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Why Acid Etching Is No Longer Recommended as a Concrete Prep Method

The longevity of a coating partly depends on how well it adheres to the surface of the concrete. The best adhesion requires a clean floor, free of laitance and contaminants. Laitance is a weak, milky accumulation of fine particles of cement dust, lime and sand fines on the surface of fresh concrete, usually caused by […]

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How Soon Can You Epoxy Coat Freshly Poured “Green” Concrete?

In floor coating industry jargon, the term “green concrete” refers to a freshly poured and placed concrete mix that has begun to set, but which has not yet fully cured. Standard specifications recommend a minimum 28 day cure period for “green concrete”, before an epoxy floor coating or other resinous system can be applied.  However, […]

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Which Floors Should Not Be Epoxy Coated?

The majority of commercial, industrial and institutional floor substrates can be very successfully coated with decorative epoxy or another type of seamless high performance flooring system. However, there are some surfaces that are less suited. Wondering if these flooring systems will work for your particular space? Prior to meeting with a flooring installer, read our […]

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Concrete Floor Marking and Striping 101

Depending on your industry, concrete floor marking and striping can be a critical matter in facility planning. The markings may delineate specific production areas, traffic aisles, walkways, and/or hazardous zones for the protection of employees or visitors. The markings may also be used to help increase efficiency of movement within the facility. OSHA requires specific […]

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Epoxy Flooring with Flakes – Pro vs. DIY

Compared to other flooring systems, epoxy floor coatings can seem at first glance to be a relatively easy DIY project. They’re installed as liquids – not much harder than painting a wall, right? Unfortunately, many laypeople make this assumption and attempt to install their own flooring, only to discover down the line that the quality […]

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Top Commercial Flooring Trends for 2017

Epoxy and other resinous floor coatings are often favored for their durability, strength, easy maintenance, and other functional factors. But when replacing flooring in a given facility, function isn’t the only point to consider; the right flooring system should contribute aesthetically as well, particularly when in an area frequented by guests, visitors, customers or clients. […]

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How Thick Should an Epoxy Floor Coating Be?

A common question for people new to the world of epoxy floor coatings and resinous flooring is: How thick are these coating systems? There’s no one simple answer, because the truth is that there is a wide range of acceptable thicknesses, and proper selection of an epoxy floor coating system takes a number of critical factors, including how […]

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Resin Flooring Contractors: How to Find One

Epoxy flooring and similar resinous flooring solutions are unique in that they are applied directly to a concrete substrate while in their liquid form. Some of the main advantages of this seamless technique are that it results in a stronger overall surface and is easier to thoroughly clean than flooring with breaks, gaps and grout […]

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Polyaspartic Flooring vs. Epoxy

Two reliable flooring solutions for concrete floors in commercial, industrial and institutional facilities involve epoxy and urethane fluid-applied systems. A more recent contender is polyaspartic flooring, a distant cousin of polyurethane floor finishes that is rapidly growing in popularity. As a relatively new technology with unique properties, how does polyaspartic flooring compare and contrast with […]

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Urethane vs. Epoxy Primer – When to Use Which

In many industrial and commercial settings, the best way to protect a concrete floor is with a well-specified and professionally installed resinous coating system, which should always start out with an appropriate primer coat. Urethane (also referred to as polyurethane) and epoxy are two resin types frequently utilized in the manufacture of primers. Your flooring […]

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