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Installing ESD Flooring Over Tiles, VCT & Epoxy and or Old Asbestos Laden Flooring

 

Fast Clean and Non-Disruptive. Eliminate the headaches and COST of removing existing flooring. Perfect for covering old asbestos laden flooring.

 

 

Old factory flooring can make a perfect substrate for covering with our new generation of select esd flooring materials. Titanium sheet vinyl is well suited for this type of installation using URAS double stick adhesive sheets. Titanium / URAS is an outstanding solution for solving the headaches and disruptions associated with removing existing tiles, VCT and thick set epoxy. The install is odor free, doesn't create dust and provides safe reliable anchoring of the new flooring. Titanium features a full surface conductive backing. Hence it is recommended that the material be installed over the non conductive version of our URAS adhesive to avoid the cost and potential shadow thru of the conductive fibers (present in the conductive version of our URAS). Note: shadow thru is the slight telegraphing of underlayments that may show thru a flooring material after an extended period of time.

 

Prior to installing the Titanium flooring allow it to acclimate to the ambient environmental conditions of the installation area for at least 48 hours. The HVAC system should be functional and set at a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The area should be well lit, dry and weather tight. This process may also be used to cover concrete. To cover concrete pretest slab for vapor emissions using the standard ASTM F1869 calcium chloride test method. Vapor emissions must not exceed 3 pounds per 1000 square feet over a 24 hour period. For best results relax vinyl by unrolling it 24 hours prior to installation. The flatter the material lays prior to installation the easier it will be to use this process. The material may be loosely rolled back up immediately prior to installation should this make the material easier to handle during the installation phase. Due to the inherent nature of the conductive backing wipe or mop the backing clean of carbon dust for best bond.

 

PREPARATION OF SUBSTRATES:

 

Concrete: Thoroughly sweep and Vacuum concrete slab to remove dust. Oil free sweeping compounds may be used if needed. Repair deviations in concrete. For pointers on concrete repair for esd flooring Click Here. If this process is being used to cover concrete pretest slab for vapor emissions using the standard ASTM F1869 calcium chloride test method. Vapor emissions must not exceed 3 pounds per 1000 square feet over a 24 hour period.

 

Well Bonded Epoxy, Vinyl Tiles and VCT: Thoroughly sweep and Vacuum floor to remove dust. Strip flooring of any wax, oil or grease using ElectraStrip. Follow the directions for use! Like all floor stripping products ElectraStrip has a high pH level. Neutralize the pH by washing the floor with clean cool water mixed with 4 ounces of ElectraClean to each gallon of water used. Allow the area to dry thoroughly. Replace missing tiles and fill any deviations with Mapei Plani Patch (a Portland based concrete patching compound), smooth patched areas to create a level and smooth profile to avoid shadow thru of subsequent covering of Titanium ESD Sheet Vinyl.

 

Installing SuperTape around perimeterInstall 2" SuperTape: Starting at a distance of 1" from the wall or perimeter of the area you wish to cover place a border of 2" wide United SCP Ultimate Bond SuperTape as is shown in V. Click HERE for more information on SuperTape


Unrolling URAS sheet Adhesive

Install URAS: Starting at wall attach sticky side of URAS to the prepared substrate. Slowly walk backwards toward opposite wall while lightly pulling on the run of URAS to help alleviate wrinkles in the product. Lower onto substrate. Double cut URAS to, 2" wide SuperTape and smooth top surface (covered with wax paper liner) in place with a push broom. Repeat process but slightly overlap runs of URAS. Double cut overlapped seams of URAS. Note: Do not remove liner from either the URAS nor the SuperTape.


Unroll Titanium ESD Sheet Vinyl over URASRough Cut Titanium Flooring: Starting about 3" up wall unroll preconditioned Titanium flooring over substrate as is shown in T1 and T2. Slightly overlap lengthwise seams by about 1 inch. Leave ends slightly oversize (about 4 to 6 inches long).  Slightly overlap lengthwise runs.  Note: Do not remove liner from either the URAS nor the SuperTape.

Installing ESD floor grounding tape and remove liner from URASInstalling Ground Foil and Titanium Flooring, 1st 1/2 of area: Roll back floor covering runs T1 and T2 to the middle of the area (in the direction of the run). Remove the liner from the exposed SuperTape (v). Starting at wall, remove the liner from the exposed URAS for about a foot (full width of install).

About 6 inches from the wall (and going over the exposed URAS) place a run of 2" aluminum or 1/2 inch copper ground foil full length of install area (see red line on the drawing). It is imperative that this strip make reliable contact with the conductive backing of the flooring material. A 1/2 wide ground strip may also be placed over the run of the SuperTape as well (if desired). The ground strips may be attached to an AC electrical ground by an electrician or positioned to intersect with an AC face plate cover and attached to ground as is shown here OR attached to a grounded metal column in the building as is shown here.  

Cut liner of URAS about 4 inches from where the exposed balance stops. Note: do not cut thru URAS. Fold up the paper liner dross. This paper liner material is fully recyclable, do a good deed, recycle it! Lay the floor covering over the exposed tapes.


Install second ground foil, remove remaining URAS sheet adhesive

Installing Ground Foil and Titanium Flooring, 2nd 1/2 of area: Roll back floor covering runs T1 and T2 to the middle of the area where the liner covered area stops. Remove the liner from the exposed SuperTape (v). Starting at wall, remove the liner from the exposed URAS for about a foot (full width of install).

Repeat the grounding process shown in figure 4. Fold up the paper liner dross. This paper liner material is fully recyclable, do a good deed, recycle it!  Lay the floor covering over the exposed tapes Continue the length wise overlap started on the 1st 1/2 (drawing 4). Double cut overlapped lengthwise seams. Trim ends to wall.

 


Roll esd floor with 100 pound vinyl rollerRoll flooring: Roll flooring using a standard 100 to 150 pound vinyl roller.

Heat weld seams for ultimate seam free esd flooringHeat weld seams to industry accepted standards.

Note flooring may be heat welded immediately after installation.

Note: Floor may be opened to traffic immediately after install.

MASTER DRAWING:

Master drawing, esd flooring installed over standard floor covering

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11/04/2013