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Concrete Moisture:

Concrete moisture and surface alkalinity testing are essential in the determination of the suitability of a concrete slab to receive a moisture-sensitive floor covering (sheet vinyl, VCT Tile, carpet, hardwood, laminate) or coating. These tests should be performed on all concrete slabs regardless of their age or grade level.

Producers of floor coverings, adhesives, and resinous coatings specify testing for the Moisture Vapor Emission Rate (MVER) of a concrete floor slab and/or the Equilibrium Relative Humidity (ERH) in concrete floor slabs to determine level of dryness and suitability for the installation of their products. ASTM International has written industry standards for testing the moisture of a concrete slab.

World Flooring Covering Association on Moisture

Emission Testing:

By and large flooring contractors have neither the expertise to determine such critical points as the chemical composition of concrete nor the ability to test for compatibility with floor covering products. Concrete is a specialized trade that requires a very special expertise and in-depth knowledge in order to determine its suitability for floor covering installation.

Testing by a Certified Independent Specialist to determine the suitability for installation under current complex conditions is a prudent and necessary safeguard for general contractors, owners and architects.

Concrete Uses:

Because it’s so durable and versatile, concrete can be used in many different ways. You might find a way to use polished concrete in your home instead of granite or tile. Maybe a stamped concrete patio or driveway would be a better choice than pavers or asphalt?

You’ll be amazed at all the custom concrete ideas you’ll find throughout the pages of Whether you’re contemplating a new project or you simply want to rejuvenate or enhance an existing surface, you’ll find all the information and resources here that you need to get started.