In the late 90's, manufacturers of flooring in an effort to improve indoor air quality replaced solvent-born flooring adhesives with water-based formulations. A noble idea, but one that has ultimately resulted in millions of dollars in claims due to adhesive failure.
Q: How has the flooring industry responded?
A: Not by fixing moisture sensitive adhesive, but rather offering the industry another product to buy in the form of a 2-part epoxy concrete moisture barrier.
At formulators we believe the best, most direct way to avoid moisture related issues is to make the adhesive and concrete repair products waterproof. That's all we did. That's what our patent says. Our system is Aquaflex... it works great and we have millions of square feet installed to prove it.
If a standard installation requires: floor prep, adhesive application and setting of flooring materials; then any additional process or application will involve more me and money. Why put yourself through that agony when all you need is a waterproof glue?
Q: Do we certify installers?
A: Certification implies the process requires some extra measure of expertise or effort. The installer isn't doing anything he didn't do the week before; prep, spread, set and roll.
Why question if one manufacturers concrete repair product is compatible with another manufacturers adhesive or a third manufacturers flooring. We've taken the time and effort to create the whole package. When you purchase Aquaflex you'll receive the adhesive, concrete repair material, trowels, trowel handles, adhesive remover for clean-up, a scratch-less abrasive sponge and all the free hand-holding from our technical staff that you'll ever need.
Q: What demonstrates professional expertise better than a company who has patented and innovated industry leading chemistry in every facet of the flooring installation?
A: Formulators | Aquaflex is the ONLY manufacturer in the concrete moisture migration business to produce all the materials necessary for installation.
We offer our products priced all-inclusive at a cost per square foot. If your project requires additional material within reason, don't worry we have you covered. We're not here to nickle and dime. That's what our competitors do. We want to see your project succeed and we will work with you until completion. Our technical staff has combined over 100yrs of industry experience.
All that is required to formulate and produce environmentally sensitive installation materials is a few good ideas and time invested in the lab. Just as the iPhone has evolved over the years, so too has the chemical industry. Raw materials are available today that didn't even exist five years ago. At Formulators, we're never satisfied and continually evolving every aspect of our product line.
Don’t settle for spending upwards of $6.00/sf and only receive a warranty from moisture failure in one direction. Moisture can create failures bi-directional, from both the top and bottom. Aquaflex is the only warranted, two-sided solution today. Yes, that's right even if the floor floods due to a rising river or a janitor who decided to "flood mop" late at night; your warranty is enforce. Waterproof means waterproof. As an extra measure of assurance, we've backed our warranty with a $5 million per incident liability policy underwritten by AIG against moisture failure. Ask our competitors if they will do the same and wait for the talking points to shift.
We've all heard the claim that some flooring manufacturer, somewhere will not honor their advertised warranty if an alternate adhesive is used. The problem with this practice is, it doesn't square with Federal law. Flooring manufacturers DO NOT produce adhesive. Rather, they resell adhesive just like any distributor. Combining one manufacturers warranty with another is called a "Tie-In" warranty. It's been against the law since 1975 with passage of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, (A Federal statute that was enacted by congress to protect consumer warranes provided by manufacturers).
|100% no moisture limits|
|Can install 3000 sq. ft. in a single night|
|Full failure and replacement warranty|
|$5 million warranty coverage|
|100% green, zero VOC, LEED, and CHPs (01350) approved|
So did Simeone Floors in Wakefield, Michigan. So on a cold winter night in 2009, we gave them that proof. With our Aquaflex system, we glued a single tile to the concrete outside of the Simeone Floors shop. It is still there to this day, perfectly bonded. Some call it breaking and entering, we call it free marketing.
*No laws were broken that night.