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.

Rick Edsall

Jul 21, 2015

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Summit Industrial Flooring Excels for GE Aviation in Lafayette, Indiana

Summit Industrial Flooring is proud and honored that GE Aviation and their incredible team has selected us as the preferred flooring contractor on their new facility in Lafayette, Indiana. We have worked alongside some the best companies in the region like GE Aviation for over 25 years, bringing high-quality products, trustworthy services, and superior workmanship to every project we complete. From start to finish, our partners know they are working with a team they can trust to keep them protected, on-time and on-budget.
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Rick Edsall

Jun 17, 2015

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Concrete Floor Safety

Concrete is a durable and inexpensive material to use in the production of a building. That is why so many manufacturing plants and large construction projects are made with concrete floors. As long as concrete is properly taken care of, not only can it last a long time but it can look superior to many other flooring options out there. Polished concrete flooring, epoxy flooring systems and even decorative or chip/broadcast epoxy systems all help improve the look of the floor, make it easier to clean without stains and ensure the flooring is suitable for just about any condition. However, it is still important to utilize proper concrete floor safety procedures in order to make sure everyone inside of the building, plant or office building remain safe and secure, no matter what is going on.

Clean Up Spills

It is extremely important to clean up any sort of spill that occurs on the floor as quickly as possible. With the epoxy and polished concrete, the pores of the material are no longer exposed, which means it is not going to absorb the liquid like traditionally, exposed concrete. Due to this, it can become a bit slick when moisture is present. Cleaning up any sort of oil and other thicker, darker liquid can help avoid long term stains as well.

Traffic Lanes

Inside of a plant or manufacturing facility, having clearly identified traffic lanes is important. This can be done with proper striping on the concrete. Different stripes can represent different flows of traffic. Some common striping for concrete floor safety includes a yellow stripe for traffic lanes and work cells, white often means an equipment fixture, a blue might represent materials and components, an orange may mean products held for inspection with other color combinations and stirring options available. When everyone has a specific line to follow while navigating through a busy manufacturing plant it helps avoid injuries and makes sure everyone is right where they need to be.

Maintain Epoxy Covering

Over time, the epoxy covering on the floor might start to wear down, especially under heavy traffic. This is why it is important to have it patched and maintained whenever required. This helps the concrete from cracking under the other layers of epoxy that are not damaged. Should concrete start to crack underneath the exposed surface, it can become difficult to prevent any additional damage.

Rick Edsall

Apr 15, 2015

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Industrial Floor Coatings – Concretes Best Friend?

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Concrete is a common material used in industry factory floors. With the foundation made out of concrete, adding in another layer of material often isn’t necessary. However, concrete flooring as-is really isn’t that attractive or desirable. It is hard and rough, and while it does prevent some slipping, it doesn’t have much of a professional look to it. That is exactly why you need to look at industrial floor coatings. From preventing moisture from entering into the open pores on concrete to adding in a beautiful finish, industrial floor coatings will take the look of your plant to the next level.

Some available floor options available to you and your business include:

  • Concrete Polishing
  • Epoxy Flooring
  • Decorative Flooring
  • Chip and Broadcast Epoxy Flooring
  • Urethane Flooring

Concrete Polishing

It is rather amazing how fantastic concrete can look just with some polishing. It makes the concrete look like an entirely new material. Why pay more for an expensive granite or marble flooring when you can just polish your concrete? This way, if you have a welcome area where you greet clients, utilize the polished concrete look.

Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy flooring offers in a protective barrier that is coated and applied to the top of the concrete. There are different epoxy color options available, ranging from clear to a brilliant red. This is desirable as it can prevent chemicals and other liquids from staining the floor easily, as this epoxy resin washes off and does not absorb the color of the spill.

Decorative Flooring

With decorative flooring, areas can be painted a different color and then possibly combined with a polishing in order to bring out a beautiful luster in the flooring.

Chip and Broadcast Epoxy Flooring

This is done in conjunction with the epoxy material. Small pieces of stone, cement, shells and other items are added to the epoxy. It adds some more color to the epoxy and also looks good inside of a walkway or other area of the building, should you want the protective surface of epoxy but want a professional look.

Urethane Flooring

Urethane offers a reflective surface to the cement that looks great but doesn’t have the same thickness or protective elements of epoxy.

Rick Edsall

Mar 25, 2015

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How Polyaspartics and Polyureas Are Revolutionizing Industrial Flooring

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How Polyaspartics and Polyureas Are Revolutionizing Industrial Flooring

Polyaspartics and Polyureas are originally used for coating steel as a means of preventing corrosion. Its ability to cure fast and high durability is drawing interest in industrial flooring. These are two components thoroughly mixed before their application on concrete floors. The pigmentation mixture appears clear but you can add any color to bring out the look you desire.

