a.b.e.’s abeco mastic flooring system was laid in 16mm thickness over an area of 680m². The application was handled by High Performance Floors Cape, which previously traded as The Tamick Company WP and has over 20 years’ experience in the application of abeco mastic screeds.
Ryan Rack, Western Cape branch manager for a.b.e., says the abeco screeds were applied to seal the floors in Cold Harvest’s new controlled atmospheric (CA) pressure stores. “The joints in the floor were sealed with a torched-on layer of a.b.e.’s Index Fidia P 4mm non-woven polyester reinforcement prior to the application of the abeco mastic, with a.b.e.’s flintkote 3, used as binder,” Rack says.
“abeco mastic has been used successfully in numerous flooring applications, such as at Absa Capital (Tiber House) parking garage in Sandton and at a.b.e.’s own warehouse in Boksburg. The product has around 50 years of service history on the South Africa market with single flooring areas of over 10 000m² not uncommon. It has been installed in warehouses, on railway platforms, in heavily trafficked corridors, factories, goods sheds and cold rooms all over the country,” he says.
“With abeco mastic flooring, there are no joints as any construction joints disappear after a few days of exposure to traffic.”
Alan Hooper of High Performance Floors Cape, said the Cold Harvest floors had to be sealed after they were converted from relative atmospheric (RA) pressure floors to CA pressure floors. “CA floors have to be totally seamless which required the sealing of all the old joints in the RA floors,” Hooper explains.
Temperature, humidity, air circulation, and even lighting conditions are strictly controlled in CA cold storage areas.
abeco mastic produces a jointless, non-dusting and resilient floor surface which is non-slip, vermin-proof, damp-proof, non-flammable, and self-healing under traffic, including the heaviest loads carried on steel-, plastic-, or rubber-wheeled vehicles. It does not disintegrate and can be laid over any firm, sound, clean sub-flooring, including concrete, asphalt, well-compacted crusher run, steel and timber.
abeco mastic also makes an excellent repair material for potholed, damaged, or ravelled concrete floors. If patching is carried out on a Saturday morning, for example, the floor is usually available for full operation on the following Monday morning, with no risk of the patching pulling out.