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How to repair movement joints in concrete floors and slabs

INDUSTRIAL FLOOR JOINT REPAIR METHOD

Movement joints are often refered to as "expansion joints" but accommodate both expansion and contraction of building elements.  In industrial environments they are often damaged from heavy trafficking by forklift trucks, AGVs, VNA trucks, trolleys and moving machinery - particularly if they have nylon wheels.  The edges of the slab can crack, crumble and break-off and /or the joint sealant can fail.

Typical damaged movement / expansion joint in a warehouse

METHOD

Joint repair

  • Saw cut on either side of the movement joint at a minimum distance from the joint of 50mm
  • Remove all damaged sealant and joint filler/fibreboard.
  • Remove the damaged concrete to provide a sound flat bottom to the area.
  • Prime the sides and base of the repair with epoxy resin primer.
  • Mix and apply epoxy resin mortar to reform the joint shoulders flush with the traffic surface. Fibreboard can be used as a permanent internal shutter or use timber faced with plastic which can be removed from the joint after the mortar has hardened.

Joint Sealant installation

  • After the repair mortar has hardened remove the fibre board to the required depth.
  • Prime the vertical sides of the joint.( this depends on the sealant to be used.) Allow primer to become touch dry.
  • Apply the sealant to the joint and tool to finish to the correct level.


DIAGRAM: Instructions, tips & tricks for repairing a damaged movement joint

Saw cut
Parent concrete
Fibreboard/filler
Repair mortar
Joint Sealant


MATERIALS

Joint repair

Epoxy resin primer:

Resuprime

Epoxy resin mortar:

Resupatch

Resuscreed 43

Resuscreed 50

Tufpatch FS

Epicon FS Mortar

Joint sealants and primers

Polysulphide type:

Thioflex 600 PG
(Primer 7)

Pitch free elastomer type:

Colpor 200PF
(Primer 20)

Epoxy polyurethane type:

Expoflex 800
(in general no primer)

Tough elastomer type:

Nitoseal MS300
(in general no primer)

Polyurethane type:

Resujoint

Resujoint P

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SEE ALSO:

Industrial Joint Sealants for more products within our range

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