The U.S. industry will spend over $850 million dollars this year on concrete floor joint repair or replacement in factories, warehouses, and other industrial settings. This is above and beyond the millions spent repairing damage to forklifts caused by broken and damaged concrete expansion and control joints. Deteriorated floor joints also become harborage points for microorganisms and other contaminants that negate sanitation and cleaning regimens.
Sika has addressed these issues with the introduction of the Sika FloorJoint product line. Sika FloorJoint is a prefabricated, carbon fiber reinforced concrete panel, available in two sizes, to take the place of traditional expansion and control joints, particularly in areas where hygiene and sanitation are critical considerations.
WHY USE SIKA'S FLOORJOINT SYSTEMS
Sika FloorJoint Systems are a superior solution to joint fillers, sealants, and concrete patches that only last a few months. Sika FloorJoint is a flexible composite floor joint panel that allows movement between the slabs and provides a level profile without point loading, the root cause of damaged joints.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE A FLOOR JOINT?
Floor joints in heavily traveled areas equipped with conventional expansion and construction joints are subjected daily to high point loading and traffic. If the profiles are not perfectly flat, they can degrade or misalign to cause vibration, noise, and damage to transport equipment.
Deteriorated floor joints also become harborage points for microorganisms and other contaminants that negate sanitation and cleaning regimens.
BENEFITS OF SIKA'S FLOOR JOINT
Sika FloorJoint panels are well-suited to new building construction as well as restoration of defective joints in existing facilities. Sika’s rapid curing resin systems bond the panels securely to the concrete substrate, which speeds installation to minimize downtime and the interruption of operations.
Facility managers of factories, commercial kitchens, hospitals, warehouses and facilities subject to FDA or USDA inspected facilities have recognized Sika FloorJoint as a superior remedy for damaged expansion and control joint profiles.
- Eliminates point loading
- Sanitary integration with resinous floor systems
- Maintains neutral profile between adjoining slabs
- Reinforced carbon fiber composite for durability and long life
- High compressive strength and chemical resistance
- Greatly reduces forklift damages
INNOVATION IN FLOORING JOINTS
Sika has taken an innovative approach to the problematic repair of concrete floor joints. In the past, a broken construction and expansion joint was patched using an elastomeric sealant. While these stopgap measures allow continued movement of the floor joints, they only last a few weeks or months before they must be reapplied. Sika FloorJoint Systems are carbon fiber reinforced polymer panels with a unique S joint filled with SikaFlex that maintains joint movement between concrete slabs.
Sika Floorjoint is installed with SikaDur-31 Hi-Mod Gel, 100% solids, solvent-free, moisture-tolerant, high-modulus, high strength, structural epoxy paste adhesive which allow the plank to lay perfectly flat and maintain the exact profile of the adjoining concrete slabs and eliminates point loading, the number one reason for floor joint failure.
WHERE TO INSTALL OUR FLOOR JOINT
Sika FloorJoint Systems are ideal for new construction and refurbishment of expansion or saw cut control joints. They are particularly useful in environments where large amounts of goods are transported with forklifts, AGVs (automatic guided vehicles), or even air cushion transport systems.
The Sika FloorJoint S System
Sika FloorJoint S is a flexible carbon fiber panel that is used to replace larger traditional joints, such as steel expansion joints, to create profile-free transitions between slabs without inhibiting their movement.
The Sika FloorJoint XS System
Sika FloorJoint XS is a smaller panel solution for joints with only minor movement, such as control or isolation joints. They are ideal for joints with a movement range of 1 – 3 mm.
Sika FloorJoint Systems may be overlaid with any Sika epoxy floor or urethane coating system in as little as two hours ensuring a rapid return to service and minimal disruption of business.
Sika flooring experts are available to consult with facility designers to advise on the appropriate use of FloorJoint S or FloorJoint XS by contacting Sika Technical Services.