The Benefit of Filling Control Joints
Control joints are deliberate cracks cut into concrete floors that allow movement caused by temperature and moisture changes. The two most common joint fillers are epoxy and polyurea. Polyurea joint fillers have become extremely popular over the last twenty years because they offer a faster turnaround time.
Why you Should Fill the Control Joints in your Facility:
- Control joints that are unfilled begin to spall causing costly repairs to the concrete slab.
- Joint fillers support the edge of the joint imposed by hard wheeled traffic.
- Joint fillers reduce service calls, tire wear, bearing cost, and wear and tear on lift trucks.
- Housekeeping is easier when joints are filled because debris will not collect in the joints.
- Joint filing is typically required in food facilities, pharmaceutical, and medical facilities where threatening bacteria can grow in joints that are not filled.
- Joint filling can be accomplished during working hours in operational facilities because the material sets and can be trimmed in 10 minutes.
- Joint filler can be installed at 90 days on a new concrete slab or anytime on an existing slab.