Precariously situated 220 feet above the Niagara River Gorge, WildPlay’s Zipline to the Falls attraction offers thrill-seekers a birds-eye view of the Horseshoe Falls that flows along the Canada-United States border. This 2,200-foot-long zipline reaches speeds of up to 40 mph, with riders launched along zipline cables that are anchored into a concrete platform at the top of the gorge to the Horseshoe Falls observation landing at the end of the ride.
Requiring a solution to repair the worn deck coatings on its launch pad, WildPlay enlisted Stonhard Canada to engineer a slip-resistant flooring system that would provide long-term, durable protection for the zipline’s safety-critical concrete decks.
As part of this project, Stonhard Canada removed the old coatings and prepared the concrete deck surfaces for the installation of its Stondeck FD4 waterproofing system, a fluid-applied membrane that is designed to provide long-lasting protection for exposed concrete decks.
Underlying cracks exposed during the preparation process were mechanically routed out and then pre-treated with polyurethane caulk and the Stondeck membrane. Next, Stonhard’s HT Primer was applied to the entire concrete surfacing, sealing the substrate for the final layers.
Once the primer had cured, Stonhard Canada applied a polyurethane-epoxy hybrid membrane layer, followed by its Stondeck Basecoat base layer. A full broadcast of durable quartz aggregates were also added to achieve a consistent, slip-resistant surface. Finally, these aggregates were sealed in place with Stondeck UV Sealer, which provided a light stable, abrasion-resistant and aesthetically appealing finish for the zipline’s launch pad for years to come.