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Tips for Buying Your New Flooring

Like many other home dťcor purchases, you may have a particular floor in mind but find yourself trading off one feature to get another that better suits your needs. It could be a matter of budget or functionality. We are offering the following points to consider before you begin the shopping process:

Analyze the conditions around your home
Do you live in an area where there is a lot of sand? Sand can exaggerate wear on your floor and certain types of flooring perform better where sand is present. Do you have an asphalt driveway? Asphalt can be tracked off on certain floor coverings. Do you live in a very high humidity area? Humidity can effect certain floor coverings.

Analyze the conditions in your home
Do you have pets? Certain types of flooring will resist scratching from pet's claws or resist staining from those little pet accidents better than others. Do you have a large family with young children and lots of traffic on your flooring?

Consider your performance priorities
Do you want ease of maintenance above all else? Maybe you want a longer lasting floor or greater resistance to scratching. Sometimes it's easier to evaluate the flooring that you are replacing and decide how the new flooring should be different.

Match your styling preferences with your performance needs
We think you will find your options exciting. Today's flooring choices often offer a variety of performance characteristics for any look you might want. For example, you may want a rustic stone look. You can get that look in ceramic tile, vinyl, or laminate flooring. Hardwood visuals are available in real hardwood, laminate, or vinyl flooring.

Marble-is a high-grade floor covering with one distinct disadvantage it is permeable like a sponge and liquids and dust particles readily enter the marble unless protective measures are taken. Immediately after installation the marble floor should be professionally cleaned, sealed and polished. Then at regular intervals it should be re-sealed and polished again. Without this preventative maintenance routine not only will the shine suffer but the natural colorings will become distorted and fade. Complete restoration is always possible but expensive. Save yourself that expense by looking after your marble the way you would any other cherish household effects.

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Why Do Concrete Repairs Fail?

In the last few years, many materials and methods have been developed to repair concrete. Sales representatives selling epoxy resins, caulks, sealants, and adhesives all promise wondrous results with their products.

But some experts estimate that up to half of all concrete repairs fail because many of the concrete repairs materials donít work or last long, and concrete repairs are tricky. There are few engineers who have adequate knowledge of concrete repair, and contractors with experience in concrete repair are scarce too.

Bryant Mather, formerly the director of the Structures Laboratory, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Miss., and James Warner, a consulting engineer in Mariposa, Calif., were interviewed about concrete repair and failure.

Q: Are most concrete failures due to the incorrect specifications or the contractor not following the specs?

MATHER: In my opinion itís about 50/50. For example, if the attack on the concrete by sulfates derived from the soils involved was the cause of deterioration, it will be clear that the concrete was deficient in sulfate resistance.

If cement with an appropriate degree of sulfate resistance was not specified, then the deficiency was in the specifications. If the proper cement was specified, but was not used, the deficiency was in the execution of the work in accordance with the specification requirements.

Q: What factors can cause premature deterioration in concrete?

MATHER: The main factors are:
ē freezing and thawing
ē aggressive chemical exposure
ē mechanical abrasion
ē corrosion of steel and other embedded metals
ē chemical reactions of aggregates
ē non-uniform volume change

Other factors are: unsound cement with excessive amounts of anhydrate CaO or MgO and
plastic shrinkage, the lack of maintained moisture content during the time when the concrete remains plastic

Q: What causes most serious failures?

MATHER: About a fourth of them will be structural failures and the other three-fourths will be durability problems.

WARNER: The problems are usually that the concrete is not appropriate for the intended use and/or is not of sufficient durability. When water and salt get into concrete, the reinforcing steel corrodes. Thatís why the concrete cover over the reinforcing steel has to be dense and of low permeability.

There is a commonly held misconception that high-strength concrete will provide high durability. This is not correct. Concrete strength and durability are not directly related. Very high strength concrete can be of low durability. The measure most often used for concrete is strength, not durability. But durability is all important.
 

Q: How do repairs differ from new construction?

