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The Ashford Formula is simple to use and does not take a lot of time or sophisticated procedures. If applied to existing concrete, the floor must be prepped so that it is clean and bare. Curing agents, dirt, paints, varnishes, bond breakers, oil spills, and other impurities are scraped and/or totally removed.

To operate optimally, the Ashford Formula must be able to permeate the surface and react with the concrete. To permanently densify the concrete surface, just one application of the Ashford Formula is required.

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EXTRA BENEFIT

Product Benefits

The Ashford Formula densifies using one-of-a-kind and unrivalled catalytic chemistry. The Ashford Formula was created about 70 years ago as an alternative to coatings. When this product first hit the market, many critics couldn’t believe that a single substance could permanently render floor surfaces resistant to abrasion, simple to clean, and dust-free.

They have been proven false by nearly seven decades of performance. These long-term outcomes are accomplished by the use of a one-of-a-kind and unrivalled catalytic chemistry. The idea is simple: a concrete floor surface is internally densified by crystalline development. A similar process hardens the concrete and binds the particles together. There is nothing to wear out, scuff, or damage because the chemistry is inorganic.

Concrete flooring must be long-lasting. The Ashford Formula renders concrete resistant to abrasion. In fact, abrasion testing suggests that an Ashford Formula-treated floor will be 32% tougher within 30 minutes of treatment. Over time, the treated concrete will continue to harden. The Ashford Formula can also be used to augment surface and aggregate hardeners.

The Ashford Formula, when applied as a curing agent, reduces the outward migration of water from concrete. Its chemical reaction creates a densified barrier, which prevents shrinkage, cracking, and hairline checks. And we have the testing to back it up.

Concrete flooring must be dust-free. Concrete produces dust naturally as a result of efflorescence, which settles on completed objects, racks, and equipment. The Ashford Formula combines with the salts in concrete to become an integral part of the concrete, dust-proofing the surface completely. This significantly saves maintenance expenses while also protecting sensitive equipment and produced goods from dust particles.

The Ashford Formula lowers building expenses. It simply requires one permanent application. This avoids the need to apply a curing membrane, which must be removed later from the floor. Because it stabilises the surface, the Ashford Formula considerably prevents crazing, or “map cracking,” when employed at the time of installation. This feature of the Ashford Formula makes it particularly suitable for outdoor applications, as it renders the concrete resistant to freeze-thaw damage. The Ashford Formula removes the need for costly maintenance-intensive floor coverings such as urethanes, waxes, acrylics, and others.

Because the Ashford Formula permanently densifies concrete, foreign matter including oil, alkali, free lime, and road scum may be readily removed with routine cleaning. A regular maintenance programme for any floor is strongly suggested to eliminate surface pollutants, and any acids or other corrosive compounds should be removed from the floor promptly.

Steel troweled concrete floors that have been treated with the Ashford Formula have a lasting and appealing marble-like gloss. The longer these floors are cleaned and used, the nicer they will appear. Ashford Formula-treated floors also have fewer tyre marks from forklifts and other machinery. Tire markings are readily eliminated if they appear.

NEARLY 70 YEARS AND STILL COUNTING

The Ashford Formula was created using ecologically friendly materials. It not only generates excellent outcomes, but it does so at no cost to the environment. For almost 70 years, the Ashford Formula has offered excellent performance at no ecological cost to the environment, despite growing worried about climate change.

There are no volatile organic compounds in the Ashford Formula (VOCs). It emits no hazardous vapours, fumes, or gases. There is no need for protective clothing or breathing apparatus for this use. The Ashford Formula includes no harmful compounds, heavy metals, poisonous ingredients, carcinogens, mutagens, or teratogens.

The Ashford Formula has been frequently utilised for points on numerous projects since the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the LEED Program. For decades, the Ashford Formula has been regarded as a product that is both safe to use and environmentally beneficial. See below for more information on how the Ashford Formula may help you get LEED points.

Our trademark blue barrels have become a well-known emblem in the concrete densification business. Our product is packed in previously used barrels, which reduces the environmental effect of processing new containers.

LEED points

Contributes To Leed Points

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) does not verify that individual items meet the requirements outlined in the LEED rating system for New Construction and Major Renovations. The rules, on the other hand, indicate unequivocally that items with particular features qualify for the points used in LEED project certification.

