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    How to Estimate a Budget for Your Industrial Flooring Project

    Industrial Floor Coating

    When you're thinking about replacing or improving your industrial flooring, it can be difficult to estimate how much money you should budget for the process. This is especially true if you have installation concerns because your building is older or has issues that concern you about your industrial flooring installation. Let's take a look at some of the most common installation concerns that happen when you're having a new industrial floor put in.

    Get a Quote

    One area that will help you develop your estimate is to have several detailed, written quotes drawn up for your project. By looking at a number of different companies, you can get a range of pricing. But don't just set your number at the lowest bid. Take the time to find the best bid that will provide the most effective and comprehensive installation and the best flooring products you can afford.

    Overestimate Your Costs

    Once you have that quote, add between 10-25% of the total back in as a safety cushion in case something goes wrong. If you overestimate your costs from the beginning, any nasty surprises will still be under budget and if you avoid any bad surprises all together, you'll actually end up with a surplus of cash.

    Don't Forget Down Time

    The next thing to figure out is how long it will take for the job to be completed. Will the flooring project take your assembly off line for a period or time, or will it make your offices and files inaccessible until the project is complete? Don't forget to add money in to cover additional time at a rental location or extra time to allow for inevitable delays in the process.

    Consider Your Structure

    Are you already aware of structural issues in your building or will you be moving any bathrooms or equipment that will require concrete to be cut out to accommodate for under floor power or plumbing? Make sure any improvements that need to happen before the installation goes forward are included in your quotes.

    Now that you've considered some basic factors to keep in mind while you're planning your project, you can develop a solid budget to cover all your expenses and minimize nasty surprises. If you'd like to schedule a free consultation, contact Liquid Floors for more information or to get a quote on your flooring project, contact Liquid Floors today. We're always happy to help.


    Is Waxing Necessary for Polished Concrete Flooring?

    Polished Concrete flooring

    The ease of maintenance of polished concrete is one of the many factors that lead business owners to have it installed at their workplace. Whether your polished concrete has a satin finish or has been buffed to a high-gloss sheen, waxing the floor is an unnecessary step in the regular floor maintenance. These tips will help you maintain your polished concrete floors without waxing.

    Daily Maintenance

    Gritty build up like dirt and soil can scratch your polished floor and may eventually cause it to lose its glossy finish. To remove the dirt from the concrete, dry mop the floor with a microfiber cloth or mop on a daily basis. Do this at the end of the day or in the early morning, before everyone else comes in to work.

    Mop Up Spills Right Away

    Use a soft, clean mop and clean warm water mixed with mild detergent to wipe up spills immediately. This will prevent your concrete floor from absorbing moisture and stains.

    Treat Difficult Stains Directly With Cleaner

    Use a preferred cleaning agent or stain remover applied directly to stains to restore stained polished surfaces. Let the cleaning agent sit on the stain for a while before attempting to mop it up, but do not allow the cleaning agent to dry on the floor. Do not use a caustic cleaning material.

    Buff with a Floor Cleaner

    When cleaning large areas of floor, use an automatic floor cleaner with soft bristle attachments. Stiff bristles will grind dirt and other particles into the floor and may cause the floor to lose its shine over time.

    Re-Polish As Needed

    Over time your concrete floor may lose some of its natural shine. To restore the floor to its original finish, have it re-polished with a light abrasive material from a professional floor installation company. For best results, work with the contractor who originally installed the floor. This will help ensure that the contractor doing the re-polishing is familiar with the floor and can do the job well.

    For more information about maintaining your polished concrete floors, speak with the contractor who installs the flooring at your worksite. He or she may have some good tips and advice for keeping your floors looking their best for many years to come.


