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The Versitility of Urethane Cement

Epoxy flooring contractors are finding that urethane cement is a practical and efficient primer and resurfacer in nearly every application.

Urethane cement was introduced into the market a few decades ago.  And whether is was installed in Pennsylvania, or applied by some flooring contractors in Maryland, it was widely accepted upon reception for a few reasons.  Firstly, the most commonly used flooring material prior to urethane cement was epoxy.  Epoxy is typically a decent floor.  However, it is susceptible to osmotic blistering, ambering, and vapor transmission.

But because urethane cement is able to not only bond extraordinarily well to the concrete, it has exceptional chemical resistance.  And this chemical resistance also allows it to hold up against the sodium from transmitting through the concrete.

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Floor Joints for Industrial and Commercial Buildings

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Floor joints are a vital consideration on any concrete slab.  But aside from their massive benefits, their installation requires coordination between the contractor and customer.  And the material needs to be determined based on the environment of the area.

Firstly, why would anyone install joints into a nice new concrete slab?  Well, there are many reasons.  And the biggest is to allow the concrete some room to flex.  And it doesn’t seem like a large, rigid concrete slab should flex.  But when it’s sitting on top of a settling ground, enough tension could easily build up, so that the slab actually cracks under its own weight.  And a cracked foundation has the potential to cause a lot of harm to a building in the future.

So the ideal scenario is to install joints immediately after the slab is poured.  And after 28 days of curing, the concrete will be ready to cut.  But there are different types of joints that a floor installer can cut.  But the most common is a control or expansion joint.

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ESD Floors vs. Conductive Floors – Which is The Better Epoxy Flooring System?

Although static electricity may seem innocent, it can actually be extremely hazardous in some facilities.  So epoxy floors that dissipate the electric static can not only help preserve products, but it can also help prevent life-threatening catastrophes.

Sometime facilites manufacturer sensitive computer boards.  They have small components that react to small amounts of electrical voltage.  But even a small static charge from a body can product more than enough voltage to damage the circuit board.  So in facilities like this, it’s important to have a floor that can dissipate an electrical charge.

Or, some facilities manufacture chemicals or commonly used products that use highly explosive compounds, like powdered aluminum.  If a spark, or any type of electrical discharge goes off around powdered aluminum, you’re in big trouble.  So not only can discharging floors preserve products, they can also save lives.

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Floor Lines or Aisles – Which Serves Better For the Pedestrian: Part 1

Industrial and Commercial Coatings can help improve your facility’s safety for pedestrians.  But which serves better: pedestrian floor lines or aisles?  Here’s the breakdown for when and where to choose one over the other:

Floor Lines:

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Looking at the picture, it’s easy to see the benefit in the floor lines.  They are highly visible, and pedestrians instantly know to stay within the aisles.  But let’s attempt to look beyond the function, and get a closer look at the installation process.

Prepping for Floor Lines:

Floor lines don’t receive the same prep work that coatings typically receive.  The problem with diamond grinding for aisles, is that the diamond grinding head is wider than the actual aisle line.  So, when you go to install the aisle line, you would see the chewed up concrete.  Which would make for an unsightly finish.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions: Paint Peeling From Metal Surfaces

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Metal Doors, Garages, and Other Metal Substrates Can be Susceptible To Coating Failure If not Prepped and Planned Properly

Paint peels all the time.  It’s inevitable.  However, that inevitability may occur over the span of years, or decades.  And decades is the preferred duration.  But to achieve decades, you’ll need to provide the appropriate prep work, to ensure that the coating has the greatest chance to adhere to the substrate.

But each substrate varies with what it requires, and those requirements are often temperamental when dealing with metal.  The more porous the surface, the easier time a coating has to adhere.  And steel and metal don’t have very porous surfaces, so it’s important to follow strict guidelines to ensure that the coating can last.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions – When Paint Peels From Brick

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Brick is a challenging surface to paint.  But its grooves and valleys are the least of any applicator’s concerns.  Because the real distressor lies within the mortar.

Here are The Problems That Can Happen When Painting Commercial or Industrial Masonry

Masonry and block walls are held together with mortar mixes.  These mortar mixes offer excellent adhesion and compression strength, which allows the structure to maintain its integrity.  However, these mortar mixes are also made from many soluble salts.  And when these material get wet, moisture wicks the salt water to the exterior of the brick and mortar joint.  When the water evaporates, the brick substrate is left with a layer of sodium film, which prevents the paint from adequately adhering to the substrate, causing it to peel and disbond.

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Commercial Paint Problems & Solutions – Painting Galvanized Steel

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Galvanized steel has exceptional benefits for any plant or facility.  It is durable and can tolerate high moisture, due to the zinc it’s boiled in.  However, although versatile, it is a challenge to coat due to the oil residue that protects the substrate.

Here’s how Commercial Painters Avoid Paint Peeling From Galvanized Surfaces

Galvanized steel is frequently used in many commercial and residential settings.  It’s used for gutters, down spouts, corrugated decking, and many other common applications.  Although it is tolerant to weather, due to its zinc coating, it is very challenging to paint.

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Commercial Paint Problems & Solutions – Excessive Chalking

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Whether you’re dealing with commercial painting or residential painting.  Chalking is a frequent problem that occurs in the aging paint field.  What’s worst is that by the time it occurs, you need to increase the amount of prep required for the job.  So here’s how and why you need to be proactive before chalking occurs.

Here’s How Paint Begins To Chalk

You can take all the time in the world to meticulously apply and brush a flawless coat of paint.  But no matter how careful and tedious you are, your coating will eventually break down.   There are many elements that can break down a coating.  But the most hazardous are ultra violet rays.

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Commercial Painting Problems & Solutions – Cracking

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Commercial Painting comes with its inherent challenges.  And if not applied correctly, those challenges can present themselves in unflattering ways.

Here’s how paint becomes victim to cracking and flaking:

When studying the problems, you’ll notice that the cracking occurs through the entire film of paint, all the way to the substrate.  This is a common problem when underlying coats of paint are applied to existing coats that have not been adequately prepped.

The underlying coats lose their elasticity.  Which means that they can’t bend and flex with the substrate when it expands and contracts during varying temperature changes.  So as the substrate swells and compresses, the aged coating begins to delaminate and shingle.

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Textured Floors For Increased Safety – PennCoat Epoxy Floors


Decreasing Facility Hazards with Epoxy Flooring

We were contacted by a facility about increasing the slip-resistance around their dock doors.  Currently, whenever the dock floors get cold and wet, they get to be very slippery, causing fork-lifts to slip and slide.  And an out-of-control fork-lift is a huge safety concern.

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So our solution was to increase the floor’s slip-resistance.   But achieving this isn’t as simple as laying textured tape onto the floor.  When dealing with fork lifts, you have to consider the weight of the machines, and also that these fork lifts are dragging skids across the floor.  That’s a lot of pressure and tension being exposed to the floor.  So it’s important to find an epoxy coating that can tolerate this type of environment.

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