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This practice covers the procedure for determining the acceptability of concrete floors for the installation of resilient flooring. It also includes suggestions for ensuring that the constructed concrete floor is acceptable for such installations but does not cover tests for adequacy of the concrete floor to perform structural requirements. A permanent, effective moisture vapor retarder, of the specified thickness and permeance, is required under all on- or below-grade concrete floors. Concrete floors for resilient floorings should be permanently dry, clean, smooth, structurally sound, and free of substances that may prevent adhesive bonding. Surface cracks, grooves, depression, control joints or other non-moving joints, and other irregularities should be filled or smoothed with latex patching or a recommended underlayment compound. The surface of the floor should be cleaned by scraping, brushing, vacuuming, or any other method. All concrete slabs should be tested for moisture regardless of age or grade level while all concrete floors should be tested for pH before installing resilient flooring.
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1.1 This practice covers the determination of the acceptability of a concrete floor for the installation of resilient flooring.
1.2 This practice includes suggestions for the construction of a concrete floor to ensure its acceptability for installation of resilient flooring.
1.3 This practice does not cover the adequacy of the concrete floor to perform its structural requirements.
1.4 This practice covers the necessary preparation of concrete floors prior to the installation of resilient flooring.
1.5 This practice does not supersede in any manner the resilient flooring or adhesive manufacturer's written instructions. Consult the individual manufacturer for specific recommendations.
1.6 Although carpet tiles, carpet, wood flooring, coatings, films, and paints ae not specifically intended to be included in the category of resilient floor coverings, the procedures included in this practice may be useful for preparing concrete floors to receive such finishes.
1.7 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 , , and for specific warning statements.
1.8 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.
1.9 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.
C109/C109M Test Method for Compressive Strength of Hydraulic Cement Mortars (Using 2-in. or [50-mm] Cube Specimens)
C472 Test Methods for Physical Testing of Gypsum, Gypsum Plasters and Gypsum Concrete
D4259 Practice for Abrading Concrete
D4263 Test Method for Indicating Moisture in Concrete by the Plastic Sheet Method
D4397 Specification for Polyethylene Sheeting for Construction, Industrial, and Agricultural Applications
E1155 Test Method for Determining FF Floor Flatness and FL Floor Levelness Numbers
E1486 Test Method for Determining Floor Tolerances Using Waviness, Wheel Path and Levelness Criteria
E1745 Specification for Plastic Water Vapor Retarders Used in Contact with Soil or Granular Fill under Concrete Slabs
F141 Terminology Relating to Resilient Floor Coverings
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
Other StandardsMASTERSPEC Guide Spec Section 03 30 00 Cast-In-Place Concrete Available from MASTERSPEC, AIA Master Systems, King Street Station, 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 215, Alexandria, VA 22314-2875.
Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI)Recommended Work Practices for the Removal of Resilient Floor Coverings
ACI Guides117R 302.1R-06
ICS Number Code 91.060.30 (Ceilings. Floors. Stairs); 97.150 (Non-textile floor coverings)
UNSPSC Code 30111500(Concrete and mortars); 30161700(Flooring)
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