CPC Floor Coatings Blog

Weatherproof coating options for outdoor concrete surfaces

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Mar 7, 2018 8:28:00 AM

Without a doubt, concrete is able to withstand the elements on its own—after all, it’s been used to build skyscrapers, interstate bridges, and even ancient Roman temples that still stand today! However, outdoor concrete surfaces—especially those used for pedestrian or vehicle traffic—can be stained or damaged by everyday use. In areas that regularly experience cold and wet winters, the freeze-thaw cycle can widen cracks and create areas of spalling.

If your facility has an outdoor concrete surface that you’d like to keep attractive and pedestrian-safe, you’ll find several options for protective coatings. Below we’ve overviewed several of the most common options, ranked from the least to most protection.

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Topics: Industrial Floor 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

Benefits of Broadcast Quartz Floors

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Dec 6, 2017 8:57:00 AM

Looking for a way to prevent slip-and-fall accidents at your manufacturing plant or warehouse? Or do you want decorative—but functional—flooring for your retail outlet or healthcare facility?

Here’s why a broadcast quartz floor may be right for you.

What is broadcast quartz flooring?

After an epoxy floor coating is applied to the prepared concrete floor, the installation crew scatters crushed quartz onto the still-wet surface. When the epoxy hardens, the quartz sets into the floor and becomes a permanent fixture. A clear topcoat may later be applied.

The crushed quartz may resemble simple sand, for the most utilitarian applications, or it may be a specially blended colored quartz. Occasionally other minerals, such as mica, are added for a unique look.

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Topics: Work Safety, Industrial Floor Coatings, Epoxy Coatings

Make the Most of Your Year-end Maintenance Budget: 5 Reasons to Invest in Your Floors

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Nov 29, 2017 7:14:00 AM

Are you an industrial facilities manager approaching the end of your company’s fiscal year? Do you need to use up an expiring maintenance budget, but don’t want to fall into the trap of wasting money on low-value projects?

If your facility doesn’t currently have pressing or high-priority repair needs, now’s the time to invest in preventative maintenance. If your building has a concrete floor, this is a great place to focus on.

Here are five reasons investing in concrete polishing or an industrial floor coating now can pay dividends in the year to come:

1. The right treatment can proactively protect your floor from long-term damage

Concrete is a remarkably durable building material, but it’s not indestructible. As it ages, concrete is prone to cracking, spalling, staining, and shedding. Treating your floors for the first time or replacing an old coating can go a long way in protecting the underlying structure.

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Topics: Work Safety, Industrial Floor Coatings, 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.

Instead of covering the concrete with carpeting or expensive hardwood, consider refinishing the concrete itself for a cost-effective and fashionable effect. Below are several methods for beautifying your existing concrete floor:

Filling joints and cracks

Before you do any other work, the first step is to repair any damage to the floor. Cracks, pits, and areas of spalling should be filled in and/or sealed to prevent further damage. Existing concrete joints should be examined and, if needed, be filled in with a flexible filler. These steps will extend the longevity of your floor and may help reduce worker fatigue and wear on vehicles.

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

How paint and floor coatings can make your parking garage safer

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Jun 14, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Ever walk through a dark and dingy parking garage at night? It’s not a situation most of us feel safe or comfortable in. But if you manage a parking garage as part of your academic campus, medical facility, or shopping center, keep in mind that the state of your garage directly affects how secure your customers or clients feel when visiting you!

You want to keep the people who patronize your business safe. A simple renovation step that can improve the perceived and actual safety of your garage is to apply new paint and a protective floor coating. Here’s why it makes a difference:

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Topics: Work Safety, Industrial Floor Coatings

Best Practices for Floor Coating Installation

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Jun 17, 2016 10:01:48 AM

Industrial floor coatings have many benefits that can all be obtained as long as the industrial floor coating installation process follows best practices. Without knowledge, discipline, patience or thoroughness, an industrial floor coating will fail prematurely or not give the expected level of performance.

To educate our audience on how the professionals go about installing an industrial floor coating in order to maximize performance, here are seven of the best practices they follow:

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Topics: Industrial Floor Coatings

Flooring and Concrete Sealers: Which One Is the Best?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Jun 15, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Deciding on the best concrete sealer product can often be a difficult and confusing task. The truth is that no one sealer product is hands-down “best” since they all have their advantages and disadvantages.

Read on to discover what these strengths and weaknesses are so that you can select the perfect concrete sealer for your job’s needs.

Acrylic Floor Sealers

Acrylic sealers are a popular choice for facility managers or anyone looking to seal their floors under a tight budget. Acrylic is relatively easy to apply, and it can be ready to walk on within an hour.

Unfortunately, most of these benefits are only skin deep. Acrylic sealers can wear through quickly because they are thin and not very durable. Applying a sacrificial wax coating can prolong its life, but high foot traffic or industrial settings can wear through this barrier quickly as well. In the end, the money you save could still equal a poor investment unless your environment does not see regular wear.

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Topics: Industrial Floor Coatings

The Best Floor Coating for Your Industry

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Mar 24, 2016 1:37:00 PM

Industrial site owners or managers interested in improving their flooring’s performance while reducing risks associated with their industry would consider an industrial floor coating a sound investment. They can ensure that they get the maximum benefits possible according to their industry by consulting the floor coating recommendations below.

Agricultural Processing, Food & Beverage Manufacturing

If you are a facility that is evaluated by the USDA, then chances are you are required by law to implement a flooring system that can resist microbial growth while minimizing dust and controlling residue.

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Topics: Industrial Floor Coatings

Why Does an Epoxy Floor Coating Bubble?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Mar 4, 2016 9:08:01 AM

Nothing can be more frustrating than investing your time and money into something that seemingly doesn’t work. While epoxy floor coatings have a number of great benefits, including their durability, cost-effectiveness, and array of available colors, they do have the tendency to bubble when not applied correctly.

What causes these unsightly bubbles, and how can they be prevented?

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Topics: Industrial Floor Coatings