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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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What Is Floor Coving and Why Do I Need It?

  The term “floor coving” typically refers to the installation of a small barrier structure along the room periphery, where the floor meets the wall. Different types of coving are available for use with different flooring products. Floor coving can serve diverse purposes, ranging from purely aesthetic to highly functional, depending on their application in […]

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How Long Does Epoxy Flooring Last?

  Facility professionals and commercial architects appreciate epoxy flooring for its functionality, design options, strength and durability. However, the longevity of any type of floor surface can depend on various factors. How Long Does Epoxy Flooring Last? Epoxy and other resinous flooring systems can last many years, depending on a range of product features and […]

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What Is 3D Epoxy Flooring?

While the term, “3D Epoxy Flooring”, may occasionally be heard around commercial construction sites, individuals outside the industry may well wonder what this new flooring trend is all about. After all, the average user or building occupant typically thinks about floor surfaces in terms of length and width, that is, two dimensions or “2D”. However, […]

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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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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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