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Hello Harvey, and thank you for taking my question.  We have a second floor condo that presently has carpeting over spancrete.  We intend to replace the carpeting with a high quality laminate.  I have a proposal from a flooring company, but this will be a DIY project.  The proposal from the flooring company includes "Latex Gypcrete to Seal".  Can you explain what this product is and how it fits into the laminate installation process?

Latex Gypcrete is a soft cement like material that will smooth the floor.  Your problem is that the carpet may have had adhesive holding it down.  If not removed it can let go of the Gypcrete and let go of the spancrete.  To remove carmal colored adhesive they can use a paint stripper followed by detergent then a scrub rinse.  If scapped off the pours in the concrete are often filled making for poor adhesion.  Your laminate will bridge many of these problems but you could end up with some loose spots over time.

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Harvey Chichester


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Harvey Chichester is a well published principal of Durall Industrial Flooring, a company with more than 40 years experience in developing special flow-coatings for industrial and residential floors. Automotive and shopping centers, breweries, food processing plants, manufacturing plants, airplane hangars, car washes, kennels, warehouses, printing plants, residential basements, pool decks, and condominiums are among some of the facilities in which he has installed floors. http:\\

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