Since 1991, CorLiving has operated as a furniture manufacturer for Canada and further south of the country in the United States of America. With their headquarters located in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, it was only natural that they would build one of their distribution and manufacturing facilities in the same area. Completed in 2004, this facility came with 19,509.64 m2 (210,000 ft2) of concrete flooring. Most of which included Hard-Cem, Kryton’s integral hardening admixture. As a result, the warehouse is able to withstand immense friction and abrasion from pallet jacks, forklifts, and other types of manufacturing equipment every day.
By May 2018, a Kryton representative was curious to see how the Hard-Cem concrete was performing in CorLiving’s Surrey facility. They visited the facility that month and found the distinction between the Hard-Cem-treated concrete and the untreated concrete quite evident. While the Hard-Cem concrete was shiny and showed no gouge marks or signs of delamination from abrasion and erosion, the small, untreated area was rough, weathered, and flaky.
Inadvertently, this facility became an example of a field test for Hard-Cem’s durability. It is clear from the pictures taken 14 years after the facility was constructed and opened that Hard-Cem is a highly durable and reliable form of concrete hardening technology. It is proof that Hard-Cem is capable of extending concrete wear life and preventing maintenance and repair costs. Moreover, it is a more effective alternative to dry shake hardeners, providing abrasion and erosion protection for a longer period of time and eliminating the need for silica dust, which can be toxic to workers without protection and is subsequently under tighter regulations from OSHA.
Admixture for Abrasion and Erosion Resistance Unlike post-applied surface treatments that delaminate over time, or high-strength concrete that’s prone to curling and cracking, Hard-Cem integral admixture significantly reduces replacement and repair requirements and more than doubles the concrete’s wear life — lowering its embodied carbon footprint over its lifetime.