Removing adhesives from concrete floors
can be tough to remove adhesives that were used to adhere carpeting or tiles to
concrete surfaces. As companies attempt to retrofit floor spaces and walls,
carpeting and vinyl tile are often removed or repositioned. These renovations
usually end up exposing large areas of adhesives, underlayments, and holes from
anchors, studding, and equipment.
Remodelers often can see no alternative but to reinstall similar adhesives and
floor coverings like carpet and tile. This is unfortunate because hard epoxy,
urethane, and glass emulsion surfaces offer less expensive and longer wearing
If concrete is exposed to wear, it will eventually deteriorate. Friction wear,
erosion, and contamination all play a role. Dust, cracks, crumbling, rough
surfaces, and the inability to keep the environment clean are symptoms of a
floor that has not been protected and is moving towards an unserviceable
condition. Carpeting often holds contaminants in place and can be a growth
medium for mold and mildew. Vinyl tile cannot hold up under heavy wheeled
traffic, is subject to lifting when wet, and has a soft finish which can be
contaminated by solvents and dyes.
In contrast, laminated epoxy coatings create
a wear-barrier between a floor and its environment. These laminated surfaces not
only keep the concrete from deteriorating but also provide a protective plate
over it. Contaminants and hazards, like PCBs, heavy metals, and toxic chemicals,
are kept away from the porous concrete. Properly applied, these laminated
surfaces can provide decades of protection and service.
Epoxy coated floors can cure, rather than just cover over, the holes that exist
in even the most devastated floors. Customers are often surprised how holes from
old walls and equipment stands can be made
to disappear when filled with 100% solid epoxy and then ground flush. The
process is quick, easy, and long lasting.
Supplies that may be needed include adhesive removers, oil removing detergents,
and durable long lasting epoxy fillers for holes, joints, cracks, and crumbling
surfaces. Kits of materials can be customized to owner specification and
delivered directly to the job site. Kits include full directions and 24/7 help
lines staffed by seasoned flooring experts, so professionals and amateurs alike
can successfully install a quality floor.
For more information, contact Chris Biesanz at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-800-466-8910 or 952-888-1488
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