The following LEED points are associated with the Ashford FormulaTM properties:
The Ashford FormulaTM can award points based on the proportion of total flooring that is treated. The Ashford FormulaTM is designed to endure the life of the building and does not need to be removed or replaced if it is sold or modified. The implementation of the Ashford FormulaTM on an existing floor in a rehabilitation project allows for the reuse of existing materials.

Credit 3.1 and 3.2 for Materials and Resources:

construction materials and products to minimise demand for virgin materials and waste, hence lowering the environmental consequences associated with the extraction and processing of virgin resources.
The Ashford FormulaTM can contribute points by reusing the existing concrete floor at a cost of at least 5 – 10% of the overall project materials value.

Materials and Resources Credits 5.1 and 5.2:

Regional Materials Intent: Increase demand for construction materials and goods harvested and made in the region, therefore encouraging the use of indigenous resources and decreasing the environmental consequences of transportation.
If the project is within 500 miles of where the Ashford FormulaTM is created – Springville, Utah – the Ashford FormulaTM can contribute points.
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Credit For Indoor Enviromental Quality

Credit 3.1 for Indoor Environmental Quality: Construction Plan for Improving Indoor Air Quality: Throughout Construction

Throughout Construction
Intention: To assist maintain the comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants, reduce indoor air quality concerns caused by the construction/renovation process. Because it is a flooring product and an alternative to carpet, the Ashford Formula can contribute points. This standard requires construction to be sequenced such that “absorptive materials” such as insulation, carpets, ceiling tile, and gypsum wallboard do not get polluted and thereby compromise worker safety. Concrete floors coated with the Ashford Formula are not absorbent like carpet and hence are not prone to contamination.

Credit 3.2: Construction Indoor Environmental Quality Management

Prior to Occupancy
Intention: To assist maintain the comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants, reduce indoor air quality issues caused by the construction/renovation process. The Ashford Formula can get points since it is entirely based on inorganic chemistry and hence has no bearing on the presence of formaldehyde, particulates, VOCs, or 4-Phenylcyclohexene. Furthermore, unlike other floor coatings and floor coverings, the Ashford Formula emits no fumes, vapours, or off-gassing.
Indoor Environmental Quality Credit 4.1: Low-Emitting Materials: Adhesives & Sealants

Intent: Reduce the quantity of indoor air contaminants that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.

The Ashford Formula can contribute points because it dispenses with all floor coverings and allows exposed concrete floors to be used as the finished working surface. This standard specifically references sealants and adhesives, such as those used on carpet, carpet pads, rubber floors, VCT and ceramic tile, which the Ashford Formula does not use.
Credits 7.1 and 7.2 for Indoor Environmental Quality:
Thermal Comfort Intent: Provide a pleasant thermal environment that promotes building occupant productivity and well-being.
The Ashford FormulaTM can earn points by keeping the natural thermal qualities of concrete in order to lower the building’s cooling and heating loads, hence boosting the thermal comfort of the inhabitants. By increasing the thermal mass of the building envelope, the Ashford FormulaTM treated concrete improves the advantages of in-floor radiant or solar heating and cooling systems.
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Innovation & Design Process Credit

Innovation & Design Process Credit 1 – 1.4: Innovation in Design Intent: To award points for exceptional performance above the requirements set by the LEED for New Construction Green Building Rating System and/or innovative performance in Green Building categories not specifically addressed by the LEED for New Construction Green Building Rating System.
The Ashford FormulaTM does not use floor coverings or coatings. The maintenance of an Ashford FormulaTM floor is straightforward and highly ecologically friendly, using just water or a water-based detergent and lowering the life cycle cost of the floor. Because it does not hold pollen or mould, the sealed surface gives allergy relief to inhabitants.
 The Ashford Formula™ will perform well under conditions of temperature change, and wet conditions, incase of natural disaster or other emergency.

Technical

Abrasion

Bonding

Curing

Hardening

Permeablity

NOTE: Please keep in mind that this technical information is presented as a general performance profile for determining the proper application of the Ashford Formula. Independent laboratories acquired test performance findings in controlled circumstances. Curecrete Distribution Inc

Certifications

The Ashford Formula offers several advantages not just to a concrete surface, but also to our loyal customers and clients. Using the Ashford Formula provides the assurance that our product is safe and has gained certificates attesting to its safety.

Compliance With Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCS)

According to US Federal and California State regulations, the Ashford Formula includes no Volatile Organic Compounds (0/g/l) and no dangerous carcinogens, heavy metals, or toxic substances of any type.

