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That form ensures that we consider what kind of traffic the floor will be exposed to, what temperatures, chemical exposure, and moisture vapor transmission are present, what kind of joints are present. Whether thermal shock will occur, whether it will be steam cleaned, whether it will face temperature deflection or see UV light.

“From all that information we pull together a customized system designed to work in that specific environment.”

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HTI studied the usage plan for the expansion at Flora and worked with the general contractor to ensure that proper slope be built into areas in which water would be present. They came up with a customized flooring blueprint that would employ three different Sherwin-Williams flooring systems over the newly installed concrete in the production area, or wood floor in an upper level office area.

The floor that would face the harshest environment would be in what would be defined as the “wet area,” about 1,000 square feet of concrete where the tea product would be brewed and bottled. Here floors would be subject to thermal shock in cleanings at greater than 180 degrees F. Frequent exposure to cleaning agents as well as condensation would also make a durable floor a necessity.

To stand up to that kind of treatment, HTI recommended a Sherwin- Williams FasTop Urethane system. “Put that kind of hot water on a floor at ambient temperatures and it’s going to cause some deflection, ”says Campton. “But the FasTop system expands and contracts at the same rate as the slab, so you’re not going to have a fracture. It’s the right choice for this environment.”

Outside of the wet area is a larger dry area of about 4,300 square feet that would handle light industrial traffic and storage. Here, a Sherwin-Williams troweled mortar TPM115-U1 system would provide adequate protection at an economic cost for Flora.

The expansion also includes an upper level of about 1,000 square feet that would house offices and a cafeteria, and only be subject to foot traffic. Here, HTI installed a Ceramic Carpet system over a flexible membrane, similar to the floor installed in the dry areas below and identical in appearance.  The project also included about 600 linear feet of 6-inch Epoxy Cove Base, specially designed to eliminate water penetration between the wall panels and the base.

Right the first time

For Flora facility manager Ray Kornelis, it doesn’t matter greatly what was installed, as long as the system is the right choice for each specific exposure environment.

“It’s very valuable to have a company like HTI and Sherwin- Williams that can tell me exactly what we’ll need, and where we’ll need it,” he says.

Adds Campton, “What’s important is to get a project like this done right, the first time, because these people—the architects, engineers, facility managers and general contractors—they all talk to each other. What matters to them is the final result.”

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