    Here's Why Pharmaceutical Facilities Need Concrete Coating

    Pharmaceutical Flooring

    Pharmaceutical facilities are highly sterile environments, and need to maintain their sterility in a germ-free environment. Flooring is one of the most susceptible areas that can cause problems. One of the best solutions in a pharmaceutical facility is a concrete coating. Here are a few reasons why:

    • Easy to clean. With a concrete coating, dust particles and other items are easily swept away, and mopping the floor will help maintain its shine. It is a high maintenance look with little maintenance upkeep.
    • Resistance to chemical spills. Chemical spills are easily cleaned with no concern for toxicity in the floor because there are no seams to hold any dirt or bacteria. When selecting a concrete coating make sure to look at the chemical resistance to ensure it will stand up to your environment. 
    • Safety. Concrete flooring keeps the floors dry, which increases the level of safety throughout the facility for employees and other vendors, and is known to be one of the safest floor options on the market.
    • Affordability. Using concrete coatings is not only easy to maintain, and cost savings are instant. Upkeep is very affordable with low maintenance and costs.
    • Durability. Concrete coatings can withstand wear and tear, and heavy equipment and large industrial shelving with no problems. An initial coating can last for years with simple maintenance procedures.
    • Beauty. Concrete coatings are beautiful, but they are also very versatile. A concrete floor can be coated to accommodate any color schemes needed to enhance style or productivity. There are a number of design options available to meet every need. Epoxy coatings also increase the light reflectivity in the room, making it brighter.

    These are just a few reasons why concrete coatings are a good choice to use in a pharmaceutical facility. Any chemical exposure to the flooring will be negated, and these areas can be well maintained without stress. Liquid Floors are adept at the installation of concrete coatings to meet your needs in any facility. To find out more about our services and what options would work for you, contact a team member for a free consultation today!


    Why Your Floors are the First Step in Worker Safety

    Floor Coating

    Smart flooring choices are your first line of defense against worksite accidents like slips, trips or falls. The right flooring can also help you manage your work force to ensure that worker traffic is well managed and safe.

    Non-Slip Flooring Prevents Slips, Trips and Falls

    According to the National Flooring Safety Institute, 1 million people slip and go to the emergency room every year. Slip-resistant floors prevent worker slips while also increasing worker walking speeds and boosting productivity. This type of protection is especially important in work sites where vertical falls present a risk, as slip-resistance can prevent slips that lead to vertical falls.

    Well-Marked Flooring Can Direct Traffic Flow

    Lines, arrows, and pathways on the worksite floor direct employee traffic and prevent bottlenecks and traffic jams. Directional lines also establish specific areas for foot traffic and vehicular traffic, keeping them separate from one another and therefore safer.

    While floor paint can be used to establish these lines, floor paint wears away quickly and must be maintained constantly. If floor paint is not maintained properly, this can lead to accidents. A safer option is the use of industrial epoxy coating, they are more durable, give brighter color options and last significantly longer than floor paint.  

    Color-Coated Flooring Can Establish “Work Zones”

    Use of color-coated flooring to establish work zones keeps different types of workers separate as they accomplish their various tasks. Containing workers can prevent accidents by keeping administrative staff away from large pieces of equipment and by ensuring that only the qualified workers are present amongst hazardous chemicals and other workplace hazards.

    Non-Skid Additive

    When installing an epoxy floor, a non-skid additive can be added to help prevent slips and falls. There are different types of additives and some are better than others. Aluminum Oxide is the best additive to add to your epoxy floor. 

    Epoxy flooring can be made slip resistant and can be color coated. Installing epoxy flooring at your work site can lower your accident rates and keep your workers safe. Over time, this can save your company money on worker’s compensation insurance and paid time off. To find out more information about how epoxy flooring can benefit your company and your company’s safety record, contact Liquid Floors today.


    4 Things to Consider Before Having Epoxy Floors Installed

    New Industrial Floor Coating

    Concrete flooring coated in epoxy is extremely durable, which makes it perfect for industrial settings. Epoxy concrete coatings can resist damage from chemicals, can be color coated for maximum flexibility and efficiency, can be modified based to fit the activity in the room around it and is highly reflective, which can increase visibility in warehouses and factories. These factors must all be considered when an epoxy floor coating is going to be installed in a workplace setting.

