Build Fast, Build to Last with Rapid Set Cement Products

High-gloss polished concrete with more clarity using the Rapid Set® TRU Flooring System.

CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation has an extensive history of providing innovative, high-performance cement products to the construction industry. CTS manufacturers Rapid Set® professional-grade cement products made with Rapid Set® cement, a calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cement technology. These products are engineered for high performance, versatility, low shrinkage, and rapid strength gain – performance characteristics that allow contractors to save significant time and money, with reduced installation times, labor requirements, and long-term operations and maintenance costs. Rapid Set gains structural strength in one hour. And contractors can build faster, quickly put the structure or area into full service, while achieving durable, long-lasting results. Rapid Set has been used on notable landmarks like the Hoover Dam Bypass, the Pentagon, the Lincoln Tunnel, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, as well as major roadways, airports, commercial and industrial projects worldwide. Rapid Set has grown to more than 50 specialized cement products for new construction, restoration and repair needs – including the TRU Architectural Flooring System which includes TRU Self-Leveling and TRU PC Polished Concrete.

CTS Rapid Set TRU Sell Sheet

This handy one-sheet outlines the key information you need to specify these high performance architectural toppings, from pricing and uses to specs and application procedures, as well as supplies needed to get the best results possible.

Rapid Set TRU Self-Leveling

Use TRU Self-Leveling as a high performance floor topping, for underlayment and resurfacing projects or for all three. Ideal for projects that require a long working time as well as a long life, TRU can both grind and polish stained, dyed, shiny or decorative aggregate flooring.

Mix a 50-pound bag with water. The cement can be applied at a minimum thickness of 5/16-inch, with an average of 3/8-inch. When making repairs less than 6-inches by 6-inches:

  • free the area of loose debris
  • clean the area completely
  • wetting the area and blow away any residual water
  • tape around the area so no TRU cement gets on the polished concrete
  • mix the TRU product “really wet” – you want a lot of the sand, not the cream
  • pour it over the area, a little higher than the rest of the floor to make sure that when you grind it off, you’re cutting down to the sand

TRU PC Polished Concrete Topping

Use Rapid Set TRU PC Polished Concrete Topping as a topping, resurfacer or underlayment. This versatile product is a professional grade, hydraulic cement-based, self-leveling product that can be ground and polished to expose aggregate, simulating the appearance of polished concrete. Delivering outstanding clarity and gloss, you can create a variety of design possibilities by incorporating colors and aggregates.

TRU PC maintains workability for up to 20 minutes and is ready for foot traffic in two to three hours; coatings in 12 hours; and grinding and polishing in 24 hours. It produces a dense surface with high bond strength, is durable in wet or dry conditions, and can be used inside and out.

When making repairs less than 6-inches by 6-inches, follow the same instruction as TRU Self-Leveling.

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The PORTAMIX MEGA HIPPO® – New Innovation For Faster On-Site Mixing and Pouring

New CS Unitec MEGA HIPPO MixerMuch of the effort and energy it takes to mix and pour cement, grout, mortar, texture coatings, sealants, adhesives and other self-leveling compounds can be alleviated by using a portable mixer such as a HIPPO mixer from CS Unitec. Now, you can further reduce your crew’s physical effort while boosting productivity and lowering labor costs with the newest portable mixer model.

Mix, transport and pour products even faster — and more easily — with the recently introduced PORTAMIX MEGA HIPPO® Mixing Station:

  • Mix, transport and pour up to six 50-lb bags in minute
  • One operator can accurately place material directly onto the floor
  • Mix in bulk and dispense into smaller containers
  • Excellent mix consistency and easy blend

How did a great mixer like the HIPPO get even better? The new MEGA HIPPO liner canister system makes quick work out of mixing multiple batches. The “Easy-roll Trolley” and the balanced “Easy-tilt Cradle” let you pour and spread material at the same time, eliminating multi-stage pours. Wheel covers keep casters free of screed splatter. Additional features:

  • Standard equipment includes mixing, motor, bucket, removable liner and two paddles
  • Specially shaped mixing bowl eliminates pockets of unmixed product
  • Full-brim capacity of 23 gallons or 350-lbs
  • Two 9″ diameter paddles with helix ribbon and side bars thoroughly mix colors and additives quickly
  • High-torque, 15 Amp, 2-geared motor
  • Liners are pliable and easily cleaned; alternating liners prevents cross contamination
  • Dust extraction port for vacuum connection

If you want to upgrade your concrete and cement mixing machines or portable mixer stations, Runyon Surface Prep carries a full line of CS Unitec concrete HIPPO mixers, paddles and hand grinders for all your surface preparation needs, including the new Portamix MEGA HIPPO model.

