CPC Floor Coatings Blog

Jamie Gillespie

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

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Why is my new floor coating already peeling?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Feb 16, 2017 10:46:00 AM

There’s nothing more frustrating than taking time out of your production schedule to have a new floor coating installed, only to have it peel or crack just months (or days!) later. What causes new floor coatings to fail?

Here are some of the most common causes for floor coating peeling, bubbling and more:

Oil residues

Does your facility regularly uses oils, greases or corrosive substances? If these have ever been spilled on your floor, they may have soaked into the concrete at some point (after all, concrete is a porous material).

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Topics: Troubleshooting

Does my concrete floor really need a professional moisture test?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Jan 27, 2017 7:27:00 AM

Previously on our blog, we’ve discussed some of the workplace safety hazards that damp concrete floors can pose, including the risk of slipping accidents and respiratory issues caused by mold.

If you’ve noticed your facility’s concrete floors are wet or damp in the morning, there are a couple of potential causes. The moisture could merely be condensation resulting from temperature differences between the air and the concrete. However, the moisture could actually be coming from the concrete itself—either as a byproduct of the curing process, or as vapor from the ground works its way up through the porous floor. (For a fuller explanation, see our recent post Why is our facility’s concrete floor wet?)

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Topics: Surface Preparation

Flooring Tips to Prevent Workplace Accidents and Injuries

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Jan 18, 2017 3:08:05 PM

Maintain your concrete floors to keep your employees safe

We know that workplace safety is your priority, and no employer wants to see their workers injured on the job. However, when you work in an industrial-style setting—such as a warehouse, manufacturing plant or even commercial kitchen—you may find that you have unique safety challenges related to your concrete flooring.

One way you can protect your employees from slip-and-fall accidents as well as a number of other health hazards is to make sure your facility’s floors are properly maintained. Below are common flooring-related hazards to be aware of, plus tips for how to prevent them:

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Topics: Work Safety

Why is our facility’s concrete floor wet?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Dec 22, 2016 10:29:00 AM

Have you ever come into your facility first thing in the morning to find your concrete floor damp or sweaty? Have you found puddles in low-lying areas, or noticed that your new floor coating is starting to blister or get discolored?

Besides being an unsightly nuisance, a wet concrete floor can cause a host of other problems. It can compromise worker safety by creating slippery surfaces, can damage sensitive equipment, and can cause mold problems, especially if there’s wood or carpeting on top. If the floor is coated with epoxy or another coating, moisture can cause it to bubble, stain, peel, or crack.

If you’ve ruled out the possibility of a leak from the roof or from your equipment, you may be dealing with an issue with the concrete floor itself. So what are common causes for wet concrete floors?

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Topics: Troubleshooting

A Protective, Non-slip Coating for a Concrete Loading Ramp

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Dec 16, 2016 8:43:00 AM

Recently our crew applied a protective coating to a concrete off-loading containment ramp for an aerospace client. Since this ramp functions as a containment area, it was important that we chose a coating that is chemical resistant as well as one that could stand up to the outdoor elements.

Our Concrete Coating Solution

Our team applied a water-based, modified urethane coating, which features characteristics of both epoxy and urethane. It protects the concrete underneath from chemical attack, and it’s strong enough to provide wear resistance and prevent impact damage that may happen during loading and unloading heavy materials. The concrete ramp coating is also non-slip for increased worker safety.

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Topics: Recent Work

Is polished concrete slippery?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Dec 8, 2016 4:07:36 PM

If you’re looking for an economical way to upgrade the concrete flooring in your restaurant, hospital, customer lobby or manufacturing plant, you may want to consider getting your floor polished to an attractive shine. Polishing concrete actually increases the floor’s hardness, is relatively easy to maintain, and can be enhanced with colors in addition to the glossy texture.

But does the smooth surface of polished concrete make it slippery for you employees or customers? Generally, no. But there are definitely some cases in which you don’t want to use it. 

Polished concrete is NOT slippery when dry

Though the process of polishing compresses the surface of the concrete by pushing the molecules closer together, the end product is still slightly porous. When kept clean, polished concrete has about as much grip as regular concrete, and provides better foot traction than marble or even some linoleum surfaces.  

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Topics: Concrete Polishing

How to Choose the Right Floor Coating for Your Facility

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Nov 21, 2016 10:05:00 AM

Whether you’re building a brand-new facility or renovating your current one, you don’t want to overlook the importance of flooring that will stand up to your industry’s day-to-day operations and keep employees safe. There aren’t many simple one-size-fits-all solutions out there, especially if your facility does specialized work. So how do you determine what kind of floor coating or flooring system you need to be looking for?

Here are three steps that will get you started on finding the right flooring fit:

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5 Tips for Extending the Life and Look of Your New Floor

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Nov 15, 2016 1:32:00 PM

Once you’ve decided on the right floor coating solution for your facility and have it professionally applied, you’ll want to keep it in top shape for a long time to come. Whether you’ve chosen to go with polished concrete, an epoxy or urethane coating, or a specialized solution, a little precaution will go a long way in extending the longevity of your floors and keeping them looking their best.

Here are five ways to protect your flooring investment:

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The Benefits of Epoxy Flooring for Veterinary Clinics

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Nov 8, 2016 11:53:58 AM

As the owner of a veterinary clinic, you know how important it is that your facility stays clean, sanitary and welcoming for your clients. But you also know how much damage dogs and cats can do to your floors in the day-to-day business of keeping them well.

One easy solution is to use an epoxy floor coating in your clinic and waiting room. Epoxy coating is applied directly to the concrete and offers the following benefits:

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The Benefits of Polishing Your Concrete Floors

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Sep 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The primary problem, when it comes to unpolished concrete flooring, is the high profile of its surface (IE, the average size between its hills and valleys). While this difference is largely microscropic, the presence of pin holes and valleys can lead to accumulation of dust and long-term problems with maintenance.

The second problem with unpolished concrete flooring? Its lack of aesthetics and dull, monotonous gray color. Polished concrete flooring not only adds to aesthetics and employee morale, it also provides other benefits, too. Let us explain.

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