Archive for October, 2014

Professional Application of Industrial Coatings in Baltimore

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Commercial, industrial, and historical properties in Baltimore require industrial coatings for a number of structural needs. From protection from the elements to protection from water damage, corrosion and fire, industrial coatings are everywhere, performing critical tasks.

For professional application of industrial coatings in Baltimore, you can trust Consolidated Coatings. A comprehensive building restoration contractor operating in Baltimore since 1979, we work with a number of industrial coatings, including:

  • Floor coatings
  • Epoxy coating
  • Traffic deck
  • Warehouse coatings
  • Walkway coatings
  • Seamless floor systems
  • Non-skid systems
  • Urethane coatings
  • Acid resistant coatings

How do coatings benefit an industrial environment?

Let’s take epoxy coating as an example. The many properties of epoxy coatings allow it to stand up to even the harshest industrial environments while protecting the floor. Epoxy coatings are highly resistant to extreme temperatures, moisture, chemicals, and high-traffic environments. The non-porous nature of epoxy makes it easy to clean and maintain, and results in a long-lasting floor protection solution.

Epoxy is also available in a number of different makes that are specifically designed for certain environments. Anti-static epoxy, for example, prevents damage from the buildup on an electro-static charge. Self leveling epoxy is ideal for high-traffic environments. Quartz epoxy is useful for its slip-resistance and aesthetics.

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Professional Application of Industrial Coatings in Baltimore

To learn more about a professional application of industrial coatings in Baltimore, contact Consolidated Coatings today.

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.

 

The Benefits of Using the Sika Product Line in Building Restoration

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Consolidated Coatings uses the Sika product line throughout our work on commercial buildings in the Baltimore area. Sika is the world’s largest manufacturer of one-component polyurethane sealants and adhesives, and possesses more than 700 unique patent families in its extensive patent portfolio. Sika makes products for use in concrete, waterproofing, roofing, flooring, sealing and bonding, refurbishment, and industry. Consolidated Coatings uses Sika 2C, Sika 123 Plus, and Sikaflex in our building restoration work in Baltimore. The following product information is from Sika’s website:

Sika 2C

Sikaflex-2c NS is a 2-component, premium-grade, polyurethane-based, elastomeric sealant. It is principally a chemical cure in a non-sag consistency. Meets ASTM C-920, Type M, Grade NS, Class 25, use T, NT, M, G, A, O, I and Federal Specification TT-S-00227E, Type II, Class A. Tested in accordance with ASTM C-1382 for use in EIFS systems.

Usage

  • Intended for use in all properly designed working joints with a minimum depth of 1/4 inch.
  • Ideal for vertical and horizontal applications.
  • Placeable at temperatures as low as 40°F.
  • Adheres to most substrates commonly found in construction.
  • An effective sealant for use in Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS).
  • Submerged environments, such as canal and reservoir joints.

Advantages

  • Capable of ±50% joint movement.
  • Chemical cure allows the sealant to be placed in joints exceeding 1/2 in. in depth.
  • High elasticity with a tough, durable, flexible consistency.
  • Exceptional cut and tear resistance.
  • Exceptional adhesion to most substrates without priming.
  • Available in 35 architectural colors.
  • Color uniformity assured via Color-pak system.
  • Available in pre-pigmented Limestone Gray (no Color-pak needed).
  • Non-sag even in wide joints.
  • Easy to mix.
  • Paintable with water

 

Sika 123 Plus

SikaTop® 123 PLUS is a two-component, polymer-modified, portland cement, fast-setting, non-sag mortar. It is a high performance repair mortar for vertical and overhead surfaces, and offers the additional benefit of FerroGard® 901, a penetrating corrosion inhibitor.

Usage

  • On grade, above, and below grade on concrete and mortar.
  • On vertical and overhead surfaces.
  • As a structural repair material for parking structures, industrial plants, water/waste water treatment facilities, roads, walkways, bridges, tunnels, dams, ramps, etc.
  • Approved for repairs over cathodic protection systems.

Advantages

  • High compressive and flexural strengths.
  • High early strengths.
  • Increased freeze/thaw durability and resistance to de-icing salts.
  • Compatible with coefficient of thermal expansion of concrete – Passes ASTM C-884 (modified).
  • Increased density – improved carbon dioxide resistance (carbonation) without adversely affecting water vapor transmission (not a vapor barrier).
  • Enhanced with FerroGard® 901, a penetrating corrosion inhibitor – reduces corrosion even in the adjacent concrete.

  • Not flammable, non-toxic.

  • Conforms to ECA/USPHS standards for surface contact with potable water.

  • USDA certifiable for incidental food contact.

  • ANSI/NSF Standard 61 potable water approved.

Sikaflex

Sikaflex 110 Liquid Seam Sealant is a non-shrinking, 100% solids, solvent free polyether based, moisture curing, elastomeric sealant. It forms a weather-tight seal when applied over sheathing board joints. Its distinctive blue color allows easy visual verification that all seams and gaps have been effectively sealed.

Usage

For use on exterior gypsum board sheathing, extruded polystyrene, EPS, concrete and plywood construction materials and it is installed prior to applying an air barrier coating.

Advantages

  • Sealant can be left exposed for up to 6 months.

