Relevant Technical Articles
Relevant ASTM Standards
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ASTM F 2772-11 Standard Specification for Athletic Performance Properties of Sports Floor Systems
This specification establishes levels for athletic performance properties of multi-purpose indoor sports floor systems, excluding turf and materials specific to running tracks and tennis courts. These properties include:
ASTM F 1869-11 Standard Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride
This test method covers the quantitative determination of the rate of moisture vapor emitted from below-grade, on-grade, and above-grade (suspended) bare concrete floors. This test shall not be used to evaluate the rate of moisture vapor emitted by lightweight or gypsum concrete floors containing lightweight aggregate. This test shall not be used to evaluate moisture vapor emissions over coatings on concrete or through reactive penetrants or over patching or leveling compounds.
ASTM F 2170-11 Standard Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using In-situ Probes
This test method covers the quantitative determination of percent relative humidity in concrete slabs for field or laboratory tests.
ASTM F 710-11 Standard Practice for Preparing Concrete Floors to Receive Resilient Flooring
This practice covers the procedure for determining the acceptability of concrete floors for the installation of resilient flooring. It also includes suggestions for ensuring that the constructed concrete floor is acceptable for such installations but does not cover tests for adequacy of the concrete floor to perform structural requirements. A permanent, effective moisture vapor retarder, of the specified thickness and permeance, is required under all on- or below-grade concrete floors. Concrete floors for resilient floorings should be permanently dry, clean, smooth, structurally sound, and free of substances that may prevent adhesive bonding. Surface cracks, grooves, depression, control joints or other non-moving joints, and other irregularities should be filled or smoothed with latex patching or a recommended underlayment compound. The surface of the floor should be cleaned by scraping, brushing, vacuuming, or any other method. All concrete slabs should be tested for moisture regardless of age or grade level while all concrete floors should be tested for pH before installing resilient flooring.
AMERICAN CONCRETE INSTITUTE (ACI) Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI, USA, the American Concrete Institute is advancing concrete knowledge by conducting seminars, managing certification programs, and publishing technical documents. The American Concrete Institute currently has 99 chapters and 20,000 members spanning 108 countries. (www.concrete.org)
ACI 302.2R Guide for Concrete Slabs that Receive Moisture-Sensitive Flooring Materials
This guide contains materials, design, and construction recommendations for concrete slabs-on-ground and suspended slabs that are to receive moisture-sensitive flooring materials. These flooring materials include sheet rubber, epoxy coatings, vinyl composition tile, sheet vinyl, carpet, athletic flooring, laminates, and hardwood. Chapters 1 through 8 provide an understanding of concrete moisture behavior and drying, and show how recommended construction practices can contribute to successful performance of floor covering materials. This background provides a basis for the recommendations in Chapter 9 to improve performance of floor covering materials in contact with concrete moisture and alkalinity.
Because this guide is specific to floor moisture problems and solutions, refer to the most current editions of both ACI 302.1R, "Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction," and ACI 360R, "Design of Slabs-on-Ground," for general information. These two documents contain guidance on floor design and construction that is needed to achieve successful floor covering performance.
RESILIENT FLOOR COVERING INSTITUTE The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) is an industry trade association of leading resilient flooring manufacturers and suppliers of raw materials, additives, and sundry flooring products for the North American market. The institute was established to support the interests of the total resilient floor covering industry – as well as the people and communities that use its products. (www.rfci.com)
RFCI Recommended Work Practices for Removal of Resilient Floor Coverings
A defined set of instructions addressed to the task of removing all resilient floor covering structures.