a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals supplied a combination of products for the upgrading of the flooring at two premises in the Western Cape: the Supa Quick tyre and fitment centre in Robertson, and Sea Harvest fish processing facilities at Saldanha Bay.
Johnie Emmerich, a.b.e®’s flooring consultant in the Western Cape, says for the Supa Quick project, the company supplied the following products to a.b.e®-approved flooring contractors, Walrus Coatings:
• abe.®screed SLC P;
• abe.®cote primer; and
• abe.®cote 441.
After the contractors had completed extensive vacuum grinding of the 600 m2 existing flooring at Supa Quick, a 3 to 5mm thick coating of abe.®screed SLC P was applied. “abe.®screed SLC P is a single-pack, rapid hardening cement-based screed for self-levelling floors, ideal for situations where quick setting is essential. The product can be used on new floors or for smoothing floors in office buildings, private homes, shops, public buildings, schools, hospitals, airports, prisons, factories, workshops and warehouses,” Emmerich explained. He says the screed has many benefits including the fact that around 2 000 m2 can be pumped per day; it can be walked on after only two to four hours; it can be pumped or hand-laid; and it also will not harbour bacteria.
The floor surface was then sealed with a.b.e®’s abe.®cote primer before two coats of abe.®cote 441 was applied as final coating. abe.®cote 441 is a protective and decorative coating that can be applied to concrete, steel and timber surfaces. “The clear material is non-toxic when dry and resists solvent stains – essential for a motor workshop. The coating will also not chalk, and has excellent water resistance,” Emmerich adds.
In another flooring project in the Western Cape, a.b.e® provided the necessary products for the refurbishment of 400m2 of concrete flooring at the Sea Harvest operations at Saldanha Bay. For this project, carried out in-house by Sea Harvest, a.b.e® supplied abe.®flo epoxy which was applied after mechanical grinding and the application of abe.®cote 337 as primer. “abe.®flo is a four-component, solvent-free, self-levelling system for flooring which caters for high hygiene standards, and offers good colour retention and a medium gloss finish. The system has been successfully applied for flooring of hospitals, schools, showrooms, supermarkets, canteens, restaurants, laboratories and a wide variety of situations where hygiene was a major priority. For a food processing facility such as Sea Harvest, this was particularly important,” Emmerich explains. He personally played a consulting and supervisory role in both the new flooring projects.