Formulators’ Aquaflex granted patent protection
[Santa Ana, Calif.] Formulators has announced the issuance of patent protection for its waterproof adhesive technology marketed as the Aquaflex moisture mitigation system. According to Formulators, the patent for invention numbered 20,130,131,244 covers an adhesive mixture suited for flooring installations over concrete with a combination of unlimited moisture and pH. Additionally, Aquaflex installations become waterproof to topside moisture intrusion from sources like maintenance water, leaking pipes and standing water. Aquaflex has also been proven effective for installations over concrete backfill less than 10 days old, Formulators stated. The patented adhesive has several formulation variants for differing flooring types including: VCT, rubber flooring, carpet tile, luxury vinyl tile and plank, sheet vinyl, ESD tile, quarry tile and even artificial turf.
"For decades the flooring industry used solvent-born (yet moisture tolerant) adhesives for flooring installations over concrete. During the mid-90's, in order to improve indoor air quality, these formulations were replaced with water-based chemistry. It soon became apparent that the new adhesives would fail in the presence of elevated concrete moisture. Unfortunately, the industry's solution was not to address the failing adhesive chemistry. Instead, the industry offered flooring contractors and building owners an additional product to purchase. This second product became the industry standard; a difficult to prep and apply, epoxy-type coating meant to serve as a protective moisture barrier," said Benny Dickens, inventor, founder and CEO at Formulators. "Formulators has always equated flooring failures, due to elevated concrete moisture, as first and foremost adhesive failures. Correctly identifying the source of the problem is the first step toward its solution."
According to the company, Formulators prefers to work through its nationwide network of commercial contractors, independent sales representatives and Aquaflex trained technicians. Aquaflex is now specified by several, major national retailers and hospital networks. Aquaflex is not just a proven advancement in adhesive performance; care was also taken to insure Aquaflex was developed with safety and environmental sensitivity in mind, the company said. Aquaflex has been independently certified zero VOC, green bio-based, qualifies CHPS and will contribute LEED.