4 Things to consider when planning your Epoxy Floor Coating Project

modern-basement.jpgMany companies consider protective coatings to prevent deterioration of concrete floors. This is because this type of floor tends to reveal a little more than it should overtime. Fossilcote limited has outlined four factors to help you if your concrete floor is starting to show its age by ensuring you’ll get the longest life possible from your new coating.

  1. What is the activity in the area?

There are a few factors to be considered when selecting a proper; product, thickness, and application method to accommodate your unique environment. These are;

  • Type of coating
  • Type of machines used
  • The area temperature

All of these factors: temperature (room temperature, and operational temperature), traffic, and exposure to chemicals play a very important role in the type of coating to be considered.

  1. What is the condition of the concrete?

What is the degree of corrosion in your space?

  • Smooth concrete – Has no visible aggregate showing, may have small cracks
  • Small aggregate – Some rock is exposed
  • Large aggregate – Large rock is exposed

To achieve best results, areas with cracks and small or large aggregate exposed must be prefilled before the coating system is applied. It may take some extra time and material, but proper preparation will ensure a longer coating life.

 When is the area available for downtime?

Time will be needed for surface preparations, installation of the coating, and cure time. Therefore, try to plan your installation for a time when the coating can have the longest time to cure. This is because the longer it has to cure, the tougher and more resilient it becomes.

Consult your installer about what time is best for you. Coatings can be installed during the week if the space can be shut down during that time, during planned shutdowns, weekends, or over a holiday.

  1. Is the floor properly draining?

A good installer will be able to pitch or build up your floor to ensure proper drainage and remedy potential slip and fall areas. Oftentimes when an installer sees your floor for the first time it is completely dry. Be sure to mark or point out these areas.

All of these things are important to think about when preparing to resurface a floor. But perhaps one of the most important things to consider is hiring the right team to do the job. Surface preparation, proper coating selection and expert installation are the most important factors to guarantee a long-lasting floor. Choose Fossilcote limited with years of experience, and references to back up their work as an installer and you won’t regret. For more information on our products or services, call us on +254797 367745 or +254 020 2004177 or visit our website.

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Coving for Food and Beverage Industry

cooo.jpgAny industrial facility has an area that’s notoriously difficult to clean specifically where the floors meets the wall. Food and beverage production plants especially, are quite prone to bacterial contamination as a result of this 90-degree corner that runs along the side of a room or around a column.

A cove or coving is that part of a finished industrial flooring system that ends at floor edges and turns up to cover abutments in a room such as walls or columns, is ideal for smoothing over this gap to create a seamless, impermeable transition between the floor and the wall. Easily cleaned coving leaves dirt, dust and germs without a place to hide, helping food and beverage facilities ensure a hygienic floor that meets every standard.

Coving can be added to existing flooring systems, and is typically designed and installed based on appropriate use and function for your facility as part of a new flooring system, working around columns and other openings to provide the best functionality and appearance.

Coving benefits.

  • Made from urethane cove mortar to match a flooring system
  • No flaking or peeling
  • Ensures a seamless transition from floor to wall
  • Protects walls from impact, chemical attack and vigorous cleaning
  • Custom-built on new or existing floors
  • Durable, holding up to any impact
  • Smooth hand troweling makes them easier to clean

Kitchens and food processing areas recommended height for covings is from 3/16-inch to 5 inches while for meat and poultry manufacturing facilities, this could be raised up to 15 inches to avoid damage to the walls. Food and beverage facilities may find it useful to install coving behind stoves and food preparation benches to make these areas easier to clean. If the coving is made from the same material as the floor, installation is simpler, quicker and easier.

It should be noted that, not every industrial flooring installer is expert enough to trowel curbs and coving three feet up. It takes a lot of skill, a lot of patience, and a lot of strength, too, to get it to hang. Fossilcote flooring has completed coving projects as high as six feet, across entire rooms therefore the right company to contact.

For more information on our products or services, call us on +254797 367745 or +254 020 2004177 or visit our website.

What is a Floor Primer?

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Primers are a key ingredient for floor preparation. There is a tendency to reduce or even eliminate priming, but surface preparation adds another step to the bonding process of creating the desired look to the floor.

