Mapei Planiseal ESP for controlling moisture and pH below finished flooring

Specified Surfaces announced the launch of Planiseal ESP in collaboration with Mapei Americas today. Planiseal ESP is a water-based, single component coating that dramatically reduces surface preparation requirements and the associated costs to bring high moisture and pH slabs into compliance for floor covering installation.

"With the introduction of Mapei Planiseal ESP we are eliminating the need for shot blasting and other time and cost consuming mechanical surface profiling processes associated with ASTM F3010-13 products and requirements," said James Longo, national account manager for Specified Surfaces. "ESP will handle most typical moisture-related project challenges, offering the floor covering installer a value-engineered means to specification compliance with the ability to deliver clients a warrantable installation."

Designed to cost-effectively manage moisture and alkalinity up to 95%RH (ASTM F2170) 12lbs MVER (ASTM F1869) and 12pH (ASTM F710), Planiseal ESP (Encapsulator, Sealer and pH blocker) will be distributed exclusively by Specified Surfaces. "Traditionally, moisture mitigation has been an all or nothing process that includes shot blasting, epoxies and cementitious materials at an installed cost of three or four times that of employing Planiseal ESP," Longo added. "While the 3010-13 products definitely have their place, Planiseal ESP will offer significant cost savings by allowing direct application of standard water-based glues without the use of primers, patches, skims or levelers over the moisture control coating… giving floor covering installers greater control of costs, schedule and application."

After their successful collaboration launching Planiseal MVR in 2010 through an exclusive distribution model (resulting in more than five million square feet of Planiseal MVR warranted projects world-wide), Mapei and Specified Surfaces have jointly developed Planiseal ESP to go to market utilizing the same model. Mapei Planiseal ESP is only available through Specified Surfaces to commercial flooring contractors for professional installation.

Founded in 1997, Specified Surfaces has distributed more than 20 million square feet of warranted moisture control systems to commercial contractors on projects in the US and abroad. Focusing primarily on institutional and commercial applications, Specified Surfaces works closely with architects and owners to develop warranted solutions to challenging flooring related design-build issues. Recognized as an industry expert in moisture and related flooring conditions, Specified Surfaces is a member of NAFCD and registered AIA provider delivering educational CEU programs to the AD community as well as Trade Groups, General Contractors, Flooring Contractors and Engineers.

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