    1. Color Coating

    Epoxy floor coatings can be color coated in order to designate specific purposes for each area of the work floor. By creating "work zones," you can control the flow of traffic within your site. Over time, this can reduce workplace accidents and incidents, and improve your company's safety record. Color coatings can be used to direct workers away from high-risk areas and can even be used to create a continuous pathway through the building that can prevent visitors or clients from becoming lost at your site.

    2. Chemical Resistance

    Depending on the chemicals that your industry uses, your facility may need to provide extra flooring protection. Epoxy flooring can be customized with resistance to damage from spills and everyday use of harsh chemicals. Over time, this strength and resistance can prevent structural damage to the building.

    3. Reflectiveness

    Epoxy coating can increase visibility at a site without ever requiring additional lights to be installed. Its highly reflective quality can making doing intricate jobs easier and safer for workers, and can save money on electricity bills by reducing dependence on electric overhead lighting.

    4. Flexibility of Purpose

    Epoxy flooring can be customized to suit the purpose of the people using the site. For example, automotive show rooms require decorative finishing touches that make the epoxy flooring look beautiful while also giving it the durability to withstand constant pressure from heavy automobiles. By contrast, epoxy flooring in industrial kitchen and bathroom settings may require resistance to moisture and chemicals in order to protect the structure of the building and the concrete beneath the epoxy.

    For more information about factors that you need to consider when choosing the right epoxy flooring for your industrial site, contact Liquid Floors. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation and get you started towards finding the best flooring for your workplace.


    Do These 5 Things to Make Your Epoxy Coating Last Longer

    Epoxy Floor Coating Preparation

    Epoxy floor coatings can beautify your existing industrial concrete floor and extend its useful life, but the epoxy must be installed correctly with proper surface preparation. Our concrete flooring professionals have noticed that doing these five things can greatly extend the useful life of your epoxy flooring.

    Proper Floor Prep

    Proper floor prep is essential for ensuring the epoxy adheres to the concrete flooring. Without it, the coating may separate from the concrete, dramatically reducing its useful life.

    • Concrete Flooring Cleaned and Swept
    • Joints and Cracks Properly Sealed
    • Floor Leveled
    • Surface Diamond Grinding

    Prior to the installation of the epoxy floor coatings, the entire floor must be cleaned and swept to remove dirt, dust, and debris. All joints and cracks must be properly sealed and uneven areas must be leveled. The final preparation involves grinding the surface of the concrete with special diamond grinders. This step opens the pores of the concrete so that it is ready to accept the epoxy flooring.

    Primer

    Concrete coatings work best when they are applied in layers. The first layer is considered the primer. It is the initial coating of epoxy that starts the process of sealing and protecting your concrete floors against chemical and water spills. Failing to apply a primer coat can greatly reduce the useful life of your concrete flooring.

    Basecoat

    The basecoat is the meat of the epoxy coating. During this step, color can be added to give the floor a custom look and enhance the surrounding décor. If you need a non-skid surface, components can be added to give the floor a texture.

    Topcoat

    The last layer is called the topcoat. It finishes sealing the floor and adds durability and shine, which can amplify ambient light to reduce utility costs and provide a safer work environment for employees.

    Curing Time

    The epoxy flooring should be given ample time to dry and cure before heavy equipment is brought back into the area. Employees should also not walk on the flooring until it has properly dried. Once the flooring has cured, it is incredibly hard and durable. It is resistant to cracking and staining, and water and chemical spills will not penetrate through the coating into the concrete.

    To learn more about concrete coatings and epoxy flooring, call us at 877-547-8431. We serve Charlotte and the surrounding areas.


    Why Chemical Containment Managers Rave About Epoxy Floors

    epoxy floors

    When working in a warehouse or contained environment, having a flooring solution that will provide a number of benefits is key. Chemical containment managers have a number of scenarios to navigate, and being able to alleviate hazardous situations by using an epoxy flooring assists in more ways than one.

    Advantages of Epoxy Floor Coatings

    Epoxy floor coatings have been used in industrial buildings for years. They are adaptable to any climate, and require very little maintenance. Additional advantages include:

    • Chemically resistant
    • Epoxy flooring is chemically resistant while maintaining its safety standards and high-gloss finishes.