Primers are designed to perform these main tasks:

  1. Seal the substrate to reduce penetration and air release from concrete pores and pinholes,
  2. Priming reduces drying, shrinkage, and improves resistance to water, shock, frost, and chemical damage,
  3. Consolidate and strengthen an otherwise weak or dusty substrate, and
  4. To improve adhesion of the flooring system.

A floor seal can often act as its own primer, two coats usually providing the full system. Flow applied flooring for example benefit from the use of a primer (double priming in some cases) by sealing small air pockets in the concrete base due to pores and pinholes and therefore reducing the risk of these bubbles rising to the surface and spoiling the smooth, impervious finish which is the ultimate goal.

Primers also serve to seal contaminated substrates, again increasing adhesion and prevent contaminants damaging and de-bonding the whole system. Special primers are available to deal with problems such as oil contamination and damp substrates.

For more information on our products or services, call us on +254797 367745 or +254 020 2004177 or visit our website.

7 Steps to Applying Epoxy Coating to Your Floor

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So now you’ve decided to get flooring for your facility. Now all you need to do is apply the flooring product properly. While this is a simple task there are several things that need to be done to guarantee your floor comes out just the way you envisioned them. Fossilcote limited has outlined seven steps that will help you upgrade your floors.

Step 1.

Prepare the surface. Preparation of substrate is necessary in order to ensure adhesion between the epoxy product and the substrate. Suitable methods are sanding or diamond-grinding. Any surfaces that have been contaminated with oils may also require chemical cleaning.

Step 2.

Sweeping and cleaning of the floor. Use an industrial vacuum that picks up even small dust particles. The floor must be cleaned of all dusts and residues before starting to prime. Otherwise you will have various particles trapped within the coat and adhesion will be significantly weakened. The less micro-dust on the surface the less primer you will need.

Step 3.

Prime the floor with a suitable epoxy primer. Always prime the floor, don’t believe claims that priming is not necessary. Priming will give your floor a longer life and better adhesion to the substrate. Priming will seal the substrate thus eliminating the risks of bubbles and gases. Priming helps reduce the amount of product that will be required in the later stages. Ensure that the areas are ventilated properly. It is common to coat two layers of primer in order to properly seal the floor. Use a proper electrical mixer to mix the A and B component of the primer.

Step 4.

Fill all cracks, holes etc. with epoxy grout. (This step can also take place before priming if you prefer) For thin cracks it may be necessary to slice them with a diamond cutter before filling in order to improve the anchoring of the grout.

Step 5.

Application of the first coat of epoxy paint. Empty all the contents of the hardener in the component A. Use an electrical mixer and mix at least for two minutes. Don’t skimp on the mixing! This step is very important.

Step 6.

Apply the product with a roller. Use a good quality roller, as poor quality rollers may start to shed. You should be able to re-coat after 24 hours. The next day you may notice various problems that have appeared such as cracks, holes etc. Make sure that these are sealed-filled before starting the next coat. You may also need to sand some uneven surfaces that appeared after the first coat. If necessary, wait an extra dry for the grout to dry before re-coating.

Step 7.

Apply the final coat. Before placing the final coat make sure all holes and cracks have been filled, and that all dust has been collected. Otherwise you will get an ugly texture on the final surface. Remember most epoxy products have a pot life of approximately 40 minutes (or less) so only mix one bucket at a time and get to work immediately.

Our ultimate goal is to help our readers benefit from these steps therefore for more information on our products or services, call us on +254797 367745 or +254 020 2004177 or visit our website.

5 Things to think about when choosing a floor

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Choosing a floor for your office space can seem like a daunting task. We have created a list of things you can look at before making a final decision. If you are looking to refurbish or a resurface a concrete floor, we will guide your  steps towards choosing the right floor for you.

  1. The type of traffic on the floor. It is important to consider whether a lot of people or if heavy cars will be moving on these floors before making a suitable choice. A floor that is in an area where heavy trucks or where forklifts are used, will require a floor that is resistant to tear and wear. Or a floor that has a chance of getting wet or spills, requires to be anti-slip to add traction and avoid accidents.

