Monthly Archives: September 2017

Slip Resistant Coatings & Their Aggregates

Slip-resistant floors are common in many facilities due to their safety.  But how slip resistant they are is dependent on which type of aggregate implemented into the coating.

Epoxy flooring contractors have the common challenge of discovering how much slip resistance a facility needs.  And although it’s easy to assume that the more texture the better, more aggregate and texture brings with it some additional challenges.

And the biggest challenge is that they can be difficult to clean if there is too much aggregate.  Mops get stuck, and dirt gets trapped.  And when floors can’t be sanitized properly, it becomes an issue for the facility.  So the amount of aggregate, and which type of aggregate becomes an important question.

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Grouting Polished Concrete

Polished Concrete is one of the most durable, and reflective flooring finishes.  But achieving that level of sheen is challenging when the existing slab is coated.

Polished Concrete

Firstly, polished concrete utilizes the existing concrete slab.  Which can be great for new facilities.  It eliminates the need for epoxy coatings or trowel applied material.

And when the concrete slab is new, it would be very easy to polish the floor.  But when the slab is old, coated, and deteriorated, then the entire process will require much more detail and workmanship.

Coating Removal.

When a customer wants to polish a coated floor, then the challenge starts with the site visit.  Because it’s impossible to know how hard or soft the concrete is when it’s coated.  And without this information, the applicators won’t know which grinding bonds to use when polishing.

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Osmotic Blisters in Urethane Cement?

urethane cement osmotic blisters

Yes, it can happen.  Osmotic Blisters can occur in urethane cement applications.  But here’s how to avoid it.

Osmotic blisters are known to egregiously affect epoxy flooring applications.  They make unsightly little bumps in the finish, causing unhappy customers and project managers.

But urethane cement was invented and did a great job sealing the exposed concrete.  And for the most part, urethane cement does an excellent job stopping blisters from forming.

And that’s because it can tolerate a very high PSI.  Compared to epoxy’s 3 PSI, urethane cement can withstand up to 20 lbs per square inch, making it almost 7 times stronger.

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Commercial Painters Accessing Difficult Areas

One of the biggest challenges facing commercial and industrial painters is accessibility.  But no matter how difficult or tight the access, the commercial painting or industrial painting project needs to get completed.

Most often, when a a typical citizens hears the phrase “difficult access,” they might initially think about heights.  And most of the time, that person could be correct.

Heights are one of the largest challenges painters face.  Are you painting a ceiling with piping, duct work, and conduit in the way?  Or do you need to access the exterior of a building that’s sitting in front power lines?  Do the surface sit above an unstable surface?

These are all considerations that need to be assessed.  It’s easy to think that a ladder can reach anything.  But the ground that the ladder is sitting on needs to offer stability.  And if it doesn’t, then a lift should be considered.

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