  • The placement of Sikflex 100 Liquid Seam Sealant to seal joints between construction materials is in compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) mandatory requirements Section 502.5, 502.4, and 502.4.3 to seal the building envelope for Air Leakage and Moisture Control.

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Tax Credits for Commercial Historical Building Restoration in Baltimore

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

One of the many benefits of commercial historical building restoration in Baltimore is the potential for receiving tax credits for this work. In an effort to provide an incentive to maintain and preserve the city’s many historic districts, Baltimore offers tax credits for restoration of commercial historical buildings. Tax credits are also available on the state and federal level. All three are subject to qualification, meaning the building must be in a qualifying historic district, and the restoration must follow certain historic guidelines. If the building does qualify, these tax credits offer a substantial tax break to the owner making the investment.

Tax Credits for Commercial Historical Building Restoration in Baltimore

Baltimore City Tax Credits

The Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) offers a tax credit that defers taxes on the value of the restored building for 10 years. Essentially, once the restorations are complete, the property owner will pay taxes on the pre-restoration value of the building for 10 years. This example from their website demonstrates how this tax credit can benefit commercial property owners in Baltimore:

Example: An owner of a two-story building, who runs a business on the ground floor and resides on the top floor, decides to undertake substantial improvements. After the improvements, the property value increases from $283,000 to $458,000. The historic tax credit program saves the property owner as much as $40,000 in property taxes over the life of the credit.

Maryland State Tax Credits

The state of Maryland offers tax credits to competitive commercial properties and small commercial properties through the Maryland Historical Trust. The small commercial credit is designed for “modest rehabilitation projects that have historically struggled to compete for the large-scale commercial awards.” Large-scale awards can be obtained through the competitive commercial credit. The takeaway for both credits is a “one-time state income tax credit equal to 20 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenditures.” Both credits can be used in combination with local and federal tax credits.

Federal Tax Credits

Federal tax credits for commercial historic building restoration are managed by the National Park Service. Similarly to Maryland state tax credits, the National Park Service offers a one-time 20% credit on qualified expenditures.

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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.

What’s the Science Behind My Concrete Walkway?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

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You walk on it, your kids draw with chalk on it, maybe you’ve put your handprints in it before, but what is concrete? It’s something that we don’t think much about because we see it every day. We take concrete for granted, but have you ever considered what it’s made out of? It’s liquid at one point, and then hardens forever. How does that happen? We’re here to tell you the science behind your walkway!

You might use the words “cement” and “concrete” interchangeably. However, the two are actually very different. Cement is actually begins as a powdered material, and later becomes concrete when combined with other elements. Concrete is the hardened material that you are familiar with on your sidewalks or walkways.

So what is concrete composed of?

  1. Cement. This is actually a powdered material made up of limestone and clay that chemically reacts with water and different aggregates to form the thick liquid that is poured into place, and later hardens to become concrete.
  2. Water. This is needed to allow the cement to react in the way it’s supposed to. Water is necessary for hydration, a chemical process that bonds molecules together. This process is what makes the cement mixture harden into concrete. It is also important to control the water-to-cement ratio. For example, if the ratio of water is lower, there will be less permeability within the concrete. Less permeability, or liquidity within the cement mixture means greater strength in the final concrete product.
  3. Aggregates. Another word for aggregates is “collections”, or  “combinations”. Aggregates within concrete include sand, gravel, or crushed stone. These aggregates compose most of the concrete and are bound together by the cement and water mixture. Aggregates can be very fine, or can be large and unique, allowing for a decorative pavement. 

So now you know the basics of the composition of concrete! Next time you’re walking along the sidewalk with a friend, impress them with your newfound knowledge. If you’re looking into laying cement on your property, contact the professionals at Consolidated Coatings Incorporated. We’ll give you all the information you need about what type of concrete is best.

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.

Source: http://matse1.matse.illinois.edu/concrete/prin.html

The Advantages of Working with a Commercial Painting Contractor in Baltimore

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

If you need to paint your commercial building in Baltimore, there are a number of advantages to working with a commercial painting contractor, especially when you choose Consolidated Coatings.

The Advantages of Working with Consolidated Coatings, a Commercial Painting Contractor in Baltimore

A Dedicated Sherwin Williams Representative

On all of our commercial painting jobs in Baltimore, you’ll work side by side with a dedicated Sherwin Williams representative on-site. How does this help you?

Recommendations on Best Product to Use

All structures are not created equally. Different structures will have different requirements based on the material being painted, age, and condition. Our dedicated Sherwin Williams representative uses their extensive experience in commercial painting to recommend the best paint for your structure in order for proper adhesion and maximum lifespan.

Better Pricing and Warranties

Our representative also helps you get better pricing on your project, as well as a warranty to protect it for many years to come.

Historic Building Restoration

Another commercial painting area in which we specialize, Consolidated Coatings also offers painting as a part of comprehensive historic building restoration. See the picture below of one our our historic building restorations in Baltimore, featuring a beautiful brand new paint job.

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Experience

Consolidated Coatings has 35 years of experience as a commercial painting contractor in Baltimore. For all of your commercial painting needs in Baltimore, you can trust Consolidated Coatings.

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.