 

  1. The frequency of traffic is also important to consider. A shopping mall parking lot will require a floor with specifications that are different than a floor that has less cars on it. By having an estimation of the number of cars one expects to pass through there, it goes into advising the kind of floor to be used in such a space.

 

 

  1. The color of your floor should also be reflective of your daily activities and give something to your space. For example, light-colored floors create a feeling of more space and they also help with the lighting of a room. White floors can be hard to clean and cost more to maintain.

 

  1. The working conditions of the room are important to factor in when choosing a floor for your space. If the area is cold and freezing, it will require a different floor from a floor that is full of steam and humidity. Also, a floor that is outside has different properties from a floor that is inside a building.

 

 

  1. If your floor is in a factory or warehouse, you may want a plain clear coating for simplicity. There are also color options of epoxy flooring available to you if you need to mark certain areas for different designated purposes. As long as these locations will be permanent, a colored industrial epoxy floor coating may be the right choice for you as opposed to safety tapes or paints.

 

For more information on our products or services, call us on +254797 367745 or +254 020 2004177 or visit our website.

 

 

About Poly-screed and Polyurethane Floor Screeds

 

 

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When dealing with hard wearing surfaces, using heavy duty polyurethane screeds is the best way solution for your floors. Polyurethane screeds are typically applied at a thickness of 5 m – 9 mm, providing excellent resistance to abrasion, heat and chemical attack and other heavy duty application.

Poly-screed and Polyurethane Floor Screeds compared to epoxy floors are more viscous and are applied with a hand trowel instead. This way they are less slippery and can withstand steel-wheeled traffic and other heavy machinery. They can also be steam cleaned when they are at a thickness of 9 mm to create a bulletproof surface.

Its popularity is because of its versatile nature that can be applied to various surfaces such as plastic, wood, metal, even concrete. It also is popular in the manufacturing sector because it seals out oil  and grease, while also absorbing sound therefore it does not cause ear damage to the workers who use machinery that produces a lot of noise.

It has an attractive finish and is ideal to be used in an area with heavy duty machinery, and also highly visible. If your business needs a floor for a heavy traffic and high impact environment, you can contact us to find out if this is the right floor type for your business.

For more information on our products or services, call us on +254797 367745 or +254 020 2004177 or visit our website.

Transform Your Work space with Epoxy Floor Coating

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If you are looking to transform your industrial work space with modern, high-gloss epoxy floor coating, we at Fossilcote Ltd will do it for you. We are experts in providing cost-effective resin flooring solutions for a range of industrial and commercial customers. Industrial flooring needs to be able to stand up to a variety of tough situations from high heat and heavy traffic to chemical spills.These floor coatings can be applied over concrete floors to provide a high performance, attractive surface for garage showrooms, warehouses,and factories.

How Could Our Epoxy Floor Coatings Benefit you?

The popularity of epoxy floor coatings stems from their quick and simple installation, and minimal disruption to the site production.

The hardwearing benefits of epoxy floor coatings include high standards of resistance to temperature, chemicals, impact, fire and slippage. Not only can this prevent accidents in the workplace from frequent grease and oil spillages, but also provide the long-lasting strength and wear resistance necessary in warehouse and factory environments.

The reflective properties of epoxy floor coatings not only offer a high-gloss finish but also improves the brightness. A range of colours can be used to outline walkways and add an aesthetic finish.

The low level maintenance of epoxy coatings is especially best suited for food processing and pharmaceutical clients. The seamless, non-porous surface makes it incredibly easy to clean in order to maintain high standards of hygiene.

Why Choose Fossilcote Ltd?

In keeping up with the ever growing demands of the flooring industry, we offer one of the most extensive range of flooring solutions in Kenya, premium coating, seamless resin flooring, cementitious coatings, anti-corrosive coatings and niche texture coatings.We know that expert knowledge is critical in identifying the correct resins, and here at Fossilcote in providing long-lasting flooring solutions and excellent customer satisfaction.

We tailor our epoxy coatings for manufacturers, factories, and a number of large automotive body shops, namely, Coca-cola, Brookside, Kenya Wines Agencies Ltd (KWAL), Movit Products Limited, among others.

For more information on our products or services, call us on +254797 367745 or +254 020 2004177 or visit our website.