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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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How to Overcome Industrial Flooring Problems

by Regina Barnett

Many industrial complexes with concrete floors develop recurring problems, such as cracking and surface dusting. These issues can be reduced by taking certain special measures as the floor is being installed/poured. This article discusses some of the helpful options that you can discuss with your chosen industrial construction contractor.

Deferred Topping

One of the best ways to prevent industrial concrete floor problems is by giving that floor a "deferred topping" during the construction work. This refers to pouring a layer of concrete onto a slab that had already started curing. The "topping" is designed to be extremely strong to handle the heavy loads of machinery and goods that will be placed upon it. This wear resistance and superior load-bearing capacity eases the pressure that would have been placed upon the lower layer of the slab. The net result is a long-lasting industrial floor.

Use of Curing Compounds

Industrial floors usually develop recurring problems due to the different rates at which their different parts cure. The top sections cure quickly because they are exposed to higher ambient temperatures. They can also lose the excess moisture faster. The deeper layers cure slowly since their temperature is generally lower than the temperature at the surface of the slab. This different rate of curing causes cracks to develop in the concrete due to the varying rates of contraction as moisture is lost from the concrete floor.

The floor problems that result from the varying rate of curing can be prevented by using curing compounds in the concrete mix. These additives accelerate the curing process so that the entire concrete slab cures uniformly regardless of how close the concrete is to the surface.

Stress-Relief Joints

Another affordable way to avert industrial floor problems in concrete is by incorporating stress-relief joints within the floor during the concrete pour. These joints are designed to ensure that the stresses that develop while your floor is curing (and contracting in the process) don't exceed the tensile strength of the floor. Stress-induced cracks will, therefore, be unlikely to develop if the floor has stress-relief joints within it.

Each alternative has its pros and cons. For example, deferred toppings offer the best results, but they are costly to design and install. It is therefore wise to ask an industrial construction professional for expert advice about the best option that will cost-effectively deliver a lasting floor. Incorporating preventive measures during construction will ultimately be more affordable than having to deal with the problems that will keep developing once you start using your industrial complex.