Experienced facility managers have seen them all, but how well do you know the terminology for the most common types of damage occurring on your concrete surfaces?
Polya-what? Polyaspartic coatings are a relatively new innovation used commonly as a top layer on concrete surfaces. The material resembles polyurethane from a chemical makeup standpoint.
Never underestimate the importance of prep work involved in concrete repairs or resurfacing. Benjamin Franklin said it best, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
There’s a process and a real science to doing it right and achieving the desired result. Evaluating concrete and concrete alternative products is the right place to start when experiencing splits, cracks and other forms of concrete damage in your sidewalk.
What’s lost in a lot of “before and after” photos of concrete restoration jobs is what happens in the middle. Some of the most compelling benefits happen in the “during” phase of an epoxy-based restoration. When your concrete is not looking or performing its best, contact the experts at Simon Surfaces for an opinion on whether it can be repaired or restored with an epoxy-based system. We’ll talk through all your options to allow you to make the wisest decision for your business.
Crumbling, deteriorating concrete fuel islands are as much of an eyesore for customers as they are for store management. They don’t leave a good first impression and can be a safety hazard.
Many times, the reason for ignoring deteriorated fuel island foundations is perceived cost and disruption. The reality is that both can end up being be a welcome surprise when done properly. Particularly when you realize you don’t have to remove pumps or shut down operations to get the job completed.
Property managers who properly address concrete damage and make themselves aware of concrete-alternative options can avoid the drastic step of replacing concrete, saving both expense and downtime.
Spring is the time of year when we see the effects of winter’s harsh temperatures and freeze-and-thaw cycles on concrete surfaces. Pitted, spalling, lifted, uneven and cracked concrete are most common.
Determining “how” and “when” to intervene is key; not only to smartly manage your budget, but to also ensure the safety anyone stepping foot on your property.
The daffodils might not be the only things coming up from the ground as signs of spring begin to appear. In colder-weather climates, new cracks and other concrete surface damage are also showing their faces.
But at what point is this damage more than an aesthetics issue? When is it cause for concern for employee or customer safety? And how should it be addressed?
Many times, when concrete is damaged it’s truly only limited to the surface layer. In situations where the sub-base is still structurally sound, it can be kept and instead repaired or restored.
In the wintertime, concrete steps and sidewalks are consistently on the minds of facility managers located in cold-weather climates. Specifically, it’s largely about clearing them from snow and ice to make for safe foot traffic by employees and customers.
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?