    • Eco-friendly and durable
    • Concrete flooring is eco-friendly and durable, with the ability to withstand tons of traffic and use. Concrete coatings help reduce the environmental footprint while allowing for faster transport and movement without damage to the floor.

    • Attractive
    • Epoxy floor coatings can be applied in a number of patterns and colors to achieve beautiful designs. They dry into a high-gloss shine, which adds style and uniqueness to the entire area.

    • Easy to clean
    • Epoxy floors are very easy to clean. Dirt and other particles can be swept and mopped away to achieve the same look every day.

    • Safety
    • When working in a chemical containment facility, spills are likely to occur. Epoxy and concrete flooring instantly creates an impact and slip-resistant barrier, enhancing the safety within the facility.

    • Cost-efficient
    • Epoxy floors are cost-efficient and last for years before they need maintenance or additional applications. This saves time, money and quickly improves the look and efficiency of any facility.

    These are just a few reasons why chemical containment managers love to use epoxy flooring in their warehouses and other facilities, as the advantages quickly increase the level of usefulness. Due to their versatility, managers can use different colors to define certain chemical zones. This will also aid employees in knowing where certain chemicals are located or where certain tasks should take place, providing an extra layer of protection for everyone in the facility.

    Liquid Floors specializes in industrial flooring for a variety of industries. Contact us to learn more about the types of flooring we offer, schedule a free consultation, or get a quote on your flooring project today!


    How Epoxy Floor Coatings Can Help Promote Productivity

    epoxy floor coatings

    It's well known that epoxy floor coatings provide practical and inexpensive floor protection in industrial settings. However, many managers fail to realize the ways in which epoxy floor coatings can also improve worker productivity and increase a business's bottom line.

    Improved Visibility

    Epoxy floor coatings can be made highly reflective, improving the lighting conditions in industrial settings by up to 300% without ever installing more lights. This improved visibility can make it easier for workers to complete complex, intricate tasks quickly and efficiently.

    Improved Traffic Flow Efficiency

    Color coating options on epoxy floors can help direct and improve worker traffic flow on the work floor. Using color designations to create work zones on an open industrial floor can keep workers assigned to specific tasks separate from workers handling unrelated tasks. Ultimately, this division within the workforce can reduce traffic jams.

    Reduction in Slips, Trips, and Falls

    Anti-slip coatings on epoxy floors can reduce slips, trips, and falls at the workplace, resulting in fewer injuries and less paid time off for workers. In addition to a direct relationship between worker attendance and worker efficiency, there's also a correlation between higher safety standards and improved worker morale. With fewer on the job accidents, workers feel more cared for by their employers and may be more likely to work hard on the job.

    Less Maintenance

    Epoxy flooring is extremely low-maintenance, requiring little more than an auto-scrubbing throughout the week in order to maintain cleanliness and shine. Compared to some other forms of industrial flooring, epoxy floor coatings require little attention and a relatively small work force in order to maintain.

    Professional Installation

    In order to minimize down time when installing an epoxy floor it is best to use a professional installer. With their expertise, equipment and man power they can install large areas in a short amount of time – including weekends or holiday shutdowns. With proper preparation, the installation process can take a matter of only days.

    For more information about how your worksite can benefit from epoxy flooring, contact Liquid Floors today.


    What Causes an Epoxy Floor to Flake?

    Epoxy floors are known for their durability, strength, and ability to last for years. However, some owners of epoxy floors experience some peeling, flaking, and damage to their epoxy floors that may cause some headaches. Epoxy floors have a tendency to flake most often when the proper steps weren’t taken prior to installation.

    The issues listed below may arise after installation, but should and could have been addressed—and prevented—prior to installation of the epoxy floor. Check with a professional installer, like Liquid Floors, before you install your epoxy floor to help save you time and resources down the road.

    Stain Removal

    You may be considering installing an epoxy floor because your concrete slab has seen better days. Whether it’s in a commercial manufacturing plant, or a residential garage, concrete floors see their share of damage.

