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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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Understanding Floor Slip Resistance Standards

Preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace is one of the most critical priorities of every employer. Concern for the potential victims and their families, along with possible financial costs, are the stuff of managers’ nightmares. Unfortunately, slip or trip and fall events continue to rank high on the list of worker injury causation year […]

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Common Concrete Surface Finishes

Concrete is one of the most common flooring substrates used in commercial and industrial buildings. Its durability, performance, and lifespan can be virtually unequalled, if it is: Poured and placed correctly, with the right concrete mix and curing process for the situation Properly finished for the specific type of facility Cleaned regularly and well-maintained Leveling […]

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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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Wear and Tear of Industrial Floors Explained

One of the most frequently asked questions by facility managers and owners is, “how long will my new industrial flooring last?” Because there are so many varieties of epoxy floor coatings and other industrial flooring systems designed to accommodate such a broad spectrum of facilities and operational activities, there is no single answer to that […]

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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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What Are Secondary Containment Coatings?

Within an industrial facility, the system of containing leaks and spills from any chemical storage tanks or vessels is called “secondary containment”. The main goal of having a backup – or secondary – system is to properly isolate potentially dangerous chemical or petroleum spills until they can be cleaned up and correctly disposed of or […]

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