Monthly Archives: August 2015

Rick Edsall

Aug 30, 2015

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Potential Dangers for Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy floors are some of the most durable floors for your business. They are thick, strong and are not easily damaged as non-coated floors. Epoxy floors are at least two millimeters thick and made up of two components: resins and hardeners. Epoxy floors are great for almost any type of industrial company. However, they may be strong but can break down just like any other flooring if not taken care of properly. Here are some things to keep note of when trying to get the longest possible life out of your epoxy floors.

Prepared Improperly
If your epoxy floors are not put together properly then damage will soon occur. First, the resin and hardener have to mix well. If these two materials aren’t in good condition or mixed with improper proportions then the final product won’t sit well. Also once the floor is laid down the surface must be prepared properly. It should be cleaned and free of any debris or dust. It should also be compatible with the substrate and primer that is applied.

Contaminated Floors
If the floor you are using is old or completely unusable then applying epoxy coating to the floor will do it no good. Eventually the floor and coating will start to break down because the surface it is on is unsuitable. Oils, greases and any other chemicals should be completely and properly cleaned off of the floor. If the floor is unusable or been through too much damage then replace it with a new one before applying the epoxy.

Humidity
Humidity is the kryptonite of epoxy flooring. If exposed to too much humidity then condensation will occur on the flooring eventually damaging it. It is best to maintain a steady room and floor temperature. Make sure there are no dripping pipes and keep the surface dry at all times.

Rick Edsall

Aug 20, 2015

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Concrete Flooring Discoloration

Do you use concrete flooring in your business and appreciate the durability and usefulness of this sturdy material? Who doesn’t? They provide so much stability in the industrial world that it would be hard to get along without them. Unfortunately, if you have been using concrete flooring long enough you know that they can begin to show discoloration if not handled properly. The good news is this doesn’t have to happen.

Causes
Often times the problem with discoloration lies within the different or inconsistent materials that were mixed to form the concrete. This could be do to poor workmanship or adding an inappropriate ingredient or miscalculated amount of material. These causes could be due to miscommunication between a team of members. For example, if a group of people are working on mixing the cement, someone may add one cement color or too much water, while the other person adds another cement color and extra ingredients. Whatever the case may be, it is important to use a consistent amount of material.

How to Prevent Discoloration
It’s important to take the steps of carefully mixing the ingredients to avoid discoloration in the first place. Create a sample piece of concrete to let everyone involved in the process know how the end result will look like. Communication is key. If the concrete needs be dried in a certain room temperature, then make sure whoever is responsible for that part of the process knows what he or she is supposed to be doing. It’s best if the concrete is mixed at the same company to avoid any discrepancies.

How to Fix Discoloration
If you are receiving your concrete from a distributor then you may not have control of how your concrete turns out. However, if your floor is discolored there are ways to diminish the effects. You can first start by scrubbing and washing, preferably acid washing, the floor. Use hot water and continue this process until the discoloration begins to disappear. You could also add a stain or other chemical top coats. Acid solution works great for severe cases of discoloration. Whenever applying any chemical to your floor wash and flush it following the process.

At Summit Industrial Flooring, we are focused on giving you the best possible results and an even colored finish to your concrete.

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