The Southern Sun Hemmingways Parking Deck- Sikalastic- 8800

The Southern Sun Hemmingways Hotel, based in East London is a luxurious and beautifully-appointed 4-star hotel, suitably located on the Hemingways Casino complex grounds.

Southern Sun necessitated the refurbishment of the existing factory floors to keep up with the momentum of their growing business. Their client and main contractor, WBHO was looking for a new, durable and aesthetic finish to the floor. Sika was called in for their specialized flooring solutions and technical expertise for the upgrade of the 10 000m² outer deck floor.

February 2017 saw the initial phase of the project when Sika’s expert flooring products were specified by CCS Contractors. The outer deck floor had considerably deteriorated over time and had to be completely removed and redone. The client specified that the floor was to withstand medium to heavy wear and have an attractive and clean finish, which was exactly what Sika accomplished with the Sikafloor and Sikalastic 800 series.

Firstly Sikafloor-161, an economic two part, low viscosity epoxy resin was used for priming the entire outer deck. Its excellent bond strength, easy application and low viscosity are a few of the advantages this product has to offer.    

Sikalastic-8800 a two part, elastic, 100% solids, very fast curing and coloured pure polyurea liquid applied membrane with good chemical resistance was used as a top coat after Sikafloor-161 had been applied. It has almost immediate return-to-service time.

Sika’s acclaimed Sikaflex Pro-3 i-cure; Sikadur-Combiflex SG Bandage system and Sikadur-43 ZA were used in the final stages of the project to waterproof the expansion joints. Full on- site support was undertaken by Sika’s Area Sales Manager- Eastern Cape, John Zehmke providing CCS Contractors with information about product performance, correct application methods and technical data.

Sikaflex PRO-3 i-Cure, a one-part, moisture-curing, elastic joint sealant that incorporates Sika’s advanced i-Cure Technology. Designed to reduce emissions, i-Cure sealants and adhesives are solvent-free and totally odourless, thereby meeting the highest and increasingly stringent international emission standards. Sikaflex PRO-3 provides a movement capability of 25%, bubble-free curing and high mechanical and chemical resistance. This high performance, multi-purpose sealant is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.

Ideally suited to this project, the Sikadur-Combiflex SG system is a high performance joint and crack-sealing system that meets stringent international standards for contact with drinking water. The system consists of a modified, flexible Polyolefin (FPO) waterproofing tape with advanced adhesion properties. Fast and simple to install, it is approved for both hot and cold water applications, and includes UV and root resistance, as well as resistance to many different chemicals.

Sikadur-43 ZA, a solvent-free, three-component, repair and filling mortar it provides rapid, shrinkage-free hardening and high mechanical strength as well as abrasion and impact resistance.

The challenges faced were due to the exposed parking deck the weather played a huge role and caused a few delays. However the project was completed in five months and the client was extremely happy with the outcome.