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Top 3 Myths About Commercial Concrete Floor Coatings

May 26, 2021blogcommercial concrete floor epoxyconcrete floors

Some of the myths you may have heard about epoxy floor coating include: “It doesn’t last” or “It cracked within the first 24 hours.” However, many of the myths and misconceptions about floor coating systems stem from cheap, do-it-yourself epoxy floor kits. To set the record straight, we’ve compiled a list of the top 3 myths about commercial concrete floor coatings.

1. Cracks cannot be repaired

One of the most common misconceptions about commercial epoxy flooring systems is that once they crack, you have to replace the entire flooring. Unfortunately, concrete is susceptible to cracking because it isn’t ductile, meaning it does not stretch or bend like materials such as steel or copper.

Over time, as the concrete shrinks and expands as a result of shifting temperatures, it will crack. However, when this inevitably happens, you do not need to empty your wallet trying to replace the entire coating. Instead, opt for a product designed for crack repair.

When looking for a crack repair product, keep an eye out for epoxy, polyurethane, or polyurea based products. You should also make sure that the product is sandable so you van sand the repairs to be flush with the pre-existing coating and concrete.

Steer clear of products that are inexpensive, water based, or latex based. While it can be a bummer to have to pay more for a product, it will be worth it because you’re paying for high performance. Water and latex based products are typically not sandable and will not accept paint. They also shrink over time, which will mean you will have to repair your commercial floor more frequently.

2. Epoxy is just like paint

While an epoxy coating can come in a variety of colors, it is not the same as paint. Many people have the misconception that simply painting a concrete floor is the same as applying a commercial concrete floor coating. In all honesty, painting an industrial floor is not the best idea because it will chip easily, and isn’t as heavy duty as an epoxy finish.

While epoxy is similar to some floor paints, hence the name epoxy paints, epoxy is industrial grade. Epoxy is made from the mixing of resins and hardeners and is therefore much thicker than regular paint, often up to six times thicker.

When compared to paint, epoxy is stronger, more chemical and UV resistant, as well as more abrasion resistant. Epoxy will endure much more foot traffic than paint and is easy to clean. Another major benefit of epoxy is that it comes in many colors, inducing solid color options such as light gray, ivory, and beige, as well as quartz aggregate blends.

3. Epoxy coatings need to be replaced every one to three years

While it is true that epoxy will eventually need to be replaced or touched up, it all depends on the type of epoxy you use in the first place. If you use a cheaper floor coating from a big box store such as Home Depot or Lowes, you will probably have to touch up the coating sooner than having a professional install a high grade, commercial concrete floor coating.

Another reason you may need to touch up your floor’s coating sooner may be because the surface was not prepared properly before installation. Many people think you can just sweep your floor once or twice before applying epoxy, but a much more thorough clean is needed if you want the coating to last.

If the epoxy is to last and bond well with the concrete, the concrete needs to have a surface profile of at least a 2. The concrete must be free of surface contaminants and loose cement paste. Often, professional coating companies will either grind down the surface or lightly shot-blast it, so be wary of companies that use acid etching to prepare the concrete.

The final and rather self-explanatory reason why you may have to touch up your floor’s coating sooner is because the installers did not properly apply the coating. A well-applied garage flooring epoxy will last anywhere between 10 to 20 years with the right maintenance.

If you’re looking to uncover more myths concerning commercial concrete floor coatings, Custom Concrete Solutions is here to help. Custom Concrete Solutions is a high quality, professional installer of Decorative Concrete Resurfacing systems based in Connecticut. For more information about our epoxy floor finishes, visit us online or call us today at 860-416-7645. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your upcoming concrete floor project!

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Finding the Right Commercial Concrete Floor Epoxy for You

April 26, 2021blogcommercial epoxy flooringconcrete floors

Finding the right concrete flooring contractors can be difficult. Commercial concrete floor epoxy can be difficult to come by, and finding the right company to install it can be even harder. However, with Custom Concrete Solutions, you’ll be content with knowing we provide some of the best concrete epoxy work in the area. In today’s article, we’ll be going over some issues you’ll face with regular old concrete floors and how epoxy flooring can help.

If you are the owner of a business that includes a concrete floor, you are probably also aware of how difficult and costly it can be to keep your floor clean. No matter what kind of floor you have, dirt, grease, oil and other contaminants are likely to end up on it. Some of those things may be easier to remove than others.

