One-Component, Polyurethane Moisture Barrier and Bonding Agent
Planiseal PMB is a one-component, moisture-curing, polyurethane compound designed to provide moisture vapor emission protection on damp concrete substrates in a single- or double-coat application method as well as a vapor retarder using a single-coat method over wood substrates. It also serves as a bonding agent and moisture barrier system for self-leveling underlayments when applied in a double-coat method with dry sand.
Because you will be directly touching it with an adhesive and flooring material, both of which may not function properly when in contact with a damp substrate. For example, if your goal was to install a solid vinyl sheet flooring over a damp concrete slab using a wet-lay, water-based adhesive, once you covered the adhesive with the sheet vinyl there would be nowhere for the moisture in the adhesive to absorb into; the existing moisture would remain in its liquid state and the installation would be a mess. Another example would be to install prefinished solid wood flooring using a urethane adhesive over a damp concrete slab. The urethane adhesive would cure nicely because it cures by coming into contact with moisture, but the wood flooring would absorb moisture coming from the slab and cup, warp, curl or swell – causing a nightmare of a problem. The bottom line is that there's a reason for the moisture-limits statements of adhesives and flooring materials. As such, the installer should calculate the appropriate measurements for moisture to determine if he can proceed or if he needs to do something more to isolate that moisture from the flooring installation. Learn more here: