The Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois, which opened its doors in 2002, was home to an unsightly collection of cracks in its concrete floor. The popping that accompanied the cracks was loud enough to set off alarms. Just as important as eliminating the pops and cracks in the 24,000- square foot gallery was the need for a floor that could withstand the high traffic of a museum. The museum also wanted an earth-toned floor that would compliment but not detract from the exhibits.
Fortunately, experts from Rite-Way Concrete Seal Systems Inc., of Wolcott, Ind., knew exactly which Valspar products could eliminate the persistent concrete problems and produce a beautiful, durable finish. Rite-Way applied the Valflex membrane, followed by a colorcustomized version of Valspar’s Quartzite decorative flooring system, which blends ceramic-coated quartz grains with a clear polymer matrix to create a wide range of finishes and textures. To complete the system, Valspar Flooring’s Satin Finish Epoxy Coating was used to provide durability and excellent UV stability. The entire process was completed without shutting down the museum during the fix.
Three years later, the loud pops along with the buckled, cracked concrete are all gone. And the Valspar Valflex system is still hard at work protecting the floors at the Spurlock Museum.
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