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

Metallic Epoxy meets Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Apr 22, 2016 9:56:19 AM

With so many customers, I rarely get to visit their homes to see our epoxy floor coatings after they are in everyday use. This past weekend, Steve and I had the pleasure of visiting a home in Lancaster County that really captured the benefits of a Metallic Epoxy floor and effectively coupled it with the architectural period of the home.

Elements of a Mid-Century Modern Home

Metallic epoxy enhances this Mid-Century Modern home in Lancaster, PAThis home’s owner was gracious enough to show us around the home so we could take in all the elements that make Mid-Century Modern homes so unique.  The home, sometimes called a “California Ranch”, features many mid-century modern (MCM) architectural elements including expansive windows, nine foot cedar tongue and groove ceilings throughout, exposed structural laminated beams, a Tennessee sandstone fireplace and exterior accents, and indoor/outdoor living options.    

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Metallic Epoxy

Our Epoxy Garage Floor versus Dried On Paint

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Feb 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

My garage floor always looks dirty!

Before painting garage floor with epoxy.Lisa and Brian contacted Steve, our Pennsylvania Sales Manager, back in June 2015 to learn more about our garage floor coatings.  Their next door neighbors had referred them on to Stronghold Floors.  Their neighbors had our epoxy coatings in their 2 car garage and on their back patio slab.  Plus, they had our booth at the Pennsylvania Home Show.

Lisa wanted our coatings because the garage floor’s concrete always looked dirty. To make things worse, their home was a former model home and the builder had left marks, paint spray and caulk on the garage floor.   For her, the concrete was just too hard to keep clean.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings

Are Vapor Retarders Necessary for Basements and Garages?

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 29, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Vapor-Barrier-under-concrete-slab.jpgWhen meeting with homeowners to discuss garage and basement coatings, we often find the customer is concerned that the homebuilder did not put a vapor retarding material under the slab.   Specifically with garages, they often think the builder skipped a step because they saw the concrete poured directly onto the prepared base. 

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

12 Tips for Use & Care of Your Epoxy Floor Coatings (UPDATED to 13)

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

I have had my garage coated since 2004.   While some of our experiments have done minor damage to my decorative chip coatings, 99% of my floors almost 900 square feet still look like new. For the record, we would never encourage our customers to repeat some of the tests we conducted (acid splashes, burnouts, epoxy and paint drips, gasoline spills and tire chains on a Cub Cadet tractor).  

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Commercial Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings

Epoxy Floor Coatings: What Are Those Cracks In My Floor?

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

concrete_coating_crackThe purpose of this blog is to deal with questions we get so often when it comes to epoxy floor coatings. Since these questions most often come from residential homeowners concerning their garage or basement floors, I’ll concentrate our answers to this audience.   A fair amount of the information is applicable to the commercial environment as well.

Here in part 1 of this blog, I’m tackling some of the common questions concerning cracking of the concrete surface. Next week in part 2, I’ll get into the types of joints used in residential construction and how they impact the installation and performance of the coating system. 

Why did my concrete floor develop cracks?

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Concrete Repair, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation, Basement Floor Coatings

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