4 Health Hazards in Your Home and How to Protect Yourself

Posted by Redfin on Nov 19, 2019 12:48:56 PM

mold wall inside homeYour home should be a safe and healthy refuge for the entire family. While you may be diligent about minimizing your exposure to household chemicals, there may be other substances causing health threats throughout your home. To protect yourself and your loved ones, beware of the following home health hazards:

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Topics: Garage Floor Coatings, Basement Floor Coatings

Grinding vs. Shot Blasting: How we prep before epoxy floor coatings

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jul 10, 2018 4:18:00 PM

Our HTC diamond grinders

One of the defining factors in professionally applied garage floor coatings is the surface preparation.  While DIY kits are often applied after just broom cleaning or acid etching the concrete, professional coatings are generally applied after mechanically diamond grinding or shot blasting the concrete floor surface.  So which surface preparation process do we use and why?

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Topics: Commercial Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation

Our HOW WE ARE STRONG TOGETHER values

Posted by Steve Galeone on Mar 1, 2018 5:22:00 PM

In 2004, we set off to create a premier garage coatings and cabinetry company in central Pennsylvania.  While that initial journey got off to a bumpy start with a different national franchisor, it did make us better for the experience.   In 2011, we reorganized and created Stronghold Floors. Our evolution since then has made us the strong team we are today.

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Topics: Garage Floor Coatings

Epoxy Floor Coatings – Beyond Our Service Area

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Feb 28, 2018 11:26:00 AM

We, Stronghold Floors, provide floor coatings in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Further down, we show the counties and major metro areas we serve in these states.  Soon, we will service Delaware as well.  But, that doesn't help the hundreds of inquiries we get each year from beyond our service area (every state except North Dakota - not sure why!).

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Organization, Basement Floor Coatings

5 Reasons Stronghold Floors Beats Any Garage Floor Coating Franchise

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Feb 21, 2018 10:55:00 AM

ONE: We know the downfalls of being a garage floor coatings franchise – we used to be one of them!

TBT Garage Flooring display in Harrisburg Parade of HomesDave and I used to own PremierGarage franchises in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Firsthand, we saw the issues with trying to homogenize ourselves into the franchise networks approach to garage floor coatings operations.  Nearly every one of the garage franchises who claim to be the experts or the premier choice create a bi-polar environment of trying to be “coatings experts” and “cabinet experts” and “organization experts” and so on.  The operational staff is always trying to wear different hats – they lack focus and expertise in any area of the business.

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Topics: Garage Floor Coatings

Looking for concrete floor coatings? SKIP the HOME SHOWS! 

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Feb 17, 2018 9:10:00 AM

Skip The Shows.pngEvery year the home builder and home remodeling/improvement shows are filled with more and more hot tub salespersons, knick-knack vendors and high pressure, "sign up today for a chance to win a free trip" gimmicks.  No wonder attendances fall every year and more shows cease.  No dealing with winter weather.  No fighting to find a place to park. No temptation to eat some unpalatable, expensive junk food.  No listing to a jingle blare from 2 booths away! 

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Organization, Basement Floor Coatings

CAUTION AHEAD when Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Feb 15, 2018 2:31:08 PM

Be sure your next contractor is properly licensed and insured.MIKE (Stronghold Floors):   "I was having a conversation with our insurance agent Bill about licensing for Home Improvement Contractors (HIC) in different states where we work. I was telling him about how many of our “competitors” are not properly licensed/certified/registered.  Of course, being in the insurance industry, he had some stories to tell me.  He also took the initiative to write the following article for our blog.  Please take a minute to read Bill’s advice."

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Organization

Garage Floor Epoxy - Done! Now it's time to paint.

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jul 28, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Just recently I was out with one of our Harrisburg based coatings crews.  We had multiple garage floor coatings to complete in the same neighborhood.  The two homes were directly across the street from one another, making it easy to finish the first garage floors epoxy & polyaspartic, decorative chip systems and then start the second garage.  I was there when they were completing the 2nd garage’s epoxy coatings.

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Topics: Garage Floor Coatings

Professional Garage Floors Epoxy – Skip the Paint Kit & Frustration

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jun 7, 2017 9:56:37 AM

To Coat or To Paint - That is the question!

Coat with Professional Garage Floorsr EpoxyOne of my professional pet peeves is the use of the verb “paint” instead of “coat” when it pertains to our professional garage floor epoxy coatings. Typically, I get “So your company paints the garage floors with epoxy?”  And I usually answer with “Stronghold Floors coats the concrete floor with professional grade epoxy and polyurea.”  My heartburn is with the use of the word paint instead of coat.  

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Topics: Garage Floor Coatings

When Garage Floor Coatings Require Serious Storage Solutions

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Mar 17, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Garage Floor Coatings at the PA Home ShowAfter talking with a few booth visitors today about garage floor coatings, I walked around the 2017 Pennsylvania Home Show today.  I am always curious to see what new companies are presenting.  Today, I found something new some of our customers would probably enjoy – temporary storage via a steel shipping container.  

