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)
‘Comfort flooring’ or ‘liquid vinyl’ resin systems have been growing in popularity in recent years. These types of resin floors are generally a modified FeRFA Type 5 flow applied system, comprising a primer, a flow applied ‘body coat’, optional surface sealer and may include a rubber underlay and associated adhesive and pore filler. This type of resin flooring aims to offer the user the comfort properties typically provided by cushion vinyl, with the additional benefit of providing a seamless hygienic floor. Comfort flooring is monolithically bonded to the substrate and therefore removes the need for welded joints. Resin flooring can also be overlaid at the end of its life span unlike vinyl which needs to be removed and disposed of.
These type of systems generally obtain their resilient properties from the ‘body coat’, which is usually a flexible 2 – 4 mm flow applied two-part resin self-smoothing material, and often may incorporate a filler component to increase the overall thickness of the system. Some ‘body coats’ are inherently colour stable and may be given a clear coat for scratch resistance or left un-coated. . The non-colour stable grades are usually specified with a thin colour stable top-coat. A slip resistant topcoat is also an option. Comfort Flooring systems may have a shorter lifespan than other Type 5 systems due to the relatively low thickness of the topcoat. Systems incorporating a underlay mat require an adhesive to bond the mat to the substrate and a pore filler to grout any holes between rubber crumb particles. The body coat may be specified in two thinner applications (for example 1.5 mm each) to improve smoothness and reduce the risk of protruding rubber particles affecting the surface finish.
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 contacted by a main contractor and asked to tender for works on a public sector project within a college facility. This included installation of a resin flooring based system for an engineering workshop.
After initial contact, Quest put forward a tender and the order was accepted 4 weeks ahead of the programmed start date, which allowed for thorough planning to take place in order to ascertain the best flooring solution for the environment the end user specified to the main contractor. Altrotect Plus was specified by Quest as the best solution for the mechanical engineering space incorporating a 3 part system (one part DPM primer and two parts resin coating) which would provide a surface in line with the end users specifications.
Quest then met with the client to present the selected system to explain that it would provide a hard wearing, easy to clean and long lasting surface that would reflect the lighting in the space to give a much brighter feel to the environment. This was met with approval by the client and the system was approved for the project.
The entire project was programmed for one week but Quest finished in just 5 days; with all materials for the 1000m2 floor delivered at once from a single production in order to ensure no shade variations in the surface.
Both the main contractor and end user were very happy with the results of the final installation, due in large part to the work being completed ahead of programmed time and on budget and the floor is now used by the engineers of the future in the college today!
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.
The surface regularity and degree of fall of any floor finish will largely determine the tendency for water and other contaminants to ‘pond’ (sit in puddles). Ponding can result in higher than anticipated contaminant film thicknesses which can have an adverse effect on the levels of slip resistance achievable.
Due to their method of application, synthetic resin floorings will inevitably follow the profile of the underlying substrate. The degree of regularity required to minimise ponding should therefore be defined in advance both on newbuild or refurbishment projects.
Regular Cleaning Procedures The recommended method for managing slip resistance is to ensure that a regular and effective cleaning regime is implemented that complies with the resin flooring manufacturer’s recommendations. If the incorrect cleaning regime is used, a build up of contaminants may quickly form, which could reduce the level of slip resistance available to an unacceptable level.
The most effective cleaning method will normally require the use of mechanical floor cleaning machines in conjunction with cleaning chemicals approved by the resin flooring manufacturer. It is essential that the cleaning chemical supplier is made fully aware of the types of contaminant that are likely to come into contact with the floor to ensure that the most effective product is specified.
The frequency of cleaning should be tailored to ensure that acceptable levels of slip resistance are available at all times. Regular monitoring of the slip resistance will provide an assurance of effective cleaning.