Rick Edsall

Sep 10, 2014

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Cutting Corners in Surface Preparation Could End Up Costing You

If you are not in the flooring industry, you most likely would like to complete your concrete floor repairs as quickly as possible so that you can get back to managing your business. However, the coating of your concrete floor should not be a rush job. Cutting corners during the process of coating your concrete floor could end up costing you a lot of money, especially during surface preparation. So before you skip out on steps during the surface preparation process, consider the following consequences of such an action:

Your attempt at applying a coating could fail

Oil, grease, dirt dust and other contaminants cover the surface of most concrete floors. If you do not detect and remove them before applying a coat, the coating will most likely fail; this means that you will have wasted a great deal of time. It also forces you to invest in additional materials to complete the finishing of your floor.

You could damage your concrete floor

Certain contaminants won’t just cause your coating attempt to fail. Some will have an adverse reaction with the coating agent that will completely ruin your concrete floors. If this happens, you will have to invest in the services of a concrete floor repair company before proceeding any further.

You could void the manufacturer’s warranty of your concrete floor

If your floor is damaged due to negligence, i.e., cutting corners during surface preparation, then the warranty that protects your concrete floor likely won’t cover the any of the cost of the concrete floor repair.

You could trap small particles in your concrete floor

As various pieces of equipment and people traverse your concrete floors, loose concrete chips and similar particles will start to cover the uncoated concrete. Although they will not prevent you from completing the concrete floor coating process, if you do not remove these contaminants, they will become permanently trapped underneath of the coating.

Bottom line: Do not cut corners during the surface preparation process.

These are just a few of the potential negative consequences of cutting corners during the surface preparation process. To learn more about the possible consequences of cutting corners, what to do if they occur and other concrete flooring tips, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. For nearly a quarter of a century, they have been providing customers with some of the best commercial floor coating and surfacing services that you can find anywhere.

Rick Edsall

Sep 3, 2014

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Why Polish Concrete?

While normal concrete is a strong, inexpensive building material, it is porous, erodes, collects dust and susceptible to moisture damage. Fortunately, all of these problems — and more — can be avoided with a concrete floor sealant. Here is how the professional installation of polished concrete flooring systems will improve your concrete floors:

It makes your concrete floor dust proof

Excessive dust on your floors creates a number of problems. For example, it detracts from the look of a room, it makes the floors more slippery and it can be a hazard to those with severe allergies.
By polishing your floors with a concrete floor sealant, you ensure that your floors are completely dust proof.

It causes less wear on your equipment

Although you might not notice, porous, uneven concrete floors wear down the equipment that traverses it. This happens in a very similar way to how gravely or rocky roads cause undue wear on cars.
Like a well-paved road, polished concrete floors are smooth, while still retaining enough friction to be safe.

It increases your concrete floor’s hardness

Concrete that chips, cracks or develops large holes is a big safety hazard that can cause you some serious problems.
Upgrading your concrete floor by implementing a polished concrete flooring system allows you to mitigate this risk. This is due to the fact that coating your floor with a concrete floor sealant increases the hardness of your concrete floor by three to four times.

It seals your concrete floor against liquids

Although it has a reputation for getting harder over time, after concrete is laid, it is still susceptible to being weakened by excessive moisture. Since unsealed concrete is porous, water and other liquids have easy access to reduce the hardness of your concrete floors.
Sealing your concrete floors with polished concrete flooring systems waterproofs your floors, ensuring that no liquid can seep in and damage it.

It looks great


Having your concrete floor professionally polished doesn’t just protect it from damage. It also adds a beautiful sheen that will enhance the look of your room. If you have a showroom or large retail sales floor made of concrete, polishing it is a must.

To learn more

For more information about the benefits of polished concrete and who can get the job done for you, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. They have been serving the flooring needs of clients like you for nearly 25 years.

Rick Edsall

Aug 27, 2014

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When to Refinish Your Concrete

Concrete is on of the most beautiful, versatile and durable building materials in existence. In fact, due to the aforementioned factors many decorative flooring systems use concrete exclusively. However, although it is extremely tough concrete is not indestructible and is sometimes subject to experiencing wear and tear. Fortunately, this does not always mean that you need to shut down your entire business and replace your whole floor. In many of these cases, concrete floor repair is a simple process. Here are a few signs that you should have your concrete repaired instead of replaced:

Fading and/or discoloration

When a concrete floor’s finish fades to the point of discoloration, it is often assumed that there is no way to recover the beauty that the fixture once held. In fact, the opposite is true. Believe it or not, hidden beneath all of that fading and discoloration is the same beautiful concrete that used to make your room glow. All you need is a professional concrete floor repair service to get the job done.


Before you assume that a garish crack in your concrete floor means that a section, or all of your floor needs to be replaced, you must consult a professional concrete floor repair expert. They will know whether or not the crack warrants a refinishing or total replacement; refinishing is usually the best option.
In addition to refinishing the cracked area, the concrete floor refinishing professional will often reinforce the affected area so that it does not happen again.

Scratches and scuffs

Although they rarely incite a desire to replace a concrete floor, scratches and scuffs that cannot be scrubbed out can seem impossible to remove. Professional concrete refinishing can solve this problem.

