Client: New Balance Office HQBoston, MA Installer: Madstone Construction, LLC Products Used: Param 4500Perdure E02Perdure E10Perdure U90 The Challenge Install a seamless concrete floor coating resistant to bacteria, high foot traffic, and a rigorous cleaning schedule. The substrate will need to be leveled and raised at least ¾”. The Outcome The cafeteria in New Balance’s Office HQ received a new seamless concrete floor coating that resists bacteria, scrapes, scuffs, impacts, abrasions, and cleaning chemicals. The finished floor is perfectly level and of the correct thickness. The floor’s bright white color adds to the cleanliness and modern feel of the cafeteria. Overview New Balance Footwear Office Headquarters is located in Boston, MA. They required a new floor for their building’s cafeteria. The floors of cafeterias, in general, have several requirements the need to be met. They need to be bacteria and moisture-resistant. They need to be tough—resist impacts, scraps, abrasions, and high foot traffic. They also need to last. In the case of New Balance’s cafeteria the floor needed to be raised and leveled. With these requirements in mind the contractor, Madstone Construction, chose Duraamen high quality, professional concrete flooring products.To raise and level the floor Madstone installed a self-leveling concrete underlayment (Param 4500). Param 4500 is perfect for raising and leveling any flooring area as it is self-leveling, can be applied up to 2” thick in one coat, does not shrink while curing, and can be walked on in 3-4 hours after application. With the substrate raised and leveled, it was time to install the seamless epoxy floor coating. Duraamen’s Perdure Self-leveling Epoxy (SLE) flooring system was used. The system consists of an epoxy primer (Perdure E02), the epoxy coating (Perdure E10), and a protective polyurethane sealer/top coat (Perdure U46). In this case, the client chose a gloss finish so Perdure U46 was used. One may also opt for a matte finish in which case our Perdure U45 would be substituted One of the challenges with this project was the fact that the floor had to be white. Installing a white epoxy floor coating is challenging for many reasons, above all the fact that it may yellow over time due to UV light. That’s why it was so important to use a quality UV-resistant topcoat like Duraamen’s U46, that protects the floor’s color so it will not fade or yellow. Benefits: Param 4500 Self-levling Underlayment No trowelling required; it is self-levelingContains no protein additives; no gypsumMaintains workability for 25 minutesDoes not promote the growth of mold or mildewVery fluid, ideal for pouring and pumpingNon-shrink; does not cause dustingCompatible with most flooring adhesivesHigh early strength, walkable in just 3-4 hoursNo dangerous emissions or irritating fumes Perdure E10 Self-leveling Epoxy Coating Good troweling properties when used with Duraamen self –leveling epoxy mortar and quartz systemsExcellent color retention when used as a topcoat with Duraamen flooring systemsGood troweling properties when used in mortar systemsLow odor for use in occupied areasAvailable in fast cure systemsUSDA approved for food handling applications Perdure U46 Polyurethane Topcoat / Sealer Non-yellowing water-based formulaLow odor during application and cureFast dry and re-coat timeLow VOCExcellent adhesionExcellent abrasion resistance Cost: $12–$14 sq. ft. ( ½” thick coverage) depending on your geographic location and the thickness of the underlayment. Thickness is determined by the condition of the existing substrate. Is the substrate new, old, level, good condition, deteriorated, plywood, or gypsum?The cost of this flooring system (all products needed to complete the project) is even less if you’re willing to do it yourself: $4.50 – $5.00 sq. ft. The cost is comparable to other types of flooring including: HardwoodCeramic or Porcelain TileCommercial CarpetMarble The Success: Madstone Construction successfully installed a long-lasting seamless epoxy floor for CBT Architects in New Balance’s HQ cafeteria on time and on budget. No matter how many people walk over the cafeteria floor, spill or drop things on it, and no matter how many janitors clean it, the floor will last for many years to come.