CPC Floor Coatings Blog

Jamie Gillespie

Jamie is vice president of Carolina Painting Company and of the CPC Floor Coatings division.

Recent Posts

Why Epoxy Floor Coatings Are Ideal for Residential Garages

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Aug 6, 2018 9:12:49 AM

Typically, a garage's design is not a homeowner's top priority. Even lower down the priority list is the garage floor. But installing the right kind of residential garage floor coating comes with many benefits.

Epoxy is an excellent floor coating option and the the one we recommend for residential garage floors. Here's why: 

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Topics: Epoxy Coatings

Advantages of Epoxy Flooring for Data Centers

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Apr 25, 2018 9:40:00 AM

We know how important environmental control is for data centers—from carefully regulated air temperatures and humidity levels to two-roof systems to prevent the possibility of leaks onto sensitive equipment. Whether you’re building a new facility or transforming an outdated data center to meet today’s standards, you’ll want to invest in flooring that helps control the environment and protects equipment.

If your facility has concrete flooring, installing an epoxy coating is an economical option that offers several major benefits:

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Topics: Epoxy Coatings

Moisture vapor barrier coatings for new construction

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Feb 14, 2018 9:26:00 AM

Whether your crew is building a new industrial or retail facility, or if you’re constructing homes with slab foundations, you know the difficulties of getting concrete to cure properly. It can be a time-consuming process, especially when you’re dealing with extreme temperatures, precipitation, or even excessive wind.

Unfortunately, excessive moisture rising from new concrete—as part of the curing process or because of excessive moisture from beneath the foundation—can cause a host of problems in a completed structure.

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Topics: Industrial Floor Coatings

Could concrete staining breathe new life into your facility's floor?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Nov 27, 2017 12:05:36 PM

Want a simple way to brighten up your existing concrete floor? You may already be aware of how the concrete polishing process can bring dull floors to a beautiful shine, plus improve your floor's ability to stand up to heavy foot traffic.

Did you know you don't have to stick with the existing gray color?

Concrete stains and dyes, applied prior to polishing, are available in an array of earth tones and jewel tones to beautify your floors even more. 

Different colors can be applied in geometric patterns or with the use of detailed stencils. And some contractors can even use skilled hand techniques and a second stain to create marbling or even bolder patterns.  

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Topics: Concrete Polishing

Why do concrete floors crack?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Oct 17, 2017 8:15:00 AM

Have you ever walked into your company’s warehouse, manufacturing floor, or retail area to discover a large crack in your concrete floor that you're pretty sure wasn’t there the day before? Perhaps you’ve just had a brand-new concrete floor poured for your new facility, and a week later it’s covered in tiny cracks.

What happened? Is your floor weakened or damaged beyond repair?

Let’s take a look at some of the common reasons that concrete floors crack and what it means for your business:

Cracking is part of concrete’s natural tendency

When it’s first poured, concrete is a liquid. Over the course of a couple of days, it hardens into a solid, shrinking as it does so. This initial shrinking often results in hairline cracking within the first few days of installation. Different mixtures and ratios of the cement may minimize some cracking, but can’t eliminate it completely.

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Topics: Troubleshooting

Durable Flooring for Auto Repair Shops

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Aug 9, 2017 8:13:00 AM

If you manage an auto repair shop, you know the physical demands your work places on your facility. When it comes to flooring, you want something that’s going to withstand the daily rigors of mechanic work and doesn’t need to be replaced every couple of years or so.

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Topics: Epoxy Coatings

Flooring Options for Today’s Competitive Grocery Store

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Jun 28, 2017 7:45:00 AM

The expansion of European grocery chain Lidl into the US starting this June is projected to make the already-competitive grocery industry even more strained. Grocers such as Lidl as well as Aldi and even Walmart’s Neighborhood Market now offer organic products at very low prices, and they’re updating the aesthetics of their stores to appeal to customers who are used to high-end chains such as Whole Foods.

Customers are no longer choosing either quality products or affordability; they’re learning they can expect it all in one store.

If you’re looking to keep your independent grocery store or chain competitive in today’s market, you’ll want to make sure your store looks modern and attractive while also keeping costs down.

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Topics: Epoxy Coatings, USDA Approved Flooring, Concrete Polishing

Horse Stall Flooring Option: Concrete with Epoxy

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on May 17, 2017 11:09:28 AM

Do you manage an equestrian center or horse boarding facility? Are you about to build a new horse stall or renovate an old one?

One of the most foundational choices you’ll need to make for your equestrian facility is the type of flooring your stalls will have. While natural soil and wood planks are traditional choices, they can be difficult to keep clean. Wood in particular may begin to smell of urine over time.

Concrete flooring for horse stalls

If your facility already has a concrete slab, you’re in luck—concrete is an inexpensive, durable flooring solution that’s easier to clean than many of its alternatives. It resists damage and requires less maintenance than other options.

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Topics: Epoxy Coatings

Advantages of Floor Striping for Warehouses

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Mar 21, 2017 8:03:00 AM

Looking for a simple way to improve efficiency in the day-to-day operations of your warehouse? Floor striping—the application of colored tape or painted lines to mark pathways and work zones—may be just the solution you need.

According to the 5S principles of workspace organization, an effective workplace layout allows visitors (and employees) to understand the room’s workflow at a glance. Carefully chosen colors are one of the fastest and most intuitive ways to communicate this kind of information, and floor stripes are relatively easy and inexpensive to add.

Here are four major benefits that floor striping offers your warehouse or industrial facility:

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Topics: Work Safety

Do I Need Moisture Vapor Control Flooring?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Mar 8, 2017 2:38:00 PM

Does your facility have a moisture problem? Maybe you come in the morning to find a wet or damp concrete floor. Or worse, perhaps you just had your floors done in the last few months and have discovered your new floor coating is already peeling or blistering.

If you’ve already checked for leaks and have controlled for weather-related humidity but are still having issues, it could be that the moisture is coming through the concrete slab itself.

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Topics: Troubleshooting