Category Archives: Industrial Floor Coatings

Commercial Industrial Flooring

Palomar Technologies ESD Flooring

ESD Flooring at Palomar Technologies, Carlsbad, CA
Palomar Technologies, Carlsbad, CA

In 2015 Magnesite Specialties, Inc. www.magnesitespecialties.com out of San Diego, CA installed the Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS ESD Flooring system for Palomar Technologies in Carlsbad, CA.

Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD is a static dissipative ESD floor system which can prevent sensitive electronic components from being damaged by electrostatic discharge.

Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD - ESD Flooring
Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD

The Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS ESD Flooring is a high-solids, fluid applied floor system which is static dissipative, designed for use in environments containing components sensitive to static shock.

This facility in Carlsbad, CA is used to manufacture sensitive electronic parts. These electronic components must be handled by  people are which point they are vulnerable to damage from static shock.

Static Dissipative Flooring
Static Dissipative Flooring

Traditional floor coverings and electronic components are sensitive to moisture and humidity. Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS Epoxy ESD Flooring can be used with Dex-O-Tex Vapor-Control Primer to avoid problems caused by excessive moisture and humidity in the concrete slab.

It is highly recommended to utilize a moisture control system to eliminate the possible damage caused by moisture in the concrete slab.

Vapor-Control Primer over Crack Detail Membrane
Vapor-Control Primer over Crack Detail Membrane

The high solid content allows Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS ESD Flooring to be a high build system, providing a nice gloss finish, even over rough concrete surfaces. A high solid, high build system means a thicker epoxy floor coating system which translates to a better looking, more durable floor coating.

Concrete Slab with cracks, joints, repairs, and pour backs
Concrete Slab with cracks, joints, repairs, and pour backs

Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS Epoxy ESD Flooring is a high performance, high solids, epoxy floor coating designed for durability and wear as well as providing electrostatic dissipative properties for environments such as server rooms, electrical rooms, and electronics manufacturing facilities or any facility consisting of electrical components sensitive to electrostatic discharge.

Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD
Dex-O-Tex Electro-Flor HS SD

Electrostatic dissipative ESD flooring is not enough to eliminate electrostatic discharge alone, it must be combined with a complete program and culture of electrostatic discharge prevention.

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert

Project Feature: San Diego Police Academy at Miramar College

DEX-O-TEX ELASTATEX 500 ELASTOMERIC DECK COATING

Dex-O-Tex Elastatex 500 Deck Coating System
Dex-O-Tex Elastatex 500 Deck Coating System

In March of 2015 Magnesite Specialties, Inc. www.magnesitespecialties.com out of San Diego, CA installed the Dex-O-Tex Elastatex 500 Elastomeric Deck Coating system for the San Diego Police Academy at Miramar College.

The Dex-O-Tex Elastatex 500 is a fluid applied, elastomeric deck waterproofing and traffic coating system, designed for use on balconies, walking decks and flat roofs.

Elastomeric Deck Coating
Elastomeric Deck Coating

The finish coat of the Dex-O-Tex Elastatex 500 is a high performance, high solids polyurea coating designed for optimal durability and wear.

Elastatex 500 with Deck Drain
Elastatex 500 with Deck Drain

The Dex-O-Tex Elastatex 500 is put together of high quality durable components and is designed for extreme environments, such as ski boot traffic at ski resorts, or the heavy boot traffic of a law enforcement training academy.

Dex-O-Tex Elastatex 500 at Police Academy
Dex-O-Tex Elastatex 500 at Police Academy

Dex-O-Tex Elastatex 500 Deck Coating System:

  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Slip-Resistant
  • High Performance Top Coat
  • Low VOC

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert

Mechanical Equipment Room Flooring

Waterproof Flooring
Waterproof Flooring

Most commercial buildings, hotels, office, condo, and municipal buildings have mechanical equipment rooms. Rooms which house pumps and machinery require to operate the buildings facilities. Due to the equipment in these rooms, the flooring must be waterproof.

Seamless Poured in Place Flooring
Seamless Poured in Place Flooring

A good mechanical equipment room floor should be waterproof, durable and easy to clean. Often times exterior traffic coatings are used because they are waterproof, but if the waterproof flooring turns up the vertical of the wall to form a seamless cove base, then code requires the flooring to meet the same fire rated requirements as the wall coverings.

Seamless and Easy to Clean Flooring
Seamless and Easy to Clean Flooring

Mechanical equipment room floors typically multi-layered systems that consist of a primer for superior adhesion, the membrane which is waterproof and elastomeric, a durable base coat finished with a maintainable sealer.

Integral Cove Base for Walls and Equipment Pads
Integral Cove Base for Walls and Equipment Pads

A seamless integral cove base running up the walls and the vertical base of equipment pads is necessary to provide waterproof protection at the walls and equipment pads.

San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Mechanical Equipment Flooring
San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Mechanical Equipment Flooring

Mechanical equipment room flooring needs to be more than just waterproof. A proper mechanical equipment room floor should have the following physical properties.

 

Mechanical Equipment Room Flooring:

  • Waterproof
  • Easy to maintain
  • Integral cove base
  • Fire Rated

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert

Terrazzo Flooring

Terrazzo Logo
Terrazzo Logo

Developed centuries ago in Italy, terrazzo is one of the oldest floor coverings in the world. Modern day terrazzo has become one of the premier floors available. Some of the benefits of terrazzo flooring include, being decorative, durable, ease of maintenance, and it is environmentally friendly.

