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Hybri-Flex® by Dur-A-Flex® Creates Warm and Inviting Atmosphere at New Animal Shelter

The Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society has been serving the Virginia counties of Gloucester and Mathews since 1912 and is one of the oldest continuously operated animal shelters in America. With most of its funding coming from fundraising efforts, the Gloucester, Virginia organization constructed a new facility to better serve the area’s needs. An important goal for the new facility was to create an attractive and warm atmosphere to encourage pet adoption and to provide a sense of comfort to those having to surrender a pet. The flooring option was critical to completing the look.

The Society’s existing floor condition revealed there were potential issues within the concrete. The common solution for this condition would be to install a moisture mitigation system first, followed by the flooring system. This can add a considerable amount of time to the install phase. In addition, the floor needed to be slip resistant, decorative and able to tolerate the conditions seen in surgical rooms, indoor/outdoor kennels and waiting areas. To meet these challenges, Dur-A-Flex®’s Hybri-Flex® EC was chosen.

“I worked very closely with the chief fundraiser and project manager for this project to understand his specific requirements for this project. The project was on a very tight schedule and the concrete had high levels of moisture vapor transmission. To meet the finish requirements, the Hybri-Flex EC Micro Chip system was chosen. The floor and coves were installed to provide a completely seamless system that allows the facility to clean and sanitize the facility properly,” said Kevin Stephens, Regional Sales Manager for Dur-A-Flex.

Hybri-Flex is Dur-A-Flex’s hybrid series of high performance seamless flooring systems. Where most resinous flooring systems consist of epoxy, urethane or MMA resins, Hybri-Flex surpasses these with a combination of two or more resins, harnessing their key attributes to provide an all inclusive flooring situation.

A key feature of the Hybri-Flex system is its ability to tolerate up to 20 lbs. of moisture vapor transmission, nearly four times that of traditional resinous flooring systems. This eliminated the need to install a moisture mitigation system so the floor could be installed faster and keep construction on schedule.

Another important factor in choosing the Hybri-Flex system was its ease of cleaning. The facility’s floors are cleaned daily and sanitized every two days scrubbing with deck brushes or self-contained scrubbers. The Hybri-Flex EC system provided the impact, wear and stain resistance needed to meet these harsh demands of this facility. An added bonus of the system is its use of multi-colored vinyl chips that gives the facility’s flooring a decorative flair.

Lewis Brothers Industrial Floors of Richmond, Virginia installed 12,000 square feet of Hybri-Flex in the new facility. Lewis Brothers has been installing floor systems by Dur-A-Flex for over 20 years and they find them easy to install. Dur-A-Flex works very hard to make sure that the end user is getting the very best floor system for their specific need they report.

The new facility opened in 2009. The Architect for the project was Caro, Monroe and Liang Architects of Newport News and the General Contractor was David A. Nice Builders, Inc. of Williamsburg, Virginia.

For more information on the Hybri-Flex system by Dur-A-Flex visit www.dur-a-flex.com.

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