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    5 Signs of an Improper Epoxy Coating Installation

    Installation Process of Epoxy Floor Coating

    Professional epoxy floor installers should always take the time to inspect your floors and prepare the surface prior to the installation of your epoxy coating. Failure to perform this simple task can leave you with floors that do not meet your expectations. Improperly installed epoxy coatings can severely reduce your floor's useful life.

    Common Problems with Improperly Installed Epoxy Coatings

    • Air Bubbles
    • Hard Lumps
    • Peeling
    • Surface Degradation

    Bubbles in the Coating

    Concrete is a porous material. This means that air can and does get into the surface. If the floor isn't properly prepared, primed and sealed, the air will come out of the concrete during the curing phase of the installation. When the epoxy coating cures, the mixture increases in temperature. This, in turn, heats the air inside the concrete, causing it to expand and create air bubbles between the concrete and the coating. If this happens you need a contractor that knows how to deal with out-gassing.

    Premature Degradation of the Surface

    Premature degradation of the surface can occur when the contractor fails to properly mix two-part epoxy coatings, uses an out-of-date product, applies the coating when the floor is below 50 degrees or uses a product that has been frozen and thawed. All of these mistakes can lead to your new epoxy floor deteriorating much faster than expected.

    Hard Lumps

    In some instances, hard lumps may be noticed after the installation of the epoxy coating. This can be caused by the contractor using dirty equipment or a low-quality roller sleeve that deposits lint or a failure to remove all dirt and sand blasting materials.


    All contaminates must be removed from the concrete surface prior to the epoxy coating installation, including oil, grease, chemicals, moisture and dirt. The floor should be ground with a diamond grinder or shot blasted. Epoxy coatings will never adhere properly to a floor that is not clean and free of chemicals, oil, and grease.

    Here at Liquid Floors, we are dedicated to providing you with a top quality product that is expertly installed so that you can enjoy your new floors for the entirety of their useful life. Our professional installers will take the time to properly prepare your concrete floors, mix the coating and apply it to your floors. To schedule a free consultation, contact Liquid Floors today!

    How Can I Keep My Epoxy Flooring Looking New?

    Epoxy Flooring Just After Installation

    Epoxy flooring is one of the most reliable flooring systems that is convenient and has a beautiful appearance when maintained properly. Being able to keep it in good condition is key.

    Is there a secret to maintaining my floor’s like-new appearance?

    There are a few steps that can assist in the maintenance of your epoxy floors:

    • Sweeping
    • Sweeping the floor every day with a soft broom or dust mop can keep dust and other debris off the floor.

    • Scrubbing
    • Scrubbing the floor with an automatic scrubber on a regular basis makes a difference. Use a mild detergent to go over the floor weekly, or use heavy duty detergent for spot cleaning.

    • Quickly clean spills
    • When you have minor spills or fluids from a vehicle, it is best to wipe them up quickly to avoid staining. Use a soft cloth or paper towel.

    • Use mats
    • Using mats in certain areas will assist in keeping debris from gathering. Mats around doors and other areas where dust or debris from the bottom of shoes can collect.

    Does using too much detergent make a difference?

    Yes. If you use the wrong type of detergent you will cause a film build-up over time. When scrubbing the floor, it is best to use a non-alkaline, gentle cleanser. 

    How long should my epoxy flooring last?

    Epoxy flooring can last for many years. The longevity of your floor is largely dependent on following the steps of maintenance, and planning for a re-coating every few years to keep the shine at optimal levels. This is one of the best solutions you could consider for your space, especially if you have high levels of traffic. Making sure you use the right floor protection when using heavy equipment or items that can damage the floor is also a priority. Once your epoxy floors are installed, they will enhance the look, feel and environment of your organization.

    To learn more about keeping your epoxy flooring looking new, or for advice on an installation, contact Liquid Floors to schedule a consultation or get a quote on your upcoming flooring project.