Camp Pendleton - Mike Payne Terrazzo

Camp Pendleton – Mike Payne Terrazzo

Terrazzo is a composite material consisting of a colored matrix binder (epoxy, polymer or portland cement) mixed with an aggregate (marble, glass, mirror, or mother of pearl, etc). In conjunction with metal strips and inlays, a vast array of design options are available, giving terrazzo unequaled aesthetics.

Dex-O-Tex Terrazzo

Dex-O-Tex Terrazzo

Terrazzo is perhaps the most durable flooring ever walked upon. It typically outlasts other flooring with its long life span, considered to be 40 – 50 years, but if taken care of properly, there is no reason a terrazzo floor can’t last for a hundred years or more. This makes terrazzo the perfect flooring for high traffic areas such as airports, casinos, theme parks, and municipal buildings.

Dex-O-Tex Terrazzo

Dex-O-Tex Terrazzo

Terrazzo is sanitary and easy to clean. This means it requires less maintenance, which saves money and resources over time. Therefore terrazzo is an ideal floor for institutional restrooms.

Monte Vista High School - Magnesite Specialties

Monte Vista High School – Magnesite Specialties

Terrazzo is sustainable. It is low V.O.C. Terrazzo can contain recycled content, and t’s aforementioned long life cycle and ease of maintenance reduce the environmental impact of replacements and maintenance.

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert

Reflective Flooring

 

Reflective Aircraft Hanger Flooring
Reflective Aircraft Hanger Flooring

There are several ways in which a floor can be sustainable, they can contain minimal volatile organic contents (V.O.C.), some may even include recyclable components, and then there is light reflectivity.

How little lighting is needed to illuminate this large space
How little lighting is needed to illuminate this large space

What separates light reflectivity from those other sustainable features, is that light reflectivity returns money to the building operator.

Dex-O-Tex Reflective Flooring

Dex-O-Tex Reflective Flooring

Less light is required when you have a reflective floor, and less light is less energy. That is way the big warehouse stores like Cosco and Sam’s Club utilize reflective flooring.

Warehouse retail operatives save with reflective flooring

Lighting currently accounts for somewhere between 20-25% of a building’s energy consumption. Using less light, will reduce energy consumption, saving money and have a positive effect on the environment.

Reflective flooring helps illuminate warehouses

Reflective flooring helps illuminate warehouses

The high gloss surface of reflective flooring is typically easy to clean as well. The combined benefit of less maintenance costs and less energy makes reflective flooring a winning solution.

Reflective flooring in office maximizes natural light

 

Could your facility benefit from reflective flooring?

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert

Vehicle Repair Bay Flooring

Decorative Quartz over Epoxy Mortar
Decorative Quartz over Epoxy Mortar

From in-house vehicles, municipal buses, and dealerships to high school auto shops, repair bays for cars, trucks, buses, and even trains require a durable, chemical resistant floor system. Most floor coating manufacturer’s recommend ¼” mortar with epoxy grout or decorative broadcast, and a chemical resistant urethane or polyurea top coat.

 

Decorative Quartz over Epoxy Mortar
Decorative Quartz over Epoxy Mortar

Every component serves a specific function. The ¼” mortar is a heavy duty industrial floor, that will hold up to the impact of heavy tools and parts falling on the floor – IMPACT RESISTANCE.

 

Vehicle repair bay trench drain
Vehicle repair bay trench drain

The grout coat or decorative broadcasts give the floor coating its distinctive texture and appearance. – APPEARANCE.

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The polyurethane or polyurea topcoat will give the vehicle repair bay floor it’s resistance to oil, brake fluid, and fuel that it will exposed to as well as provide U.V. Stability. – CHEMICAL/ U.V. RESISTANCE.

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Vehicle repair bay flooring needs to be more than capable of withstanding vehicular traffic. A proper vehicle repair bay floor should have the following physical properties.

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Vehicle Repair Bay Flooring:

  • Impact Resistant
  • Abrasion Resistant
  • Chemical Resistant
  • U.V. Resistant

Brandon Carpenter – www.industrialfloorexpert.com

Online Tool Lets Users Compare Buildings’ Sustainability

Facility Maintenance

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has unveiled a new online tool that allows users to compare the sustainability performance of a building type as the energy efficiency design of that building type is increased.

http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/alerts/Online-Tool-Lets-Users-Compare-Buildings-Sustainability–32864?utm_medium=email&utm_source=maintenanceAlerts&utm_campaign=maintenanceAlerts10/30/2014

 Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert

How to Select the Right Floor Coating Contractor

Qualify your Floor Coating Contractor
Qualify your Floor Coating Contractor

One of the most critical factors in having a successful industrial floor coating installation is to have a quality Contractor.

Qualify your Contractor by verifying the following:

 License – Verify the Contractor has all the necessary licenses, bonding and insurances required by the State, or local governing body.

References – A good Contractor is going to have many references where they installed similar industrial floor systems, in similar conditions.

Manufacturer Approval – All credible floor coating manufacturers have a method through which they qualify Contractors. Although many concrete coating manufacturers are hesitant to endorse Contractors, it is standard in the industry for floor coating Contractors to provide a letter from the coating material manufacturer, stating the Contractor is in some way acceptable to the manufacturer and that the manufacturer will guarantee their material when installed by said floor coating Contractor.

Workers Compensation – Verify the Contractor has current and valid workers compensation.

Multiple Bids – Don’t forget to  obtain multiple bids in writing from 2-3 qualified Contractors to insure the best value.

Brandon Carpenter – Industrial Floor Expert