    If your concrete floor has seen some wear and tear, installing an epoxy floor coating may seem like an easy way to cover up the stains and help preserve the concrete. However, those stains may contain oils and chemicals that will rise up to the surface after the epoxy floor is laid. Those chemicals and oils will escape from the concrete, pool underneath the coating and cause bubbling and flaking.

    Sealant Removal

    In order to prevent stains, many concrete floors are treated with sealants or coatings. However, these sealants must be removed prior to installing an epoxy floor. Without removing the seal, the epoxy floor will not be able to properly bond to the concrete slab underneath it, causing bubbles and flakes of the epoxy.

    An easy way to determine whether your flooring has a sealant or is treated in some way is to pour water on it. If the water beads up or does not soak into the concrete, it is most likely covered in a thin sealant.

    Cleaning Agent Removal

    While properly removing stains and oils from the surface of your concrete is important, it is also important to remove the cleaning agents you used. Those cleaning agents may contain waters and chemicals that will leave residue behind and result in the same outcome as the stains – the epoxy floor bubbling and flaking after installation.

    A way to ensure your cleaning agent is fully removed is to not allow it to dry on your concrete surface. When drying, the concrete will absorb the liquids and the not allow for the epoxy floor to properly bond to it.

    Concrete Preparation

    All of the issues above require the concrete be properly prepared prior to installing the epoxy flooring. Another issue to keep in mind is to ensure the concrete has had enough time to cure after being poured.

    Concrete floors contain a lot of water that releases for months after being poured. If an epoxy floor is installed over concrete that hasn’t had proper time to cure, the flooring will not properly adhere to the concrete. And, as previously stated, if the epoxy can’t bond to the concrete adequately, bubble and flakes will occur.

    The above steps are required in order to ensure your epoxy floor is installed properly and will last as long as it can. If you have any questions as to whether your concrete is adequately prepared for the epoxy coating, it’s best to call in a professional. Liquid Floors will be able to help you assess your concrete to ensure it is prepared for the epoxy floor installation.


    THREE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT EPOXY FLOORS

    Epoxy floors can be used in a wide variety of industries, locations and buildings. They are no longer just for manufacturers or warehouses. While there are common misconceptions about epoxy floors, here are three myths surrounding this flooring solution.

    Misconception #1: Professional Installation Isn’t Necessary

    Walk into any big-box home improvement store and you’ll see the big bucket of DIY epoxy floor. Seeing this will lead you to believe that epoxy floors require just a simple installation.

    We’ve talked about why you should leave installation to the pros in another blog post, but let’s just reiterate that a properly installed epoxy floor requires a lot more than pouring epoxy.

    A professional will assess not only the cleanliness of the floor, but also point out potential problems in your concrete, and help you fix them prior to installation. These steps will ensure you get the most out of your epoxy floor for years to come.

    Misconception #2: A Coat of Paint Does the Same Thing

    Will a coat of paint protect your concrete from residue and oil stains? Does paint resist cracks, scrapes, and dents? Will paint retain its luster regardless of the amount of traffic that travels over it? The answer is no. Epoxy floors provide a durable, strong and shiny surface that will keep its appeal long after it’s installed.

    Despite the fact that epoxy floors look like paint, they are indeed much more sophisticated than a simple layer of coloring. Epoxy floors solidly bond with the concrete below it and create a layer of seamless, liquid-resistant, and durable resin coating. This is something that a thin layer of paint can’t boast about.

    Misconception #3: Epoxy Coatings are Expensive

    Getting anything professionally installed seems to be the more expensive option. However, epoxy floors are much more economical than many of the other flooring solutions on the market. Depending on the size of your space, epoxy floors can be reasonably priced.

    The upkeep over time also continues to decrease the price of epoxy floors per square foot. Because of their durability, epoxy floors can easily be pennies per square foot when considering the initial investment and the years in which the floor will last in your space and the minimal level of maintenance they require.

     

    Epoxy floors are a simple solution for your space. And regardless of what you’ve heard about them, realize that they are one of the best flooring solutions on the market. Contact Liquid Floors today to bust the other myths you may have about epoxy floors and determine if it’s the right solution for your facility.


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