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Topics: Commercial Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Organization

Garage Coatings Math: When 3 is Greater Than 5

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Nov 22, 2016 5:58:00 PM

Before anyone sends me flaming responses about how the whole numbers 4 and 5 are greater than 3, be sure that I know my discrete mathematics. I actually have a Science degree that includes a minor in Mathematics. While I don’t remember my abstract ring theory from my senior year of undergraduate work, I’'ve not forgotten what I learned in elementary school.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Commercial Flooring, Industrial Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Basement Floor Coatings

Garage Floor Coatings in Winter?

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Nov 15, 2016 2:35:00 PM

Every year we interact with homeowners in many states who do not realize we can apply garage floor coatings year round. Everyone assumes we suffer from the same restrictions as shared by common paint and Do-It-Yourself garage epoxy kits.  This always leads to several questions:

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Commercial Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation

What Makes a Professional Garage Floor Coating Last?

Posted by Stronghold Floors Webmaster on Oct 25, 2016 2:34:10 PM

Do you ever look at your garage and notice how much of a beating your concrete floor has taken over the years? Besides the ugly discolorations that motor oil and road debris have left, you can also see cracks and a few chips, too. 

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation

Removing road tar from Garage Floor Epoxy Coatings & Customer Feedback

Posted by Steve Galeone on Sep 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

epoxy-floor-paint-with-road-tar-2-1024x576.jpgI recently received a call from a distressed customer. Diana was in a panic. Some new asphalt was installed close to her home in State College, PA and upon returning home, she realized that the “fresh road tar was stuck to her garage floor paint”.  

She was relieved to here that the situation was most likely just temporary.   

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings

Looking for garage floor coatings companies? Don’t ask Angie anymore!

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Aug 3, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Lancaster-Garage-Floor-Epoxy-Coatings-07-1.jpg

Just recently, Angie’s List changed the way it shows their customers the top service providers in their area.  No longer can AL customers view the reviews these providers have received over years (sometimes more than a decade).  Not unless that service provider wants to pay for advertising in AL.   It’s now a “pay to play” environment.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings

Why our Garage Floor Coatings are SO popular in 55+ Communities

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jul 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

There has been huge growth in the number and size of 55+ housing communities.  These communities are very attractive to those 55 and older - for good reasons.  Customized home designs, resort-style amenities, no lawn mowing or snow shoveling and convenient locations are just a few of those reasons. 

Severn-MD-Epoxy-Garage-Floor-1.jpgWith that growth, our garage coatings customer base within those communities has increased steadily.  For example, Traditions of America has 7 communities in Pennsylvania and we have garage coatings customers in all but the community located near Pittsburgh (only because it's beyond our current service area). These communities are located around State College, Mechanicsburg, Lancaster and Allentown.

There are numerous communities in Maryland where we have dozens of garage coatings installations, such as:

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Topics: Garage Floor Coatings

How to Epoxy Coat a Garage Floor the Easy Way

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jun 24, 2016 11:05:03 AM

Maryland-Garage-B4-and-After-062015-1.jpgThere are plenty of articles, videos and discussion threads on the Internet about how to epoxy coat a garage floor.   Basically, it comes down to one of two paths:   have a professional install commercial grade flooring products or install pre-packaged kits yourself (or via a painter/contractor).  

Let’s contrast the two approaches.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings

Man Cave 2 – More epoxy coatings & more special features!

Posted by Steve Galeone on May 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Two years ago today, we published Special Spaces: Man Cave highlights Antique Tractors over Epoxy Coatings.  It was one of the more unique coatings projects we completed in 2014.   But, it has NOTHING on Man Cave 2Man-Cave-2-epoxy-coatings-11-1024x683-low-res.jpg

Dave (man cave inhabitant and owner) took things to a whole new level on this project.   Located roughly 10 miles away from Man Cave 1, this project began in early 2014. 

No longer content with a pole barn construction, Man Cave 2 is more mountain lodge than tractor showroom.  Featuring wood beams, high ceilings and large fireplaces among its many highlights, Man Cave 2 even has an underground, 100-yard tunnel used as a shooting range!

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings

Finding a Licensed Epoxy Flooring Contractor in Virginia

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on May 19, 2016 11:59:26 AM

I was recently asked why we have so many Home Improvement Contractor numbers on our paperwork.  I explained that our two locations of Stronghold Floors (Baltimore, MD and Mechanicsburg, PA) allow us to easily service areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  As such, we must hold active licenses or registrations in each state.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Commercial Flooring

Protect Your Concrete In-Ground Swimming Pool Deck With Sealer

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on May 10, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Stronghold Floors does not apply their coatings or sealers to pool decks.After 14 years, our in-ground swimming pool needed a new liner.  We had to drain the entire pool and this presented the perfect opportunity to seal the concrete deck that surrounds the entire pool.

When our swimming pool was first constructed, we were not in the concrete coatings business, so I didn’t know to do anything to the concrete.  The concrete deck around the pool was subjected to the normal wear and tear for any concrete sidewalk.  But, now that

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Topics: Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Organization

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