|Static coefficient of friction||C-1028||
|Modulus of rupture||C-120||
Dry: 1,800 psi
Wet: 800 psi
|Modulus of elasticity||C-469||1,75x106 psi|
Dry: 1,200 psi
Wet: 1,170 psi
Dry: 600 psi
Wet: 450 psi
Dry: 3,900 psi
Wet: 3,000 psi
|Water vapor permeance||E-96||6.5 perms|
|Thermal conductivity (k)||C-58||1.43 BTU-In/Hr F|
|Flame spread and smoke development index||E-84||
Flame: 0 index
Smoke: 0 index
The life and appearance of the ECO-CEM® panel installations can be prolonged by following the simple procedures listed below.
The surface of ECO-CEM® is smooth thus dirt and dust do not stick. However, grit and sand can act like sandpaper on the finish causing scratches, dents and dulling. Therefore, we recommend the placement of floor mats at entrances to trap debris and prevent scuffing, and to sweep or vacuum regularly.
Clean-up spills as they happen, rinse with water or, if needed, a normal household cleaning agent.
Damp mopping is the fastest
and most thorough way to
deep-clean ECO-CEM® flooring.
With medium to heavy traffic you
may want to damp mop as often as
once a week. Avoid oil soaps as
they may stain the surface.
Use a mixture of neutral PH non-oily cleaner with water. Mop generously with this mixture, rinse the mop in clean water, wring the mop dry, and then mop once again for a final rinse.
ECO-CEM® is a natural material that due to its high content of cellulose fibers will develop a patina and may stain. Spills should be cleaned up immediately to avoid staining of the surface.
ECO-CEM® may be sanded down if the need occurs. Due to the components of the material a natural uneven coloration may become emphasized – not unlike poured concrete.
Proper preparation and installation is the responsibility of the user. These recommendations are supplied as a technical service and may be subject to change. For detailed questions as well as purchasing of the products please contact the manufacturer directly.
ECO-CEM® panels are extremely impact resistant and require minimal packaging. During transportation, use stable flat pallets the same dimension as the panels. When moving panels, lift in order to prevent scratches on the panel surface. Store in an enclosed area protected against heat and humidity. For horizontal storage provide support along the entire bottom surface area with a protective layer between the pallet and the panels as well as on top. For vertical storage provide same protection with additional support for height.
ECO-CEM® must be installed on
a level surface.
Leveler - The leveling of old surfaces in cement can be achieved with a professional, non-shrink leveling product.
At the time of installation, the substrate must be cured, free from hygrometric shrinkage, and must be even, compact, clean, and have a residual humidity of equal to or less than 2%. For the direct installation to a concrete slab, with the exception of leveling compounds, it is necessary to wait for a period of 1 month for the concrete to cure. For slabs subject to flexural strain, the allowed sag may exceed 1/360 of the total span of the structural system of support.
Surfaces in iron must be accurately cleaned and all residual traces of oil removed. If the iron is painted, check the degree of adhesion of the paint to evaluate the convenience of completely removing it by means of abrasives or a paint-stripper.
Wood Check the dimensional stability of the support and its sensitivity to humidity. If the wood is painted or varnished, remove the coloring completely with appropriate paint stripping agents or abrasives.
ECO-CEM® panels are to be cut with a diamond tip blade, same as would be used for Granite. Eco Cem® needs to be cut and work with dry material and in dry conditions - it will create a lot dust. Eye protective wear and mask needed (refer to MSDS).
ECO-CEM® panels are easy to install and line up smoothly onto the adhesive. It is necessary to pound the material with a rubber hammer and press against the corners. After laying it is recommended to cover the area with plastic sheets and place weights - about 22 pounds (or more) of weight - for 24 hours to be placed on each corner. When applying the adhesive it is important to be certain that all corners are sufficiently coated underneath. Recommended adhesive for installation of Eco Cem is Kerakoll Superflex.
The installation of ECO-CEM® panels requires freshly applied adhesive. Spread Kerakoll’s SUPERFLEX, a two-component, high-elasticity, polyurethane adhesive over the substrate with a 3/8” (10 mm) toothed trowel. Press down with care to obtain best results. For large formats, it is advisable to install with the “buttering and floating” method of spreading the adhesive over the substrate with a suitable toothed trowel, then smoothing the back of the slab.
It is necessary to keep exposed all pre-existing expansion joints of the surface. In addition, it is necessary to leave 1/8’’-1/4’’ inch of free space around the entire perimeter of the area to allow for overall surface expansion. This allowance will be covered by the skirting board and will not be visible. Please consult with your structural engineer for more detailed information.
Once a panel has adhered to the surface it is difficult to remove. If a panel gets soiled by fresh adhesive it can be cleaned with alcohol or toluene. If the adhesive has hardened it can be removed by scraping the surface with a chisel or steel wool. The quantity of adhesive needed may vary according to the surface area (approximately 0.4 to 0.5 pounds per square foot).
ECO-CEM® can easily be nailed or screwed to framing. All fasteners used to attach panels to supports must be corrosion resistant. Do not use standard phosphate treated black drywall screws. Fasteners should maintain maximum spacing along supports of 16” o/c. Centerline of fasteners should maintain a minimum of ¾” from the edge of ECO-CEM® panels. Screw heads should be flush with surface of panel. For electric screwdrivers use variable speed 2,500 RPM maximum.
ECO-CEM® joints smaller than 3mm should be grouted with a non-sanded grout, for larger joints one should use sanded grout. Recommended grout joint width is 0.5% of the longest side of the tile (i.e. for a tile 24”x48” the joint width should be ¼”). There are many good materials for use as grout. Please refer to your installer for products and specific installation instructions.
The grout cleaning must be done before complete hardening. Use a soft sponge with clean water and pass over the surface various times.
Once ECO-CEM® floor boards have been installed; they require a minimum of 48 hours to set before use. In addition to the 48 hours, we recommend the new flooring be protected with plastic sheeting from any construction related traffic until the entire project is completed.
Proper preparation and installation is the responsibility of the user. These recommendations are supplied as a technical service and may be subject to change. For detailed questions as well as purchasing of the sealer products please contact the manufacturer directly.