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Understanding Resinous & Epoxy Flooring Specifications

Manufacturers know best what characteristics a given flooring system possesses: the intended applications and uses of the floor, the manner in which it should be properly installed and how the floor can be expected to perform under normal facility conditions. It therefore makes sense that responsible manufacturers do everything they can to make this technical product information as accessible as possible to architect and commercial interior designers, as well as to their factory-approved installation contractors.

How MasterFormat Streamlines Communication

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) of the United States and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) use one format, known as the MasterFormat, to consolidate building plans into a single  document that follows the same universal formatting guidelines. It covers every aspect of the building’s architectural design and construction, from contracting requirements, to existing conditions, electrical systems to fire safety, windows to flooring materials. In total, there are 48 divisions of the MasterFormat, each covering a different aspect of the construction process.

Each of the divisions is broken down into numerous sections, with each section being further divided into three parts: General, Products, and Execution. By following this universal format, building professionals are typically able to find information on any aspect of a building’s construction and design with relative ease.

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Where to Find Resinous Flooring Specifications

Within MasterFormat, specifications for epoxy and other resinous flooring systems can be found in Division 9 (Finishes), Section 096723 (Resinous Flooring) which covers “fluid-applied monolithic flooring including decorative epoxy and urethane resins.” In order to make things as easy as possible for architects and contractors, at Florock we provide three-part specifications following this format for all of our flooring systems. These specifications can be found and downloaded, free of charge, on our website.

How to Read the Specifications

As noted above, the specifications for any given section are broken down into three parts:

  • Part 1: General. Here you will find general information on the flooring system, including a brief description, quality assurance recommendations, the process for ordering and obtaining the product, and requirement for packaging, shipping, and storing. Part 1 also includes warranty information and safety and environmental requirements for during project execution.
  • Part 2: Products. This includes a breakdown of each individual product that will go into the flooring system, along with the manufacturer’s contact information. It also provides information on the properties of the floor system once installed and cured.
  • Part 3: Execution. Part 3 begins with instructions on how to properly inspect and then prepare the concrete substrate prior to installation, as well as directions on preparing the materials themselves. The stages of installation are broken down into steps with specific instructions, and then directions are provided on how to conduct field quality control tests on the installed system.

MasterFormat, sometimes known as the “Dewey Decimal System” of the construction industry, provides a universal format in which specifications for all aspects of commercial and institutional buildings can be easily found. Even if not all 48 divisions are relevant to a particular project, the format provides space for them when necessary. By providing specifications that fit into this universally accepted system, Florock makes it convenient for architectural and interiors professionals to quickly include the appropriate resinous flooring systems into their project design.

Additionally, Team Florock is always ready to assist designers in creating a custom floor specification to suit a facility’s needs. By collaborating with manufacturers, specifiers can help ensure their documents include the relevant information needed by contractors to efficiently install flooring systems that consistent meet or exceed their facility clients’ expectations.