Archive for July, 2014

Decorative Concrete in Baltimore: Luxury for Less

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Decorative concrete flooring is popular for many commercial applications. Car showrooms sparkle with a polished concrete floor. Apartment and hotel lobbies with customized designs exude class with decorative concrete. Even commercial warehouses can be spruced up with a sheen of concrete. From entrances to hallways to showrooms and warehouses, decorative concrete can bring a new, classy aesthetic to any commercial facility.

Concrete is often thought of as being gray and drab, but it doesn’t have to be. Decorative concrete employs new technologies to polish it to a high-end sheen that is resistant to damage and exudes a high-quality look. But because the medium is concrete, it’s much more affordable than flooring solutions with a comparable look. Ornate designs and patterns can be incorporated to turn your floor into an attractive component of your Baltimore commercial facility.

Consolidated Coatings offers the following decorative concrete services in Baltimore.

  • Polished Concrete
  • Acid Staining
  • High Performance Coatings
  • Surface Prep
  • Mastic Removal
  • Concrete Resurfacing
  • Warehouse Sealers and Joint Fillers
  • Shot Blasting Moisture Mitigation

 

If you know you want a decorative concrete floor in Baltimore but aren’t sure what exactly you’re looking for, we can also assist you in this area. Our professionals are experience with colors, patterns, and designs of decorative concrete in Baltimore, and we use our experience in design and installation to find the perfect solution for your floor. If your floor needs to be more than just something to walk on, you need decorative concrete. Contact Consolidated Coatings today for more information on our decorative concrete services in Baltimore, and how you can get luxury for less.

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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, decorative concrete, 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.

Finding an Industrial Coating Contractor in Baltimore

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Industrial coatings are a necessary part of every structure. From the ceiling to the floor and everywhere in between, these coatings perform vital functions for buildings including safety, structural integrity, design, and aesthetic appearances. Whether you need industrial coatings for a new facility, or a renovation to your current facility, Consolidated Coatings has all of the industrial coating services you’ll need in Baltimore. What can industrial coatings do for you?

The Many Purposes of Industrial Coatings

Anti-corrosion

Corrosion is one of the main enemies of the structural integrity of a building. A slow process, corrosion builds up over time, meaning by the time it’s noticed, it could have already done serious damage. Industrial coatings are designed to protect against corrosion on surfaces exposed to the air. This is especially important in industrial applications where corrosive substances may be present in the air of the facility. Though necessary for manufacturing, they can have a negative effect on the facilities building materials. An industrial coating contractor in Baltimore can protect your facility from corrosion and make maintenance easier.

Waterproofing

Waterproofing is another important function of industrial coatings. Water damage can destroy building materials and make a significant investment in repairs necessary. Whether it’s collective damage over time from a small leak, or immediate damage from a flash flood, water is not something you want in your facility other than for practical applications. Industrial coatings are used in waterproofing your structure and protecting against water damage.

Fireproofing

Fireproofing is an absolute essential during new building construction or renovation. Industrial coatings are the first line of defense against fires. Strong, fireproof coatings can withstand fire and prevent otherwise flammable materials from burning and spreading the fire to other parts of the building. Consolidated Coatings can protect your building against fire with fireproof industrial coatings in Baltimore.

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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.

 

How to Find a Concrete and Masonry Repair Contractor in Baltimore

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

At some point during the lifetime of masonry and concrete structures, these materials will require repair. Concrete and masonry are durable, but the elements can wear them down over time. Exteriors can become marred with water stains and cracks grow bigger as freeze thaw cycles come and go. Not only does does this present a cosmetic flaw, it also could potentially create an issue with regard to structural integrity.

 

A concrete masonry and repair contractor in Baltimore can fix both cosmetic and structural flaws in your masonry and concrete work, making them look new and more importantly, making them safer. But how do you differentiate contractors from one another and find the best one for you? Read our tips on how to find the right contractor for the job.

 

How to Find a Concrete and Masonry Repair Contractor in Baltimore

Referrals

Ask around to see if anyone you know has had concrete and masonry repair work done on their structure. A good referral from someone you trust is a sign that the contractor does good work and builds good relationships with their customers.

Portfolio

Any good contractor will have a portfolio of their work for you to look over. Use their portfolio to gauge the quality of their work. The bigger the portfolio, the better, as this shows that they have more experience in the field.

Get Estimates

Get estimates from several contractors for your concrete and masonry repair work. This should give you a better idea as to the real value of the work you need done, and it’s always smart to shop around.

Ask Questions

Ask plenty of questions before you choose to go with a particular contractor. Make sure they are licensed and insured, and that their subcontractors are as well. Get an estimate for how long the project will take and how much it will cost, with an itemized list of material and work costs. Ask if you will have a dedicated contact for your project who you can go to with questions or concerns. Finally, ask if you can talk to previous customers to get a feel for their experience working with the contractor.

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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.

 

Why You Need Caulking and Joint Sealants in Baltimore

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Regular maintenance on your building is an essential in Baltimore. Even if everything looks ok upon first glance, a closer look can turn up problems that need to be addressed. One of these is cracking joints. Visible in the picture below, a cracking joint may not seem like anything more than a cosmetic issue, but they can actually pose a serious problem if left unattended.

All structures have joints in them, which play a crucial role in their structural integrity. Joints are designed to act as room for the structure to breathe. As materials expand and contract during periods of hot and cold, they need a space to expand into. Joints are this space. However, joints can’t simply be empty space, as this would let moisture in, which can cause all kinds of structural problems. So, joints are filled with caulking and joint sealant. This flexible material fills up joints to keep moisture out, but also allows for the building to expand and contract.

Over time, sealants can degrade. This can allow water into cracks, which in the winter will freeze and expand, causing cracks to become even bigger. This can create structural problems that require serious attention. The best way to prevent things from getting to this point is to have your caulking and joint sealants regularly inspected and repaired if need be by a professional exterior caulking and sealant contractor in Baltimore. For joint sealing in commercial, industrial, and historic buildings, as well as parking garages, bridge and highway expansion joints, sidewalks, and more, contacted Consolidated Coatings in Baltimore.

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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.

 

What are the Benefits of Building Exterior Restoration?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The discoloration of a building’s exterior over the course of its lifetime is inevitable, especially in urban areas. Fumes from vehicle and industrial exhaust as well as all of the dirt and grime found in cities will leave their deposits on exterior walls over time, discoloring them and making them appear drab and dark. The older the building, the more likely it is to show this age. Limestone, marble, granite, and other stones are all susceptible to this discoloration, as debris works its way over time into small pores in the stone and accumulates there. Down at street level, buildings and sidewalks may also be defaced with graffiti. The result is a visually unappealing building.

Beneath the surface however, lies the original color of the stone, in all its glory. With building exterior restoration, you can restore the exterior stone of your building to its original luster, doing justice to its original design. Several methods can be used to restore an exterior, including high-pressure hydroblasting with water, wet and dry abrasive blast, environmentally controlled vacublast, and horizonatl shotblasting. These cleaning methods clean away years of accumulated dirt, debris, and grime off a building’s face for a cosmetic facelift that gives a new aesthetic dynamic to the building. No longer obscured by urban grime, a building can once again present an attractive face to the world. Not only does building restoration provide visual appeal, it also can potentially boost the value of the building with this increased appeal.

Consolidated Coatings offers building restoration services for all types of buildings in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. From office buildings to churches to architectural structures, we use our advanced restoration techniques to clean buildings to a luster they may not have seen in some time. All of our cleaning and restoration procedures are custom designed to meet local environmental codes. Contact us today to restore your building’s exterior in Baltimore.

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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.