Impact of the Environment and Components on Durable Floors

Posted by Greg Fricks on Sep 12, 2015 4:47:00 PM

Technology has allowed builders to measure and perfect the factors that help commercial buildings last longer. When it comes to facilities that require special environmental conditions, research can provide solid insights into how to build, which materials to use, and how to accommodate various factors to ensure a longer-lasting facility that will need fewer repairs over the course of the building’s use.

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Topics: Concrete Floor Construction

How to Recognize the Components of a Durable Floor

Posted by Greg Fricks on Aug 27, 2015 2:24:00 PM


 durable concrete floors

There are a number of elements that impact the long-term durability of a floor - how it was finished, the conditions during slab placement, conditions of where the floor will be used, joints and their placement, and subgrade, placement method, finishing techniques, surface hardeners and application -- but at the end of the day, it’s the ingredients that are the most important thing: the concrete mix.

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Topics: Concrete Floor Construction

Reduced Joint Concrete Floors: A Tutorial

Posted by Greg Fricks on Aug 24, 2015 2:33:18 PM

In concrete floors, joints allow each slab to move independently of the others as the concrete naturally expands and contracts. For many applications, joints are necessary and don’t cause problems when they are installed properly or saw-cut properly as it’s better to dictate where cracks should be then invite new cracks to appear at random. 

There are some applications where joints are unwanted, however, particularly in heavy, high traffic volume warehouses and other industrial locations where any kind of imperfection on a floor is quickly compounded by the heavy equipment that rolls over it all day. Deterioration and raveling typically begin at a joint where the pressure of a loaded forklift puts too much weight on a vulnerable spot and it begins to fracture, crack, deteriorate, and cause forklifts to break down.

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Topics: joint-free floors, reduced joint floors

What’s so special about SCC floors?

Posted by Greg Fricks on Aug 19, 2015 2:29:45 PM

At FRICKS, we create concrete floors for high traffic, high-volume sites that require very durable floors with as few joints as possible, while meeting strict abrasion and impact guidelines. We are specialists in this very specific niche of the industry, and we’ve tested until we’ve found the right mix of materials and technique to deliver the highest quality floors for our clients.

One of the most important improvements we’ve made is with Shrinkage Compensating Concrete or SCC.

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Topics: Concrete Floor Construction

Our Floor Contractor's Motto: Always Be Prepared

Posted by Greg Fricks on Jul 29, 2015 1:39:39 PM

Site organization and cleanliness is important to the over-all quality of the job and more importantly the safety on the job. A clean site is a safe site.

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Topics: Concrete Floor Construction

Shrinkage Compensating Concrete Outperforms Shrinkage Reducing Chemicals

Posted by Greg Fricks on Jul 20, 2015 5:20:58 PM

The shrinkage battle

When considering which approach to use to battle shrinkage, it is first important to understand the shrinkage you’ll encounter on the job: how much shrinkage and how that is going to affect the performance of the slab. Put very simply, shrinkage happens when moisture evaporates out of the concrete at a non-ideal rate as it hardens. Shrinkage occurs for different reasons in different concrete mixes, and it takes a seasoned expert to make judgements about the mix design that will work best on a given job.

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Topics: Concrete Floor Construction

Before You Begin, Think About Finishing

Posted by Greg Fricks on Jun 30, 2015 1:33:00 PM

Mixing, pouring, and finishing concrete is a trade that blends art with science, and braun with skill. To be a master concrete finisher, you need to combine a set of impressive physical skills with a lot of experience and a bit of intuition, too.

The concrete process can seem deceptively simple, but there is a lot to consider. When it comes to hiring a concrete crew, you want to make sure the tradesmen who will oversee each aspect of your job are very skilled, otherwise, you may wind up standing on an inferior floor that will not support your operation and continue to cost you money for the life of the facility.  

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Topics: Concrete Floor Construction

The Lost Art of Concrete Floor Finishing

Posted by Greg Fricks on Jun 8, 2015 12:14:24 PM

From a technical perspective, finishing a concrete floor is defined by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) as “the operation of creating a concrete surface of a desired texture, smoothness, and durability.” This rather basic definition is helpful if you’re trying to explain what finishing is but there’s much more skill and artistry involved in concrete floor finishing than you might think.

There are a variety of style options for industrial floors, and a number of different ways a crew might work on a floor, but the one thing that remains constant is the fact that quality and craftsmanship are critical. In fact, a recent post noted that real estate values for warehouses can often hinge on the quality of the site’s floor, so it’s important to understand the degree of skill that’s required in floor finishing, and the attention to detail the crew needs to maintain.

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Diamond Dowel System vs. Conventional Square or Round Dowels

Posted by Greg Fricks on Apr 3, 2015 3:35:53 PM

Joint failure is the most common issue in a concrete floor. As the forklift travels over the joint, the wheels depress the edges of the joint when not properly supported. As little as 10 mm of movement can cause spalling. With joint failure comes downtime, increases in maintenance (equipment and floor), a drop in building valuation, and increased operating cost.

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Topics: Concrete Floor Construction

Interesting Gadgets from WOC 2015-Somero Matson Deflection Meter

Posted by Greg Fricks on Mar 30, 2015 4:05:57 PM

World of Concrete 2015 (WOC 2015) took place the first week of February in Las Vegas. As always there was a lot to do and see. Everyone was there from 1-800 Bollards/Post Guard to Zurn Industries, over 1,560 different products and exhibitors. 

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Topics: Concrete Floor Construction

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