The Concrete Space

The Testing Terms of Concrete Polishing

Posted by Tony Corsini on 7/31/20 11:00 AM

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!

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Topics: Concrete Polishing, Floor Systems, Surface Preparation, The Hoover Wells Advantage, Concrete Terms

What is The Hoover Wells Advantage?

Posted by Griffin Ball on 6/12/20 1:42 PM

We make nice floors, but so what? If you have never worked with us, you may not know how we stand out in the epoxy and concrete polishing crowd. The Hoover Wells Advantage is the level of quality we hold ourselves to. It's an achievement of our experiences and customized procedures. It is when you examine what those include that you truly gain an appreciation for the full scope of our valued service.

Experience: 

Hoover Wells was founded in 1978 and is stronger than ever! Having 40 years of industry experience has given us the privilege to complete over 20,000 projects around the world; across those projects we have made sure that over 200,000,000+ square feet of floor reached the level of quality that we ensure. We have even had our team fly to Asia in order to complete a job in Seoul, South Korea! While headquartered in Ohio, our serviced areas reach all over planet Earth. 

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Topics: Floor Systems, Community, The Hoover Wells Advantage

Why would you want an epoxy floor?

Posted by Tony Corsini on 6/5/20 12:05 PM

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.

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Topics: Rez-Stone, Floor Systems, Epoxy Flooring, Slip Resistant

Thanks from Ford Motor Company

Posted by Tony Corsini on 5/8/20 2:00 PM

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.

View the PDF here.

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Topics: Floor Systems, Community, COVID19

Our Rez-Stone 9334 Three-Coat Epoxy Floor System

Posted by Tony Corsini on 4/17/20 11:00 AM

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.

Advantages include:

  • Economical
  • 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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Topics: Rez-Stone, Floor Systems, Epoxy Flooring, Summarizing our Systems

Helping the Community Cover the COVID-19 Situation

Posted by Tony Corsini on 4/11/20 2:00 PM

Hoover Wells is always here to help, especially in times of need.

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!

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Topics: Rez-Stone, Floor Systems, Epoxy Flooring, Community

What Makes an Epoxy Floor Slip Resistant?

Posted by Tony Corsini on 3/13/20 9:36 AM

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:

  1. Adding aggregate to the epoxy material,
  2. The topcoats natural finish,
  3. 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.

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Topics: Rez-Stone, Floor Systems, Epoxy Flooring, Floor Maintenance, Slip Resistant

Our Rez-Stone 9230 Two-Coat Epoxy Coating System

Posted by Tony Corsini on 2/21/20 10:45 AM

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.

Advantages include:

  • Economical
  • 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.

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Topics: Rez-Stone, Floor Systems, Epoxy Flooring, Summarizing our Systems

Re-Coating Existing Epoxy Floors

Posted by Tony Corsini on 8/30/19 10:52 AM

Proper concrete surface preparation is the most important part of any coating or re-coating application.

In general, any existing properly installed epoxy flooring system can be prepared, re-coated, and warranted if completed properly.

However, it is important to remember that a properly completed re-coat will not improve the adhesion of the existing coating to its substrate.  And will only be as strong as the surface it is going over.

Before any mechanical preparation, the entire area should be thoroughly degreased and rinsed using Rez-Stone 1000 or its equivalent.

All existing coatings must be inspected for loose or delaminating conditions and repaired as necessary. Loose coatings must be removed or scraped back until a “tight edge” is found.

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Topics: Floor Systems, Epoxy Flooring, Containment Pit

Rez-Stone 9402 Epoxy Double Broadcast Floor System

Posted by Tony Corsini on 8/23/19 9:16 AM

SUMMARIZING OUR SYSTEMS: REZ-STONE 9402

Rez-Stone 9402 is a silica aggregate filled epoxy floor system that provides hi-build protection, up to 1/8” D.F.T., over new or existing concrete substrates.  Rez-Stone 9402 is designed for medium-to-high industrial traffic areas where varying degrees of non-slip are required.  Rez-Stone 9402 incorporates multiple epoxy base coats with a broadcast silica aggregate.  Use Rez-Stone where chemical, wear, impact resistance and non-slip finishes are required.

Advantages include:

  • Economical hi-build aggregate-filled protection
  • Easy application, no trowel marks
  • Varying degrees of non-slip
  • High abrasion, impact and chemical resistance
  • Variable thickness up to 1/8”
  • Solvent free
  • No VOC’s
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Topics: Rez-Stone, Floor Systems, Epoxy Flooring, Summarizing our Systems

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