    3 Considerations When Selecting Flooring for a Chemical Containment Facility

    Chemical Containment Facility Flooring

    Choosing a flooring material for a chemical containment facility involves a specialized set of criteria. Not only does the flooring need to stand up to the standard hazards that are present in an industrial setting, it must not be adversely affected by spillage and exposure to the chemicals in the building. While concrete is the standard choice for industrial flooring, its porous nature makes it unsatisfactory as a long-term solution without the addition of a specialized coating. Consider the following when choosing a concrete coating.

    1. Value

    The budget for the flooring needs to be carefully considered, as it is one of the major criteria for a business. Whether the floor is new or an existing one is being reconfigured to meet a new need, a specialized concrete coating is needed so that the needs of such a facility can be met while still staying within budget.

    2. Convenience

    Maintaining the floor in an industrial facility, such as a chemical containment business, could potentially increase the overall cost of the floor if special cleaning processes need to be followed. Coatings that allow for simple maintenance such as daily sweeping, spot cleanings, and weekly scrubbing with a mild cleaner can help keep the cost of the floor in check.

    3. Durability

    When it comes to choosing the right flooring for your company, perhaps the most important factor is if the considered flooring is really the right solution for your needs. Every company has a list of requirements their new flooring must meet, and Liquid Floors will help you ensure your needs are met and your flooring will hold up for years to come. From chemical resistance to shock resistance and even customizable in color or pattern, your flooring will be exactly what your business needs and nothing else.

    Have questions about the flooring options available for your chemical containment facility? Contact Liquid Floors for a consultation and free quote for your next floor project.

    4 Benefits of Concrete Floor Polishing

    Polished Concrete Flooring

    The floor of an industrial space undergoes a great deal of wear and tear. Whether this is the result of foot traffic, vehicular traffic or a combination, polishing your concrete floor ensures a number of benefits. An epoxy coating can also offer many of the same advantages as a polished concrete floor.

    1. Ease of Maintenance

    An epoxy coating needs to be sanded and recoated in order to maintain its shine and beauty. Regular cleaning and an occasional burnish will keep your polished floor looking good for years. If your floor is likely to be scratched or exposed to heavy wear, an epoxy coating could become marred over time. Polished concrete resists scratches and has a harder surface than traditional concrete.

    2. Low Cost

    Both epoxy floor coatings and polished concrete offer a low cost option for businesses that do not want to skimp on quality. With their low, long-term costs and minimal maintenance, these types of floors last longer and do not need to be replaced as often as some other flooring options.

    3. Increased Cleanliness

    With spills and accidents often a common occurrence during industrial life, it is important that concrete floors are either polished or have an epoxy coating over them. Because concrete is a porous material, it is not naturally resistant to substances such as oils, chemicals and other liquids. With Liquid Floors, you can find a treatment for your floor that will leave it resistant to the chemicals or compounds it may come into contact with. This means your space will be cleaner, safer, and more productive as a result.

    4. Improved Appearance

    Today, most businesses want to improve the way they look. Having a pleasant environment in which to work can increase the productivity of employees. While many people think that concrete comes only in a standard gray color -- which looks stunning when polished -- today's polished concrete flooring is available in numerous shades and nuances. Epoxy coatings can be color coordinated to designate where particular areas are located for a more productive flow within a business or industrial setting.

    Not sure if polished concrete or epoxy coatings are the right choice for your business? Contact Liquid Floors today for an in-depth consultation and a free quote and enjoy the right flooring option to meet your needs.

    3 Steps to a Successful Epoxy Coating Installation

    Epoxy Floor Coating Installation Preparation

    If you have chosen to have an epoxy floor installed in your facility, then we congratulate you! Epoxy coatings are popular flooring choices across a wide variety of industries. Epoxy coatings are easy to clean, durable, and provide an unmatched shine that lights up your facility's space. Prior to installation, we have a few important steps for you to take to ensure a successful epoxy coating installation.

