Accessories from the Heart
A retail store owner wanted a floor that would represent the style and theme of a new location. There was very well bonded porcelain tile floor in place throughout the store. There was one week until a grand opening. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX SD-T® Self-Drying, Self-Leveling Concrete Topping
A 25,000 square-foot retail space experienced multiple floor covering failures over a 20-year period due to moisture issues. Escalating costs repair time were growing concerns. Wagner RH in situ probes confirmed moisture as high as 91% RH. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX MC™ ULTRA Moisture Control System
The new Audi dealership in Blainville, Canada was about to begin construction on its 14,000 square feet service center and surrounding drive-throughs. Flooring installation products had not yet been selected, due to the high demand for a single source manufacturer that could meet the strict requirements for waterproofing and uncoupling. The lead contractors also highly preferred a single source manufacturer whose products were backed by a comprehensive warranty.
Automobiles Guy Beaudoin Showroom
The Automobiles Guy Beaudoin dealership was starting a complete remodel and expansion of their current showroom floor and auto parts department. New and existing concrete slabs were in juxtaposition. The showroom subfloor had an epoxy coating that could not be mechanically removed, due to concerns of dust affecting the remaining open areas of the dealership. Though flooring installation products had not yet been selected, the demand for a single source manufacturer that could meet strict requirements, such as true uncoupling to overcome the concrete slab issues, was of the highest concern. A full system warranty for all manufactured products was also required.
Bed Bath & Beyond Mexico
With the complete removal of the existing terrazzo, time was tight to complete the installation of the specified polished topping and vinyl flooring. They needed a deep fill that permitted the installation of self-levelers as quickly as possible, that could withstand the stress of the mechanical polishing process, and that allowed other trades to continue working to open the store on time.
Bed Bath & Beyond Satélite Mexico
The existing ceramic tile was in bad shape, and this 20,082 sq. ft. store was due to open soon. A smooth substrate was vital for the high performance vinyl flooring to be installed, and the size of the installation made material logistics a challenge. To top it off, the flooring installation could not interfere with other trades who also had to meet the tight deadline.
Best Chevy Car Dealership
General Motors requires its dealerships to undergo showroom renovations every five years to maintain a chic and inviting atmosphere. In keeping with these requirements, Best Chevrolet Hingham was to install new 16 x 16 porcelain tiles in its showroom. Roth & Seelen, Inc., wanted to install the new tiles on top of existing 12 x 12 porcelain tiles, but was concerned new tile joints might line up with old tile joints and become unstable causing lippage and tripping hazards. The new floor would have to withstand heavy vehicle loads (i.e. Chevy Suburban) rolled on the sales floor using hard casters. As many as 15 vehicles are displayed on the showroom floor at one time. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX X 77
The retail store requires a three-day installation. Before installing ARDEX PANDOMO® Loft, moisture issues had to be addressed with ARDEX MC™ RAPID Moisture Control System. The installation had to be dust free.
FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX PANDOMO® K2 Design Micro-Topping Compound (White)
Buick Dealership Counter Sales & Service Area
Flooring Services, Inc installers attended an ARDEX Tile & Stone Installation Systems product demonstration at Palmetto Tile and saw an ARDEX WA™ test installation. They could not believe how easy it
was to apply and clean. Immediately they switched from a competitors epoxy to ARDEX WA for use on the counter sales and shop floors. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX WA™ Epoxy Grout and Adhesive
The Mission Viejo buybuy BABY store was undergoing renovations including new VCT/vinyl plank flooring. The store was within a day of completion when Steele Tile noticed that the vinyl adhesives started to emulsify. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX MC™ RAPID
California and Main
The owner wanted a custom designer floor completed before a VIP visit that included U.S. Congressmen in less than a week. The store remained open during business hours, so work had to be completed after hours. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX K 15® Premium Self-Leveling Underlayment
Chase Bank Building
Some concrete floors in the Chase Bank Building were in need of re-leveling. The outer parameter of some
walls had settled lower than the middle floor areas. The building owner desired the floors to be exceptionally
flat and smooth. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX K 15® Premium Self-Leveling Underlayment
Chevy's Fresh Mex
Chevy’s Fresh Mex was scheduled to open in a three month timeframe. This was a mall renovation where the new restaurant would occupy multiple spaces with old carpet, quarry tile, VCT, concrete and newly poured concrete flooring. There were also several floor drains and difficult to prep floors. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX X 77™ MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Tile and Stone Mortar
Flippa K Fashion Design
A store is located in an historical building on a high-traffic urban street added to the complexity of delivering materials, working around high-volume foot traffic in front of the store and preserving the historic building’s design and decor. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX SD-T® Self-Drying, Self-Leveling Concrete Topping
This installation was in an old building with no vapor barrier below the concrete. Very large sections of existing concrete needed removed and re-poured. Moisture issues could cause a stall in manufacturing.
FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX MC™ ULTRA Moisture Control System
Fort Lee Commissary
42,000 square-foot ground floor installation. Gondolas had to be moved for prep and installation at night then replaced for opening in the morning. Moisture readings of 92% RH. Work could only be performed at night.
Four Vines Winery
The finished floor was going to be painted by an artist with various designs so a smooth flat canvas was required. The concrete substrate was going to require some additional preparation. The floor had to be durable to withstand tourist traffic. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX SD-T® Self-Drying, Self-Leveling Concrete Topping
H&M Herald Square
The new flagship H&M clothing store located at Herald Center in Manhattan, New York is the largest H&M store in the world. When the building owner began renovations to prepare the historic building for the store opening, some serious flooring issues where discovered. The 90 year-old floors required leveling before new large format porcelain
tiles could be installed by six union tile crews throughout the space.
FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX N 23™ MICROTEC® Rapid Set Natural Stone and Tile Mortar
H&M Store (Newbury Street)
Located in the prestigious Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, H&M on Newbury and Boylston Streets is housed in an historic building. The existing H&M store on Newbury Street was expanding to include an adjacent space next door. Originally the expansion area was to receive ARDEX Polished Concrete
Systems. After ARDEX and E-Floor, Inc. evaluated the situation, severe cracks and uneven floors were discovered and an alternate plan was necessary. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX 8+9™ Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Compound
Honeyman Hardware Lofts
Remodeling of a 100-year-old historical building required a tight turnaround because tenants were displaced. Water damage caused by 70 leaking windows threatened structural integrity during freeze-thaw cycles. Lead and asbestos were present.
J Crew, Brooks Brothers & Winners
Severe leveling – up to 4 inches; Fast-track 28,500 sq. ft.; Fast dry times needed; Product availability. Featured Products: AMP, LT 65, ERM and BACA.
Kohl's Department Stores
Multiple store flooring renovations were specified for polished concrete but substrate conditions were not optimal and installation time tight. After multiple demos to find the right look to fit the budget, an ARDEX decorative floor was selected. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX SD-T® Self-Drying, Self-Leveling Concrete Topping
Lime Ridge Mall
More than an inch in height variation across the floor with significant cracking and surface contamination on the existing concrete. Featured Products: ARDEX Polished Concrete Systems
Lime Ridge Mall
Since the day it opened in August 1981, Lime Ridge has enjoyed its position as the Hamilton area’s dominant shopping centre. With over 200 shops and services, Lime Ridge offers the community the widest variety of fashion retailers carrying the latest styles and hottest brands. Mall renovations were scheduled to take place over a three-month time period. Initially, a standard set thin set was specified for the renovations as newly tiled areas were to be cordoned off. Rapid set products were necessary due to the tight schedule required to keep mall areas open for foot traffic and avoid closures during the busy holiday season. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX X 32™ MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Rapid Setting Thin-to-Thick Bed Mortar
Memorial Care Renovation
Memorial Care Los Altos is a Family, Internal and Pediatric Doctors office specializing in rheumatology and cardiology. In addition,
this new facility serves as an urgent care center open 365 days a year for the local community. In renovating its new space,
Memorial Care Medical Group needed to bring together the most advanced healing technology in community healthcare along
with state-of-the-art medical and surgical products in order to provide excellent clinical outcomes. The second floor wood subfloor was in poor condition. Finished flooring to be installed was a 12”x24” Bio-based resilient tile and sheet vinyl. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX GS-4
Mercedes-Benz Showroom Floor
The newly constructed 46,000 square-foot Mercedes-Benz car dealership in Langley, British Columbia was scheduled to receive porcelain tile over a newly poured, on grade concrete slab. Slab leveling, crack repair and anti-fracture measures were required to prepare the slab for tile installation. Several other trades were on site requiring rapid-drying and fast track products to be used
to finish the floors without the worry of displacing tiles after they were set and grouted. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX X 77™ MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Thin Set Mortar
O'Reilly Auto Parts Warehouse
O’Reilly Auto Parts began a $32.9 million rennovation project on a 375,000 square-foot warehouse in Devens with plans to convert an existing building into an automated distribution center with 20,700 square-feet of office space. More than 6,100 square feet of large-format tile was to be installed in lobby areas, hallways, bathrooms and a cafeteria. After existing flooring was removed, large areas of uneven floors were discovered. Before tiles could be installed, leveling