Benefits of Polyaspartics and Polyureas over Epoxy Coatings

Polyaspartics and Polyureas cure rapidly, approximately in an hour. This means application of several layers in a single day is possible. They also have the ability to absorb into the concrete after grinding the surface to smoothen it.  Even better, Polyaspartics and Polyureas are able to cure as part of the concrete instead of a patch as is the case with Epoxy. You can apply Polyaspartics and Polyureas below zero degrees temperatures. This means you can complete your flooring any time of the year without worrying about excellent results.

Polyaspartics and Polyureas are resistant to cracks as well as peels. The coating is a highly stable UV-based enabling it to restrain from deterioration and yellowing. It maintains it glossy appearance over years. They cannot absorb spills or stain. Polyaspartics and Polyureas are resilient to particularly harsh chemicals such as grease drops. The product has a tight chain of chemical compounds linked together to reduce any possibility or micro-stretches. Micro-stretches are may harbor bacteria and are prone to dirt collection.

The coating has a proper surface preparation that involves using a floor grinder that makes the surface level and opens up surface pores on the concrete flooring. This makes the surface smooth increase the surface area for the Polyaspartics and Polyureas to stick. You can also use decorative chips on the floor to bring a variety of looks ranging from granite to terrazzo. Highly populated areas such as hospitals, commercial kitchens, storefront flooring, customer service areas and garage flooring prefer this kind of flooring.

Polyaspartics and Polyureas flooring has the interest of both residential and industrial flooring clients at heart. It comes with high flexibility including excellent results in extreme weather conditions, faster curing ability and easily fighting bacterial growth. It also comes with many varieties that can be customized considering you may choose the color and decoration of your choice. Polyaspartics and Polyureas floor coatings are replacing Epoxy floors.

Rick Edsall

Mar 20, 2015

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Understanding Industrial Floor Coatings and Safety

As a large warehouse or industrial property owner, ensuring the safety of everyone inside of the building is a top priority. With a safe building it helps prevent injuries, resulting in improve worker production and fewer worker compensation claims. Beyond this, it can also help improve how clean the building remains. After all, a manufacturing plant can gather dust and other debris along the flooring rather easily, so finding something that is easy to maintain can prove incredibly beneficial. You just need to look into the different options and how the floor coating affects the overall safety level of your business.

Available Options

When it comes to industrial floor coatings, there are a few different options you need to consider. Many businesses just go with a latex paint over concrete floors. This gives you probably the widest selection of color options and can help avoid the appearance of cracks, but outside of this, it doesn’t add much in terms of additional protection. Concrete can become slick when wet and the paint is not going to alter this at all. It does cost the least amount, but the safety level does not improve over regular concrete. Epoxy is another option although it provides more safety benefits than a traditional pint. Epoxy can add some added traction in order to help avoid slipping, even when the surface is wet. When the epoxy is mixed with another solid material, it provides a nice, sturdy feeling that is inexpensive, yet a vast improvement over regular paint.

Beyond this, it is possible to consider rubber industrial floor coatings. This basically is a large, matte like material that adheres to the top of concrete. This is durable and extremely protective, although it is far more expensive than the other options you have. If you are on any sort of a budget, the epoxy option is going to be the best way to go, but if you want a softer material that has some give, is not going to crack when something is dropped onto it, the rubber coating is available for you.

Easy to Install

All flooring options are relatively easy to install. The rubber coating is going to be a bit more time extensive, but outside of this, everything else really just requires you to paint the flooring with the latex or epoxy. Whatever you go with though, it should prove easy to self install.

Rick Edsall

Feb 10, 2015

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Industrial Floor Coatings – Making the Right Choice

Industrial Floor Coatings

Finishing off your resinous concrete floor with a high quality industrial floor coating is a very economical way to enhance the beauty and utility of your building. Whether you have an area that faces heavy traffic from pedestrians and carts, or if you have laboratory or battery storage area that may need special protection, there is an attractive floor coating for you.
Here are some of the different types of industrial floor coatings and the benefits each of them has.

LIGHT DUTY

If you have an industrial type floor that will see only light duty, say maybe a cafeteria or light duty storage room, then you might want to consider a liquid seal floor coating. These are applied in the liquid state and they help to seal your floor for protection. These help protect against scratching, water damage, and chipping of flaking.

MEDIUM DUTY

For Medium Duty floors you have a choice of liquid seal floor coating or multi layered floors. The liquid seal offers an economical way to protect against sugars and acids and some scratching and chipping. The multi layered industrial floor coatings offer better protection against chipping or flaking and come in a variety of styles and options to give a nice ambiance to your environment.

HEAVY DUTY

For heavy duty applications you can apply a heavy duty resin 2-3mm thick. This will offer good protection of the floor from abrasions, scratches and chipping as well as from liquids, sugars and acids. In a hygienic environment you can choose a resin application that will kill bacteria that settle on the floor! Other options include coatings made specifically to withstand rubber abrasions from trolleys and carts or another made to withstand temperature extremes.
Thicker and stronger options are available as well, up to 9mm thick. This is a durable long-lasting coat made for high duty and high traffic areas.  Most are available in different colors and textures.

