FGS PermaShine gives 109-year-old floor new lease on life
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Approved FGS PermaShine applicator Floorcare USA recently completed concrete floor rehab work on a 109-year-old concrete floor located in the upper Midwest. Floorcare USA Vice President Scott Foate explained, "The old 185,000 square foot building was a huge, refrigerated, cold storage factory which had been built in the late 1800's. The new owner decided to bring the antique concrete floor back to life using the new FGS floor renovation process."
Floorcare USA went to work using the L&M family of FGS system products. Foate said, "We used L&M patch and repair products. They were user friendly and we got excellent results! The floor was in such bad shape, we had to use L&M Durapatch Highway and L&M Duracrete patch and repair products by the pallet-load. Judging from this project, back in the late 1800's there must not have been too many engineering standards applied to concrete.
"We ran into every conceivable repair situation you can think of, and then some! We had to spend a lot of time and effort repairing the floor to get it to what we call 'ground zero' before we could get started. We had to pull the train car trackbeds first and then figure out how we were going to deal with the floor being as much as seven or eight inches off level from end-to-end.
"Next, we needed to safely remove about 80,000 square feet of asbestos floor tile, and remove and repair large cavities caused by embedded wood chips and blocks that were as much as five inches long. The floor leveling standards back then must have been non-existent, as there were ¼" to ½" waves in the concrete, with low and high points throughout most of the floor."
After the patch and repair work, the FGS "grind" began. Foate continued, "The aggregate used in the original concrete was coarse granite chips. Consequently the floor, after 109 years, was very hard and took more time and more diamonds to grind, but, after the six-step FGS process, the floor came alive, reflecting light with a look and attitude that greatly pleased the owner!
"We have had other building owners come to this site to see the final results for themselves. After they put their eyes back into their eye-sockets, we get a lot of enthusiastic owners who want the beauty, safety and low maintenance of an FGS PermaShine floor."
Floorcare USA is one of nearly 45 licensed and approved FGS PermaShine applicators. To contact Floorcare USA, contact Scott Foate at 262-786-0770 or visit their website at www.floorcareusa.com. They are located outside of Milwaukee, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For more information on how you can get a FGS PermaShine floor, contact L&M at 800-362-3331 or visit our website at www.lmcc.com.
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