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TEC® Wood Adhesive Keeps Pace with Wall Street

10 Aug

Posted by
Tom Plaskota
Technical Support Manager

TEC® WoodPerfect™ wood flooring adhesive

TEC® WoodPerfect™ allows for efficient installation of a sound-reducing wood floor in a Wall Street skyscraper.

Challenge: Install a sound-reducing wood floor in the 58th floor of a Wall Street skyscraper that will be the headquarters of a high-end trading company. The 60-floor building in Manhattan’s busy financial district needed a solution that could reduce noise from traveling through the floor.

Solution: The latest wood flooring adhesive from TEC®, WoodPerfect™, offered a timesaving solution that maximizes performance with installer-friendly benefits.

Assurance: Familiar with the TEC® brand and its innovative products, The Archetypal Imagery Corporation decided TEC® WoodPerfect™ was the right choice for the New York skyscraper.

The sound-reduction capabilities of TEC® WoodPerfect™ saved them 40% on labor and soundproofing materials. It also has built-in, one-step moisture control and sound reduction that saved steps on this high-profile job.

The installer-friendly lightweight formula is easy to apply, clean and offers contractors an isocyanate-free and low-odor adhesive that is appropriate for busy commercial job sites. Its low-VOC formula can contribute to LEED® certification.

Contractors: Archetypal Imagery Corporation, Bronx, NY

Contractors De-Brief: “The sound-reduction qualities of WoodPerfect™ saved me 40% on labor and soundproofing materials, TEC® manufactures innovative wood flooring adhesives, and their new WoodPerfectTM is no exception.” - Avedis Duvenjian, original co-founder of Archetypal Imagery Corporation.

 

Read our WoodPerfect™ Installation Guide for more information on WoodPerfect™ and installation instructions.

 

 Self-leveling underlayment” is a bit of a misnomer. Although this type of product is incredibly useful, it does require a thoughtful installer to ensure it works properly. Follow this guide to prevent cracks in your self leveling underlayment.

 

  1. Select a product appropriate for the installation: Know your installation environment and familiarize yourself with the relevant ASTM standards for strength. A commercial floor subject to heavy wheel loads will require a higher-grade self-leveling underlayment (like Level Set® 300 Self-Leveling Underlayment) than a floor in a single-family home. Consult product data sheets for information on tensile strength, compressive strength and flexural strength.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Stabilize your substrate: Most products require that all surfaces are fully stable and structurally sound prior to the application of a self leveling underlayment. For example, wood must be securely fastened with screw type or ring shank nails and adhesive because if it shifts, it could cause cracking.

 

  1. Prepare your substrate: Make sure to plug all floor openings, gaps and cracks and install termination dams to prevent any seepage with suitable products such as the TEC® Feather Edge Skim Coat.

All self-leveling underlayments require the use of a primer prior to installation (like the TEC® Multipurpose Primer). See Primer label for application instructions.

 

Beyond priming, most self-leveling underlayments require that the substrate is free from any contaminants that may inhibit bond, including oil, grease, dust, loose or peeling paint, sealers, floor finishes, curing compounds or contaminants.  Make sure that this is the case before starting your installation.

 

  1. Mix properly: Mix your self leveling underlayment to the consistency specified on the bag. Do not over mix it, as this can make it harder to work with and lead to cracking or improper flow.

 

  1. Check the temperature and climate of the room: Make sure that the temperature of the room is within the manufacturer’s acceptable range. A climate that is too cold or too hot can cause issues.

 

  1. Use as recommended: Manufacturers will specify the maximum thickness of their product. If a surface is extremely uneven in an isolated area, a patch (like the TEC® Floor Patch Pro) may be necessary, rather than a self leveling underlayment.

 

A common theme connects these recommendations: noting and adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions. You must read labels and product data sheets carefully to ensure products perform as desired. 

 

Make sure to che

Self-leveling underlayment” is a bit of a misnomer. Although this type of product is incredibly useful, it does require a thoughtful installer to ensure it works properly. Follow this guide to prevent cracks in your self leveling underlayment.
  1. Select a product appropriate for the installation: Know your installation environment and familiarize yourself with the relevant ASTM standards for strength. A commercial floor subject to heavy wheel loads will require a higher-grade self-leveling underlayment (like Level Set® 300 Self-Leveling Underlayment) than a floor in a single-family home. Consult product data sheets for information on tensile strength, compressive strength and flexural strength.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Stabilize your substrate: Most products require that all surfaces are fully stable and structurally sound prior to the application of a self leveling underlayment. For example, wood must be securely fastened with screw type or ring shank nails and adhesive because if it shifts, it could cause cracking.
  1. Prepare your substrate: Make sure to plug all floor openings, gaps and cracks and install termination dams to prevent any seepage with suitable products such as the TEC® Feather Edge Skim Coat.

All self-leveling underlayments require the use of a primer prior to installation (like the TEC® Multipurpose Primer). See Primer label for application instructions.

Beyond priming, most self-leveling underlayments require that the substrate is free from any contaminants that may inhibit bond, including oil, grease, dust, loose or peeling paint, sealers, floor finishes, curing compounds or contaminants.  Make sure that this is the case before starting your installation.

  1. Mix properly: Mix your self leveling underlayment to the consistency specified on the bag. Do not over mix it, as this can make it harder to work with and lead to cracking or improper flow.
  1. Check the temperature and climate of the room: Make sure that the temperature of the room is within the manufacturer’s acceptable range. A climate that is too cold or too hot can cause issues.
  1. Use as recommended: Manufacturers will specify the maximum thickness of their product. If a surface is extremely uneven in an isolated area, a patch (like the TEC® Floor Patch Pro) may be necessary, rather than a self leveling underlayment.

A common theme connects these recommendations: noting and adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions. You must read labels and product data sheets carefully to ensure products perform as desired. 

 

 

ck out the expanded TEC® Surface Preparation line that builds upon the company’s leadership position in the grout and mortar product categories.  

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