A high-performance concrete floor is a crucial element in the overall design of any commercial or industrial building. It should not only be durable, safe and slip-resistant but also aesthetically pleasing to create the right atmosphere. In addition to its performance and durability, it should be easy to clean and maintain. A reputable flooring contractor should be able to advise you on the best type of floor for your space and budget.
When choosing a contractor, you should consider their expertise in installing various types of floors, the materials they use and their ability to work within your timeline. You should also ask them for a breakdown of costs and the estimated timeline for completion. You should avoid contractors who give vague estimates or have a tendency to delay work.
Structural light-weight concrete mixes can be designed to achieve similar compressive strengths as normal weight concrete and offer the same durability. It allows a significant reduction in building frame and foundation material that can result in substantial cost savings for the project.
In the case of a lightweight concrete floor, the aggregates are usually made from processed by-products such as pumice or volcanic rock that has been heat-treated. Other materials like perlite and vermiculite can be used as well.
ARDEX high-tech flooring solution LT-65 Lite-Tech combines an engineered cement powder with a blend of lightweight synthetic particles and can be applied in depths from 3/4” up to virtually any thickness. It installs in a single operation and is ready to accept light foot traffic in 2-3 hours.