Applied Flooring’s Polished and Colored Concrete Success in Troy, MI

Last week one of our customers, Applied Flooring, had a job in Troy, MI at a Nordstrom store. Along with the Applied crew, the Nordstrom GC and technicians from CTS Rapid Set and Metzger/McGuire helped complete this floor. Below are the before pictures, showing the extensive structural damage. Because of so many cracks breaking up the surface, the crew wasn’t able to polish first thing. Instead, the first step was filling the cracks. Then, once the concrete floor was repaired, an overlay was applied, the control joints were cleaned and recut and the concrete was colored. Below you can see the process from initial pour to finished look.


Concrete Overlay and Color Application

Applied Flooring used CTS Rapid Set’s TRU self-leveling overlay on the floor, and colored it with AmeriPolish OS dye. The crew worked in 20-degree weather and wrangled both the water and pump hoses from outside in the parking lot up a flight of stairs to the work area. The 300′ water hose and 400′ pump hose were at their maximum lengths. Applied made it work though, and after the overlay was laid they moved into the color application stage.

One of the biggest takeaways from this particular job revolved around the importance of color intensity. Initially, OS integral color was used, but the pigment wasn’t strong enough, so the dye was applied after the fact to accommodate the time-sensitive nature of this project and to best utilize resources.

Below you can see the floor after the second pour of TRU, the floor after 3DHS densifier was applied and finally, the polishing stage.


The Finished Look

Although there were a few unexpected surprises throughout this process, as is common with any job, Nordstrom was incredibly satisfied with the final polished floor. You can see below how reflective and high-end this space appears, especially after the merchandise was moved back in.

 

As always, if you have any questions about the products or the processes used for this particular job, please feel free to reach out via our website or in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you! And if you ever need additional support at a job, feel free to reach out to our technical support team and we will assistant in any way possible, even if it means flying to you!

A Decorative Concrete Success at World of Concrete 2014

World of Concrete was a huge success this year! Our concrete slab came together really well with the help of our manufacturers and customers. It was a 5 day process to complete all the steps — applying the epoxy, laying the terrazzo, applying the overlay, grinding and polishing, applying intricate stencils and protecting and sealing the surface. With this said, we would love to give you insight on how we accomplished this feat. See the photo gallery below for the final result, and continue reading for more information on products used. Also, check out our YouTube channel for step-by-step videos.

Theme Inspiration

The Super Bowl/football theme for this year’s World of Concrete booth was the brain child of both Wendy Runyon-Ricker and her brother Jack Runyon – figureheads in the company, and creative ones at that. The idea initially stemmed from a general football field slab to the incorporation of Super Bowl team logos in the middle of the slab, then to the tailgates, and from there the featured customer hall of fame stories and booklet, all the signage, etc.

Products Used During Each Step of the Process

Epoxy Overlay:

Concrete Overlay:

Grinding and Polishing:

Stencils:

Protecting and Sealing:

Our Featured Artist: Floormap Stencil Designs

As mentioned, Floormap Stencil Designs did the Seahawks and Broncos stencils in the middle of our slab, and they did a fabulous job! Each stencil was three layers — making for an incredibly intricate pair of logo designs. Rachel Bruce is the artist who designed the custom stencils, and she was the one who actually applied them at World of Concrete.

It has been an exciting year for Floormaps as it enters its fifth year in the decorative concrete industry. It has tackled new products, such as vinyl stencils, as well as new surfaces i.e. polished wood floors, walls, ceilings, murals, banners and signs. New training courses will be issued quarterly to demonstrate the wealth of knowledge accumulated from hands on installations and experimentation. Floormaps is also proud to announce the opening of international sales to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

Be sure to check out the photo gallery on our website as well, which has pictures from the whole event. Also, be sure to watch the videos on our YouTube channel. And, if you never saw the customers we featured in our hall of fame, find their stories here. We hope to see you next year!

