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Archive for February, 2011

A Healthy Concrete Floor Sealer

Stuffed bear rests on a healthy concrete floor sealer.Boy gives thumbs up for healthy flooring.

For your health…

There are all kinds of different floor sealers and there is a healthy concrete floor sealer. So, you are wondering what the difference is, right? Business owners, contractors, engineers as well as architects all want to be “green” today and thus are searching for a more healthy concrete floor sealer.

First, let’s look at non-healthy sealers. These are the ones that contain what is known as VOCs, which are volatile organic compounds. Volatile organic compounds are non-healthy because they are not safe to inhale for the chemically sensitive, nor for children and pets. It’s pretty easy to spot them as they are being applied, for they emit a foul smell, usually say that the product must be used in a well ventilated area, and truly often they are a biological or chemical pollutant because they actually emit gas.

Exposure to VOCs can cause one or more of the following possible symptoms:

• Dizziness
• Fatigue
• Epistaxis
• Emesis,
• Nausea
• Declines of Cholinesterase levels
• Dyspnea
• Allergic skin reactions
• Headache
• Throat and nose discomfort
• Conjunctival irritation

A healthy concrete floor sealer on the other hand contains absolutely no VOCs, not just one that is low in VOCs. One such healthy concrete floor sealer is Silikal. Silikal believes that having environmentally sustainable building practices is of supreme importance. Thus, their healthy concrete floor sealers are LEED floors. That means that it has been highly rated in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design because it contains absolutely no VOCs!


Wet Room Flooring For The Wettest Of Rooms

If The Room Is Wet This Flooring Is Your Best Bet!

Flooring for a wet roomDrain in wet room flooring.

It never ceases to amaze me how we in the United States mean one thing when we speak or write, yet in the United Kingdom it means something different and of course vice versa. A wet room in the U.S. is where the youngsters come in from playing in the snow and leave all their soggy snow and ice covered clothing to drip, however in the UK it refers to a special room that has been converted to a walk in shower, or perhaps a roll-in shower for the handicapped in wheelchairs.

Either way, whether used for commercial storage of wet clothing perhaps in a boarding school for instance, or a huge commercial shower room, wet room flooring needs to be completely seamless. In such a wet room, you need a floor that will be totally hygienic and thus Silikal fits that bill exactly.

You see a Silikal floor will not allow mildew or bacteria the ability to begin to form upon wet room flooring. Its smooth surface is completely free from pinholes and any other means that will allow the flooring to collect matter.

In addition, wet room flooring has to be easy to keep clean. Silikal flooring can withstand all manner of nasty chemicals used to clean such floors. Even more importantly, flooring in any kind of wet room must be free of dirt and bacteria, but Silikal offers the opportunity to take care of all cleaning and odor problems because it is totally seamless.

Finally, Silikal is the best wet room flooring available because it is also slip resistant, a very important consideration wherever a floor is wet! In this respect, any Silikal wet room flooring is beautiful, simple to clean and slip resistant to boot whether used to hang up drippy clothing and boots, or for a shower room!


Alternative Flooring That You Can Count On

Discovering The Alternative Flooring Solutions

Car in mechanic shop rests on top of alternative flooring.A desk and chair rest on top of an alternative flooring solution.Wet flooring with inset drain depicted.

There are so many different kinds of alternative flooring that can be used for different types of businesses. For instance some look at cork, leather or bamboo, but that presents many problems of course. Terrazzo is beautiful but if something heavy is dropped, it can shatter. Alternative flooring can also mean concrete, but even concrete needs to have some kind of overlay on it.

You can look at having concrete acid stained, but woe to you if you need something that is imperiously sealed, or concrete that will suffer through the use of heavy machinery. What if you need alternative flooring that is abrasion resistant due to the passage of goods on trucks, or pallets, or perhaps you need some kind of non-slip flooring?

For commercial usage, nothing but nothing can beat Silikal. It will set up in a scant hour, and unlike tile systems, will never have breakdowns of the product that allows dirt, watery products, mold and bacteria to grow underneath it. In addition an odor problem develops too under tile.

Alternative flooring may mean designed urethane concrete to you, but if you look at Silikal you will find that it is far superior. Urethane concrete will allow infinitesimal holes to appear, and again you have breakdowns of the system. Silikal bonds so much deeper, and that’s why you will find that it is a much superior product. Urethane concrete, epoxy and many other polyurethanes may actually require you to be down from 24 hours to even 3 days but Silikal is going to return you to service within one hour!