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The initial formulation of Aquaflex was introduced in 2006. The Aquaflex system has evolved over time to include formulations for virtually all types of resilient flooring. Formulators has also innovated waterproof skim-coat materials to enhance the overall Aquaflex package. Aquaflex has been specified by many retail store clients including; Bed, Bath & Beyond, Rite Aid, Burlington, TJ MAXX and Walmart. Aquaflex is also specified by several health care providers such as Fresenius Medical and DaVita Dialysis.
Aquaflex resists moisture as follows:
  • ASTM F 1869 - NO LIMITS
  • ASTM F 2170- NO LIMITS
  • ASTM F-710 -NO LIMITS
  • *Aquaflex will actually cure under water.
When using Aquaflex it is NOT necessary to conduct moisture evaluations prior to installation per ASTM F1869, F710 or F2170 respectively. Aquaflex does not require you to determine if a sub-slab moisture vapor barrier exists. Aquaflex is waterproof, it doesn't matter.
We have all heard the claim that some flooring manufacturer will not honor their advertised warranty if an alternate adhesive is used. While many manufacturers will state this to protect their financial interests, it doesn’t square with current Federal law. In every case, warranty rests with the manufacturer, not its representative. In the United States, it’s against the law for manufacturers to withdraw warranty of a product after it has been sold. In every case, the adhesive manufacturer alone is responsible for the adhesive bond performance. Flooring manufacturers DO NOT produce adhesive. Instead, they resell adhesive under a private label arrangement similar to any building products distributor. When a flooring manufacturer combines their performance warranty to an adhesive manufacturer’s bond warranty they create what is referred to in legal terms as a “Tie-In” warranty. The “Tie-In” warranty is against the law and has been since 1975 with passage of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act (MMWA). MMWA is a federal statute that was enacted by congress to protect consumers when warranties are provided by manufacturers. MMWA is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission and specifically restricts the use of “Tie-In” warranties making them illegal and unenforceable.
The warranty for adhesive bond is an implied warranty provided by the flooring manufacturer. The adhesive is manufactured by a third party and the expressed warranty of construction lies solely with them. Epoxy mitigation is of no consequence and has no legal impact on the flooring manufacturers warranty claim. Epoxy mitigation is simply a recommendation, never a condition of sale.
To answer let's start first with a short review of the history of flooring: The first floor covering introduced in the US was Linoleum invented by Frederick Walton in 1863. This early flooring material was adhered with asphaltic tar. Later the tar was replaced with asbestos adhesive commonly referred to as "cut-back". VCT was introduced in the late forties and sheet vinyl in the early sixties. These materials too were adhered with "cut-back". "Cut-back" producers began removing the asbestos from formulations in the early seventies and eventually replaced the solvent-born "cut-back" adhesives altogether with waterbased acrylics in the late nineties under market pressure. That's when the trouble started. For over 150yrs the flooring industry used a solvent based adhesive, for 150 years moisture was a "non-issue" related to adhesive performance and for 150yrs this adhesive was waterproof! No moisture testing, no ASTM, no Calcium chloride test or insitu %RH, no moisture mitigation was ever used and yet flooring installations performed. Sub-slab vapor barriers didn't exist either, yet floors never failed to the degree they do today. The answer to preventing flooring failures isn't a new idea but a re-invention of an old one. Make the glue waterproof and solve the problem.
Aquaflex should be recommended whenever moisture measurements per ASTM F2170 exceed 90%RH. Keep in mind that ASTM F 2170 has a margin of error of +/- 3% above 90% insitu RH. 90%RH is a good line of demarcation. 90%RH represents the typical performance threshold for water based flooring adhesive. Remember it's not the moisture in the concrete but the elevated pH that destroys (i.e., hydrolyzes) the adhesive. This means that the flooring industry never actually measures the true cause of flooring failure. THAT'S RIGHT!, the ASTM tests are not testing what causes adhesive failures in the first place!
Aquaflex has been tested with virtually all flooring materials. Aquaflex is available in several formulations for resilient flooring, such as VCT, sheet vinyl (VSF) and LVT. The VCT version has proven successful with homogeneous VCT, as well as rubber and linoleum tiles. The LVT product has been successful with luxury vinyl tiles and carpet tiles. VSF is designed for sheet vinyl and lino installations.
Formulators supplies a Gundlach Versablade CBD trowel (1/32" x 1/16" x 9/64") with each unit to install resilient flooring. By design one unit covers approximately 800 square feet.

Each unit of Aquaflex includes:

  • Aquaflex adhesive in a foil bag supplied inside a 4. gallon poly bucket.
  • A trowel specifically designed for the flooring being installed.
  • Waterproof floor patch (skim-coat) is available.
  • Adhesive remover that can be used to clean any adhesive off of flooring or tools.
  • For VSF we include our patented D-GAS primer to reduce bubble formation.
  • For VSF we include a D-Gas applicator brush.
  • *Aquaflex will actually cure under water.
Shelf life is limited to 12mos from the date of manufacture. Aquaflex is freeze-thaw stable but must be stored in an unopened container between 70°F and 80°F.
The Aquaflex system is sold by the square-foot and delivered by the "unit". Aquaflex is more expensive than traditional moisture resistant adhesives; however traditional adhesives simply do not measure up to the "UNLIMITED" level of moisture/pH performance, topical moisture warranty and speed of cure offered by Aquaflex.
Formulators takes great care to ensure that flooring contractors understand how to use Aquaflex, especially if they have never used it before. Formulators hires experienced industry professionals who are available to consult with flooring contractors on the proper application of Aquaflex and what to do if they might experience any problems. For larger projects, training and installation startup services are available.

Aquaflex is a high solids, moisture cured "wet set" adhesive that is easy to install as long as the directions are followed. Troweling Aquaflex does not require any special technique. It uses the same trowel techniques as any other "wet set" resilient flooring adhesives.

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