Earlier this year Hera Flooring Ltd were approached by their customer AquaTec to recommend a suitable method of floor preparation,prior to the application of their epoxy sealer and coloured topcoat, for the walkways and steps within the public areas of a football ground .
Following a site visit to the ground and discussions with Anthony Kershaw MD of AquaTec it was agreed that the optimal way to ‘key’ and clean the power floated concrete was to carry out captive shot blasting with additional diamond hand-grinding steps and edges.It was decided that we would carry out a medium blast over the majority of the area with a heavier blast carried out around the entrance areas and base of the steps to improve slip resistance.
As well as using a 3 phase dust collector, attached to the shot blasters by way of flexible hose, it was important to carry out additional manual dust collecting with a wand and head in order to remove all dust from the surface of the concrete floor .This was to enable the floor layers to immediately lay AquaTec’s floor sealant over the porous substrate to achieve excellent long term adhesion .
Capeland Ltd ( flooring contractors ) then proceeded to apply Aquatec’s FloorTec epoxy gloss paint in light grey which has produced an attractive and durable finish with an enhanced safety surface ( shot blasting profile ) which is very important with high levels of foot traffic
Due to high concentrations of foot traffic on stairways which require even higher slip resistance Hera Flooring carried out diamond hand-grinding to each step and Capeland followed up by laying AquaTec’s high build epoxy sealant and grey high build epoxy floor coating in which they broadcast a non slip safety additive with a final coat of grey topcoat to encapsulate the additive