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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

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

Our Rez-Stone 9220-OP Two-Coat Epoxy Sealer Floor System

Posted by Tony Corsini on 2/7/20 11:29 AM

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.

Advantages include:

  • Economical
  • Easy-fast application
  • High abrasion resistance
  • Unique orange peel finish
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Topics: Rez-Stone, Epoxy Flooring, Summarizing our Systems

Our Rez-Stone 5017 100% Solids Epoxy Primer Binder

Posted by Tony Corsini on 12/13/19 10:15 AM

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.

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

How to Maintain an Epoxy Floor System

Posted by Tony Corsini on 11/1/19 11:15 AM

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?

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Topics: Rez-Stone, Epoxy Flooring, Floor Maintenance

Concrete Surface Preparation

Posted by Tony Corsini on 9/20/19 9:19 AM

Proper concrete surface preparation is the most important part of the application of protective coatings or overlayments. Applicators should inspect and prepare concrete surfaces as failure to do so can result in failure of the flooring system.

All concrete surfaces must be sound. The surface strength of the concrete must be at least 200 psi for the successful application of Rez-Stone flooring products.

Depending on which Rez-Stone flooring system is used, removal of surface defects may be required. Smooth trowel surface on the substrate is required. Protrusions such as mortar splatter or trowel marks should be removed by grinding.

Any oil, grease, curing compounds, release agents, laitance, or unbounded coatings must be removed prior to the application of Rez-Stone flooring systems.

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Topics: Rez-Stone, Concrete Polishing, Epoxy Flooring, Surface Preparation

What is an epoxy floor system?

Posted by Tony Corsini on 9/6/19 8:55 AM

Though no two facilities or two pieces of concrete are the same, these basic specifications can be used and modified to meet almost any need. Each system is designed to accomplish a certain result.

Epoxy Coatings:

Two-coat systems are designed to seal and protect new concrete from oil and other chemical penetration. This system dust-proofs the floor, hardens the concrete surface better than other surface hardeners, and provides a wear surface. The systems are usually pigmented to provide enhanced aesthetics and increased light reflectivity.

Three-coat systems are used to add additional mil for extended wear and fill in rougher concrete.

Coatings work well for both new and old concrete but are better suited for off-aisle areas and where the concrete has nominal oil saturation. If a concrete surface can be damaged, the same damage will occur to these systems.

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Topics: Rez-Stone, Epoxy Flooring

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