Choosing the Right Floor Coating
Completing a flooring project doesn’t have to be a difficult or frustrating experience. By selecting the proper floor coating and following our six easy steps, coating your floor will not leave you floored!
Enamel:An inexpensive, industrial quality finish that is good for light traffic areas that have minimal exposure to chemical spills.
Urethane:Creates a hard finish that is moderately chemical resistant and resists high traffic abrasion.
Epoxy:Provides a very hard surface that is extremely chemical resistant. Epoxy coatings hold up well under repeated impact from falling objects, but may fade after prolonged exposure to UV light.
Six Steps for Floor Coatings
Get the Job Done Right the First Time
We know that obtaining the wrong advice and materials can cost you time and money. With this in mind, our customer service representatives understand the importance of providing you with the proper insight and materials necessary to create a quality, long-lasting repair that is done right the first time. We pride ourselves in troubleshooting your repair needs.
Don’t Forget to Prep
Before you apply any floor repair materials, it is crucial that your floor is properly prepped. Follow these three easy steps to properly prep your floor:
Maintaining Your Sealed Floor
Sweep up large amounts of dirt and debris daily to keep them from being ground into the coating and damaging it over time.
Dust mop the entire surface daily to keep the floor glossy.
Wet mop or rinse away any standing water or chemical puddles. Some chemicals can damage, weaken or discolor your floor coating when left standing for long periods of time.
Power wash occasionally to keep your floor looking new.
Conduct regular floor inspections at least twice a year.
Six Golden Rules for Concrete Repair
Floor Joint & Crack Fillers
*Temperature will affect the consistency, working time and curing rate of joint repair, so be sure to choose the proper materials that meet your conditions.
Concrete Resurfacers and Patching
Remove all loose debris, as well as dirt, grease and other contaminants.
Square off the repair area, at a depth of ¼” to ½”, using a circular saw with an abrasive blade. Squaring off the area allows the repair material to bond better.
Take 2” masking tape and tape a neat square around the cut edges
If you are using an epoxy or fast-setting material, thoroughly mix the material using a Jiffy Mixer with electric drill.
Use a stiff trowel to work the material into the corners of the patch. This will assure a good bond and prevent pop-outs later on. Keep your trowel free of excess material during smoothing by dipping it frequently into a bucket of water.
Evaluate your damaged area to determine if the problem is minor enough for a resurfacer. As a general rule, resurfacers should be applied win layers no thicker than ½”. A good resurfacer can take care of many small problems caused by weather, chemicals or hard wear at once. For deeper repairs, choose a combination resurfacer/patch like REV-CRETE or one of our faster setting patching compounds.
Emergency Roof Repairs
Before your recoat your roof it is important that you properly prepare the surface:
Tar and Gravel Roof Repair
There are some major safety concerns with hop mopping, specifically the use of a large kettle that “cooks” the liquid asphalt over an open flame. The hot liquid is transferred to the roof where it is flooded over the roof membrane. Workers who are exposed to the hot kettle or material have a high risk of getting burned.
Revere’s cold-applied roof coatings do not need to be heated up and are safe and easy for workers to hand. Just take one of our roof coatings to your roof, follow the instructions on the product label and apply!
Follow these four easy steps when patching blisters, fish-mouths and open seam:
Cut an “X” across the entire length of the repair area and fold the flaps back to allow any wet areas to dry out.
Apply roof cement and fold flaps back in.
Cover the “X” with a layer of roof cement.
Lay a piece of Glass Fibre Membrane across the repair and cover it with another layer of roof cement.
We recommend using compressed air to remove any dirt, sand and gravel from the crack. Also, pull any weeds that are growing in the crack.
After going through several seasonal weather changes, you may find that your repair is still adhering to the pavement, but has a crack down the middle. The filler is still doing its job; however, pour a little more crack filler in for extra support.;
How to Prevent Alligatoring
Newly installed blacktop is flexible, with the ability to easily absorb minor vertical impacts or loads. But as the blacktop gets brittle over time, the constant stress of vehicle traffic builds up tension within the pavement.
A common result is the appearance of fatigue or alligator cracking, which is similar in to alligator skin. Because this type of cracking is often extensive, the cost of filling it may be impractical. In this case, a pavement resurfacer such as GATOR FIL is highly recommended.
Fortified with special fillers, pavement resurfacers such as GATOR FIL serve several purposes. They fill in cracks, level small depressions and protect the pavement surface.
Remove loose debris and standing water
Apply STA-FIL to the hole in 1” layers
Tamp down material between layers and again on top
Let the traffic roll
For best results, fill the chuckhole with about an inch of STA-FIL and tamp down. Repeat this process until the hole is filled. This creates a repair that is tightly compressed all the way through, which prevent settling as traffic drives over it.
STA-FIL should only be used in contained holes that have at least a 1” deep shoulder on all sides. If you have a shallow depression or “birdbath”, use EPOXI TAR PATCH.
The parking lot is the first and last image your customers and employees have of your company. That’s why the professional maintenance of your blacktop is so important.
Start with filling your cracks with an easy pour crack filler like Revere Por-Crax, then fill your holes with a chuckhole patch material like Sta-Fil and tseal your driveway with Rev-Seal. If you need any help determining which products and quantities you may need our customer service representatives can help you out. Call 800-321-1976
Make sure your new sealer has at least dried for 48 hours.
Start work at the front of the building and work your way to the edge of the lot. This enables you to complete the most important area first, having it ready for the customers as soon as possible.
Use a chalk line and measuring tape to mark off where to paint the stripes. Standard parking width needs to be 9 feet and the standard width of the stripe should be 4” (how long?)
Choose your paint, Fastlane Traffic paint works great. Yellow and white are the most common colors, blue is commonly used for handicapped areas and red is used for fire lanes.
For smaller jobs you can use an Fast Lane Striper and paint and for larger jobs you want a bulk paint machine.
Now for the stencils, Handicap stencils, directional arrows for traffic flow, no parking areas or reserved spots Revere has them all for you. You may need a hand spray gun if you are painting these with aerosol paint.
Don’t forget to replace any of your traffic signs if they are looking weather.
These steps will improve the overall appearance of your facility and enhance traffic safety.