ASTM F3311 - 19

    Standard Practice for Mat Bond Evaluation of Performance and Compatibility for Resilient Flooring System Components Prior to Installation

    Active Standard ASTM F3311 | Developed by Subcommittee: F06.40

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.04


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Any individual performing a mat bond evaluation should either be a qualified installer or a trained and experienced evaluator of resilient flooring and adhesive bond strength.

    5.2 This practice should not be considered mandatory, except when required or specified by the end user, general contractor and architect, flooring contractor, adhesive manufacturer(s), underlayment manufacturer(s) or flooring manufacturer(s).

    5.2.1 Typically, this practice is only recommended or required if products from a different manufacturer(s) are being used in combinations not experienced before or if the substrate preparation or application method is in question.

    5.3 The number of mat bond evaluation(s) should be selected that is appropriate for the project and be representative of each type of substrate, including trenches, grade, type of flooring, and ambient conditions. The number may also be determined by the responsible party or specified by the end user, general contractor and architect, flooring contractor, adhesive manufacturer(s), underlayment manufacturer(s) or flooring manufacturer(s).

    5.4 All mat bond evaluation(s) conducted shall have the results recorded within report, including photographs (see A1.11).

    5.5 There are many factors that may influence the outcome of mat bond evaluation(s). Therefore, it is required to follow each manufacturer(s) installation/application instructions for every product used including open, curing, drying time, and the length of time required prior to evaluation(s)s.

    5.6 Each step of the process must be conducted only at a time when the subfloor and ambient conditions comply with the requirements defined by all of the relevant manufacturer(s) written installation instructions or Practices F710, F1482, F2419, F2471, F2678, F2873, F3010, or combinations thereof.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is designed to provide a short-term qualitative evaluation of the effectiveness and compatibility of the composite layers for flexible and fully adhered resilient flooring installation(s). Aspects of the resilient flooring assembly to be evaluated may include concrete surface profile (CSP), surface preparation, a topical moisture mitigation system, underlayment product(s), primer(s), application and the installation of the resilient flooring material itself. Aspects such as surface profile, surface cleanliness, surface porosity, the application method(s), and the open, curing, and drying times of each layer of the flooring system can be assessed using this practice prior to the actual full-scale installation taking place.

    1.1.1 This practice is not intended for use with liquid applied, loose laid or perimeter fixed, or rigid resilient flooring products.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. See Section 6 for specific Hazards statements.

    1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F141 Terminology Relating to Resilient Floor Coverings

    F710 Practice for Preparing Concrete Floors to Receive Resilient Flooring

    F1482 Practice for Installation and Preparation of Panel Type Underlayments to Receive Resilient Flooring

    F1869 Test Method for Measuring Moisture Vapor Emission Rate of Concrete Subfloor Using Anhydrous Calcium Chloride

    F2170 Test Method for Determining Relative Humidity in Concrete Floor Slabs Using in situ Probes

    F2419 Practice for Installation of Thick Poured Gypsum Concrete Underlayments and Preparation of the Surface to Receive Resilient Flooring

    F2471 Practice for Installation of Thick Poured Lightweight Cellular Concrete Underlayments and Preparation of the Surface to Receive Resilient Flooring

    F2659 Guide for Preliminary Evaluation of Comparative Moisture Condition of Concrete, Gypsum Cement and Other Floor Slabs and Screeds Using a Non-Destructive Electronic Moisture Meter

    F2678 Practice for Preparing Panel Underlayments, Thick Poured Gypsum Concrete Underlayments, Thick Poured Lightweight Cellular Concrete Underlayments, and Concrete Subfloors with Underlayment Patching Compounds to Receive Resilient Flooring

    F2873 Practice for the Installation of Self-Leveling Underlayment and the Preparation of Surface to Receive Resilient Flooring

    F3010 Practice for Two-Component Resin Based Membrane-Forming Moisture Mitigation Systems for Use Under Resilient Floor Coverings

    F3191 Practice for Field Determination of Substrate Water Absorption (Porosity) for Substrates to Receive Resilient Flooring


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.150 (Floor coverings)

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    DOI: 10.1520/F3311-19

    Citation Format

    ASTM F3311-19, Standard Practice for Mat Bond Evaluation of Performance and Compatibility for Resilient Flooring System Components Prior to Installation, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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