Just what is a Concrete Densifier?

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jul 8, 2015 10:00:00 AM

There are a lot of products that are used with concrete.  One newer item that causes some confusion is concrete densifiers.  Are they a sealer?  Are they the same as epoxy?  Just what is a densifier?

Concrete Densifiers Explained

Concrete densifiers are chemicals that are applied to the surface to:Stronghold Floors explains concrete densifiers and how they differ from epoxy coatings.

1)      Fill in the pores at the surface

2)      Increase surface density

3)      Improve the wear resistance

4)      Reduce dusting

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Topics: Commercial Flooring, Industrial Flooring, Polished Concrete

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

Concrete Floor Coatings vs. Polished Concrete

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on May 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Polished concrete flooring vs concrete floor coatingsPolished concrete is commonly featured in decorative concrete magazines and websites.   For the later part of the 2000s, it seemed that polished concrete was the rage.   Like many concrete coatings companies, we began to install polished concrete in residential basements, fire stations, commercial showrooms and industrial production environments.    Now, like many concrete coatings companies, we rarely install polished concrete in commercial/industrial settings and will NOT install polished concrete in residential environments.

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

5 Disastrous Garage Floor Solutions! (Part 2)

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on May 12, 2014 9:30:00 AM

5 disastrous garage floor solutionsIn our last blog, we began by discussing two very poor choices for garage floor solutions.    They were stamped concrete and overlays (including epoxy stone and cementitious overlays). We still have 3 more poor choices to discuss.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Polished Concrete

5 Disastrous Garage Floor Solutions! (Part 1)

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on May 8, 2014 10:00:00 AM

5 disastrous garage floor solutionsEvery year, I see advertisements for garage floor finishes that make no sense to me.    The most recent advertisement was a small company in central Pennsylvania offering stamped concrete and stating it was a good solution for a garage.    What?!?!

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Polished Concrete

Decorative Coatings, Las Vegas & the World of Concrete

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Kim and I just returned from a week at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.   I’m really not trying to “rub it in” that we escaped the horrible cold (polar vortex) for 6 days. I just want to share some impressions and feedback from our trip.

The World of Concrete

This is one of the largest shows hosted in Las Vegas. If it has anything to do with concrete, it’s probably at the World of Concrete.  Attended by about 50,000 people, the show features vendors and demonstrations on forming and pouring concrete, repairing concrete, polishing concrete, staining and dye work, decorative overlays and, of course, concrete coatings.   The show is massive and requires about 3 days to walk through it all.

concreteglobeWe got to see some of the truly artistic aspects of products we use, such as metallic epoxy.   To the right is a picture where an artist used the same metallic pigments we use to do basements, offices and garage floors, but utilized them in highly decorative way to create a painting. 

While the show is impressive, I have to admit that every trip to Las Vegas always impresses me because of all the types of decorative concrete finishes that are on permanent display on the Strip and elsewhere.

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

Epoxy Floor Coatings – From the Dairy to the Dinner Table

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM

It's Pennsylvania Farm Show time again. This event is one of the largest indoor agricultural shows in the nation.   Over 5000 animals, thousands of farmers and even two dozen wineries will be present during this 7 day show.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Commercial Flooring, Concrete Repair, Industrial Flooring, Polished Concrete

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