WARNER: With new construction, you know where to start. You can hire your contractor and inspector and make sure everything is right each step of the way.
With repairs, you never know where you are starting. You donít know whatís in that structure. Itís very rare that you have the original specs and that those specs are accurate.

Even with a good condition survey prior to design, many surprises occur when the contractor opens up the work, and removals are made. A team approach with close cooperation between designers and contractors is essential with repair work. Also, the contract documents must be sufficiently flexible. Changes will occur in most significant repair projects.

Q: If concrete is failing, what should be done?

MATHER: If the concrete is already failing, then you have to make a thorough inspection of the situation to find out the nature, extent and cause, of the defect. After you make the inspection, you can drill cores or break or saw off pieces to examine and check in the laboratory.

Next, you must decide what to do to the structure. The first question you must ask is: "Can it be repaired or does the structure have to be replaced?" Usually the structure can be repaired.
Most problems with concrete can be solved by figuring out a way to keep the water from getting in. Almost every concrete failure can be traced to a water problem.

Q: Why do many repairs fail?

WARNER: Repairs usually fail because of inappropriate selection of repair material. Many new products have come on the market in the last several decades. But these materials and their properties, such as co-efficient of thermal expansion and modulus of elasticity, are often very different from those of concrete.

When a repair is made in concrete, you have to match the properties of the repair material to those of the concrete.
Also, some concrete repairs fail because of insufficient or inappropriate surface preparation such as not removing all the bad concrete or all the corrosion product from the reinforcing steel.

MATHER: The same amount of negligence when repairing will do much more damage to the repair that it would to new construction. For example, if a whole sidewalk dries too soon, it may turn out all right. But a one-inch patch will curl up and pull away.

Q: Are concrete repairs expensive?

WARNER: In some cases, repairs can cost more than new construction. Usually, itís not the repair itself that is so expensive, but what you have to do to get to the point where you can do the repair. Providing access, scaffolding, selective removal of the faulty concrete, handling of the debris, and abrasive blasting of the reinforcing all take time and cost money. Loss of use of a building is also a big factor. Often, work can be staged so that the building can continue to be used, but this takes longer and costs more.

MATHER: The thing about concrete repairs is that most people donít realize the extent of the damage. Then theyíre shocked when they find out how much it will cost to repair. Let's talk about a building of steel-reinforced concrete.

When the owner thinks that just the outer one-inch must be replaced, itís one thing. But inspection reveals that eight inches of the concrete must be replaced, and the steel must be sandblasted. Letís say the whole wall is only 16 inches thick. If the owner doesnít understand all of this, then the cost will shock him.
 

Q: What recommendations do you have for those who must write specifications to concrete?

MATHER: First of all, I donít think the architect or engineer should write the specifications for concrete and concrete repairs. They should use the specifications provided by the American Concrete Institute, which are also contained in most of the city and state building codes.

WARNER: Itís difficult to write specs for concrete repairs. Itís hard to know the actual extent of the repair until the work is actually done. If youíre going to be specifying concrete and concrete repairs, you must be keenly aware of the material properties. The annual short course on Repair of Concrete at the University of Wisconsin devotes several hours to this subject.

Also, the International Concrete Repair Instituteís Guideline No. 03733ó"Guide for Selecting and Specifying Materials for Repair of Concrete Surfaces" provides a systematic approach to material selection and includes checklist forms for evaluation of the material requirements. Itís my considered opinion, that every concrete repair designer and specifier should use this guideline.

Q: Why is concrete repair such a big issue now?

WARNER: Some of our concrete design and construction practices in the last 30 or 40 years have not been as good as they might have been because far too little attention has been given to the amount of reinforcing cover concrete and the quality of that concrete. Reliance on the myth that high-strength concrete would automatically provide good durability has also contributed to concrete failure.

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     3. Get FREE mold advice, mold help, and/or answers to your mold questions, by emailing mold expert Phillip Fry at
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