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Cost-effective and durable flooring for retail spaces

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Oct 10, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Looking to upgrade your existing retail space, or opening up a brand-new store? Chances are you’ll want to include flooring that will stand up to day-to-day abuse—without breaking the bank, if possible.

If you want to get away from easy-to-stain carpet, easy-to-crack tile, or easy-to-damage vinyl, consider starting from the bare bones of your space: your existing concrete slab.

Making use of the underlying concrete is a cost-effective way to improve your retail space flooring without spending a fortune. Here are a few ways that you can dress up your concrete for a durable, long-lasting retail flooring solution:

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Topics: Urethane Coatings, Epoxy Coatings, Concrete Polishing

Breathing new life into old floors for regional development

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Sep 20, 2017 4:21:27 PM

Over the past several years, our area has experienced a good deal of economic growth, even while other parts of the nation were recovering from the Recession.

At times, the demand and opportunity for new businesses has outpaced the availability of new commercial properties, so some savvy economic developers have turned to re-purposing existing buildings, such as abandoned mills and factories. Re-using sturdy historic buildings is often more financially feasible—and more responsible—than tearing them down and building new ones.

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Topics: Surface Preparation, Epoxy Coatings, Concrete Polishing

Practical Floor Solutions for Farm Machinery Sheds

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Sep 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Your farming equipment represents a significant investment, and you want to protect each piece in order to get the most out of it. This is why it’s important to build a sturdy machinery shed to protect your equipment from the elements and from theft.

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Topics: Urethane Coatings, Epoxy Coatings, Concrete Polishing

Economic Flooring Options for Schools

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Sep 6, 2017 1:28:04 PM

If you’re in charge of maintaining a school building, you want to make sure you provide a cheerful, safe, and sanitary environment where children can learn—but you also know how tough kids can be on the facilities day in and day out!

Floors can be especially difficult to keep in good repair. Whether it’s because of tracked dirt, scuffing shoes, or even accidentally dropped items, it’s easy for floors to start looking chipped and worn.

If you need to renovate part or all of your facility, chances are you’re looking for a durable solution for lobbies, hallways, and other common areas—preferably one that’s easy to clean and doesn’t trap allergens.

Here are three economic flooring options that may be a good fit for you:

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Topics: Urethane Coatings, Epoxy Coatings, Concrete Polishing

Pros and cons of staining concrete

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Aug 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Considering a concrete stain for your store, clinic, or customer lobby? Here are several things to consider before investing in the staining process:

Pros of concrete staining

  • It increases the aesthetic value of your floor. Concrete stain comes in a variety of shades, including neutrals, pastels, and deep tones. Experienced contractors can add visual effects such as marbling, swirls, waves, or stenciled designs. Staining can be simply a subtle upgrade from a plain gray concrete floor, or it can become the attention-grabbing focal point of your facility’s decor.
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Topics: Concrete Polishing

Refinishing options for older concrete floors

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Jul 19, 2017 4:38:54 PM

If you’re remodeling an existing facility or renovating an older building, chances are you have a concrete floor in need of refinishing. Perhaps it’s badly stained or cracked, or maybe it’s just lackluster and needs an upgrade to fit into your company’s updated look.

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Topics: Industrial Floor Coatings, Urethane Coatings, Epoxy Coatings, Concrete Polishing

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

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

Better than Paint: 3 Colorful Industrial Floor Coatings

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Dec 30, 2016 9:49:00 AM
Are you looking for a colorful way to brighten up your warehouse, retail space or clinic? Does your production floor need marked pathways to improve the traffic flow of people and machines?

Most of us are familiar with the concept of simple paint or even just colored tape. However, there are an array of floor coating options that not only provide beautiful color, but will protect and enhance the performance of your floors as well.

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Topics: Epoxy Coatings, Concrete Polishing

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