Dents and holes

Dents and holes in a highly abused concrete floor are not just ugly. They are also major safety hazards. This can make it seem as though the floor needs to be replaced as soon as possible, this is not the case either.

A concrete floor repair professional not only able to smooth out dents and fill in holes, but they can make it seem as though the damage had never existed in the first place.
For more information

To learn more about how professional concrete refinishing can save your concrete floor, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. They are a top industrial floor coating and surfacing company that has been serving clients for nearly 25 years.

Rick Edsall

Aug 20, 2014

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Concrete Floors and Your Carbon Footprint

As a business in the industrial world, it is important to be concerned about your carbon footprint. Those in the industrial industry are seeking to improve the world around them by delivering some of the most innovative and efficient equipment available on the market. It only makes sense for them to be concerned about their flooring and how it relates to the environment.

Pollutants inside industrial businesses can be more dangerous than outside. “Going green,” when it comes to flooring, is a unique idea, but it is important to note that some techniques of becoming eco-friendly are better than others. Here are a few ways to improve your carbon footprint by starting with your industrial concrete floor.

The first and maybe the easiest way to sustain a healthy carbon footprint is to use industrial flooring that lasts. If you are constantly creating new floors, then it will cause the use of materials being burned and carbon (CO2) being released into the environment. Recycling is so important for the environment because materials are being used over again and new materials don’t have to be wasted to create something this already available. Industrial flooring is the same way. A lot of materials are used, such as sand, water, cement, aggregate and admixtures. There is no reason to waste this if your floor can last for years to come.

Polished floors work well also. They reflect light extremely well, so this will allow you to use less energy with lighting and use daylight as a main source. They also have low maintenance costs, so fewer chemicals will be used to service the floor.

Do your research. Make sure your floor is using materials that are good for the environment and lasts.  When choosing your floor, make sure it is long lasting, has features that allow you to save energy and maintenance costs and uses materials that don’t release CO2.

Rick Edsall

Jul 30, 2014

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Slip Resistant Flooring According to the CTIOA

Slip resistant or non-slip floors are a must for anyone with industrial flooring in their business. It’s important to keep your business as safe of an environment as possible. You don’t want to have employees worrying about injuring themselves on the job simply because the floor is too slippery. Invest some of your time and effort and prepare your flooring to be slip resistant and completely safe for work.

The Slip Resistance Committee of the Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA) is dedicated to stopping workplace injuries or death caused by slippery flooring. There are five standards set by the CTIOA that measures the slip-resistance of an industrial floor. The range is from R9-R13 with the highest number being the most slip resistant. It is important to have your flooring tested to ensure it is safe enough to work on.

The CTIOA suggest using a method called the variable-angle ramp test. This measures the the slip resistance on wet or lubricated floors. This test is done by people walking on a floor sample and adjusting the angle of the sample until the subject can no longer successfully walk without slipping. The steeper the slope is when the testing is done, the more slip resistant the flooring is.

There are a number of things that can cause such poor conditions on flooring. Some of which are coatings and cleanings as well as chemical and mechanical alterations of the floor. Generally there is a human element involved in causing floors to become less slip resistant but if proper precautions are taken then your workplace will see less injuries, which can save your company money down the road. Clean the floor regularly and check with the manufacturer to see what they recommend to keeping the floor less slippery. Place warning signs when you notice the floors have become too slippery to operate on as well.

Rick Edsall

Jul 8, 2014

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Summit, other Dayton Businesses Benefit from Aileron Business Model


Everyone who has run a business understands the ups and downs that occur over a period of time. Some companies start out fast and start to dive because they can’t keep up. Others struggle to begin and financially suffer until they finally learn how to sell or adapt their products to consumers successfully. In many instances tough times will be inevitable for businesses until they learn to adjust or reshape their business model.

In north Dayton the company Aileron is dedicated to helping struggling business owners discover what went wrong and how to fix their problems. Aileron has been in business since 1996 and was originally focused on helping local Dayton businesses, but word spread quickly. Several business owners from around the world have come to Aileron searching for help.

The founder of Aileron, Clay Mathile, started the company because he himself is the survivor of a struggling business turned into a success. Mathile worked for Iams in the early 70s eventually becoming the owner of the less than $1 million company. He was selling pet food that no one wanted to buy. It took him 10 years to figure out how to fix it. Five to figure out no one wanted to buy it and five to learn how to fix it. Eventually, Mathile sold Iams for $2.3 billion in 1999. He used part of that money to start Aileron.

Mathile wanted to teach other business owners how to successfully change their company for the better and shorten the time it takes for them to adjust their business model. Aileron success has been great for business owners around the country, the world and especially those in the greater Dayton area. One of the many Dayton benefactors of their business model is Summit Industrial Flooring. President Bryan Sowder has profited from the sessions taught by the people of Aileron.

“I have found Aileron to be the most rewarding business education model available. It is literally a blueprint to run your business successfully. The facilitators are industry leaders who are adept at conveying their personal experience and tying it to the D.O.C. model for impact and authenticity. After attending the course, it motivates you to attack the challenges your business presents and equips you with the tools to succeed. Powerful stuff!”

Aileron focuses on identifying many major problems within each company before it is too late. A recent feature in the New York Times has shown that Aileron has become a major success and that they are dedicated to helping business owners understand the importance of identifying what may be holding them back from a successful future.