How to Prevent Concrete Moisture Problems in Concrete Overlays?

How to Prevent Concrete Moisture Problems in Concrete Overlays | Duraamen Engineered Products Inc

While concrete overlays offer a fabulous design solution, they commonly experience moisture vapor problems. This occurs when water vapor emissions form between the underlying concrete slab and the impermeable layer on top of the slab. When such vapor becomes trapped, it can cause a greater amount of pressure than the bond strength of the topping and slab, resulting in the delamination of the topping. A combination of white salt residue and moisture pressure is enough to cause most overlays and coatings to lift or delaminate. Such concrete moisture problems will almost always develop when a concrete slab lacks an under-slab vapor barrier. Even with vapor barriers, new slabs will need time to dry.

Concrete Moisture Treatment

Testing for the Presence of Concrete Moisture

There can be several reasons why concrete might experience moisture problems, including it has not fully cured, there is a high water table, or the concrete was produced with a high water-to-cement ratio. When concrete moisture problems are suspected, regardless of the cause, it is important to perform a test to be certain. One option is to perform a tape-down test in which a small area is taped and sealed overnight. If beads of condensation or sweat appear the next day, you know there is excess moisture. When this is the case, it is vital to reduce the moisture content before applying a concrete overlay.

One of the best ways to prevent concrete moisture vapor problems in overlays is to treat the base concrete with a moisture vapor-resistant treatment. The coating should have a crack-suppression membrane-embedded inside it to act as a barrier and prevent moisture movement while providing a stable substrate on which to apply the microtopping for the overlay.

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