Information for Architects

Green Endurance works towards controlling the variables "not within" a polishing contractors control and variables that "are within" a polishing contractors control through the use of specifications that lend themselves to the concrete polishing process.

STEP 1

IMPORTANT

FOR THE GREEN ENDURANCE FLOORING INSTALLATION TO BE A SUCCESS, THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER MUST INCORPORATE THE GREEN ENDURANCE FLOORING CAST-IN-PLACE GUIDELINES INTO THE CAST-IN-PLACE SPECIFICATION. GREEN ENDURANCE FLOORING WILL BEAR NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF LEAVING OUT OR NOT FOLLOWING THESE REQUIREMENTS.

Cast In Place 03300 - Mix Design, Placement, Finishing, Curing and Protection Guidelines

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NOTE: These guidelines should only be used when Green Endurance Flooring is being specified.

STEP 2

When specifying Green Endurance Flooring, first choose the specification that specifies the degree of cut - Pure, Brilliance or Vision. More information can be found in the Photo Gallery.

Pure - The very top layer of the concrete that is made up of the cement paste, 1/64 - 1/32 of an inch is removed from the surface with the goal to stay primarily within the Portland cement paste, resulting in little to no aggregate exposure.

Pure Installation Specifications - Special Flooring and Flooring Treatment 09700:
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Brilliance - The layer just below the cream that is made of the fine aggregate, primarily sand and very small stone of various types that lend itself to a salt and pepper look, up to 1/8 of an inch is removed from the surface. Small amounts of medium aggregate may appear at random locations.

Brilliance Installation Specifications - Special Flooring and Flooring Treatment 09700
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Vision - The layer below the fine aggregate layer, made up of aggregates 1/4" and larger, 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch is removed from the surface. These aggregates may be the aggregate used in the concrete mix or decorative aggregates seeded into the surface at the time of the pour, such as recycled glass, landscaping stone, nails, nuts, bolts, sea shells, etc.

Vision Installation Specifications - Special Flooring and Flooring Treatment 09700
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STEP 3

Modify 1.1 INSTALLATION - A and B in the chosen specification.

This will affect the Green Endurance Installed price. Having to work around walls and tight areas "doubles" time spent on a job site by the Green Endurance Flooring installer and the finished product is never as good as it would have been if the work was performed before walls. The smaller the area given for installation, the more time the installer will need to change their abrasive, which will increase labor and costs.

STEP 4

When General Contractors bid and work on projects that have Green Endurance Flooring specified, it is imperative they understand the installation requirements, timing, protection, and that Green Endurance Flooring results are largely dependent with what the installer is given to work with.

STEP 5

As soon as a job has been awarded to the General Contractor it is important they award the work to a Green Endurance installer and set up a meeting as stated in the specification SECTION 9700 - SPECIAL FLOORING AND FLOORING TREATMENTS, 1.3 Quality Assurance, E. with Owner, Architect, General Contractor Project Manager/s, General Contractor Superintendent/s, Concrete Producer, Concrete Finisher, including Supervisor, Green Endurance Installer, including Supervisor, Technical representative of liquid applied product manufacturers and anyone else who may affect the concrete work.

The must also read section 1.4 FIELD CONDITIONS of the specification for further General Contractor requirements.

It is important General Contractors understand when the Green Endurance Flooring installation will be performed as stated in the specification under 3.3 GREEN ENDURANCE INSTALLATION, A and B so that other trades are correctly scheduled. When having to work around walls and tight areas, this "doubles" time spent on a job site by the Green Endurance Flooring installer and the finished product is never as good as it would have been if the work was performed before walls.

Green Endurance Flooring results are largely dependent upon what the installer is given to work with. The concrete supplier must understand why they must strictly adhere to mix design specifications. The placement contractor needs to realize that what he is pouring and finishing is not a sub floor, but the final flooring surface. There has to be a clear understanding of how to finish the concrete to get the best possible results from the Green Endurance Flooring process.

There are other intricacies the Green Endurance Flooring installer understands the GC will not be aware of. For example, if the building is block construction, the thickness of the felt between the block and pour needs to be considered. Equipment that runs on electric has large power requirements that need to be planned for. Often, temporary power is not sufficient.

It is important to remind all trades that the concrete will be used as the finished floor and should be treated accordingly.

Remember: at the end of the day, a processed concrete surface is still concrete; it is consistently inconsistent.

The purchaser is responsible to make his or her own determination as to the suitability of the product for their particular use, and understands that each installation will result in a consistently inconsistent finish and that patched areas will not blend in and will be noticeable. The purchaser understands that no two jobs are alike and finished results will vary. The purchaser further understands that mockups are to be used as a reference and general guide as to the appearance of the finished product, and are not to be used with the expectation that the finished floor will result in a duplicate of the mock up.

GREEN ENDURANCE INSTALLERS ARE INDEPENDENT LICENSEES. INSTALLERS MAY NOT ACT AS AN AGENT OF GREEN ENDURANCE. GREEN ENDURANCE DOES NOT ASSUME ANY LIABILITY TO ANY SUCH PERSON BY VIRTUE OF THE INSTALLER'S ENTRY INTO A CONTRACT FOR OR PERFORMANCE OF WORK.

BELOW ARE PICTURES OF RESULTS FROM POOR PLANNING THAT THE GREEN ENDURANCE FLOORING INSTALLER WILL HELP YOU AVOID.

Why Use Zip Strips? Baseboard Not Big Enough to Cover Felt:

Baseboard Not Big Enough to Cover Felt

Two Pours from Two Different Trucks:

Two Pours from Two Different Trucks

Improper Curing and or Mix Design:

Improper Curing and or Mix Design

Low Floor Flatness (FF) Numbers:

Low Floor Flatness (FF) Numbers

Poor Mix Design:

Poor Mix Design

Improper Floor Protection:

Improper Floor Protection