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

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

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

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

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

5 Things to Consider Before You DIY Concrete Floor Coatings

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We all hear the jingle "“You can do it, we can help."” on TV and many get the urge to play with power tools.  I’'m no exception. But, before attempting a Do It Yourself project, I apply 5 criteria to determine if I’'m setting myself up for trouble.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation, Basement Floor Coatings, Metallic Epoxy

Basement Epoxy Coatings & Sealing Against Radon

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Over the years, we have been asked about applying epoxy coatings to basement floors to mitigate radon.  Most homeowners who asked didn’t know whether they had a radon issue, so I suspect it’s more about curiosity and not always about solving an existing issue.  I first always recommend testing their home for radon – it’s cheap and easy.  Second, I try to explain my best understanding of epoxy coatings and other floor sealing systems with regards to their impact on radon transmission into a home.

radonSo, let’s start with a description of radon and move onto some questions and answers.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Concrete Repair, Basement Floor Coatings

SF News: New monthly Email Newsletters (beyond Garage Floor Coatings)

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 21, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Enjoy Your Winter with Garage Floor Coatings

I’m pleased to announce Stronghold Floors will now send out a monthly email newsletter for homeowners.  Each month will feature content that educates, entertains and inspires.  

We will keep you informed of upcoming shows, open houses, organization partner specials and Parades of Homes.

Our content will often be seasonal in nature and will go beyond our garage floor coatings and our other coating systems

If you want to receive our monthly email newsletters, you can sign up by clicking here.

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

7 Reasons Why Epoxy Coatings Fail

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Sep 11, 2014 1:15:00 PM

7 reasons why epoxy coatings failOur team gets asked all the time about why floor coatings fail.   Sometimes it’s for a garage floor that was painted with a big-box store’s epoxy kit.   Other times it’s a commercial service garage where the epoxy just won’t stick.   The reasons can vary, but I’m going to attempt to describe the most common reasons why epoxy coatings fail (this will typically hold true for other types of coatings such as polyaspartic or polyurea). 

Improper Surface Preparation

Too often, an epoxy paint kit from a big box store will instruct the DIY user to just clean the floor or etch it with muriatic acid.   Cleaning along is NEVER enough.   Acid etching, while a valid preparation method, will only work if the concrete’s pores are open enough to allow the acid to react and remove the laitance (the thin cement paste on the very top).  Acid etching will also not suffice for areas of the concrete which are sealed, oil stained, painted or contaminated (with wax, tire shine or other chemicals).

To ensure a proper concrete surface profile (CSP 2 or 3), we normally utilize our shrouded concrete grinders. On rare occasion, we may also shot blast the concrete.  For more information:   Epoxy Floor Coatings: Concrete Surface Profiles Explained

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

What’s NEW on StrongholdFloors.com

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Aug 22, 2014 9:15:00 AM

We constantly add new content to our website. So much so that it would be difficult to keep up.  I’m going to use this blog to recap all of the recent changes and additions to StrongholdFloors.com.

 

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Commercial Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Garage Organization, Basement Floor Coatings, Polished Concrete

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