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That Epoxy Floor Starts With Great Prep and a Primer

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Behind every epoxy floor job is the work and consideration of an epoxy flooring contractor.  And even beyond that high gloss sheen is a lot of prep work, some aggregate, and a hearty primer.  And even beyond that, much more needs to be considered by the contractor, like the temperature of the floor, the condition of the floor, and any contaminants that are penetrating the concrete.

We recently completed the installation of an 1/16″ epoxy floor in a facility in Maryland.  This floor has exposed concrete on a majority of the floor.  About 1/3rd of the floor had an epoxy coating that needed removal.  We used a large, planetary grinder to help abrade the concrete, and then remove the existing epoxy floor.

Once the floor was prepped, we moved in with a urethane cement primer.  Urethane cement is an excellent body coat to start any floor system.  In this specific facility, there wasn’t a vapor barrier beneath the concrete.  This can cause major problems with only an epoxy floor.  Epoxy is very susceptible to moisture transmission.  The pressure between the moisture and the epoxy can cause blisters in the floor.

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PennCoat’s Monthly Safety Review: Ladders

Most of the antics in this video are inaccurate demonstrations of how responsible contractors and handymen use their ladders.  However, it does provide a valuable insight of how easy it is to neglect safety hazards and become a victim of improper ladder use.

When painting buildings, corrugated ceiling, structural steel, and anything else related to facility substrates, ladder use is very common.   And what comes hand in hand with improper ladder use is an element of danger for the user.  So PennCoat, Inc. wanted to address the many safety concerns that can occur when operating ladders.

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Double Broadcast Decorative Micro-Chip Floor System

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Installing a Double Broadcast, Decorative Micro-Chip Floor System

We were contacted by a local food manufacturing plant to improve their existing bathroom floor.  The existing floor was the same floor that had originally been installed when the facility was built.  Typically, with new construction, General Contractors seek the least expensive subcontractors to complete the work.  There is a compromise when seeking the least expensive subcontractors, and it’s typically quality in work.  During the site visitation, it was apparent that the cove was subjected to serious “sagging,” meaning that an epoxy, with insufficient viscosity properties, was used to trowel the cove.  The customer had been displeased with the appearance for a while, and requested a new cove to be installed, and expanded from 4″ to 8″.

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Concrete Moisture Tests : PennCoat, Inc.

Testing Concrete Moisture

Putting down a floor coating, or for that matter, flooring, on a moist concrete slab is not going to have a happy ending. Concrete cures, which means it takes time to develop full strength and give up its moisture. Floor coating will not adhere properly to moist concrete and will be prone to premature failure. Flooring laid on top of moist concrete can create bumps and gaps. In addition, the trapped moisture encourages nasty creatures — mold, mildew and bacteria. It is much cheaper to practice patience and allow a concrete floor to finish curing.

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