and crack isolation measures were required. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX Liquid BackerBoard® Self-Leveling Underlayment for Interior Wood and Concrete Subfloors
Porsche Centre Vancouver was constructing a brand new state-of-the-art facility featuring an impressive display of curved concrete and glass in a modern, spacious decorated showroom. Built in the new hub of luxury car dealers at 688 Terminal Avenue, the dealership boasts more display space for a massive selection of new and used inventory, double the number of service bays and more customer parking. Before tile could be installed, the showroom and bay area floors required leveling, waterproofing and crack isolation measures. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX X 77
ShopRite® had 5,000 square-feet of quarry stone tile floors to renovate. The store was open until 10 p.m., seven days a week, and received daily deliveries starting at 5 a.m. This left a very small window of time to perform the floor renovation. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX P 82™ Ultra Prime
Tesla Motors Showroom (Washington Square)
Tesla Motors Showroom was scheduled to open in Washington
Square Mall in Portland, Oregon. The 2,000 square - foot space had been converted multiple times by previous tenants. As a result, the floors were in severe disrepair. After the old vinyl flooring was removed there were height variations of zero
to three inches throughout the floor. These slopes and gouges had to be addressed before the new tile flooring could be installed. Per Tesla Motors specifications, the finished floor had to be flat and smooth. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX X 5™ Thin Set Mortar
The Byron Winery
An old warehouse space would be converted into offices but the drop of the floor in the far end of the room was as deep as two-and-a-half-inches. The renovation, including floor covering, had to be completed in only four days.
FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX K 15® Premium Self-Leveling Underlayment
The HighPark Condominium Sales Centre
The HighPark Condos is a new project in preconstruction in Toronto. Rising 14 stories, this stunning glass clad residence will welcome homeowners with a spacious front entry courtyard and extensive landscaping. Inside, residents will enjoy phenomenal unobstructed views of the 399 acres of exquisite parks and state-of-the-art amenities. This high-end development requires a Sales Centre to match its exquisite and unique characteristics. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX PANDOMO® W1
The Home Depot
Renovation of the entryway incorrectly specified a steel trowel finish which created a slippery surface when wet. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX CD™ Concrete Dressing
The Outlet Collection: Seattle
SuperMall, a hybrid mall located in Auburn, Washington, was to be transformed to a premium outlet center known as
The Outlet Collection, Seattle.
SuperMall renovations were to include new flooring, interior rails and light fixtures as well as new concourse furniture
and interior signage. Old tile and hardwood floors were to be replaced with porcelain and glass wall and floor tile. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX X 5™ Thin Set Mortar
U.S. Bancorp Tower
A $15 million renovation of the U.S. Bankcorp Tower added 15,000 square feet of rentable space and updated retail facades, staircases and unique glass walkways. The floor substrate was curling and breaking after a toppings slab was poured. Time was crucial as installations had to be done in time for a media open house. Competing manufacturer’s products were specified but could not meet installation requirements. The initial tile installer refused to work on the existing substrate so replacement installation products were needed for the job. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX X 77™ MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Tile and Stone Mortar
ULTA Beauty Store
ULTA is the largest beauty retailer providing one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and salon
services in the United States. ARDEX products are specified for all ULTA stores nationwide. The Fairview, Texas
ULTA store was to receive vinyl plank flooring before its grand opening. Featured Products: ARDEX MC RAPID and V 1200.
Victoria's Secret North Star Mall
Moisture readings were as high as 98%. Dirt subfloors were discovered along with uneven and spalled concrete, adhesive residue and layers of old patches. There were two-weeks to get the floor done. FEATURED PRODUCT: ARDEX MC™ PLUS Moisture Control System
Multiple moisture remediation and tile and stone installation products were originally specified for the flooring project at the new Zara Clothing store being constructed in the Willowbrook Mall. Tile contractor James Floor Covering Inc., had to finalize installation products that could meet the demands of the challenging subfloor while keeping the project on schedule. A total system solution would be preferred that encompassed subfloor preparation through tile grout.