Over the last two decades, the demand for polished concrete has grown drastically. Twenty years ago, when Hoover & Wells started polishing concrete floors, customer expectation was set by specifying a desired gloss level. Although gloss testing is important, there are other tests that have been developed in recent years that will better define the overall expected outcome of the polished concrete surface. Distinctness of Image, Haze, and Roughness Average can be used in addition to the Gloss test to ensure the owner gets the quality floor he or she is paying for. The testing needs to be performed before the application of a sealer/guard because these products tend to give inflated readings. So, let's go over some of these terms and what they mean!
Hoover Wellsfeatures our own custom epoxy flooring called Rez-Stone. It is a great fit for businesses that want to apply an epoxy coating to their current concrete floor. However, you may be asking yourself the question, ‘Why would you want an epoxy floor?’
The most common reason for using an epoxy floor is just how versatile it is.Seriously, some of the systems we offer include resistances to chemicals, slips, sparks, heat,impacts andmore.Epoxy floors can make your operation safer! Epoxy reflects light better than concrete to help increase the overall brightness of the area and we can add lines/patterns to epoxy floors to help easily identify pathways and hazardous areas. From hazard markings and walkways to ads and logos, we can make it happen!
It also lasts a long time! Epoxy can last for many years, even when under constant stress from heavy use. As you can probably guess, it is harder to fix concrete than an epoxy covering. That layer of long-lasting epoxy serves as a layer of protection for your concrete floor underneath, protecting against chipping, cracking, and wear.
We wanted to take a moment to thank Ford for recognizing all the hard work that so many people have been contributing towards combating COVID-19.
At Hoover & Wells Inc., we strive to ensure our team always delivers an excellent quality product with minimum hassle. While COVID-19 has made things more difficult, we are continuing to provide the same level of quality as before. The extra steps taken to keep customers and staff safe has been our focus over the past couple months. Through it all, nothing makes us happier than when our staff receives recognition for the work put into providing excellent service. We would like to take a moment to thank our employees for continuing to help us maintain Hoover & Wells' level of quality during this crisis, and our customers for continuing to stay strong and sticking with us.
Ford Motor Company has recognized our work and sent us a thank you.
SUMMARIZING OUR SYSTEMS: 9334
Rez-Stone 9334 is a three-coat epoxy floor system designed for hi-build epoxy protection over existing concrete substrates where good filling and leveling properties are needed. Rez-Stone 9334 provides high gloss and excellent wear resistance on light-to-heavy industrial floor applications. Rez-Stone 9334 incorporates three coats of 100% solids epoxy for an economical, long-lasting 34 mil floor system.
- Easy two-coat application
- Excellent light reflectivity
- Solvent Free
- No VOC’s
Concrete surfaces must be clean and sound. Remove all dirt, laitance, grease, curing compounds, and other bond-inhibiting contaminants by shot blasting, scarification, or other approved mechanical methods. Due to the relatively thin film thickness of the system, brush blasting is recommended with a S-280 shot or smaller to prevent blast marks from telegraphing through the coating. Treated surfaces vacuumed to remove all dust and dirt before applying any coatings.
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Previously, we have been locally involved with helping tackle projects and have supported some great causes over the years. Right now, lending a helping hand is more important than ever. With the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have been looking for ways Hoover & Wells can protect our community. We want to share a couple of recent endeavors to bring some positivity and encouragement at this time. Hoover Wells is apart of the solution!
Slip resistance is a major consideration when trying to select the proper floor system for your facility. (We refer to slip resistance as the floor texture.) There is a give-and-take scenario when selecting the amount of slip resistance needed. The more slip resistant your epoxy floor system is the harder it is to clean, but again, your floor is not slippery. As you lower the slip resistance, your floor becomes easier and easier to clean.
There are three ways to control slip resistance in an epoxy floor system:
- Adding aggregate to the epoxy material,
- The topcoats natural finish,
- And the topcoat coverage rate.
Generally, aggregates include oxide or silica sand which have different sizes and shapes, topcoat finish would be the natural floor finish without adding aggregate, and material coverage rate is the square foot per gallon achieved during application.
SUMMARIZING OUR SYSTEMS: 9230
Rez-Stone 9230 is a two-coat epoxy floor system designed for hi-build epoxy protection over new or like new concrete substrates. Rez-Stone 9230 provides high gloss, flat-line finish, and excellent wear resistance on light-to-heavy industrial floor applications. Rez-Stone 9230 incorporates two coats of 100% solids epoxy for an economical, long-lasting, 30 mil floor system.
- Easy two-coat application
- Excellent light reflectivity
- Solvent Free
- No VOC’s
Concrete surfaces must be clean and sound. Remove all dirt, laitance, grease, curing compounds, and other bond-inhibiting contaminants by shot blasting, scarification, or other approved mechanical methods. Shot blasting is recommended over bare concrete to create an acceptable profile for the epoxy coating system. Treated surfaces must be completely clean before applying any coatings.
SUMMARIZING OUR SYSTEMS: 9220-OP
Rez-Stone 9220-OP is an economical epoxy coating system which provides hi-build 20 mil protection over new or like new concrete surfaces. Rez-Stone 9220-OP is designed for light-to-medium industrial floor surfaces where light orange peel finish is required. Rez-Stone 9220-OP incorporates a 100% solids epoxy primer and topcoat for long lasting, semi-gloss, textured finish, resistant to most common industrial cleaners and fluids.
- Easy-fast application
- High abrasion resistance
- Unique orange peel finish
Summarizing Our Systems: REZ-STONE 5017
Here at Hoover Wells, we offer a wide array of services, but it can be confusing with the arsenal of different epoxies, polishes and other coatings. So, we are here to help you pick the one you need for your floor and teach you which systems do what to benefit you. In this article, we will be covering our Rez-Stone 5017 100% solids epoxy primer binder.
Description: Rez-Stone 5017 is a two-component, 100% solids epoxy. When used as a primer, Rez-Stone 5017 exhibits excellent adhesive properties to properly prepared substrates. When used as a binder, Rez-Stone 5017’s low viscosity produces easy to work with floor systems even at cool temperatures.
Packaging/Unit Sizes: 3-gallon units, 15-gallon units, 150-gallon units. Coverage will vary with use.
Surface Preparation: Concrete surfaces must be clean and sound. Remove all dirt, laitance, grease, wax, curing compounds, and other bond-inhibiting contaminants by shot blasting, scarification, or other approved mechanical methods.
Epoxy floor coverings, including Hoover Wells Rez-Stone flooring systems, benefit from a regular complete maintenance program. Floors can wear and become defaced by heavy traffic grinding dirt and abrasives into the floor surface. That can result in a floor becoming extremely damaged, and in some cases, dangerous. If the floor becomes so damaged that line markings can't be seen, or the concrete begins to crumble, this floor has become unsafe.
This is what can happen to a floor that is not regularly maintained. Though, as you can see, we can still make it look brand new!
So, how do you avoid having such issues?