    Step #1: Schedule and Prepare Installation

    This all-important step seems like the most simple of all, but in reality it is much more complicated. Installing an epoxy floor means that you must schedule a time when all equipment will be removed from the space and employee traffic can be prohibited, both during the initial installation and while the floor sets. Since most businesses will not completely close down simply for the installation of new flooring, scheduling installation during times least likely to impact the business is important. For large spaces, scheduling the installation in stages over several weeks may be the best option.

    Step #2: Remove Dust and Debris

    After all equipment has been removed, thoroughly sweep or power blow the concrete floors to ensure you have removed all dust and debris from the floor. This is best done at a time when any additional foot traffic can be prohibited to make certain the floors will be clean and dirt-free when the installers arrive.

    Step #3: Remove Oily and Greasy Buildup

    If you are planning to have epoxy floors installed in an area where oil and grease have built up on the floor, you will need to address these areas. Use hot water, liquid degreaser, and plenty of heavy manual scrubbing to remove the grime. These areas may need several treatments to thoroughly remove built up grease.

    At Liquid Floors, we pride ourselves on providing the finest customer service possible. We offer free consultations and quotes, and our professional sales staff can answer any questions you have about preparing for and scheduling the installation of your new epoxy flooring. Contact us today to learn more about the installation process.

    5 Tips To Prevent Heavy Traffic From Taking Its Toll

    Walkway with epoxy floor coating

    Epoxy floors are great options for high traffic industrial areas, and manufacturing settings. Epoxy floors are particularly well known for their attractiveness and longevity. With routine maintenance, these floors will retain their newly installed look for years to come.

    Clean Up Spills Immediately

    The most important maintenance tip is to address spills immediately, whether they are liquids or solids. From a safety standpoint, spills represent a safety hazard in a high traffic area. Obviously, liquid spills create a slip and fall hazard for your customers and employees. You may be tempted to temporarily ignore a spill of dry material, but these also need immediate attention. Use a soft bristled broom to sweep up scattered materials before they can be ground into the flooring's surface.

    Protect Exceptionally High Traffic Areas

    Exceptionally high traffic areas like entrances are prone to increased wear and tear. Consider using rubber backed commercial area rugs to protect the flooring in entryways. These rugs, especially during the winter or rainy seasons, protect the flooring from mud, dirt, and other unwanted debris that can easily be tracked in.

    Treat Resistant Stains the Right Way

    If you notice a stain on the flooring, it is best not to ignore it. It certainly is not going anywhere on its own. Instead, check the manufacturer's directions for stain removal. You will want to avoid using soap based or citrus cleaners as these cleaners can leave a residue that will dull the shine over time. The residue from a soap based cleaner can also become slick when wet.

    Schedule Routine Cleaning

    Simply sweeping some areas of your facility's epoxy floors with a commercial dust mop may be fine for nightly maintenance, saving scrubbing for a weekly rotation. Your high traffic areas will need more attention to keep them looking their best. Nightly mopping with a hard foam mop, warm water, and clear ammonia will remove dirt before it has an opportunity to become embedded in the flooring.

    For more information on epoxy flooring and how it can be used in your high traffic areas, contact Liquid Floors. We offer free consultations and quotes on flooring for commercial, industrial, pharmaceutical, and aerospace facilities among others.

    What Type of Flooring Should I Choose For My Manufacturing Facility?

    Large Manufacturing Space with Polished Concrete Flooring

    When planning for a new manufacturing facility, or a much-needed update of an existing space, choosing the correct flooring is critical. You may think that all floors are created equal, but nothing could be further from the truth. Choosing the correct flooring today can save you money and headaches down the road.

