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CONCRETE'S FIRST YEAR

YOUR NEW FLOOR

As the owner of a new industrial facility, you are probably still settling in, working the bugs out of your operations. Although you may not have noticed, your floor is also adjusting to its environment.  How your floor settles in over the next year, and how you respond can have a significant effect on the long term durability of your floor. You need to realize that the durability of your floor will forever affect your operations and productivity.

The purpose of this article is to give you a condensed view of what is going on with your floor during its first year. Consider this an abbreviated owner\'s manual without the technical jargon or complicated formulas. Just a simple explanation of a very complex object.

CRACKS

As much as you are displeased to hear it, all concrete cracks. There are many causes of cracking, but most of them are rooted in the fact that all concrete shrinks.
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JOINT DETERIORATION

In the traffic-bearing areas of your floor you have two types of joints: construction and control joints. Construction joints are those joints at the ends of pour sequences.  Control (contraction) joints are joints within each pour designed to induce the anticipated cracks to crack in a straight line. Generally, you will find joints at intervals from perhaps 12 to 25\' grids.
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JOINT EDGE CURL

One type of a joint condition could be caused by a phenomena known as a \'curl\'. Concrete shrinks at a faster rate on its top surface because it is exposed to the air. As shrinkage occurs the ends of each pour curl upward.
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SURFACE DEFECTS

  • Defects
  • Dusting
  • Delamination
  • Crazing cracks
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