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Rob discussing basic considerations when choosing concrete protection
4. HT Commerical Mat - Base Coat + Impact Boards
Description: Ultimate protection offering true peace of mind against impact and stains. Excellent breathability. Suitable for internal and external slabs.
Pros: Able to be installed14 -21 days after pour of slab. Protects against solvents, stains, scrapes, impact & heavy vehicles/site traffic. Breathable and removes risk of hydrations marks. Fully adhered to eliminate any dust, dirt or debris entering underneath the protection and damaging the slab.
Timeframe: 9 months
3. HT Commerical Mat - Loose laid + Impact Boards
Pros: Able to be installed14 -21 days after pour of slab. Simple to install and protects against solvents, stains, scrapes, impact & heavy vehicles/site traffic. Breathable and removes risk of hydrations marks.
Cons: Cost. Some risk of dust and debris getting under the mat if not properly secured.
2. HT Commercial Mat + Base Coat
Description: The only purpose built solution on the market specifically designed for concrete protection. Lay with confidence in the knowledge that your concrete will be protected from solvents, scrapes, scratches and general site traffic, and without the risk of adhesive residue on removal. Furthermore the HT Commercial system will clean the surface on removal.
Pros: Breathable protection able to withstand and protect against angle grinding and welding sparks, stains from solvents, water, scrapes, mould, and light machinery. Fully adheres to eliminate any risk from dust or debris entering under the slab. And is resistand to UV and rust.
Has a P5 slip rating, is fire retardant and contains anti-microbial & anti-fungal charactaristics suitable for internal and external slabs.
Also becomes seamless and stationary once adhered and acts as a blank canvasfor all types of construction marks and layouts.
Cons: Requires slab to have curred for approximately 14 to 21 days before application to concrete.
Timeframe: 9 months externally, 12 months internally
1. HT Commercial Mat - Loose-laid
Description: The ultime loose lay option. Rigid, flat and breathable protection able to protect against stains, scrapes and light site traffic. Anti microbial, fire retardent and water resistant.
Pros: Easy to install, reposition and re-use. Suitable for most building site substrates. Recommend laying after the slab is at least 14 days old. Suitable for both internal and external slabs.
Cons: Not suitable under vehicles. Some risk of dust and debris getting under the mat if not properly secured.
Timeframe: Up to 6 months
How Best To Protect Concrete - Rob's Blog
Due to the complexity of concrete, there are some really important factors to consider when choosing protection:
1. How soon after pour do you need to protect, and for how long?
2. What is the finish of the slab and will it be completely finished at the stage when protection is required to be installed? Or, will you be finishing off (final grind etc) the slab after the protection has been removed?
3. What do you need to protect the slab from ie. machinery vs. foot traffic?
4. What has been added to the slab prior to protecting e.g curing agents, densifiers, guards and sealers?
Furthermore, any concrete protection system needs to be able to allow the slab to continue to breathe over time - and in addition, the protection should allow the slab to breath evenly. This means the protection product is able to be placed evenly (flat) and consistently, and must be breathable, in order to avoid the chances of curing lines or tiger strips. This is particularly important when protection is required for extended periods.
The good news is there are a number of options available for protection and depending on the process used for laying the slab, i.e. budget and site traffic etc, there is more than likely a solution that will meet your requirements.
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Provides an Extremely High level of Impact protection for onsite surfaces. Our Impact Protection Boards are essential for protecting surfaces under construction heavy machinery, such as Scissor/Fork Lifts, Mobile Cranes, Excavators, and Heavy Carts/Trolleys
Impact Protection Boards are Fire Retardant and Water Resistant and are suitable for Internal and External Projects. The Fabric Backing provides both additional protection and prevents slipping.
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