Simon Surfaces’ exhibit at the 2019 NACS Show in Atlanta was a popular destination among the convenience store owner and fuel retailer attendees. What were they most commonly asking about? Concrete-alternative repairs and resurfacing; including what to do about deteriorating fuel pump islands.
Rich Serignese, vice president of Simon Surfaces, recaps below the most frequent questions he was getting at the show, as well as his responses to each.
Absolutely. Restoring gas island foundations with an epoxy-based mortar system like ours is a relatively new process and technology. Most convenience store retailers are used to having to remove gas pumps, then tearing out the entire island and starting from scratch. Our solution is not as time-consuming nor disruptive to your business. Plus, we remove the metal band in the process. It’s no longer needed for stability because our product is that strong. And you can still sell gasoline throughout the entire process.
Our product is a high-strength, high-performance epoxy-based mortar. In a fuel island restoration, it’s a three-step process. First, we remove the metal band. From there, we mix our epoxy with a special blend of aggregates and then pour and encapsulate the island. The island can either retain its existing shape or be altered if desired. Then we apply a urethane-based, UV-stable topcoat that can be custom-colored to meet branding specifications. In the end, you’ll have a good-looking, strong, stable foundation that won’t fade. It’s also resistant to chemicals, oil, gasoline spills, and road salts.
The short answer to that is “any time.” For starters, it’s generally a quicker process and there’s less downtime in terms of how long you have to stay off it. Next, there’s less disruption and waste. You’re not having to tear out and replace large sections of concrete. Systems like our Simon HD heavy-duty, ¼” thick overlay product are 2-3 times stronger than concrete. It not only provides superior protection against future abrasion and impact but also improves its appearance and slip resistance.