Franklin Gutierrez in the Dominican Republic is using Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ to repair multiple spalls in a warehouse floor that were causing damaged forklifts and damaged backs.
“We did 87 repairs for this client, it is a tin can production plant, they work 24/7 so there was no time to close areas for repairs , also lots of equipment very sensible to dust in the air. The major problem was that those small holes were damaging the wheels of the forklifts, damaging the back of the operators and creating possible dangerous situations for the forklift operators, because they manage very heavy loads and even a small hole could make it unstable.
We did all in two days and the client is very very happy, the problems were solved and there was no interruption for them.
This is a big plant that produces for the local market and export, its called Troquedom.”
Heavy forklift traffic can be restored in about 10 – 20 minutes depending on the temperature.
Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ with Microdoweling™ performance creates structural concrete repairs that will hold up under the toughest warehouse floor applications. Even if the warehouse is for frozen food and -20F or colder.
Roadware Flexible Cement II™ is semi-ridged polyurethane for creating flexible bonds between concrete surfaces and other materials. This versatile material may also be used to protect contraction joints from traffic deterioration.
What is Flexible Cement II? ProprietaryPolyurethane Blend
Manufacturing: South Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Origin: Designed for creating flexible bonds between concrete surfaces and dis-similur materials.
Function: To flow into concrete cracks and joints. Filling the void with a semi-flexible polyurethane the will accommodate heavy traffic.
Military Use: Classified
Civilian Use: Fill cracks, joints and spalls in commercial, industrial and civil applications.
Service Life: Indefinite
Cure Time: 10 Minutes at 70°F (21°C)
Distribution: Worldwide Distributor Network
Use Flexible Cement II™to repair cracks and protect control joints in parking structures, bridge decks, loading docks, and many types of structural concrete.
Use on industrial floors to protect saw-cut control joints from wheel traffic damage.
Use Flexible Cement II™ to seal cove joints where the floor meets a structural wall.
Seal electrical loops and embedded lighting systems.
Repair concrete thresholds with high thermal differentials.
Flexible Cement II™ is tolerant of surface moisture when applied. Concrete should be as dry as practical to insure a good bond.
Flexible Cement II™ is an excellent flexible adhesive for bonding metal, wood, and synthetic materials to concrete. Use to bond moldings and tack strips to concrete floors.
Bond asphalt to concrete.
Bond wood to concrete.
Bond metal to concrete.
Bond carpet nail strips to concrete.
Bond carpet molding to concrete.
Repairs are tough and can handle heavy industrial traffic.
Use Flexible Cement II™ to protect joints and cracks in concrete bridge decks and pavement where heavy traffic is anticipated. This polyurethane is about as hard as a roller blade wheel and will prevent debris from filling cracks and causing further deterioration of the concrete.
Flexible Cement II™ is recommended for low movement crack repair. This tough material will hold up to forklift and industrial traffic while allowing for some movement. For high movement areas and expansion joints, we recommend a softer caulk type material.
Flexible Cement II™ repairs are ready for traffic in just 10 minute at 75 degrees F (24C).
Bulk mixing Flexible Cement II™:
The passenger tram at this airport gilds on pillows of air. Flexible Cement II is used to prevent the expansion joints from damaging the air pillows.
One of the 12 air pillows that support each car. Flexible Cement II™ prevents metal expansion joints from lifting up and cutting the air pillow as the car passes.
Flexible Cement II™ is used to protect the interface between the metal expansion joint and the concrete. This allows for a smooth surface for the air lift cars to glide over.
Use Flexible Cement II™ to repair sawn contraction joints and cracks
Question: How do you epoxy inject cracks in floor slabs on grade when you do not have access to the bottom of the slab? What keeps the product from running out the bottom and all over the place?Answer: We make these type of repairs all the time. The first thing to do is dump the epoxy. It is too thick, too brittle, and takes too long to set. Fast setting materials like 10 Minute Concrete Mender allow you to control set points deep in the crack and prevent material seepage.Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™ has an ultra low viscosity of 8cps and will gravity inject into the smallest of cracks. We make the repair in stages adding fine silica sand into the crack as necessary to prevent the material from running out the bottom. The product can be injected with needle tip mixers as small as 18 gauge. With careful technique and experience you can make structural repair that will restore aggregate interlock and restore the slab.
Start out by adding a small amount Concrete Mender to the prepared crack and noting where material in running beyond the slab. Add a light dusting of silica sand or fine quartz to the crack and some more Concrete Mender. The Concrete Mender will combined with the particles of sand to form a quick setting, “mud” at the bottom of the crack. Repeat as necessary and repair the full depth of the slab.
This will be a structural repair with no ports, no pumps, and almost no down time.
Why are my contraction joints spalling and what can I do to stop it?
Contraction joints (or control
joints) are joints cut into a slab shortly after pouring. The purpose of these joints is to control the cracking of the slab as it cures. Most concrete slabs shrink and sometimes curl for the first 12 months after pouring. Contraction joints allow the
slab to crack at pre-determined intervals instead of natural random cracking. Joint filler is used to protect the joints from spalling and chipping caused by traffic on the slab.
As the slab cures for the first
12 months, it shrinks in size and may even curl up at the joints. The contraction joints will expand as the slab shrinks. This causes the joint filler to split apart or dis-bond from the sides of the joint leaving them exposed to traffic.
When loads are rolled over the
joint. The force of the load has to transfer from the wheel, to the concrete, and to the base. If the slab is even slightly curled and the joint is expanded, the force of the load will impact on the joint causing cracking and spalling. You may even get stress cracking parallel to the joint. You can sometimes feel the uneven load transfer across the joint if you stand with one foot on either side of the joint and have someone else roll a heavy load across the joint.
Eventually, you get a spalled contraction joint. The joint filler has completely failed or is missing. Wheels go “thunk, thunk” every time they go over the joint. Productivity suffers, and the joint fills with dust and debris.
A popular and effective way to repair spalled contraction joints is to lock them back up with Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender™. Once the slab is 12 months old, the shrinkage and curling has finished. There is no longer a need for contraction joints. Now you can use Concrete Mender™ and silica sand to bond the slab back together from the base all the way up to
the top. This will stabilize the slab, restore aggregate interlock,
and allow for complete and even load transfer from the wheels all the way down to the base. Your contraction joint problems are solved.
NOTES: Locking up contraction joints
is recommended for interior controlled environment applications with sound concrete and base. Exterior applications may have different results. Always test a small section
of large repair for compatibility.
One gallon of Concrete Mender™ will make 2.2 gallons of repair material when typically applied with 2 parts sand. That makes Concrete Mender™ a better value then most epoxies and polyureas. No other product we know of goes as far and performs as well. Any way you look at it, Concrete Mender™ is a better value even it it was twice the price.