Canton, MA – During our visit to the Sika Canton facility, we had the opportunity to participate in a Sikafloor installation. While the facility specializes in roofing, it is also involved with Sika’s flooring division. Sika’s Jim Gildea has been showcasing Sikafloor installations in various parts of the facility, such as the lobby and the production facility conference room. In one hallway a Sika ComfortFloor system provides a comfortable, low-noise pathway without compromising on durability. A yellow epoxy floor pathway lines the production facility, as the strong floor supports the Sika Safe initiative. We worked with Tom Clarke and Scott Wells from Wells Restoration, LLC. to install a Sikafloor Epo-Rok Mortar system in a vending machine area outside of the production facility.
As Scott explained to us, caring about the minor details is the key to a successful floor installation. Scott and Tom began the day by using a floor sander to level the floor and expose imperfections. Scott takes careful consideration to control dust throughout the process, as it can prevent bonding between layers and even travel to other parts of a building. We both attempted to operate this sander, though it proved to be more difficult than it seems. Scott’s skills with the sander quickly became apparent as he expertly guided the machine across the floor. While this machine is more forgiving, inexperience with a shotblaster can cause problems because overlapping lines will show through the top coat.
Once the imperfections were identified, we prepared an additional batch of epoxy to provide a level finish. Scott also taught us the proper technique for hand troweling; start with a 45 degree angle when spreading, then reduce the angle to level. After a few passes with the trowel, the floor looked perfectly level to our untrained eyes. However, one of Scott’s many tricks is to shine a bright light across the floor to magnify existing imperfections with shadows. Finally, the layer met Scott’s standards and planning began for the next steps. Although we did not have time to finish the project with Scott and Tom, we learned that attention to the small details will lead to an exceptional Sikafloor.