Finding a Balance

Balancing time, costs and long-term durability

Finding a Balance

Have you ever observed the tension or conflict in a construction project, between the short-term cost or time constraints, and the long-term durability of the structure? ‘Cutting corners’ may achieve the immediate requirements of the contractor and the client, but compromise the long-term service life of some part of the finished building. A balance is needed!



One example of this is exposed concrete floors. It is surprisingly common to leave this concrete unsealed, to save money or time. Even where a sealer has been called for by the designer, it may be culled towards the end of the project when the contractor is looking for ways of saving costs. Maybe this appears sensible if the sealer is seen as a decorative finish only. In actual fact, concrete floor sealer plays an essential part in helping preserve the long-term service life of the floor, by alleviating wear and dusting caused by traffic.

Warehouse exposed concrete floors need protection from traffic and loads

How to balance the time and costs against durability?

What is a good concrete sealer? Markham is here to help. We can offer a penetrating three-in-one treatment which is applied at the time of pour. By replacing three other treatments, our penetrating hydrogel will significantly reduce costs. And by being a single-application treatment, trafficable within an hour after application, we can dramatically reduce the impact on construction time.

  • Replace the curing compound or water curing process, with a single-pass treatment!
  • Replace the dust control and surface hardener, with a treatment that works to a depth of 150mm and lasts the life of the concrete!
  • Replace the surface sealer, with a penetrating porosity sealer that never wears off and never needs to be reapplied!

Car park exposed concrete floors need protection from vehicle traffic and moisture-borne contaminants

Sounds good?

It’s a win for the builder and a win for the client. If you’re involved in the design or construction of multi-level car parks, basement car park, or warehouses, you need to talk to our team today about improving the process.

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