As we’re all becoming more aware of the sensitive environments in which we live (and you are, aren’t you?) we’re becoming more aware of how easy it is to trash those environments.
Trashing the environment isn’t limited to single-use plastics in waterways and roadsides.
So what’s the point?
OK, let’s get relevant here. This blog is about concrete protection. This particular article is about exposed floor slabs.
When you’re constructing a warehouse, data centre or factory, it’s generally acknowledged the slab needs hardening to sustain it against future loads and traffic. And when you’re constructing anything at all, it’s generally thought to be good if you keep costs down. Therefore we get a cheap hardening compound. Problem solved, right?
One problem solved, another created? What exactly did you choose to use?
What is Xylene?
Xylene is a mildly toxic chemical, flammable, and a source of evaporative hydrocarbons. It is, in fact, an environmental pollutant.
50-70% of typical chlorinated rubber concrete treatments consist of Xylene.
Did you choose a product where any run-off must be collected to avoid contamination of the site?
Did you choose a product with VOC so high that all workers in that zone need respiratory PPE while the product is being applied, and for some time after?
Did you choose an environmental pollutant?
And here’s something else: did you choose a product that isn’t fully effective? — that only hardens the top few millimetres of the slab … condemning the slab to craze cracking under traffic after a few years?
Don’t do this to yourself, to your workers, to the asset owner, and to the environment.
Talk to MARKHAM about the SLAB-TECT system; an end-to-end approach for slab durability and finish.
- High-quality concrete curing.
- Permanent deep penetrating hardening (about 150mm deep).
- Buff finish on hardened substrate for an excellent and lasting appearance.
SLAB-TECT potentially replaces multiple products – curing compounds, hardening compounds, and finishing sealers – in one easy-to-specify system. Add MARKHAM’s supply-and-apply service; permanently durable concrete; and perfectly safe for the environment, with no odours and no run-off… Win-win-win!
(And just on the topic of the environment – concrete in itself has bigger problems, but making it more durable and longer-lasting can help make it more sustainable. Just sayin’.)
So there are a bunch of reasons to choose SLAB-TECT™ – the advanced and permanent protection for exposed concrete floors. Get in touch today to talk about your project needs.