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Industrial Floor Paints: The 411

Nothing takes quite the beating in an industrial or commercial facility like the flooring. Durability, abrasion resistance and traction are common needs for any hard working operation. The flooring has to be able to withstand both pedestrian traffic as well as traffic from forklifts, dollies, and other types of equipment. Then there are the specific […]

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Why Does My Epoxy Floor Have Bubbles?

When bubbles appear in a freshly applied epoxy coating, the most common culprit is something called “outgassing”. Outgassing is a site condition that allows air or gas from the concrete substrate to escape in excess and cause blisters, craters, bubbles, or pinholes. Temporary Condition Unlike moisture vapor transmission (MVT), which can be a more serious […]

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What is Dew Point and How Does It Affect Floor Coatings?

Dew is the condensation of moisture you see on grass in the morning, on a bottle that was taken from a cooler or refrigerator on a warmer day, or the fog on the bathroom mirror after a shower. As you’ll recall from school science classes, the dew point is the temperature to which air must […]

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The Debate between Hard Flooring and Raised Flooring in Data Centers

Raised flooring has been a staple in data centers for years and was installed in at least one or more rooms in nearly all first generation facilities. The raised design was intended to provide the space needed for cooling and cabling for power and communications, with easy access to all elements. In recent years, however, […]

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Solvent-Based vs. Water-Based vs. 100% Solids Epoxy

Epoxy resins are used broadly in many types of concrete floor finishes. Epoxy floor coatings offer a range of benefits, including: Long term durability Long lifespan Exceptionally customizable in color and appearance Flexible installation to accommodate the needs of specific facilities, including: Moisture vapor transmission (MVT) mitigation Acid, alkali and chemical resistance Slip resistance Static […]

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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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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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