HTC ‘SuperFloor’ by Quest is a flooring system designed to provide a long lasting, low maintenance and environmentally low impact floor surface. The process involves mechanically refining the concrete surface by removing the top layer and revealing the underlying, more durable layers so that we can grind or polish it to provide a matt or polished finish which will provide an easy to clean, environmentally friendly and hard wearing surface. This means it’s very suitable to areas that see high foot traffic and a lot of heavy machinery, such as industrial environments like warehouses or engineering facilities; but is also at home in retail, leisure and exhibition environments where an industrial feel might be desirable.
The concrete floor is cut with a variety of diamond abrasive grits, usually 3-8 depending on the gloss level desired. This polishing can be done wet or dry depending on the site situation. Benefits of dry grinding include easier clean-up since no slurry is created during the process.
A densifier is then applied once the concrete is opened up and in a condition to readily accept the chemical. The step at which the densifier is applied is determined by the person polishing the concrete. The densifier is allowed to dry and cure for the manufacturers recommended time, followed by one or more abrasive cuts, which will polish the floor to the desired gloss.
Have you got issues with poor existing floor joints? If so, FloorBridge® installed by Quest is the solution. FloorBridge® is a unique joint reinstatement system. Made from a visco-plastic carbon fibre composite, FloorBridge® can be ground flat to the level of the adjacent floor ensuring the smoothest and possible transition across the joint, ensuring the safety of operatives across the floor.
Proven to be more robust than many other jointing systems, with a longer lifetime for any vehicles expected on the surface; FloorBridge® is an economical and ecological solution to joint problems within your floor slabs. The system is also a long lasting addition to your floor joints that will increase the lifespan of the surface; making it a cheaper option than replacing the whole floor in the event of irreparable damage to the old joints.
Main advantages include:
An investment protected by a warranty of up to twenty years.
Reduce maintenance costs of MHE
Prevents loss and damage to stock
Helps to prevent back problems with drivers
Completely impact free
Prevents recurring damage to your floor joints
Reduced noise when trafficking the joint
Easy to keep clean
The system is easy to apply (approx. 12 hours) in all areas and environments without unnecessary disruption to production and operations; providing a perfect, everlasting solution for all kinds of joint problems within a busy industrial environment.
Fields of Application include:
Warehouse (including very narrow aisles warehouses)
Automotive and Manufacturing companies
Multi storey car-parks (including underground)
Medical sector (hospitals)
Pharmaceutical sector (production and distribution)
A multi-national clothing retailer contacted Quest in regards to a flooring refurbishment project within one of their stores. They were specifically looking for an industrial aesthetic, but also a surface that was easy to clean, low maintenance and hard wearing as the flooring had to ensure the safety of the customers and employees working in the store.
After listening to the clients’ requirements and comments, Quest suggested grinding and polishing the already existing concrete surface within the store. This was considered by the client and after some discussion, it was approved, as it closely matched the flooring aesthetic of some of the clients’ other stores.
After approval, Quest quickly acquired the relevant machinery to site to carry out the work required to create the desired floor with minimal disruption to the daily operations with the premises; using both the grinding equipment and polishing machines Quest own in-house.
While the whole refurbishment programme was taking place, Quest provided both day and night shifts in order to help accelerate the work of the main contractor, who were completing other tasks within the store in tandem with the flooring work being carried out.
Overall, the chosen polished concrete finish was successfully created within the agreed project timescales. In addition, the standard of the work carried out was so high that the retailer client has returned to Quest to request tender for the same work on their other stores throughout the UK.
An office fit out contractor contacted Quest in regards to a flooring project that involved installing a concrete topping onto several different areas within an office premises – this included one flight of stairs, seven lift lobbies/landings and adjacent corridors; totalling 130m2 of flooring.
The client wanted a surface that was easy to clean and low maintenance but also non-slip as the flooring had to ensure the safety of the employees and visitors to the building. After listening to the clients’ requirements, Quest made the decision that a concrete topping was the most viable option and a tender for the works was provided as appropriate.
Quest were awarded the contract shortly after the tender was provided and a programme was set out in order to properly timetable the work to be carried out. Quest were given 2.5 weeks on the site from the start of the project in order to complete the job. Before arrival, Quest carried out preparations to get all the materials at the correct time as the site was incredibly busy throughout the entire project.
The materials arrived on time and were batched for the entire job. This included the necessary equipment needed for the substrates preparation, which was all carried out by Quest within the time period detailed in the programme.
Despite challenging conditions and a very busy site environment, Quest completed the project in only 2 weeks and handed over the installation ½ a week ahead in line with the main contractors programme and to the end users satisfaction.
Quest were asked to tender for works from a main contractor on a project for the royal mail. This involved the removal of existing faulty flooring and the grinding and polishing of the existing slab underneath to HTC Superfloor Platinum standard. Overall, the project totalled 3000m2 of flooring space.
Once the order was accepted for the project, Quest carried out slip testing and created samples of a polished concrete surface in order to ensure the existing concrete slab on site was suitable for the intended use the end user specified. This was approved, but first Quest had to remove the old vinyl tiles as they were causing major problems for the client such as constant cleaning, issues with maintenance and trip hazards.
