Project Overview: Hospital Flooring for Operating Room.
Existing Condition: Hospitals and hospital flooring have some of the strictest regulations of any industry. As a result, the floors need to be expertly specified to meet regulations and the customer’s needs. The previous floor was an old, damaged epoxy flooring system. To make sure the new flooring system would have a long lifespan the existing floor needed to be removed
Surface Preparation: Because we were working in a hospital dust containment was of the utmost concern. To make sure any dust created was contained in the room all of the doorways were covered in plastic and taped up. Also, the walls all had to be taped off to prevent damage from surface preparation equipment or material splashing during the installation. To ensure a dust-free environment we used an S36 Pullman Ermator, a HEPA filtered vacuum, while diamond grinding with a Lavina 30G-X and then solvent wiped the entire floor.
Products Installed: The first part of the hospital flooring system was General Polymers 3579 which is a high solids epoxy primer. This product is low in viscosity to promote penetration of the substrate thereby, ensuring the hospital flooring system directly adheres to the substrate. Quartz chips were then broadcast and the excess was swept off. To encapsulate the broadcast a grout coat of General Polymers 3561, which is a high-solids two-component epoxy resin, was applied. Finally, a topcoat of polyaspartic was applied. The product chosen was General Polymers 4850 because it is designed to withstand scratching, abrasion, chemicals moderate impacts, punctures, and stains while providing the same level of chemical resistance as most urethane topcoats. Additionally, this product has a low VOC output so it has minimal odor.
Conclusion: To finish up all of the tape and plastic was removed. The finished floor had a gorgeous quartz aesthetic along with UV resistance and high sheen retention. Because of the extra steps we took to prevent dust accumulation, there was no trace of dust anywhere in the hospital.