How to Install Cove Base for Epoxy & Quartz Aggregate Flooring

Cove base is essential in any commercial floor application. It is the material that is vertically installed partially up the wall tying in the floor and resulting in a "bathtub effect" which directs water away from the wall and towards floor drains.

A resinous epoxy and quartz floor cove base creates a fully integrated flooring system that prevents moisture, debris, and pests from penetrating the floor. It will also help to protect the structural integrity of the walls, flooring substrate, and adjacent rooms.

The integral cove base is most commonly applied at 4-, 6-, or 8-inches then tied seamlessly into the floor. Cove base can also be installed in a cant cove base style which is applied at a 45° angle against the wall. Cant cove base is predominantly used in walk-in refrigerators, freezers, hallways, high-traffic and cart areas. The installation process varies for these different cove base types.

 The 4-inch cove base applied vertically is the most common. Here is a breakdown of the installation process for this specific type.

Preparation

The existing substrate must be prepared. The preparation required can vary depending on the type of existing material being applied to. If there is quarry tile, the surface must be ground or scarified . If it is wood, cinder blocks, or FRP, a zinc terrazzo strip must be applied. The specifics of the type of cove base and how preparation should be done will be planned prior to the installation date and confirmed with the customer. Cleaning and preparing the area will provide the optimal conditions for a strong bond with the epoxy.

Once the area has been thoroughly prepared and cleaned, the mixing can begin. The trowelman then primes the existing substrate with epoxy. This helps to apply the material much quicker. 

Application

IMG_20150420_150047852_HDR-e1518466379489-225x400The trowelman will then apply the cove base epoxy and quartz aggregate product to the cove base. There is an emphasis on attention to detail. The edges are neat and consistent. The surface is smooth and the transitions to the floor are even. There is no excess material that will create inconsistencies that could jeopardize the floor over its lifespan. 

Once the cove base is applied, the flooring material can be mixed and troweled.

Check out our YouTube page to see how our team applies the JetRock flooring system. 

Conclusion

The customer chooses the desired type of cove base needed for their space when they finalize the project plan. When the cove base is installed, it is mixed one kit at a time then hand troweled appropriately considering the needs and expectations of the customer. The inherent characteristics of this type of cove base allows for a completely integrated flooring system that cures fast. Once cured, the floor is seamless, watertight, chemical-, heat-, and slip-resistant, non-porous and three times stronger than concrete. 

If you have any questions about how this type of cove base could benefit your space, we'd love to hear from you.