Project Spotlight: Florida International University


Over the last decade, Pecora has worked to develop a quality, reliable, and comprehensive traffic coatings product line. Pecora-Deck Traffic Coating products work together to protect surfaces from excess traffic (whether pedestrian or vehicular), reduce concrete deterioration from freeze-thaw damage, chloride-induced corrosion, and cement paste deterioration. These products prevent the degradation that occurs when water infiltrates traffic beating surfaces, which is vital to the longevity of your structure. Our product offerings include primers, self-priming additive, traffic sealants, concrete repair products, water repellents, and traffic coating systems (pedestrian, vehicular, high build, ad re-coat). Utilizing the full line of Pecora traffic coatings protects and extends the life of concrete, plywood, and other wearing surfaces.

Pecora-Deck Traffic Coatings are often applied to a wide range of surface locations such as parking garages, balconies, walkways, pool decks, staircases, loading docks, stadiums, courtyards, airports, mechanical rooms, water treatment facilities, fire stations, etc. In several of these areas, our products are exposed to an overabundance of pedestrian traffic. In order to combat issues such as cracking, slipping, and dirt build-up that can happen with excess traffic, an extra layer of enhanced durability is a must. For this week’s blog post, we highlight the Florida International University (FIU) project and how Pecora-Deck Deck Coatings solved some of the issues they were experiencing.

FIU, home of the Panthers, is located in beautiful and sunny Miami, Florida. As Miami’s public research university, “FIU is a top U.S. research university (R1), with more than $200 million in annual expenditures” (fiu.edu). When the front stairs of the Dean’s building were in need of a new coating that offered skid resistance and low maintenance, contractors looked to Pecora for assistance. Pecora-Deck 800 Series Pedestrian System was selected and applied to the stairs. The pedestrian system consists of four coats: Primer, 802 Base Coat, 804 Intermediate Coat with aggregate, and 806 Top Coat. Pecora-Deck 800 series coatings are elastomeric, one-part liquid deck coatings that are easily applied, resilient to expansion and contraction of substrate, and designed for demanding exterior applications like the front of a Dean’s building. With the application of the Intermediate Coat and aggregate, this traffic coating layer further enhances the durability of the system by providing slip resistance. Because of the 800 Series’ high adhesion, stress-relieving, cracking bridging membrane, it eliminates migratory water problems due to 100% contact with the substrate. Wearing surfaces like concrete are shielded from damage caused by pedestrian traffic abrasion, and the destructive forces of sun, water, and temperature shifts that Miami has to offer. With the help of the Pecora-Deck 800 Series Pedestrian System, facility, staff, and students can easily and safely walk the Dean’s building at Florida International University.

For more information, or the right deck coating application recommendations for your project, we urge you to contact our Pecora Corporation Technical Services Group. Our expert team is highly qualified to recommend the proper solution and perform testing between Pecora’s products and jobsite samples. Our Technical Services staff offers training in product technology and use, provides the technical assistance you require in the planning and implementation of your project. They can be reached by email techservices@pecora.com or by phone (800)-523-6688.

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