One such example of grime that ends up being a problem for different types of floors is oil. If it is oily or thick, it can easily run into normal, non covered concrete. If not removed quickly, that oil can create a glue-like film on the surface of the concrete, which will make removal of the oil more difficult. Removing this oil can be a time consuming process for your business.

Another problem that can occur when you have concrete floors is called scaling. Scaling is when your hardened concrete will flake and peel due to freezing temperatures. This is also caused by the weight of heavy machinery or other items that may be on your floor.

The worst case scenario for this problem is that it can crack your floor. However, with the right commercial concrete floor epoxy coatings, this problem can be prevented. When dealing with heavy objects, such as cars or machines, having epoxy flooring can be extremely beneficial.

Each type of coating has its own particular benefits. The one you choose should be able to address the issue you have. It is a good idea to consult with an expert in the field to get advice about the best type of epoxy to use on your concrete.

Many commercial businesses choose to use commercial concrete floor epoxy coatings because of their wide range of benefits. One of the most noticeable benefits is that they provide concrete floor protection from a variety of chemicals and contaminants. Coatings can also help to make the concrete more durable and prevent the concrete from any damage. Epoxy is especially beneficial in areas where there is considerable soil moisture.

After you install your epoxy surface, keep in mind that it will only require minimal maintenance. You’ll only have to sweep and mop the area sometimes, as this will keep the surface free of dirt and dust. It may also be necessary to apply a thin coat of sealant after some time, but wear and tear is unlikely. To learn more about how epoxy coatings are applied to commercial concrete floors, visit our other blog postings.

Our coating systems offer sli, UV, and chemical resistance, which makes it possible for them to be used in any area where human traffic is common. They are available in a wide range of colors, so you can match the concrete color scheme of your room, office, or industrial floor.

For high performance floor coating systems, Custom Concrete Solutions are the flooring installers for you. Visit us online for more information on commercial concrete floor epoxy systems, or call us today at 860-416-7645.

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How Concrete Floors Can Upgrade Your Space

March 26, 2021blogconcrete floors

You, like many other people, may be under the impression that concrete floors are a dull and simple choice for a flooring material. The reason you feel this way is probably because you have never seen a concrete floor installed by the experts at Custom Concrete Solutions! When done by the experts, concrete floors can be elevated from a utilitarian flooring option to a durable work of art.

The obvious advantage of concrete floors lies in the strength of the material. Concrete is an extremely durable surface, and will stand up to whatever you throw at it. When compared to other flooring options, concrete is just about as good as it gets when it comes to durability. When you have a concrete floor installed by Custom Concrete Solutions, you know that you won’t have to worry about that floor giving you any problems.

Another reason why they are perfect for your business or home is that there is little to no maintenance required as time goes on. Essentially every other flooring surface is going to require relatively frequent repairs or service. Wooden floors can get scratched up or discolored and will need to be refinished. Carpets are easily stained by absorbing whatever is spilled on them, requiring frequent and intensive cleaning in order to look how it did when you first bought it. With other materials, you are agreeing to pay initially for installation and then pay again down the line. With concrete floors, this is not a problem. Concrete resists the abrasion and staining that alternatives like wood and carpet are prone to. The fact that concrete stays in great condition for a long time makes it the perfect flooring material to upgrade any space.

Now, you may be convinced by the quality and durability that concrete flooring can provide. But if you value style and uniqueness when it comes to your floors, you’re probably not certain that concrete is for you. Luckily, the experts at Custom Concrete Solutions have the resources and the know-how to make your concrete floors totally unique. With acid staining, the experienced staff can turn your ordinary concrete floors into a rustic work of art. Acid staining allows you to select from a wide variety of colors and patterns to match what you have in mind for your space. Custom Concrete Solutions has done beautiful acid staining work in esteemed locations, such as the Wesleyan University Film Center floor. With acid staining, concrete floors can look right at home even in the classiest of areas.

With concrete floors from Custom Concrete Solutions, you don’t have to cut corners. The staff will use their expertise to make sure that you can have both durability and style. In the right hands, concrete floors never have to feel like a compromise. To find out more about how a concrete floor can change your space, visit www.customconcretesolutionsct.com/ or call (860) 416-7645 today!

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