What You Must Know About Concrete

Before Applying Low Permeable Finishes Applying low permeable floor finishes over concrete can be a treacherous task if one is unaware of the many pit falls that await the inexperienced flooring contractor or do it yourselfer. Each year millions of dollars are lost due to floor finish failures. Failure in low permeability flooring finishes often occurs where there are high moisture levels in...

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Getting Ahold of Mold

Mold and mildew have become a huge concern in construction and maintenance of buildings of all types, including correctional facilities. A mold problem can add costs and delays to a construction project and plague facility and maintenance personnel with an unending maintenance cycle. Mold thrives in warm, damp, poorly ventilated environments such as a shower area in a bathroom. What is mold? Mold...

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Cracks Kill, Your Bottom Line

How many times have flooring contractors installed a ridged resinous polymer flooring system just to get a call back months later stating that the floor has cracked? The industrial flooring industry, as a whole, has typically taken the costs and responsibility for these crack repairs on the chin, without questioning who is really to blame for the deficiency. The rule governing this behavior is...

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Seamless Showers Fight Corrosion

Ask any prison maintenance supervisor if he has problems with the showers in his facility and you will get a quick unequivocal, ‘Yes.’ Almost no other maintenance area in the prison is tougher to manage. To perform any type of maintenance on a shower means shutting it down, which often requires moving inmates around and creating additional headaches for the prison staff. Showers are...

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Moisture and Your Floor

Concrete is a very strong, durable material and the primary substrate on which flooring materials are applied. What is well-documented but seemingly not well-understood is the problems that moisture can cause on a concrete floor that has been coated with non-breathing flooring materials. Concrete is essentially a hard sponge. Like a sponge, it readily absorbs water from any available source...

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The Best Floor Coatings for Food and Beverage Processing

As the USDA becomes more specific with instructions for professional food preparation, manufacturing and processing, it is important to know exactly what kinds of floor coatings are approved and appropriate for your particular business. Although there are number of manufacturing floor coverings that can meet all the rigorous requirements the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department...

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