Ardex system addresses concrete finishing and moisture control

Ardex has introduced a revolutionary system to control moisture in new or existing concrete slabs, address tolerance and surface finish issues and eliminate the disparity between Divisions Three and Nine, while expediting construction schedules. Called Ardex Concrete Management System, or ACMS, the system addresses these challenges through a novel specifiable process of finishing concrete with an integrated system of moisture control and self-leveling underlayment products.

In new construction applications, the Ardex Concrete Management System saves time and labor by eliminating the traditional steel trowel step in the finishing process. The contractor will only place, consolidate, strike off and bullfloat or restraighten the surface, then allow the bleed water to dissipate. Following a wet-cover or liquid membrane cure (three- to seven-day minimum) and surface brush blast, a layer of Ardex selfleveling underlayment is installed either immediately after deflection or during interior buildout.

In some cases, ACMS can be installed with an early option, using both an Ardex Moisture Control epoxy followed by a selfleveling underlayment. This step allows almost immediate installation of finished flooring and mitigates risks due to moisture emissions from the slab. The resulting finish delivers a concrete substrate capable of meeting the most demanding flatness and levelness tolerances for both the flooring and other interior trades, while eliminating unplanned leveling and delays.

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