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

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

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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

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

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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