    Think Long-Term

    In general, preventing damage is much easier than repairing it after it occurs. If the floor is an especially hard surface such as concrete, you may think that it is virtually indestructible. In fact, uncoated concrete can easily be damaged by metal equipment that leaves grooves and gouges in the surface. When choosing a floor, consider all of the wear and tear that it will undergo for years to come. A polished concrete may be a better option for the long-term than a bare concrete floor. Polished concrete is resistant to chips and cracks, is easily maintained, and resistant to chemicals and spills. It also has a beautiful shine that reflects light throughout the space.

    For an even longer lasting surface, choose epoxy flooring. Epoxy coating is easily installed over your new or existing concrete floor. An epoxy coating creates a long lasting, super-hard surface that is impact and heat resistant. Manufacturing facilities often house heavy equipment and can have thousands of workers. What better than an epoxy floor to handle all of that traffic? In addition, an epoxy floor can also be color coated to designate particular zones, direct traffic flow, or set aside areas meant for storage.

    Easy Maintenance

    Regular maintenance is critically important to ensure the long life of any floor. Choosing a flooring surface that is easily maintained will allow you to protect your investment for years to come. Addressing spills immediately, routine sweeping, and regular mopping will keep your polished concrete and epoxy floors shining and looking their best without breaking the bank.

    Liquid Floors is your manufacturing flooring expert. We specialize in the installation and repair of polished concrete and epoxy flooring in industrial and manufacturing facilities. For a free consultation, contact us today to see how our affordable floors can benefit your long-term bottom line.

    3 Ways That Epoxy Floors Could Improve Your Business

    Epoxy Floor Coating

    When it comes to industrial flooring, we know that you have many choices at your fingertips. From polished concrete to beautifully colored epoxy coatings, the right flooring choice can actually help improve your business.

    Attractive Flooring Is Impressive

    When you think about the beauty of flooring and its overall attractiveness, industrial flooring is probably the last thing that comes to your mind. However, when you invite visitors and potential clients into your facility for a tour, they will certainly notice an old, unattractive, stained, chipped or poorly maintained floor right away. Manufacturing spaces are large and the flooring is very noticeable, especially to visitors. An attractive industrial choice such as an epoxy coated concrete is sure to catch your visitors’ eyes, but in a good way.

    Epoxy Flooring Is Worry Free Flooring

    When running a large manufacturing facility, you have a great to deal to worry about other than the condition of your flooring. Epoxy coated concrete is virtually worry free. When you don't have to worry about your floors, you can turn your attention to more important business matters. You can count on an epoxy-coated floor to be:

    • A safe option that leads to fewer accidents caused by slips or falls.
    • An option that maintains its shine and beauty for years to come.
    • Easily maintained with regular and inexpensive sweeping and mopping.
    • Different areas of the facility can easily be sectioned off with colored epoxy flooring to signal the difference between safe walkways and dangerous, prohibited areas protecting employees from unwittingly wandering into harm's way.

    Epoxy Flooring Offers Long Term Savings

    Epoxy coatings are easily installed on your new or existing concrete floors, saving you money in repairs over the long-term as they offer constant protection for the underlying floor. Epoxy floors can be expected to last for many years and as such, often save you a great deal in maintenance costs over time.

    Interested in how an epoxy floor coating can improve your business? Our professionals at Liquid Floors would be happy to meet with you and show you first hand how an epoxy floor can improve your industrial or manufacturing space and give you a floor you can be proud of. Call us today for a free consultation and quote.

    3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Industrial Flooring Contractor

    Concrete Coating Preparation

    Industrial flooring is a highly specialized field, and very few companies have the technical expertise to provide top-quality systems with a timely and professional installation process. From anti-skid and impact resistant epoxy flooring to low maintenance and chemical resistant to concrete polishing, there is little room for error. Time is money, and your facility needs to be back up and operational as soon as possible. Here are some common questions to consider when choosing between the many options of industrial flooring contractors.

    Do they have a portfolio of completed projects in a variety of finishes?

