Archive for May, 2014

Concrete and Masonry Repair in Baltimore

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Concrete and masonry structures last a long time, but they’re bound to need maintenance or repair at some point or another. Concrete is vulnerable to cracks where water can infiltrate, freeze, and expand in the winter, thereby increasing the size of the crack and creating the potential for structural instability. You want your structure to look good, of you course, but structural integrity is the foundation of any building, and when this is compromised, you need repairs as soon as possible.

Consolidated coatings does a wide variety of concrete and masonry repair work right here in Baltimore. We work on everything from parking garages and sidewalks to concrete decks. We also do concrete and masonry repair as well as restoration on commercial, industrial, and historic structures. Restoration can bring back the sheen and class that a building may have lost over the years. If you’re dealing with cracks, loose mortar, or damaged bricks, we also do brick repair and brick replacement for your structures.

Our concrete and masonry repair services include:

 

  • Brick Replacement
  • Tuckpointing
  • Custom Patching
  • High Pressure Chemical Grouting
  • Spalling Repair
  • Masonry Decorative Color Blending and Enhancement

 

No matter what your need is, we can provide a repair and restoration solution that works for you. Contact Consolidated Coatings for concrete and masonry repair and restoration in Baltimore today.

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

 

Protecting Joints with Expansion Joint Sealant

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

During the course of building a structure, small spaces may be left in between construction elements where building materials meet. These spaces are called expansion joints, and they are there to allow the materials to expand and contract due to environmental changes. This prevents the materials from breaking or buckling under pressure.

While expansion joints are often necessary, there are also several disadvantages to their use. The small space in the joints collects dirt, grime, and debris, and also moisture which could cause structure damage. The solution to these problems is the use of expansion joint sealant.

Joint expansion sealant is used to fill these spaces. This prevents them from collecting debris which could create structural issues, and also waterproofs the joints. At the same time, the sealant allows the joints to expand and contract as they normally would, without itself separating. These unique properties are usually accomplished with the use of silicone gels and low viscosity epoxy resins. Sometimes a backing material such as foam or rubber may be inserted into the joint before the sealant to provide additional support. Wood or cork strips are also used for sealing expansion joints in some cases. However, the drawbacks to this approach are that they are more difficult to install and maintain, and don’t have the same durability that gel sealants.

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

 

Industrial Coating for Structure Protection in Baltimore

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Even though you might not be aware of it, you interact with industrial coatings every day. From the floor you walk on in the office to the interior walls, industrial coatings keep buildings safe and structurally sound so they can function as places of work, education, entertainment, and play. In this week’s blog we’ll discuss some of the ways industrial coatings are serving your building right now.

 

Floor

The floor you walk on may be treated with a number of different coatings. From seamless floor systems to non-skid systems to acid resistant coatings, floor coatings are essential for many commercial and industrial applications.

Fireproofing

Fireproof coatings are used to combat and prevent the spread of fire in a building. Once fire reaches a treated surface, the coating prevents it from spreading, thereby containing the fire in a localized area. This allows emergency personnel to better fight the fire and maintains the structural integrity of the building.

Waterproofing

Water damage can cause major problems for structures. Not only does water damage threaten the structural integrity of a building, it also can provide an environment in which mold growth can flourish, leading to health concerns in the building. Waterproofing keeps water from getting to areas where it could cause structural damage.

 

 

These are just a few of the ways coatings keep your building safe. To find out more about industrial coatings in Baltimore, contact Consolidated Coatings today.

 

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

 

Decorative Concrete Installation and Resurfacing in Baltimore

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Decorative concrete is a popular surface for a variety of applications. From lobby floors to outdoor plazas, concrete works in just about any situation. A viable flooring solution for both indoor and outdoor use, decorative concrete is also popular for its affordability in both the short and long term. The durability and longevity of concrete means it requires little in the way of maintenance, which reduces costs for you.

 

While concrete has long been thought of as a relatively basic and utilitarian construction material, new technology has increased the potential for creative and interesting design with concrete. Concrete polishing, acid staining, and high performance coatings all give concrete a high-end sheen that works perfectly in high-end establishments. These techniques also give added strength to concrete for increased durability and a longer lifespan.

 

When it comes time to spruce up your old concrete flooring or surface, Consolidated Coatings can help in that regard as well. Our concrete resurfacing service will restore your old faded concrete to a new luster.

 

For all of your concrete needs in Baltimore, Consolidated Coatings offers modern, high-tech solutions at affordable prices. Concrete doesn’t have to be boring, which is why we offer a variety of decorative concrete options and control over colors and patterns to meet your requirements. Whether you need concrete resurfacing or installation of a completely new surface, Consolidated Coatings knows how to make concrete work for you.

 

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

 

Rainy Week Takes a Toll on Baltimore Structures

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Maryland Virginia and D.C. saw plenty of rain this past week, some of it reaching record-setting totals. More than 4 inches of rain fell across the region from Monday through Wednesday, with many areas seeing even higher totals. At BWI airport, 3.06 inches of rain fell on Wednesday, which tied a record for single-day rain totals set way back in 1947, and single-day totals were broken at Reagan and Dulles airports on Wednesday as well. The rainy week brought rainfall totals for Baltimore up to 8.6 inches for the month of April, narrowly missing the record of 8.7 inches set more than 100 years ago in 1889. According to the Baltimore Sun, “Baltimore is off to one of its wettest starts to any year, with 20.27 inches of precipitation since January the most since 1998.”

 

The heavy rainfall brought with it flash flooding that damaged many structures in low-lying areas. In Baltimore, a retaining wall on 26th street in Charles Village gave way, sending the sidewalk,cars, and a good portion of the road onto the train tracks below. The road is closed while the DOT and Public Works stabilize the area, but 26th street residents may not be able to return to their homes for more than a month while work is completed.

 

The effects of the rain and flooding on the region’s structures highlight the need for building repair and restoration, as well as preventative measures such as waterproofing. While you can never tell what the weather may bring, you can count on Consolidated Coatings for quality building restoration and repair. If your commercial or industrial structure was damaged by the recent heavy rain in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., we offer a number of services such as concrete and masonry repair, to restore structural integrity to your building. Waterproofing prevents the extensive damage water can cause in the event of future flooding. We also offer cosmetic building work such as professional painting for commercial and industrial structures. So now that the rain is gone, it’s time to get to work on repairing and restoring your building with Consolidated Coatings.

 

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

Sources

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-05-01/news/bal-wx-april-2014-narrowly-misses-rainfall-record-in-baltimore-20140501_1_rainfall-record-rainfall-totals-3-06-inches

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/04/30/road-collapse-sends-several-cars-onto-rail-tracks-in-baltimore/