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The Evolution of Sub-Floor Preparation Technologies

Total Credits: 0.5 PDH

Technical Presentations
Mike Tracy
43 Minutes
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Since the invention and introduction of Portland cement-based, self-leveling underlayments in the U.S. in 1978, sub-floor preparation technologies, means and methods have continuously evolved. This evolution has been driven by dynamic market forces, including more manufacturers, a larger and more experienced installer base, increased adoption rates with a wider range of applications, ever-increasing project sizes and complexity, new flooring structures with more demanding requirements, the ability to handle high moisture levels with less surface preparation and fast track construction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the broader range of applications for sub-floor preparation materials
  2. Consider impact of current market labor and skill shortages on product innovation and development
  3. Impact of new flooring structures on sub-floor tolerances
  4. Overview new approaches to sub-floor preparation issues in the current fast-track, construction environment- such as “go early” and high-capacity, dispensing systems


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Business Development Manager

Ardex Americas

Michael F. Tracy is the Business Development Manager at ARDEX Americas, a global leader in the development and manufacture of high-performance building products, with U.S. Headquarters in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. As a 35-year veteran of the commercial construction, concrete repair restoration industries, Mr. Tracy has established and grown ARDEX businesses in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Basin. Since 2009, Mr. Tracy has led the development and market introduction of ARDEX Engineered Concrete Systems, ARDEX Polished Concrete System, ARDIFLO and ARDEX Concrete Management Systems (U.S Patent 8,857,130 B1). Mr. Tracy is a graduate of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.