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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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Osmotic Blisters in Urethane Cement?

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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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Aggressive Floor Prep Work for Epoxy Coatings

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Removing epoxy coatings from concrete is common practice in the epoxy flooring business.  But although common, it never easy, and can often be a big gamble when estimating time and material.

Epoxy coating removal is a necessary step when polishing concrete, or when a failed coating needs to be removed.  However, although saying “removing epoxy” is easy, the actual process is much more difficult.

The most important thing to look for when assessing a demo floor job, is how thick the existing coating is.  Epoxy thickness is measured in mils.  And the more mils of epoxy on the floors, the more difficult it will be to remove that epoxy.

But for reference, a 20-30 mils of epoxy is about as thick as a credit card.  So if you’re able to remove some coating during your site visit, compare it to your credit card to determine how thick the existing floor is.  But keep in mind that the floor temperature needs to be considered.  So when visiting potential job opportunities, be sure to bring your industrial infrared thermometer to gauge the temperature for the floor.

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PennCoat Epoxy Flooring Contractors – The Varying Characteristics of Epoxy

The term “epoxy” gets slung around as if there were only 1 type of epoxy used in every situation.  But contrary to the popular misconception, “epoxy” actually comes in a wide variety of hardeners and resins.  And here they are:

Epoxy Resins:

The resins used in epoxy don’t offer variety that the hardeners offer.  There are 3 types of resins:

  1. Bisphenol A Resin – This resin has a lot of viscosity, a moderate amount of flexibility, and a moderate amount of chemical resistance.
  2. Bisphenol F Resin – This resin is similar to the “Bisphenol A” variety, except its flexibility is on the lower end of the spectrum.
  3. Phenolic Novolac Resin – This resin offers a high amount of viscosity, but because it’s a novolac, it will become very hard, which means there is no room for flexibility.  Additionally, it is very chemical resistant.

Depending on what type of application the flooring or painting installer is searching for, they have a variety of epoxy options to choose from.  And a part of that reason is because of these (3) different types of epoxy resin.

Epoxy Hardeners:

Now, although there are 3 different resins to choose from, the epoxy hardeners have the largest range of selection, by offering up to 6 different hardeners.  Each of these hardeners has different sets of properties that they can offer, making the epoxy line-up a smorgasbord of commercial coating options.

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Aggressive Texture For Wafer Dust – Epoxy Flooring Contractors

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Install Epoxy Floors With Aggressive Texture In Food Plants To Prevent Slip Hazards

I was contacted by one of our food manufacturing customers about some epoxy flooring solutions.  In one of their production lines, they use a lot of wafers.  But these wafers have a habit of crumbling onto the floor.  What this does is create a very slippery surface that could cause harm to anyone walking over the surface.  So the customer asked for a slip-resistant solution for wafer crumbs.

After a close examination, it was revealed that their existing floor did have texture.  It was grouted twice with epoxy, making a nice floor that ordinarily would have been slip resistant under wet conditions.  But these conditions with dry crumbs created a new level of slip hazards that required more than your standard texture.

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Increasing Facility Safety – Installing Stencil STOPS for Fork Lift Traffic

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Facility Safety Can Be Supplemented With Epoxy Coatings

The picture above is a “STOP” sign that was installed into this facility’s concrete.  The facility has a lot of forklifts driving through aisles and racking, which intersects with pedestrian walkways.  It was the customer’s request to install some fork lift “STOPS,” to increase the safety for the pedestrians.  Although this sounds like an easy procedure, there are numerous steps needed to make sure the stencils are well adhered to the floor.  Remember, fork lifts can weigh over 3000 pounds, and a solid floor is required to ensure its longevity.

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Clear Epoxy Coatings Installed by PennCoat, Inc.

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Clear Epoxy Coatings For High-Traffic Areas

Pigmented epoxy floors look great.  They add color, theme, and additional aesthetic features to any room.  However, one unforeseen caveat is that pigmented floors can show wear and tear.  Many customers desire a pigmented floor in hi-traffic areas.  The issue with that is that all that traffic, from fork-lifts, to pallet jacks, to steel toe boots, to office chairs, can create scratch marks, dirt trails, and other markings that easily contrast with a solid-color floor.  The beauty with a clear floor, is that is offers the same appearance as a concrete floor, but comes with the protection of epoxy.

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Pedestrian Aisles ways

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Installing epoxy Pedestrian Aisle Ways

A customer in Aberdeen, Maryland is looking to have pedestrian aisle ways installed in his facility’s warehouse.  Aisle ways are usually an excellent way to designate specific areas for employees and workers.  Too often, accidents occur because workers are not paying attention, or surrounding equipment operators are too busy to pay attention to pedestrians.  With the installation of aisle ways, both equipment operator and pedestrians have an understanding where a person should and shouldn’t be in a plant or facility.

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Epoxy Flooring Contractors in Pennsylvania & Maryland – PennCoat

Epoxy Flooring Contractors in Pennsylvania & Maryland

Epoxy Flooring for Pharmaceutical Plants

One of our pharmaceutical customers was doing some renovations to its manufacturing plant.  The project involved pouring a new cement slab in the existing floor.

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Epoxy Flooring Contractors in pennsylvania and maryland

Obviously, the floor of this condition does not fit the pharmaceutical standards.  The plan was to pour the new cement, and then PennCoat would enter the picture, and install a 100% solids, seamless epoxy floor coating with a urethane topcoat.

The first step, after pouring the new concrete slab, was to prep the floor.  The area was too small to justify our large planetary grinder.  So, we selected to use 7″ hand grinders to prepare the floor.

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Comparing Polished Concrete and Epoxy Coatings

Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete flooring is fast becoming a popular option in both residential and commercial buildings. But how does it compare to epoxy coated concrete in an industrial building?

Epoxy Floors

There are a number of reasons to choose epoxy floors. They can last up to 20 years with proper care, but this is with maintenance and an environment where abrasion is not a major concern. There are tons of options for colors and the surfaces can be anything from matte to shiny.

Installation of epoxy flooring does have one significant benefit. The surface does not usually require grinding before application of the epoxy.

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