Archive for January, 2015

Taking Care of Concrete in the Winter

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Winter weather is here in Baltimore, which means rain, snow, ice, wind, and general poor weather. This weather can damage concrete due to the freeze thaw cycle and expansion and contraction. Learn more about the effects of winter weather on concrete, and how to protect your concrete in Baltimore.

Concrete Problems in the Winter

Freeze Thaw Cycle

The freeze thaw cycle occurs continuously as water freezes and melts. When water freezes, it expands, and when it melts, it contracts. This means that if there are any cracks in the concrete, water in them will expand when it freezes, making the crack bigger. The bigger crack lets more water in, this water freezes, and the crack gets bigger and bigger all winter. The greater the number of freeze thaw cycles, the worse this problem becomes.

Salt

Salt is not kind to concrete. There are several things that salt does to concrete.

  • Salt is slightly acidic. This lowers the pH in concrete, which increases the size of the pores in concrete. This lets water into the pores, the water freezes, and cracks develop.
  • Salt attracts and retains water in the pores of concrete because it is hygroscopic. This creates another problem known as slapping, where the surface of the concrete chips and flakes.
  • Salt accelerates carbonation of concrete, which reduces its pH.
  • Salt introduces chlorides into concrete, which corrodes steel reinforcements in the concrete.

How to Take Care of Concrete in the Winter

Seal It

This tip is technically for before winter, but using a protective coat of sealant on concrete will actively protect it from salt and ice in the winter. Seal concrete in the fall before winter weather for best results.

Remove Snow and Ice

When it snows, remove snow and ice from concrete surfaces as soon as possible.

Use Sand, Not Salt

Lay down sand on snowy walkways, not salt. Sand won’t help melt the ice, but it will give you traction, and it won’t hurt the concrete.

Avoid Deicers

Deicing chemicals are sometimes used to melt snow and ice. While they can do a good job, they’re harmful to concrete. If you do use deicers, use them only according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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Are you in need of concrete repair 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.

How To Remove Graffiti in Baltimore

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Graffiti is an unfortunate reality for owners of commercial structures in Baltimore. So how do you get rid of it? Different approaches need to be taken for different surfaces. Learn more about how to remove graffiti in Baltimore in this week’s blog.

Masonry

If it’s a masonry surface such as concrete, pressure washing with a 3000psi pressure washer is the ideal solution. Make sure the tip of the pressure wand is not too narrow, as this will basically leave an outline of the graffiti you just cleaned. Sand-blasting can also be used to remove graffiti from masonry surfaces, again, making sure the tip is not too narrow. With both pressure washing and sand blasting, remember to keep the tip of the wand moving continuously.

Metal

Mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, acetone, and any paint thinner can be used to remove graffiti, as can products with a light penetrating oil such as WD-40. If this doesn’t do the trick, try using steel wool, bronze wool, or sandpaper. Still not doing the job? Power-washing with a 3000psi pressure washer may be enough to remove the graffiti.

Wood

If the graffiti is on treated/sealed wood and the wood is not weathered, mineral spirits can be used to wipe the paint away. Do not do this on weathered and/or untreated wood, because this will just make the paint harder to remove. Power washing is another option, but this can also just push the paint further into the wood. Sanding and repainting is a sure way to remove graffiti from wood in any circumstance.

Plastic

A light penetrating oil like WD-40 can be used to wipe graffiti off of plastic. You can also try a very fine grain steel or bronze wool.

Glass

Using a razor blade held at a 30-degree angle to the glass, scrape the paint off. This method is highly effective. Make sure to use a holder for the blade and to use extreme caution when scraping. Do not force it if the paint won’t come off. Fine grain bronze wool with water can be used to remove remaining paint.

In all cases, if the methods above don’t work, as a last effort you can simply paint over the graffiti, being careful to match the paint color with the current color of the wall. Or, save yourself the trouble and contact Consolidated Coatings. We offer graffiti removal in Baltimore for any structure or material. Contact us today to learn more.

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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.

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https://bloomington.in.gov/sections/viewSection.php?section_id=552

The Benefits of EIFS Building Exterior Cladding

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) is an exterior cladding used on both residential and commercial structures. EIFS is very common on commercial structures in the United States. In fact, one out of every 11 buildings in the U.S. has EIFS on it, according to DryVit. This week, we’ll talk about the benefits of using EIFS on structures, and why you should always enlist the services of a professional contractor in Baltimore for EIFS installation and repair.

The Benefits of EIFS

EIFS actually got its start in the days after World War II. Countless structures in Europe had been damaged by the war and needed repair. EIFS was developed as an efficient repair method for exteriors, and eventually was brought over the the U.S. in the 1960s.

There are a number of benefits that come with using EIFS:

  • The insular properties of EIFS result in energy savings for the facility. “According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, structures with EIFS can save between 20 percent and 30 percent on energy bills.
  • EIFS installation takes place completely on the outside of the facility. This means it won’t reduce interior square footage”This alone can be a significant incentive for projects on a high-value land or historical sites – areas where square footage is at a premium.”
  • EIFS installation is flexible and can be done at any time of year. Panels can be assembled with adhesive in a temperature controlled warehouse to allow adhesive to dry, and then transported to the site for installation.
  • EIFS offers a lot of creative opportunities. Aesthetic touches like window details, arches, columns, facades, soffits, and other architectural designs are all possible with EIFS.

 

Why You Should Use a Professional Contractor in Baltimore for EIFS

EIFS installation and repair needs to be exact. If not done properly, EIFS work can result in a number of problems. For example, EIFS is waterproof, but if not correctly installed it can allow water to penetrate to the exterior wall, where it can’t find a way out. This results in water damage, which will need extensive repairs to correct. Choosing a professional EIFS contractor in Baltimore such as Consolidated Coatings ensures that your installation and repairs will be completed correctly.

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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.

Source

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/heating-and-cooling/exterior-insulation.htm

Commercial Waterproofing in Baltimore

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Winter is here, is your commercial or industrial facility waterproofed? Melting snow can cause significant structural damage if it infiltrates the structure. Structural damage means repairs, and repairs aren’t cheap. To keep your commercial or industrial structure protected from water damage, you need commercial waterproofing in Baltimore. Learn more about how Consolidated Coatings can help keep you dry this winter and beyond in our blog.

Commercial Waterproofing in Baltimore

Waterproofing is absolutely essential for any commercial or industrial facility. Water damage can cripple a structure if it goes undetected. Water damage is especially concerning in the winter, when freeze thaw cycles can make damage even worse. Commercial waterproofing is the best solution for preventing water damage.

Waterproofing Systems

Consolidated Coatings offers a number of commercial waterproofing solutions.

  • Leak inspection and detection
  • Above and below grade waterproofing
  • Breathable masonry sealers
  • Waterproof decorate coatings
  • Complete membrane system installation
  • Waterplugging
  • Positive and negative side waterproofing
  • Building facades
  • Clear penetrating sealants
  • Underground parking garages
  • Elevator pits
  • Manufacturer’s warranty up to 10 years

 

Don’t let water damage your structure and leave you with a bill for tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. Protect your structure from water damage now and in the future with a comprehensive waterproofing solution. To learn more about commercial waterproofing 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, 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.