It was the middle of winter, and the Manhattan, NY-based Animal Center was in a bit of a pickle. They needed new epoxy floors, and fast!
Effect of Heavy Animal Traffic on Floors Had Reached Its Limit
The wear and tear caused by years of feet and paws treading across the floors had left the original concrete in a pitiful state. It was spider-webbed with cracks and looking just terrible. The Animal Center knew that a change had to happen soon, but it seemed like everyone they called just couldn’t do it.
“It’s too cold!” One company said.
“The conditions are too unworkable!” Said another.
Could These Concrete Floors be Saved?
Yet, when they called Atlantic Concrete Design, they had a feeling their luck was about to change for the better. They were right.
“Of course we can do it!” Atlantic Concrete Design assured them, always up for a challenge.
The installation team headed down to the center for an inspection, to see how much work needed to be done. They quickly realized that the temperatures on the site would be extra cold during the week of installation, which would make the epoxy difficult to install. They also recognized that they would have to deal with a sizable amount of failed self-leveling concrete flooring, all of which needed to be removed.
The Atlantic Concrete Design team had their work cut out for them!
The most important thing about the new floors was that it was going to have to be able to withstand 24/7 animal and human traffic. “Was this doable?” Animal Center asked.
“Absolutely!” Atlantic Concrete Designs responded.
Our team got to work in the frigid conditions, eager to lay the floors as quickly as feasible. The Animal Center had chosen epoxy, as it was known for its durability. Specifically, epoxy is practically impermeable and highly resistant to animal waste, stains, and cleaning chemicals, making it ideal for the high volume of animal traffic.
Unfortunately, however, installing epoxy isn’t the most straightforward of processes, especially in cold conditions. Epoxy typically is best suited for application in temperatures above 55°F, so the fact that it was averaging 17-20°F wasn’t ideal. The reason why temperatures above 55 are so helpful to the process is that the surrounding temperature affects the internal temperature of epoxy resin and hardener mixture. If an epoxy installer doesn’t know how to properly mix these materials in harsh conditions, it could lead to incomplete mixing, uneven layers of coating, and the creation of air bubbles.
Fortunately, the installation team from Atlantic Concrete Design knew exactly what they were doing, and were able to lay the flooring in spite of the difficult conditions.
In the end, Animal Center got a floor that could hold up to the pitter patter of little paws, and Atlantic Concrete Designs overcame another interesting challenge they could be proud of.