In many areas of our transportation infrastructure and networks there are steel plates in the road. They are often used at facility entrances and exits to form part of a security or barrier structure. These plates receive constant wear from car and truck traffic including road grit, salt, and other environmental effects that make preservation a challenge. Typically steel plates need to be painted and preserved each year. Besides the obvious problems with corrosion, rusty steel plates do not present a professional image at the entrance or exit of a company’s facility.
King’s Daughters Medical Center in Kentucky had problems with the safety and sanitation of their shower stalls. The showers were tiled, a slip hazard in this wet environment. The grout was unsanitary, holding onto moisture and creating an environment where mold, bacteria and other germs could grow. The tile was easily damaged from hospital equipment. Once damaged, moisture seeped behind the tile causing the drywall to deteriorate allowing mold and bacteria to grow in the wall. The hospital required a solution for the shower stalls that would provide: 1) A seamless floor-wall-ceiling membrane. 2) A slip resistant surface texture on the floors. 3) A smooth and easily cleanable walls and environment that would inhibit fungus and bacteria growth a durable. 4) A long lasting solution an aesthetically pleasing, uniform, and with color.
Dialysate is the main chemical used in dialysis and is very corrosive. Epoxy and vinyl floor coatings fail because any spilled or leaked dialysate penetrates the coating and attacks the underlying concrete floor.When the failure is ignored, moisture leaks down to lower floors and walls leading to more damage.
The Cruise Industry is a challenging customer for both environmental and financial reasons. The marine environment where the ships typically operate is warm and humid. This puts corrosion and mold prevention at a premium. Additionally, the ships only make money for the owners when they are underway with passengers embarked. This makes in-port maintenance time a premium.
A bottled water production facility had an existing epoxy coating flooring that was cracked and peeled in many high traffic areas where machinery, equipment and people frequently move about.
A Women’s and Children’s Hospital recently updated an existing sidewalk. The 30 year old concrete sidewalk was severely damaged due to age and exposure to the elements.
With a growing number of flooring options on the market, homeowners across the country are looking for permanent and worry-free flooring solutions. Thanks to the advances in high performance coatings, garage floors can now be durable and beautiful.