This was all carried out on a very strict programme timetable as the whole project was to be completed in a live environment within twelve hour shifts over a ten week period. However, the main issue for Quest was that the client had given restrictions that the work had to be done in blocks of 300m2 per week to avoid disruption to its daily operations.
Despite a tight schedule and a busy site environment, Quest were able to complete the work within the programmed timetable, with the main contractor and end user very happy with the finished floor.
We will all be familiar with the effects of the build up of static electricity. Taking off a sweater made from synthetic fiber will often be accompanied with ‘crackling’ sounds as sparks jump across. On some days we can experience unpleasant shocks from touching car door handles particularly when wearing shoes with synthetic soles. The same effects are responsible for the adhesion of dust on surfaces. Under normal conditions these effects are, at the most, merely unpleasant but not particularly dangerous. However in the industrial environment such electrostatic build-up can cause lasting effects which may inhibit production or at worst endanger life.
Concrete floors are normally sufficiently conductive due to their pore water to dissipate any electrostatic charges on the surface. However floor finishes, often used to provide a more hard wearing or chemically resistant surface, may be an effective natural insulator and should be selected with caution in some circumstances. Where appropriate, a static controlled grade of Resin flooring should be selected. Static controlled grades are generally derived from normal Resin flooring grades by incorporating a proportion of carbon powder or fibers, but other more sophisticated solutions may also be used by the manufacturer.
More complex restorative work such as re-polishing of terrazzo and natural stone is a complex process that only a company like Quest can carry out because of our large investment in the machinery necessary to complete this work. This constant prioritisation of the latest machinery, technology and training for their staff coupled with the number of projects they have completed has enabled them to develop a system of grinding, polishing and buffing to allow a possibly damaged or dulled floor to be restored to excellent condition.
Using their vast experience and transferrable skills from the resin and concrete maintenance industries, Quest is expanding their capabilities into the maintenance and preparation of wood flooring through a process called wood grinding, using products such as the HTC EZWood™ range.
Employing wood flooring in a space can give it an air of class and elegance, but if in a relatively busy area, particles of dirt and grit will be trafficked on to the floor, causing it to become layered with varying degrees of dirt and oil. This can be very damaging and seriously shorten the lifespan of any wood flooring. The floors surface can quickly become dull due to scratches and the wood may be affected by the ingression of moisture and stains.
Wood grinding is the process of passing diamond pads over the surface of the flooring in order to remove existing polish or finish and then sanding the surface to remove any scratches and create an even level, ready for new lacquer to be added. This method is great for wooden flooring that is used constantly, and has sustained a lot of damage; but it is just as effective on a floor that just needs to look its best again.
Corporate hospitality packages are a popular way to enjoy live sports and entertainment events. For areas dedicated to this, a more decorative and comfortable flooring is needed such as a decorative epoxy resin system, which is a high build, decorative resin floor topping available in many different patterns and styles. It is also a system that is quickly installed and easily maintained; this means any work that needs to be carried out within its lifetime can be completed in between events to avoid disruption of operations in a busy venue such as a stadium or leisure complex.
A good example of recent work completed in a sport and leisure project is work carried out by Quest Industrial Flooring at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, including entrance foyers, walkways, car parks, concourses, food retail areas, hospitality areas, toilet areas, back of house and stair cases.
No matter what the budget, specification or specific requirements of the project, there are a plethora of options available to any designer or project manager when it comes to floor finishes in the sports and leisure sector. With recent developments in machinery and modifying resins, flooring companies are able to create new and interesting ways to accommodate the ever expanding needs of one of the largest and most lucrative markets in the world.
High Performance Industrial Solutions – Part Three
The conclusive choice between the two solutions is simple in that it depends on a few key factors. Overall, the two systems fulfil similar purposes but vary in where they are best used. If the environment requires a durable, cost effective and easy to maintain surface without the need for particularly high aesthetics then a polished concrete system might be best. However, if the facility is more concerned with high performance even in extreme circumstances without compromising on the decorative nature of the floor it may be wise to invest in a concrete topping.
Making the correct choice is paramount in an industrial setting as the demands the floor will be relied upon to withstand are sometimes punishing. Getting it right, however, will maximize the facilities ability to operate more efficiently while increasing life cycle expectancy; therefore saving time and money in the long term.
In order to be an effective industrial flooring solution, the right choice must satisfy the huge variety of service conditions required by the highly demanding industrial industry. This encompasses a vast range of systems, but the most prevalent, most simple solution seems to be a concrete based floor variation. There are two equally effective methods to consider when dealing with concrete flooring in an industrial facility; these are a polished concrete system or the addition of a concrete topping. The choice entirely depends on the needs of the site and what type of working environment needs to be achieved.
SOLUTION ONE – POLISHED CONCRETE
Due to its incredible versatility, concrete it is fast becoming the definitive no-wax flooring material. This is mainly thanks to recent advances in polishing equipment and techniques making the process cheaper and reducing the time a project takes to complete. Because of this, contractors are now starting to grind and polish concrete floor surfaces more; especially in an industrial setting.
The process involves taking an already existing concrete floor and mechanically refining the surface by removing the top cement paste and exposing the underlying, more durable concrete aggregate underneath. The new surface is then polished to create a consistent, glossy or matte finish which can resist most forms of oil and chemical spills that occur in an intensive industrial environment.