CPC Floor Coatings Blog

Epoxy Flooring: a Practical Solution for Pet Shelters

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Jun 7, 2017 7:27:00 AM

Everyone loves stories of homeless dogs and cats finding their forever homes. When you manage a pet shelter, you know how rewarding this is—but you also know the many, many hours of hard work that go into caring for animals to make these stories possible.

Running a pet shelter is difficult work on many levels, and you want your facility to make it easier to keep pets happy and healthy.

If your pet shelter facility already has concrete flooring, an epoxy coating can be a cost-effective flooring solution with many practical benefits. Here’s how epoxy flooring can make your job just a little easier:

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Topics: Epoxy Coatings

Wet vs. Dry Concrete Polishing

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on May 24, 2017 3:46:49 PM

Concrete polishing is an efficient and economical way to beautify and strengthen a concrete floor. Not only does the attractive shine improve the floor’s aesthetics, but the mechanical process of grinding and smoothing the floor actually increases the concrete’s strength.

There are two major methods for polishing: “dry” and “wet.” Though similar in principle, there are a few differences, and each offers distinct advantages.
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Topics: 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

USDA-compliant floor coatings for coffee roasters and craft breweries

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on May 3, 2017 1:34:04 PM

Though humankind has been enjoying coffee for centuries and beer for millennia, recent decades have seen a renewed interest in the small-scale production of both. If you’ve always wanted to venture into the world of small-batch coffee roasting or craft brewing, now’s a great time to do it!

There’s so much that goes into preparing a microroasting or a microbrewing facility, not the least of which includes making sure your building complies with USDA regulations.

If your building already has a concrete floor, an epoxy or urethane coating is a simple and effective flooring solution that will help you stay in compliance.

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Topics: Urethane Coatings, Epoxy Coatings, USDA Approved Flooring

Epoxy Flooring for Commercial Dog Kennels

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Apr 18, 2017 9:41:00 AM

If you run a commercial dog kennel, pet hotel or other boarding facility, you know the challenge of keeping dozens of dogs happy and healthy at a time, AND giving pet parents peace of mind about their fur babies.

You’ve already got your hands full with the day-to-day activities, so you want your facility’s design to make your life easier, not harder. When it comes to flooring, an epoxy coating can be a great ally in keeping your facility clean, sanitary and cheerful.

Here are four benefits of epoxy flooring for dog kennels:

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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

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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