M&C Concrete’s Wide Array of Contracting Opportunities and Specialities

Concrete creates an incredibly durable surface, and rightfully so considering how common it is in many industrial and commercial environments. Look around any mall, government building, doctor’s office, or really any business and you’re likely to find concrete floors. Due to its incredible wearability and resistance to stains, foot traffic, etc. (when maintained properly that is), it’s no wonder that polished concrete is quickly taking the place of carpeting, tile or hardwood in commercial floor settings. M&C Concrete is a local Indianapolis contracting company that realizes this fact, which accounts for its wide array of clients, as evidenced below.

Brief Overview

1. Local car dealership: M&C laid the concrete, ground and polished

2. Fire station: CTS RapidSet TRU self-leveling overlay with integral color and AmeriPolish dye used for the logo

3. World of Concrete 2013: M&C helped us lay the concrete slab, grind, polish, etc.

M&C At A Glance

M&C Concrete is a leading concrete contractor in the greater Indianapolis market. Established in 1982, it has successfully completed over 10,000 projects in both residential and commercial sites. As a leader in the industry, M&C strives for customer satisfaction, on-time project completion and being at the forefront of the latest concrete design and construction.

For more information about M&C, the products, the process, etc. please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below. Also, be sure to check out our other customer features!

Rejuvenating JCPenney’s Floors to Polished Concrete Perfection

Retail stores receive a large amount of foot traffic, which inevitably means their concrete floors wear down and the quality of them diminishes over time, especially if not maintained properly. Such was the case at a JCPenney store in Madison, WI at the West Towne Mall. Thus, Hunter Advanced Concrete Polishing was tasked with rejuvenating the concrete floors to their former polished glory.

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What They Did

First the Hunter ACP crew shaved the floor to rid it of the tile that was previously covering the surface. As evidenced in the slideshow, the concrete underneath was in really rough shape. After removing all the tile, epoxy was poured and spread, then sand was broadcast over top to rejection. The next day all the sand was swept off and RapidSet TRU was mixed with AmeriPolish integral color in a CS Unitec Hippo mixer and poured and spread using spiked shoes and a porcupine roller. The floor could be walked on after 4 hours, but it is ideal to wait until the next day before grinding and polishing. After polishing to at least an 800 grit, the floors were shiny enough to protect and seal (the final step). You can see the finished result at the end of the slideshow — it looks much better now!

What Products They Used

If you have additional questions or comments, please let us know by contacting one of our Runyon Surface Prep team members, or utilize the comment section below. And for more customer highlights, visit our featured stories page.

Truly Elegant Decorative Concrete Designs Liven Up A Space

The decorative concrete industry is constantly innovating and pushing out new, creative designs, for both residential and commercial flooring. A colorful, patterned concrete surface not only creates a lasting impression, but it can set the tone in a space. This is the case for a recent job completed by Elegant Concrete Polishing in an elementary school in Connecticut. The bright colors and swirling shapes and curves evoke an energetic vibe throughout, as you can see in the images below.


Connecticut Elementary School Project

The pictures above are of the 17,000 square foot elementary school. The Elegant Concrete crew installed the polished concrete flooring using the AmeriPolish SureLock System. The slab was ground and polished from a 40 grit metal all the way up to a 1500 grit resin. The decorative flooring design was installed per the architectural layout, established with another firm that Elegant has built a solid relationship with. In order to accomplish such a colorful finished product, Elegant used 6 different colors from AmeriPolish in the initial overlay stage. Colors include: Patriot Blue, Turquoise, Forest Green, Green, Burnt Sienna and Sepia. After polishing the floors completely, Elegant protected them with SureLock Densifier and sealed them with SureLock Stain Shield.

Elementary School Concrete EdgesUsing Terrazzo to Create a Border

In another project Elegant completed recently, the crew installed CTS RapidSet TRU self-leveling overlay and then used a zinc terrazzo bar around the perimeter to act as a divider for the border. Elegant ground and polished the TRU after it was entirely laid and set. Then finally, the crew dyed the perimeter band with AmeriPolish OS Dye in Terra Cotta to give it a two-tone effect and clearly establish the border from the main center area. In the picture to the right you can see how crisp and polished (so-to-say) the terrazzo strips are in conjunction with the polished concrete. Although a slightly more expensive material to use on a slab, the result is unparalleled.

Get to Know Elegant Concrete Polishing

Elegant Polishing, Inc. is located in New Haven, Connecticut, and area known for its sustainable flooring solutions. Over the years, floor finishing and restoration has evolved to a more durable and environmentally friendly solution. Every year, hundreds of products are introduced into the residential and commercial, industrial market. Elegant Polishing’s goal is to listen to your specific needs and come to the best solution for your project.