    Every facility has different needs, and your contractor should readily provide a list of references from past projects. Choose a reliable professional contractor who has several portfolio examples across a broad range of industries. With years in the industry, Liquid Floors has numerous examples for your review. If you like what you see, the sales team will offer a free consultation to discuss your options and assess your individual needs. Ask about:

    • Epoxy Coatings
    • Urethane Coatings
    • Polished Concrete
    • Surface Testing Procedures
    • Spill and Chemical Resistance
    • Anti-Skid and Slip Resistance
    • Impact Resistance
    • Durability Ratings
    • Color and Patterning Options
    • Reflectivity Levels

    Do they provide a detailed estimate that includes both price and final schedule?

    The more reputable industrial-flooring contractors will clearly indicate, without question, the total estimated cost of the project. The final contract will also specify a very detailed timeline for completion of the project. Many contractors only work Monday through Friday during normal business hours. But this is not always the best time of day for your business to have the work completed. Liquid Floors, for example, is willing to accommodate any schedule, including nights, weekends, and even holidays.

    Do they have hidden extra costs located in the "fine print?"

    Contractors sometimes want to charge extra for the minor things, such as patching or joint caulking prior to the coating or polishing process. Make sure to read the entire contract, especially the fine print. Other considerations to look for include:

    • Ask about a comprehensive warranty. Liquid Floors always offers a warranty on all our industrial flooring products and services.
    • Make sure that the company is professionally bonded and insured against possible property damage, too.

    Most business owners and managers are not authorities on industrial flooring. Contact the experts at Liquid Floors for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions and concerns while helping you to choose the best possible industrial flooring system to fit your unique specifications and budget. For a free quote on industrial flooring, contact the team from Liquid Floors today.

    What is Chemical Attack and How is it Prevented?

    Epoxy Floor System in a Commercial Loading Bay

    Concrete flooring has a reputation for being extremely durable and long lasting, but many facility managers are unaware that concrete is also highly susceptible to long-term damage from chemical attacks. When these surfaces are continuously exposed to aggressive chemicals, the flooring can quickly begin to deteriorate if left unprotected. This corrosion can create safety hazards and hamper the operational processes of the facility. The chemicals can even penetrate through the entire concrete slab and contaminate the underlying soil, leading to a variety of environmental issues.

    Prevent chemical attacks and increase the lifespan of your industrial flooring.

    Luckily, Liquid Floors offers expertly applied concrete protective coatings that prevent this erosion from occurring, even with the most aggressive of chemicals. But our products can do so much more to further improve the safety and efficiency of your industrial facility. Through the applications of epoxy coatings and urethanes, your industrial flooring can have added properties of resistance to heat, impacts, and slippage, as well.

    Epoxy Coatings

    Epoxy coatings are a very common application process used to prevent chemical attacks. This economical coating is a two-component system that consists of resins and a curing agent. When applied by a reputable expert, epoxy coatings create a super-strengthened surface that can bear the heavy weight of machinery and equipment without resulting in flaking, chipping, or cracking. Epoxy coated industrial flooring also offers varying levels of light reflectivity, providing a smooth, glassy aesthetic that always looks impressive.


    Urethane coatings are another option for the prevention of chemical attacks. This treatment process offers a slightly faster curing time when applied to dry concrete surfaces. Urethanes are highly resistant to chemical attacks from alkalines, bleaches, solvents, and moderate-strength acids. And they are also beautifully reflective and easy to maintain. Depending on the types of harsh chemicals used in your industrial facility, Liquid Floors can even apply the urethane coating over an epoxied surface to provide maximum levels of protection against the most aggressive of chemicals.

    Chemical attacks are a very common problem across a broad range of industries. Epoxy coatings and urethanes are the top choices for the protection of industrial flooring because they also offer impact and heat resistance while being incredibly easy to clean. Their varying levels of light reflectivity leaves these chemical resistant concrete floors always looking remarkable, too. For more information on the prevention of chemical attacks, contact Liquid Floors today for a free consultation.

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