I’ve got to bring up a frustrating topic which is to do with the state of concrete (and concrete standards). It seems that in the last 10-15 years concrete and the concrete finishings seem to be getting worse.
What I’m always seeing when I go onto worksites is that there is an Australian Standard (of concrete) that talks about minimum dips and hollows and bumps e.g. like 3 millimetres over a 3-metre span. There is sarendards there but still the concrete doesn’t meet those standards.
And yet, the expectation on resin floor specialists is that even though we’re only applying a thin film which in most cases is less than a millimetre thick, that we’re going to deal with these undulations in the concrete.
These are self-smoothing products because people want flat floors. They still want it to look like a showroom finish.
But that's the old way. So how do we get to the point where the new way is that we get better specifications? Understanding about concrete so that specifiers, consumer, the builders, and so on, know what they have to do if they're planning for a resin floor.
Now I get it. If there was no planning at all for a resin floor, then they have to take that into account and spend money re-levelling, setting the levels again. But there are so many new projects that are being built and the standard comes out and it's a shocking looking floor. And yet flooring technicians are asked to be magicians and we're not. We have physical properties to deal with.
So that's one of those frustrations that gets me every time I walk onto a slab, and I'm sure it gets you. So tell me some of those things that you felt when it comes to things that are preventable as far as the state of the concrete. What are some of the frustrations you felt? Write down in the comments there. Now if you like the video, then give the thumbs up and share it. We need to talk more about these types of issues if we are going to shift to the modern world, professionalise the resin flooring industry.
So how are we going to change that? There's the old way so how do we get to the point where the new way is that we get better specifications and understanding about concrete so that the specifiers, the consumer, the builders and so on, they know what they have to do if they’re planning for a resin floor.
I understand if there was no planning at all for a resin floor, then they have to take that into account and spend money re-levelling.
But there are so many new projects being built and the concrete standard comes out and it is a shocking looking floor and yet flooring installers are asked to be magicians. And we’re not. We have physical impediments like poor concrete to deal with.
So that’s one of those frustrations that gets me every time I walk onto a slab and I’m sure it gets to you. So, tell me some of those things that you’ve felt. When it comes to things that are preventable as far as the state of the concrete, what are some of the frustrations you’ve felt? Share your comments under our YouTube video.
Now if you like the video, give it the thumbs up and share it. We need to talk more about these types of issues if we are going to shift into the modern world – professionalising the resin flooring industry.
I’m Jack Josephsen, you’ll see this video and other videos on RealWorldEpoxies.com. So, write that comment please and also other questions. You know I love getting the questions because that’s what these videos are all about.
As always, take care and keep smiling.
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