A Seamless Finish with an expansion joint every 36M2
Expansion joints need to be inserted every 36 m2 to help prevent cracking. If there are expansion joints in the subfloor, these must be mirrored on the finished floor. Due to the short working time of the mix, your floor will be laid in one day. The curing time is extremely fast and reaches a strength of 20 N in just 4 hours, rendering your floor ready for foot traffic after 4 hours. After 24 hours, the floor reaches a strength of 45 N and is now ready for grinding and polishing. In fact, it must be polished the following day as the longer it is left the stronger it becomes and after 3 days it will be too hard to polish.
Rapid Set Concrete overlay floor by PMAC
On day 2, the floor is ground and polished to bring it up to a stunning, smooth and durable high shine finish. Additives and colours can be added to change the appearance of the finished floor. If you desire a more Terrazzo like finish, your chosen aggregate can be added to the mix. You could really let your imagination run wild if you’ve got the budget.
The advantages of using Rapid Set Tru®
Rapid Set Tru® is very comparable in price to a stone or solid wood floor. Your Rapid Set Tru® floor is a floor for life and it doesn’t require cyclical maintenance costs. It provides you with a continuous smooth finish which means there are no nasty grout joints to keep clean!
Rapid Set Tru® is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It is also ideal for bathrooms and wet rooms. We would advise applying an anti-slip coating if a lot of water will be present. However, Rapid Set Tru® is only suitable for horizontal surfaces, as it is self-levelling it will not work on steps or upright surfaces. You would need to consider Microtopping if this is required, or a combination of both looks really well.
Rapid Set Tru® concrete overlays are extremely hard-wearing and durable. The finished floor is sealed with a penetrating seal which heightens its resistance to staining. Concrete Overlays are maintained the same way as a stone or polished concrete floor. Regular cleaning with pH-neutral soap and the installation of entrance mats will keep it in tip-top shape. The beauty of a concrete or stone floor is, of course, that it can be revived and brought back to new every few years if it begins to lacklustre. Care and Maintenance of Polished Concrete Floors
As we’ve already explained, Rapid Set Tru® is able to provide you with a super-fast polished concrete overlay floor within days. It depends of course on size and floor prep required!