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    Preparing Your Business for Concrete Coating Application

    Concrete Coating Preparation

    Switching over to a concrete coating application may work wonders for your business environment. It’s stylish, modern, and easy to clean. Once you decide you are going to install epoxy flooring, putting together an effective plan is key. Here are a few suggestions:

    Schedule your project

    Depending on how large the area is, this could take a significant amount of time to complete. It’s best to work with the contractor on timelines to make sure your business continues to operate and the contractors have the time and space they need.

    Find out what the contractor needs

    There are a few things that are imperative for the project to be successful. You need to make sure you have all the requirements, such as adequate power, heat/cool capabilities, water, construction dumpsters, restroom/break areas for the work team.

    Inform your staff

    Your staff must be informed about the work that is going to take place. They must be prepped on what floors are being installed, and any safety precautions they must adhere to. It may be possible that on certain days, they will have to vacate the building.

    Be ready for the process

    All of your equipment and furniture must be relocated to another area until your flooring is done. The floor should be swept and clean.

    Meet the contractors when they arrive

    This will give you an opportunity to get to know the contractors. This way, you can guide them to the area that will be refinished and the other areas of importance they should be aware of.

    Be available

    It’s best to be available throughout the installation process to answer any questions for the contractors that may arise.

    Curing Time

    Once the process is complete, you must have time built into the schedule to allow the floor time to cure before bringing the furniture, equipment, and employees back in.

    Once the floor is cured, you will have a beautiful concrete coating floor that you can be proud of! With minimal maintenance required, this will upgrade the look and feel of your space while providing maximum functionality. For more information on how you can obtain a quote and consultation, contact the team at Liquid Floors today!


    How to Tell if Your Concrete Coating Needs a Touch-up

    Commercial Concrete Coating

    Concrete coatings add durability, shine, and chemical resistance to your industrial floors, but in order to get the maximum useful life out of your concrete floor, you will need to look for signs of wear and tear and perform regular maintenance.

    Signs of Concrete Flooring Wear

    Improper or infrequent maintenance can cause concrete and epoxy coatings to wear out faster than their anticipated useful life.

    • Flaking
    • Fading
    • Ground in Dirt
    • Wear patterns

    Regular Maintenance for Concrete Coatings

    Concrete coatings should be maintained on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly cleaning schedule to avoid excessive wear and tear.

    Daily Cleaning Tips for Concrete Floors

    Epoxy coated floors should be dust mopped daily and piles of dirt or spills should be cleaned up immediately. If sections of the floor are exceptionally soiled, they can be mopped using regular floor cleaners. Just remember to thoroughly rinse the floor to remove all the cleaner. Failure to remove dirt in a timely manner can lead to the dirt causing excessive wear since it is abrasive.

    Weekly Cleaning Tips

    Along with regular dust mopping, Epoxy flooring should be cleaned with a non-abrasive automatic floor cleaner. We typically recommend using the soft nylon brushes in order to avoid scratching the surface. If the floor has exceptionally high traffic, it may be necessary to deep clean the floors more often.

    Yearly Maintenance

    Epoxy flooring can provide years of use while still looking good. Once a year, your epoxy floor should be thoroughly inspected. High-traffic areas get more use and abuse causing them to wear faster. If signs of wear are noticed, have a professional survey your floor to make sure it’s not time for a recoat.

    If you need more tips to keep your concrete floor clean and well maintained, our professionals, here at Liquid Floors, can help you. Simply call us at 877-547-8431. We provide epoxy and concrete flooring solutions to manufacturing and industrial businesses across the Southeastern United States. We can give you an estimate on recoating your existing epoxy floor or coating your concrete floors with epoxy.


    Epoxy Coating for my Hangar

    Flooring in Hangar

    When deciding what type of floor is best for your airplanes and other aviation materials, there are a few things to consider:

    • How much traffic will come through the hangar?
    • Will there be chemicals used in the space?
    • Will the hangar be used to store planes or will there be maintenance done?

    Epoxy flooring is very durable and can provide protection from materials and chemicals that may absorb into, or crack the concrete. Epoxy flooring has a number of benefits:

    Visibility

    With an epoxy floor, you will immediately increase the amount of light in the room with its reflexive properties. This lights up all areas of the room and reduces shadows. This makes it easier to spot F.O.D.

    Cost-effectiveness

    This is a cost-effective way to enhance your flooring while offering the best protection for the space. This option is durable and lasts for years without needing another application.

    Safety

    Traction grit can be added to epoxy flooring to provide a non-skid surface. This aids in the reduction of slip-and-falls and other mishaps that may occur in a hangar setting.

    Maintenance

    Epoxy flooring is very easy to clean and maintain, increasing functionality while cutting down on cleaning costs.

    Both solutions will work, but if you’re looking for a solution that will provide added protection and longevity, epoxy flooring is the best alternative that will provide the benefits you are seeking. You will get an attractive alternative that can be painted whatever color you choose, and it adds an added layer of protection on concrete floors.

    How does this work?

    The floor is installed through a process. It has to be cleaned and mechanically prepared, then it will be applied to the floor, back rolled and allowed to self-level. Once this has occurred, a urethane topcoat will be applied for wear resistance, light stability and chemical resistance, leaving a bright, beautiful shine all over your floor that is super hard and durable. If you’re looking for a stylish look for your hangar, epoxy flooring delivers.

    For more information on epoxy flooring and the process, contact the team at Liquid Floors for a free consultation and quote. We’d love to hear from you!


    Personalizing your Facilities with Epoxy Floors and Polished Concrete

    Epoxy Floors

    If you haven't considered epoxy floors or polished concrete for your business, you could be missing out on an affordable, durable, and customizable flooring option.

    Polished Concrete and Epoxy Flooring Benefits

    • Long Lifespan
    • Chemical and Water Resistant
    • Custom Patterns Available
    • Lowers Lighting Bills
    • Multiple Colors Available
    • Non-Skid

    Multiple Industries

    Epoxy floors and concrete polished floors are exceptionally durable. They perform well under the weight of heavy equipment and constant employee foot traffic without cracking, fading, or chipping. They are also chemical and water resistant. This makes them ideal for all manufacturing, industrial, and retail applications. They can even be used in mechanic's shops and aviation hangars.

    Custom Floors

    Epoxy flooring and polished concrete can be completely customized to match your existing decor. Epoxy coatings can be custom color matched and aggregates can be used along with the epoxy to create a complete custom look for your business. The floor can be finished in matte or high-gloss, depending on your needs.

    Polished concrete can be stained to your desired color. Logos, stripes, and other details can also be added to the floors to give your floor the exact look you want, and like epoxy flooring, you can have your polished concrete in matte and high-gloss finishes.

    Lowers Lighting Costs

    Floors that have been finished with epoxy or concrete polishing reflect sunlight from windows and electric lighting. This gives your employees, customers, and visitors more light without raising your electric bills, and it has been proven that well-lit work-spaces increase employee morale and productivity.

    Long life expectancy Even in Harsh Conditions

    Polished concrete and epoxy floors can last years with proper maintenance. Cleaning with an automatic scrubber weekly will remove contaminants and keep your floors intact for a long time.

    If you are looking to beautify your existing concrete floors, look no further than Liquid Floors. We provide custom high-quality, durable epoxy floors and polished concrete floors. We provide free consultations, and we can help you plan your flooring project to ensure you get exactly what you want. To get started, call us at 877-547-8431. We serve all of the Southeastern United States.


    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.


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