Gypcrete or gypsum concrete has been around for a while but has recently gained a considerable amount of popularity as a lightweight alternative to traditional concrete. This material has several advantages, which is why designers have architects often use it in multi-story buildings and multi-family units. At The Floor Company, we believe that gyrpcrete is popular because of the following advantages it offers to property owners and these include:
Traditional concrete floors are very heavy and this increases the weight of every floor that’s piled on top of another. If you compare the weight of the two, you’ll see that 1.5 inch slab of Gypcrete material weighs 13 pounds per sq ft, which is much lighter than the 18 pounds of traditional concrete of the same size. The light weight flooring will reduce the pressure on the building’s framework and make it more secure and stable.
Gypcrete is much more affordable than traditional concrete. With the latter, you need to pay for the material, specialized tools, and for many hours of labor. Gypcrete doesn’t require much time or effort to install so it’s an affordable option for people looking for an alternative to traditional concrete.
Easy and Quick Installation
The Gypcrete system is designed for easy and quick installation. You can cover a floor of 20,000 sq ft in a single day and start applying the finishing touches to the surface after 48 hours of the installation. While Gypcrete isn’t a DIY-friendly material, you will still save considerable amount of money on the installation costs. The quick installation process will also minimize the downtime so you can use your property quickly.
Gypcrete materials offer one to two-hour fire barrier, as is required by code. It does provide adequate fire safety and will help slow down its progress through the property. This will allow residents more time and room to escape and minimize the overall damage.
Like all building materials, Gypcrete does have some disadvantages though most property owners consider them an acceptable trade-off. You should consult with a concrete flooring expert before you make your decision.
For information on Gypcrete or to get an estimate, you can contact us at The Floor Company. If you’re calling from Ottawa and surrounding areas, dial 1800 461 3121. If you’re calling from Kingston, Belleville, Peterborough and Durham, dial 1877 277 9877. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in this contact us form.