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Building & construction services

 Managing or owning a building or facility presents an array of exciting opportunities, but it also comes with a high duty of care and set of obligations and responsibilities.

ATTAR works with builders, property managers, manufacturers and suppliers to provide a number of specialised services across property and construction compliance, risk assessment and testing. 

Through these services, ATTAR works as an extension of your team to assist with ensuring quality products, safety for workers, and the reduction of possible failures in your products or premises.

From Facility Risk Assessments to Concrete Slab Moisture and Adhesion Pull-Off Testing, we provide fast turnaround times, professional advice and a custom service, tailored to you. Contact us to explore how our building services could help you. 

Facility risk assessment

From flooring slip resistance to lighting conditions and stairway construction requirements, navigating all the facets of property compliance and risk is complex. In a Facility Risk Assessment, we bring all of our expert knowledge of safety, standards and compliance codes to help you fully understand the safety risks existing in your property.  

In an on-site inspection, we will assess your entire facility, and where necessary undertake testing to relevant standards and codes to determine compliance with access and egress requirements.  Following the assessment an ATTAR report will outline the safety concerns and risks identified, broken down from highest risks requiring urgent attention, through to the lowest risks and non-compliances.  

If you’re considering purchasing a property, have taken on management of a facility, or simply haven’t had risk assessments conducted against up-to-date standards and codesa Facility Risk Assessment will let you know clearly where you stand. 

Concrete slab moisture testing

For a successful and compliant floor covering installation, it is a requirement of Australian Standards and floor covering manufacturers that both old and new subfloors are moisture tested before installing any floor coverings. Having the subfloor concrete moisture tested prior to flooring installation provides valuable data to enable selection of the best floor prep /adhesive/ flooring system for the given conditions. 

ATTAR’s Concrete Slab Moisture Testing is unobtrusive, uses the most up-to-date equipment and is in line with Australian Standards.

The three key benefits of moisture testing are to: 

  • Mitigate the risk of future floor failures due to reactions between flooring and concrete slab moisture and/or pH.
  • Provide evidence that any changes in the concrete subfloor after handover are not associated with the installer.
  • Assurance to support warranty claims where failure is dismissed as due to high subfloor moisture content before installation.

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Adhesion pull-off testing

Conducting a physical measurement is the only way to accurately test the true bond strength of a complete coating or adhesive system – and from the result, predict what issues may present themselves over time. ATTAR offers a range of Adhesion Pull-Off Testing services both on-site and in our laboratory, providing you with confidence that the materials, substrates and/or workmanship are up to the expectations you or the specifications require. 

Types of pull-off adhesion tests

Painted infrastructure, plant and products can appear flawless when new – but over a short time, imperfections such as blistering, flaking and corrosion can start to appear. Whilst not only unsightly, premature degradation of paint coatings more-often lead to a shorter product/asset lifetime and increased maintenance costs.  

In the majority of cases, paint related failures are due to poor surface preparation or poor coating application. Adhesion pull-off testing of coatings assesses the bond strength between the coating and substrate. A poor tensile adhesion result is a global indication that a component of the coating system has failed, indicating the potential for future issues.

The test can be conducted on-site or in our laboratory, and will provide you with an averaged Tensile Adhesion Strength of the complete coating system.

Adhesive pull-off testing is often completed on flooring products such as tiles and cement to determine material compatibility and workmanship of laid flooring elements. In this test, an angle grinder is used (for tile and masonry products) to grind a 50mm x 50mm square into the flooring down to the substrate. A 50x50mm metal dolly is then glued to the flooring and an automated hydraulic device used to pull on the dolly at a consistent rate of force until failure of the system occurs.  

Adhesion pull-off testing of flooring surfaces can be valuable in determining the soundness of existing screeds, compatibility of adhesives to various materials including waterproofing membranes and the quality of workmanship in bedding the flooring into the adhesive.  

The test can be conducted and completed on your property or in our laboratory, and it can ensure when new flooring is being installed, it’s bonded well. This can mitigate your risk and help to protect your flooring, property and people from harm.

Similar to the flooring adhesion pull off test, wall cladding on horizontal surfaces can also be tested. The same machine is used to apply a consistent rate of force to a pre-cut section of cladding. A strength measurement is determined when the system fails, providing you with an accurate rating of the tensile adhesion strength between the cladding element and the wall. 

Like adhesion testing of flooring products, adhesion pull off testing of wall cladding elements is valuable in assessing how well adhesives, both new and old, are bonding the cladding to the wall substrate. This is particularly important in applications where failure could cause injury such as where the weight of new cladding over existing cladding could overload the old adhesive system.   

Silica testing

 Many common building materials such as engineered stone, ceramic tiles and brick, to name a few, contain varying levels of crystalline silica.  When these materials are cut, crushed or ground, fine particles of crystalline silica can be released into the air and when inhaled, cause harmful and irreversible effects. Repeated exposure can lead to silicosis, a long term lung disease causing irreversible inflammation and damage of the lungs. In severe cases silicosis can be fatal.    

As a result, regulatory bodies such as Safe Work Australia, WorkSafe Victoria and other state regulators imposed strict regulations, providing a maximum exposure standard which all manufacturers and suppliers must follow. Testing for the presence and quantity of crystalline silica in building materials provides manufacturers and/or fabricators of susceptible products the information required to develop safe and appropriate handling instructions. 

Knowing your product is the first step in effectively managing your responsibilities to the users of your product, and we can help you with that.

How ATTAR can help

How ATTAR can help

With a high level of professionalism and decades of expertise with risk assessment and testing methods, ATTAR is uniquely placed to assist you with your property compliance, testing and risk assessment requirements.

With a focus on fast turnaround times, detailed reporting and sound advice, we provide relevant testing and assessments to your situation. And if products or installations fail, we can provide further investigation on coating, concrete adhesion and flooring related concerns. Contact us to arrange a consultation, and discuss how we can best help you.