CUSTOM SLIP RESISTANT TOP COATS

We all want our floors to fit the environment in which they will be used. This include areas where slips and falls can be especially dangerous or more likely to happen. In this case you may want to put a textured and custom slip resistant top coat on your floor. This will help to reduce accidents and is another way your industrial floor coatings decisions can save your company a lot of money!

Rick Edsall

Dec 15, 2014

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Why Safety Striping is Important

When it comes to reducing workplace accidents, we all know that “safety first” is the motto of every business out there. But beyond the common preventions like hardhats and sturdy ladders, solutions for keeping the job site free from injury also start on the floor. One way businesses can insure their employees take necessary precautions to avoid an accident is by installing safety striping on their floors. Here are just a few things striping can do for your business.

It Keeps Floor Traffic In The Right Lane

Whether it’s a need to direct heavy forklift traffic on a factory floor or loading zones that require precise docking, safety striping can mean the difference between an accident and an efficient job. When you have multiple movement on the floor of your business it’s important to make sure everyone – and everything – stays in its proper lane. Especially in a place where both foot traffic and forklifts are involved, safety striping is the smart choice to make sure everyone on the floor stays within the correct boundary lines for their individual task.

It Keeps Floor Lanes Free Of Clutter

Commercial striping works to keep traffic lines clear of debris and obstacles, thus optimizing workflow. When there are no lines letting workers know what should and what should not be placed in a certain area, the jobsite can easily become cluttered. Having the right stripes in place can create smooth-flowing “traffic patterns” in the workplace.

It Provides The Right Directions

Safety striping not only serves to demarcate lanes of traffic for vehicles and forklifts, but can also be used to provide direction inside buildings of sizeable square footage. Just like on the highway, commercial safety striping not only keeps traffic moving within its proper lanes, but it also helps with providing direction to the right destination.

It Can Be Fun

Though workplace safety has a reputation for being rather boring, keeping the workplace moving forward safely and smoothly can also take on a creative edge. The common yellows and whites of safety lines can be exchanged for greens, purples, or many other colors, and distance markers can even be replaced with graphics of company logos or other custom graphics.

To Find Out More

For more information about how safety striping can help your workplace stay injury-free, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. They are dedicated to making safety the top priority in your business, and have been serving the flooring needs of clients like you for nearly 25 years.

Rick Edsall

Dec 1, 2014

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Four Ways to be More Green

Today we all know the importance of going “green” and making sure that our businesses are as friendly to the environment as possible. Being eco-smart not only includes basic solutions like recycling and water conservation, but also using industrial flooring and coating options that will help your company be more effective at preserving the ecosystems in your area. Here are just a few ways the right flooring and coating options will ensure you stay green.

Finished Concrete Floors

As sustainability pioneers David Johnston and Scott Gibson point out in their book Green From the Ground Up, the most attractive feature of installing a finished concrete floor with high fly-ash content will probably be the money you’ll save by not installing wood flooring or carpet. But even beyond the lower cost, high fly-ash concrete is a recycled industrial byproduct, which is one way to ensure your business remains eco-friendly. Johnston and Gibson also point out that concrete, unlike carpet, won’t trap allergens, dust, and mold, which helps maintain high indoor air quality. 

Secondary Containment

If your facility deals with waste or hazardous chemicals, then you know that the EPA necessitates that you must have a secondary containment system in place to prevent unwanted ecological damage. These systems are designed to prevent any wastes or accumulated liquid from seeping into the concrete and thereby eventually reaching the soil, ground water, or surface water in case of an emergency spill or accident.

Knowledge is power when it comes to taking preventative measures, so if you’re not sure if your secondary containment system is meeting your current traffic and wear demands, or is in compliance with ISO 9000, OSHA, and USDA regulations, then you should schedule a consultation to make sure nearby soil and water will be kept safe should the undesirable happen.

Floor Corrosion

The problems of corrosive sulfuric acid are always present in treatment facilities and other industries that generate hazardous waste. When hydrogen sulfide gas reacts with oxygen, sulfuric acid forms, which can lead to all kinds of infrastructure problems. Acid will undermine portland concrete and create pock marks on concrete surfaces, leading to dangerous corrosion.

Even if you continually treat your flooring with reparative coatings, sulfuric acid and other acidic agents can eventually break down your flooring and other cement structures. This means that finding the right preventative coating solutions, as well as choosing the best sealing treatment for repair jobs, will be vitally important for the safety of your facility.

Tank Corrosion

Storage tanks are also prone to corrosion, so they need the right protective lining to keep unwanted and hazardous leaks from slowing down your business. Knowing about heavy-duty linings, solvent-free solid systems, and/or single-coat applications will ensure corrosion won’t be a problem eating you up at work! 

To learn more about how to make your business more eco-friendly, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. They are a top industrial floor coating and surfacing company that has been serving clients for nearly 25 years.

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