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Aquaflex Adhesive

Aquaflex Adhesive

Today’s high moisture floors need an extreme adhesive solution.

If the material used to adhere flooring is affected by excessive concrete moisture; then why develop a costly protective barrier system that only adds time and money? Instead, why not make the moisture sensitive adhesive… waterproof.

Adhesive failures have given birth to an entire cottage industry of moisture consultants, litigators, investigations, forensic analysis, moisture meters, moisture testing, ASTM tests, project delays, change orders for mitigation, etc. The industry acts like concrete is some new discovery and we’re just now learning how to install flooring. Yet, it’s been around for 2,000 years!

At Aquaflex we believe the best, most efficient means to avoid moisture failure is to focus our technology and expertise on the material that fails. And guess what? It’s not the concrete substrate. It’s the installation materials that go on it. The CORRECT answer is to make the adhesives and concrete repair products moisture tolerant, waterproof and unaffected by moisture, like they used to be. Like the stuff grandpa used to use. That’s all we did and now we have 9 patents and millions of sq ft to prove it

Our system is Aquaflex… it works great and we have millions of square feet installed to prove it.

 Aquaflex is NOT Moisture Mitigation… it’s BETTER.

  • Standard concrete prep.
  • Moisture Barrier + Acoustic Solution
  • Universal, install virtually any type of flooring
  • SAFE, GREEN, Non-Haz and Red List Free
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Concrete Repair Mortar

Concrete Repair Mortar

  • Our concrete repair products are formulated silica-free, waterproof and tested in conditions that far exceed the performance of standard cementitious materials.
  • ​Installation requirements, mixing, set-up and cure of our concrete repair products will be very familiar to most installers.
  • ​Formulators offers a full performance warranty on our concrete repair products with their application in combination with Aquaflex adhesives.
  • ​Combine our cementitious materials and installation tools with our adhesives and you have a complete installation system fully warranted to 100% moisture levels from both the concrete substrate and topical sources.
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Aquaflex Resilient Flooring

An Innovative NEW Flooring Line

In our first patent we described elements within the composition of LVT backings materials that promote adhesive bond. We tried to let the flooring manufacturers know so they could begin efforts at improving moisture performance. They didn’t listen, so we took the matter into our own hands.

NOW the first flooring material designed to work WITH an existing adhesive system (reverse of industry standard). We’ve contracted with the inventors of LVT color film so LOOK OUT… we can knock-off any color sample available. Our tests have been demonstrating the highest bond strengths we’ve ever recorded, and better yet COMPLETELY waterproof. Aquaflex is now the ONLY manufacturer of flooring in the U.S. to make its own installation system!

Aquaflex is… ONE Manufacturer… ONE Warranty!

How it Works

Aquaflex uses a patented moisture-cure technology warranted to be completely waterproof and perform to maximum pH levels of 14. If flooring failures (due to elevated concrete pH/moisture) are always related to adhesive failure, then the solution is simple…



  • 1 Concrete
  • 2 Adhesive
  • 3 Tile


  • 1 Concrete
  • 2 Vapor Barrier
  • 3 Primer
  • 4 Cement
  • 5 Adhesive
  • 6 Tile
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How It's Applied

The Aquaflex Installation Process









Save Time, Save Money, And Get
Your Project Back On Schedule.

Your Project Back On Schedule.

No Moisture Testing, No Moisture Limits, No pH Limits… No Problem!
This is for real! We have 10 million sf under warranty and some of the largest retail clients in the world. Call us and speak to the Founder/CEO/Chemist and inventor of Aquaflex directly.

Get ready to hear, what no one in the flooring industry dares to say.

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AquaflexONE Certified Affiliate Dealer List

Find a certified aquaflex dealer for your project in your region or join our certified dealer network!

Apply for our certification program and receive a discount on the Aquaflex Waterproof Acoustic Installation System. We want to reward our Dealer/Installers who see moisture as an adhesive problem, and one solved by waterproof adhesive chemistry. If you’re an Epoxy Moisture Mitigation (EMM) installer know this, OUR GUYS ARE COMING FOR YOU! If you’re a GC, retailer or building owner, then visit our list and …


Call us and we’ll have an AquaflexONE Certified Affiliate Dealer contact you directly.

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Here's What's In Your FREE DEMO Kit



Here's everything you need to get started using our "All-In-One" Waterproof Flooring Adhesive Solution:

  • Waterproof Adhesive

    Waterproof Adhesive

    Unit of waterproof adhesive specifically formulated for flooring type.

  • Concrete Repair Products

    Concrete Repair Products

    Series of specially formulated, waterproof concrete repair products.

  • Installation Accessories

    Installation Accessories

    All accessories necessary for installation (e.g. trowel, remover sponge, etc.).

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Aquaflex Is 100% Red List Free

Aquaflex is the world’s first patented waterproof acoustic flooring adhesive offering a new standard in UNLIMITED moisture resistance.

  • Green – Aquaflex is a 100% solids, “0” zero VOC, moisture-curable flooring adhesive, that meets CHPS low odor indoor air quality standards (IAQ 01350) and contributes LEED.
  • Avoid Mitigation – Aquaflex is not affected by exposures to high pH moisture or liquid water at any level. Aquaflex will even cure immersed in Concrete Pore Water (CPW)* at pH 13.5 and remain chemically unchanged indefinitely, (third party verified).
  • Easy Installation – Aquaflex is one part and does not require mixing or mechanical concrete surface prep as defined by the ICRI standard (i.e., bead blasting or concrete grinding NOT required).

The installation of resilient flooring with Aquaflex is nearly identical to that of standard flooring adhesive.

Simply trowel over SMOOTH, POROUS, CLEAN concrete.



  • Q: Hey David, did you get our folder and “Plunge” board?
  • A: Yes I did, and the board went through total water submersion, followed by deep freeze, followed by 115°F heat index on 145°F concrete. No debonding. Rather extraordinary performance. Hmm, I think you might be onto something. Smarty pants chemist, you are!!!  ?

David Paal


We have specified the Aquaflex Waterproof Installation System for moisture failures, some of the toughest high moisture problems and areas where high topical moisture performance is required with ZERO failures since 2012. No question that the Aquaflex Waterproof Installation System is the most cost and time effective solution for the installation of flooring materials in high moisture situations. Aquaflex is a complete system and is the gold standard.

Lenny Wachowiak


I have personally supplied over 1 million of Aquaflex for all types of high moisture projects across the United States.

Aquaflex is shifting the paradigm when it comes dealing with both the time and cost constraints of high moisture flooring installations.

Save time & money, be green, and buy USA!.

That's what Aquaflex is all about!



For 45 years I’ve watched products come and go. The first time I tested and used Aquaflex over 10 years ago I realized instantly that moisture mitigation had run its course. An entire cottage industry now exists centered around moisture mitigation and focused with the understanding that moisture failure is a concrete problem.

Yet, moisture mitigation provides this protection from moisture in one direction only.

Aquaflex took a different approach and simply made a better glue, now evolved into a revolutionary waterproof installation system.

Anyone can make things more complicated.

It takes a genius to make it simple. Aquaflex has been for a decade.

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Aquaflex... from conception... to production... to extreme performance

Aquaflex is the world’s first patented waterproof flooring installation system. This revolutionary system consists of the Aquaflex adhesive, a fully waterproof solution with the ability to cure underwater (available now in DEACTIVATED form for extended shelf-life); Aquaflex Patch & Skim Mix, an entirely silica-free concrete repair mix; the patented Aquaflex CBD trowel; and the Aquaflex Remover Kit, a bio-based presoaked sponge for clean-up.

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Frequently Asked Questions


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
  • *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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