Ce Declaration Of Compliance

The Ashford Formula complies with the EU Construction Products Directive (89/1060/EEC) and satisfies the EN 1504-2 standards for the following declared properties:

Abrasion Resistance

Capillary Absorption AND   Permeability of Water

Depth of Penetration

Impact Resistance

Adhesion Strength
TÜV SÜD TEST STANDARD TM 14 TÜV SÜD TEST STANDARD TM 14 TÜV SÜD T
TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH has declared the Ashford Formula to be pollution-free after it was voluntarily exposed to testing.

DIN Standards in Europe

This technical information is supplied as a general performance profile for determining if the Ashford Formula should be used.

Tüv Nord Baugualität Gmblt & Co. KG in Dessau, Germany, obtained test performance results under controlled conditions. Curecrete makes no promise that these or any other testing correctly reflect the actual design and/or usage conditions.

ABRASION DIN 52 108 – Depth of Wear | Abrasion Test with a Bohme Grinding Disk

The Ashford Formula has nearly the same abrasion resistance as a dry-shake hardener.

*See also the TÜV Performance Criteria White Paper’s Abrasion Resistance table.

Curing

Moisture loss was assessed on treated and untreated samples after 1 day, 3 days, and 7 days.

Treated samples retained 30% more moisture than untreated samples after one day, 27% after three days, and 21% after seven days. At days 1 and 3, the Ashford Formula satisfied the standards for the German “Liquid Membrane-Forming Curing Compound for Concrete” TL-NBM-StB.

*For further information, see the Moisture Loss table in the TÜV Performance Criteria White Paper.

Frost-Salt Tolerance

Frost Resistance in Salt Solution CDF Test

The Ashford Formula-treated sample lost just 177.3 grammes per square metre after 32 freeze-thaw cycles. After 28 freeze-thaw cycles, the average permissible loss is 1500 grammes per square metre. Over the norm, the Ashford Formula treated sample shows a 747 percent better resistance to loss.

*For further information, see the Frost-Salt Resistance table in the TÜV Performance Criteria White Paper.

Impermeability Din

1048 T.5 – Water Impermeability Determination

Water was used to keep samples treated with the Ashford Formula under continuous pressure of 5 bar (72.5 psi). The Ashford Formula treated samples increased by 86 percent on C2, or typical concrete, and by 76.6 percent on WU, or concrete with a strong resistance to chemical assault.

*See also the table of impermeability.

Friction

Friction (DIN 51131)

The friction coefficient on steel-troweled samples treated with the Ashford Formula vs untreated concrete (a greater ratio indicates less slippage):

0.63 vs. 0.74 for dry

0.77 vs. 0.83 when wet

In terms of slip danger, a value of 0.45 may be considered secure.

*For further information, see the Friction table in the TÜV Performance Criteria White Paper.

Safety

The Ashford Formula is fully safe to use and has been recognised as an ecologically friendly product for many years. It is not a pesticide and does not have any pesticide properties. It does not encourage combustion, does not need to be changed or reapplied, and creates only waste made up of natural materials. It is an entirely inorganic substance that is incorporated into the concrete surface.

The Ashford Formula is entirely water-based and includes no alcohol.

  • NO SOLUTIONS
  • There are no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present.
  • There are no carcinogens.
  • There are no mutagens or teratogens.
  • There are no heavy metals, and
  • NO HARMFUL INGREDIENTS

Furthermore, the Ashford Formula generates

NO hazardous vapours

NO hazardous fumes

There are no hazardous gases, and the use of the Ashford Formula is required.

There is no protective gear or breathing devices.

The Ashford Formula complies with SCAQMD Rule 1113, VOC Content for Architectural Coatings, and has REACH clearance from the European Union.

Technical Bulletins

Curecrete Distribution, Inc. makes the following Technical Bulletins accessible to give general information in determining the appropriate usage of the Ashford Formula with various products, technologies, and situations. For information unique to their circumstance, all customers are invited to contact their local salesperson, distributor, or our Technical Service Director.

Technical Information

Description Of The Product

  • Colorless
  • Odorless
  • Non-toxic
  • Non-combustible
  • Non-flammable

NO VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) (VOCs)

Uses

  • Surfaces of concrete, fresh and old, rough or smooth
  • The concrete block
  • Aggregate exposed
  • Any sand/aggregate cement mixture
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Functions

Seals protect from dust, hardens, and heals

Protects concrete from dusting, pitting, palling, efflorescence, and temperature cracking.

