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MAY 2016

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The project team was in good hands. The client agreed to a self-leveling moisture barrier, and the crew (led by co-owner Tim Seay) agreed to finish before July 4th. When Dan River Church in Danville, Va., acquired more square footage, they decided to use it as a grand entryway. Decorative epoxy and Decorative Concrete of Virginia were on the bulletin for this concrete floor! Feature 40 MAY 2016 COATINGSPROMAG.COM BY JACK INNIS, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR PHOTOS COURTESY DECORATIVE CONCRETE OF VIRGINIA Coatings Crew Saves: Concrete Church Floor D D an River Church almost made a big mistake. Te Danville, Va., ministry had recently acquired 9,000 square feet (836.1 m²) of storefront that adjoined the church. Tey planned to use the new space as a grand entranceway where parishioners could congregate before and after services. Nothing like cofee, pastries, and camarade- rie to grow a sense of fellowship! Since the proposed entranceway would need a new fooring system, church elders refected upon the matter and opted for stained concrete. Luckily, Decorative Concrete of Virginia saved them from almost certain disappointment. The Book of Job "One of the things we noticed on this job was that the slab-on-grade concrete foor, basically the old checkout area of a Winn-Dixie store, had at one time been covered with 10-inch [25.4 cm] glue-down vinyl composition tile," said Decorative Concrete of Virginia (DCV) co-owner Tim Seay. "In cases like this, even if you grind of the glue, ghostly tile patterns can still appear through the stain. In addition, this foor had numerous patches where cash register stations once stood and where old non-load-bearing walls had been removed." Sometimes graphic designs can hide such substrate issues, but since Dan River Church wanted a marble-look design, Seay was tempted to suggest something diferent for the 1970s-era foor. Before making an ofcial recommendation, Seay needed to wrap his brain around the church's proximity to water. Te church sits about 150 feet (45.7 m) from the Dan River on a bank about 15 feet (4.6 m) high. A potential problem existed. When a concrete foor sits directly on saturated soil, capillary action can cause moisture to wick to the surface, which can damage the coating system. It didn't seem likely that wicking water would pose a problem to a structure at that distance and elevation from the river, but Seay wanted a closer look. He tried to fnd signs of previous water damage. Nothing! He checked slab moisture levels. Nada! Even so, he couldn't discount the risk that an abnormal rise in the water table might someday ruin DCV's fooring job. Seay talked it over with General Polymers (GP) coatings representative Brent Haynes. "I'm familiar with this area," said Haynes. "Just last year, FLOOR EPOXY CONCRETE

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