Northville Township Administration Office building Steps Renovation
BACKGROUND: The City officials at The Northville Township in Michigan were looking for an innovative, cost effective, durable solution to mitigate deteriorating concrete structures in the city. Everlast Concrete Technologies was contacted to bring their expertise to evaluate the challenges and provide a cost-effective solution.
Everlast Concrete Technologies (ECT) was brought to the Northville Township Administration Office building to inspect the steps surrounding the entrance and provide solutions to repair the steps. The steps suffered from extensive ASR deterioration resulting in spalling, cracking and rust leakage. These steps were in bad shape with large chunks of missing concrete. ECT agreed to demonstrate the use of ECT – Polymer Concert mix on one set of steps to show what we could do to improve and protect the existing concrete steps. Here is a photo of the steps before and after our products were installed. You can clearly see the original severely damaged steps on the left, and the newly restored steps on the right.
The only option for the City was to tear out the steps and rebuild them at significantly higher cost. We were able to save the City a lot of money by restoring the steps with our Polymer Concrete mix. Since our product creates a bond with the existing concrete, we are able to rebuild and restore these steps without having to tear them out. ECT – Polymer Concrete becomes an integral part of the existing concrete and creates a very durable, water and salt resistant, slip proof surface.
ECT – Polymer Concrete Application:
The most important step is the surface
preparation. Although our ECT – Polymer
Concrete system creates a compatible
cementitious surface, it will not bond to
dirty or oily surfaces.
Once the surface is clean, we apply our
ECT- PC Etch product. This will quickly
create a microscopically roughened surface
suitable for bonding any overlays. Coatings
bond to surfaces based on a chemical
interaction plus a mechanical bond. Rough
and porous surfaces are much easier to
“stick to” because of the increased surface
area thus more points of chemical and
mechanical interaction. Once we have a
clean, dry and roughened surface then we
can go on to our next step.
Next, we coat the entire surface with our
ECT – Polymer Concrete Primer. Then we
use a thicker mixture which is made with
our Polymer, Sand and Portland Cement to
patch any spalling or areas that need
This coating needs to be dry to the touch
before going to our final step.
Our final step is a UV resistant
cementitious acrylic system that is
designed to absorb into surfaces
chemically bonding to them. It dries to
form a tough elastic cement film that
remains flexible over a wide temperature
range. Our ECT – POLYMER CONCRETE
system allows the substrates to breathe,
which will release water vapor but keep
liquid, moisture and solvents out. Oil and
grease will not soak in to the substrate and
can be easily washed away.
we were contracted to complete the entire set of 7 landings.
Deteriorating concrete structures can be completely restored and protected with ECT- Polymer Concrete Coating technology. This method saves significant cost and greatly reduces repair downtime of the infrastructure.