Prevents freeze-thaw degradation

Excess internal alkali in concrete is neutralised

Packaging

Drums 55 Gallon / 208 Liters

Pails 5 Gallon / 19 Liters

Functions

Seals protect from dust, hardens, and heals

Protects concrete from dusting, pitting, palling, efflorescence, and temperature cracking.

Prevents freeze-thaw degradation

Excess internal alkali in concrete is neutralised

Preaparation Of the Services

No preparation is necessary for freshly finished concrete.

Existing Concrete: brush, scrape, or strip concrete to remove any surface pollution or film; the product must be able to penetrate the surface freely.

Packaging

Drums 55 Gallon / 208 Liters

Pails 5 Gallon / 19 Liters

Storage Life

Two years; before using, stir the drum or pail.

Application

Only one application; use a low-pressure sprayer (power), rollers, a brush, or a fine/soft bristled broom.

Coverage Rate

Approximately 200 ft2/gal (5 m2/L); coverage is dependent on concrete temperature and porosity

Clean Up

Water and soap

Drying Duration

One to three hours; the surface can be utilised as soon as the treatment is finished and the surface is dry to the touch again. The standard hardening period is required for newly placed surfaces.

After Application Appearance

  • Smooth troweled concrete acquires a permanent, marble-like shine in 4-12 months; burnishing the concrete surface with a propane burnisher will speed up the sheening process.
  • OTHER CONCRETE SURFACE TYPES: natural finish preservation

Limits On Temprature

Apply at temperatures as high as 135o F/57o C or as low as 35o F/1.7o C if the concrete is covered with plastic and totally protected from freezing for 6 days.

Painting, Thinners And Primers

  • There is no need for thinners or primers.
  • Allow at least 7 days for new concrete to cure before putting quality grade paint to old concrete.
  • Allow 28 days for sufficient curing before painting fresh concrete on existing concrete.

Concrete In Color

Apply to coloured concrete only after it has completely set; do not get on glass or any other polished surface.

Limitations

  • The Ashford Formula should not be used on: lightweight block or other very porous masonry with real holes or air pockets.
  • Areas that have previously been treated with curing or sealing chemicals, unless these coatings have totally worn off or have been removed chemically or mechanically.
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Warranty

Product Warranty

When the Ashford Formula is appropriately applied to properly designed (concrete-mix) and installed concrete in line with recognised worldwide and domestic concrete design and placement standards, qualifying floors are eligible for a guarantee. The guarantee does not cover structural flaws caused by bad craftsmanship, poor design, cracking, or failure of materials other than the Ashford Formula.

Curecrete Distribution, Inc. backs the Ashford Formula with the industry’s longest warranty in the concrete densification business. Curecrete is delighted to provide the following guarantees on certified Ashford Formula treated floors, backed by over 70 years of proven floor performance:

Product Warranty For 20 Years(Standard)

Curecrete guarantees that the Ashford Formula treated floor will stay water-repellant, dustproof, toughened, and abrasion resistant following the prescribed densifying and hardening phase for a duration of 20 years from the day the Ashford Formula is applied (as specified by Curecrete).

20 Years Product Warranty And 5 Years Labour Waranty

Curecrete’s unique network of International Distributors and Certified Applicators (US & Canada) backs a 5-Year Labor Warranty in addition to the normal 20-Year Product Warranty. These distributors/applicators ensure that the work will be carried out in accordance with Curecrete’s standards and that quality control methods will be adhered to.

Lifetime Product Warranty

Curecrete guarantees that the Ashford Formula treated floor will stay water-repellant, dustproof, toughened, and abrasion resistant after the prescribed densifying and hardening period for the life of the concrete from the day the Ashford Formula is applied (as specified by Curecrete).

Product Warranty For Life (Extended Product Warranty for Using CreteClean Plus)

Because of the enhanced performance obtained by using CreteClean Plus with Scar Guard and CreteClean Plus – Single Dose on a regular basis, concrete surfaces treated with the Ashford Formula may be eligible for a Lifetime Product Warranty extension. There are several prerequisites.

Lifetime Labor And Product Warranty

Curecrete provides a Lifetime Labor and Product Warranty to Corporate Accounts that employ Curecrete authorised Corporate Applicators.

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