primer or a damp proof membrane prior to installation. 1 Moisture Vapour 2 Vapour Transmission Layer 3 Floor Finish 1 Moisture Vapour 2 Blistering Occurs 3 Floor Finish 1 2 3 1 2 3 With Vapour Transmission Control Without Vapour Transmission Control @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
Most importantly, ensure that the resin flooring is installed by highly skilled, highly trained application teams recommended by the manufacturer to ensure the best finish on your project. @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
If you have a question for Dr Flowcrete, tweet him @Dr_Flowcrete @dr_flowcrete www.flowcrete.com
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