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By Lewis Migliore
Moisture in substrates causes upwards of a billion dollars in flooring failures yearly, and it isn’t going away anytime soon. As a matter of fact, the situation is actually getting worse and will continue to do so. As a result many manufacturers have designed, engineered and built flooring materials that can be installed without adhesive — “floating” flooring installation systems. These systems eliminate the need for a separate adhesive and take the failure or compromise of adhesive by moisture and alkalinity out of the equation. But the moisture still exists despite being taken out of play to foil the adhesive. In fact, in many cases we’ve made the situation worse. With the moisture still active beneath the flooring material, which is now acting as a topical moisture retarder, the perfect culture for breeding mold and mildew exists.
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The Commercial Flooring Report is provided by Lewis Migliore, president of LGM and Associates, which offers technical flooring services, including help or guidance with a new flooring project or a failure on an existing floor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.