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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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Fast Turn-Around with Polyaspartic

Polyaspartic Floor Coverings

Polyaspartics are one of the better floor coating systems available today, because they are tough, relatively easy to apply and don’t yellow. It is a two-part formulation with excellent wetting and self-leveling properties, good adhesion and resistance to UV radiation. The product emits a low level of volatile organic compounds, is odor-free and dries to a smooth, high gloss.

Part A

Part A of the product is our old friend, hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI), which we’ve discussed in previous blogs. Recall that its chemical formula is C8H12N2O2. It is a straight-chained, or aliphatic, example of a diisocyanate. Part A is the co-reactant in Sanitile 985 PA, containing 70 percent by weight of the homopolymer of HDI.

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Benefits Of Primer In Industrial/Commercial Painting And Flooring

The Benefits of Using a Primer with Epoxy Flooring or Industrial/Commercial Painting

If you want to obtain a very professional and classy look for your place while painting the exterior siding or the interior walls, make sure you apply a coat of primer first! Primer is supposed to serve three major functionalities:

  1. It obstructs stains as well as resinous knots from bleeding through;
  2. It offers single-coat coverage for the paint topcoat
  3. It improves adhesion and reduces blisters, extending the life of the topcoat.

These benefits make primers a great addition with epoxy flooring, industrial painting or commercial painting.

Primer with Epoxy Flooring– Applying epoxy floor coating is one of the most sought out methods that are being utilized for improving the life of the garage flooring or of your home. Mostly epoxy flooring is used along with primer for a high durability as well as robustness. Flooring gets damaged due to various chemicals and other stuff, so to avoid this damage and devoid the floor’s natural beauty primer is used with epoxy flooring. Epoxy is considered as one of the best options, because of its water resistant, easy to apply, easy to paint and well bonding features. When used with primer, it becomes more shinny and evenly easy to clean as well as maintain. Other benefits are minimal repairs, lasts longer, nominal renovation and quiet durable.

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Concrete Joints : Installed by PennCoat

Expansion Joints installed by PennCoat

Joints Placed in Concrete Slabs

For such a thick and heavy surface, concrete always seems to be on the move. As newly poured concrete slabs dry, the loss of moisture causes the material to contract. Once dry, concrete will expand on hot humid days and contract on cold dry ones. For example, drying concrete will contract 2/3 of an inch per 100 linear feet. All this movement causes cracks. Actually, the problem isn’t the movement per se. The real culprit is the restraint of concrete’s movement by the underlying subgrade, footings, walls and adjoining slabs. The solution is to place control relief joints in the concrete to ‘”pre-crack” it at pleasing, controlled intervals or at the interfaces with other structures. When done properly, the relief joints will suppress random cracking, which tends to look unsightly.

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