Baltimore Building Restoration: Our Vendors and Products

December 18th, 2014

This week, we’d like to talk about some of the vendors and products we use in our building restoration services in Baltimore. We place a lot of value on choosing the right product line for our customers, and working with local vendors. Learn more about the products and vendors we use in this week’s blog.

Products

The Sika Product Line

We use the Sika product line in a number of our projects throughout the area. They are the largest manufacturer in the world of one-component polyurethane sealants and adhesives. We use Sika 2C, Sika 123 Plus, and Sikaflex sealants in our building restoration work in Baltimore. Read our blog on the Sika product line to learn more about the advantages of these products.

Loxon Concrete and Masonry Products

For our concrete and masonry restoration work in Baltimore, we recently started using Loxon products. Specifically, we use Loxon concrete and masonry primer/sealer to seal and condition above-grade masonry surfaces, Loxon Topcoat, and Loxon XP as a concrete and masonry primer. Learn more about Loxon products and how we use them in our blog.

Local Vendors

Local vendors we use in our building restoration projects in Baltimore include Sherwin Williams, Pittsburg Paints, Sika, Tremco, Belair Road Supply, Kenseal Construction, and Dow Corning. Working with local vendors comes with a number of benefits, and helps contribute to the local economy. Learn more about why we like working with local vendors in our blog.

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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.

Masonry Repair Contractor in Baltimore

December 10th, 2014

If you’re looking for a masonry repair contractor in Baltimore, now is the time to act. If you’ve noticed that your building’s exterior is starting to degrade, the smartest thing to do is to take action to restore it now. Not only is damaged masonry a cosmetic eyesore, the structural integrity of the building could be at risk.

Masonry Repair in Baltimore

As a masonry repair contractor in Baltimore, Consolidated Coatings offers a number of services to restore the natural beauty of your masonry, as well as its structural integrity. These include:

  • Brick replacement
  • Tuckpointing
  • Custom patching
  • High pressure chemical grouting
  • Spalling repair
  • Masonry decorative color blending and enhancement

 

Surface Blasting

Surface blasting is a technique used to clean off years worth of dirt and grime that naturally accumulate over time in porous masonry materials. Often, we see beautiful stone structures with limestone, marble, or granite that are caked in grime and unable to show off their natural beauty. With surface blasting and building exterior restoration, we’re able to restore your masonry to its former luster with techniques that are both effective and environmentally safe.

  • High-pressure hydroblast
  • Wet and dry abrasive blast
  • Environmentally controlled vacublast
  • Horizontal shotblasting

 

From cracked mortar to loose bricks to discolored stone to cracked concrete, we can address all of your masonry repair needs. For a masonry repair contractor in Baltimore you can trust, 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.

 

Concrete Repair Contractor in Baltimore: Consolidated Coatings

December 3rd, 2014

If you’re in need of a concrete repair contractor in Baltimore, now is the time to act. With the winter coming up fast, it’s a good idea to do your concrete and masonry repair work now before the ice of winter makes things worse.

Ice: Concrete’s Worst Enemy

In the winter, your concrete and masonry can be severely damaged by ice. Water gets into cracks in the masonry, and when it freezes it has to expand. So what does it do? It makes the crack bigger in order to expand. It might seem surprising that concrete can be moved by just a little frozen water, but water yields to nothing if it becomes frozen. It will expand even if it means breaking concrete to do so.

So what ends up happening is throughout the winter, the many freeze thaw cycles cause those small cracks in your concrete and masonry to get bigger and bigger, until suddenly they’re not such small cracks anymore. They also start to become less of a cosmetic problem and more of a structural problem. The end result is that the concrete you started the winter with will not look like the concrete you end the winter with. However, if you enlist the help of a concrete repair contractor in Baltimore, you won’t have this problem.

Consolidated Coatings: Your Concrete Repair Contractor in Baltimore

Concrete develops cracks naturally over time. But with regular concrete repair and maintenance, these cracks won’t turn into big problems. Take care of your concrete, and it will be well-prepared for a longer winter. A little preventative maintenance now goes a long way, and could save you from having to do some major repairs in the spring. If you’re looking for a concrete repair contractor in Baltimore, you can trust Consolidated Coatings. Contact us today for more information.

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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.

 

Graffiti Removal in Baltimore from Consolidated Coatings

November 25th, 2014

Are you in need of graffiti removal in Baltimore? Graffiti is a common sight on the buildings of Baltimore, and it’s not the face you want your building to present to the world. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to prevent this kind of vandalism from occurring, especially if you don’t have a dedicated on-site security team or if your team’s resources are limited. Even security cameras don’t always deter vandals. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find graffiti removal in Baltimore.

Graffiti Removal in Baltimore

Consolidated Coatings provides graffiti removal in Baltimore from commercial buildings. We have the tools to remove graffiti quickly and restore your building’s exterior to its pristine former appearance. Not only does graffiti look unsightly, it reduces the curb appeal of your property and can make it appear as though the structure is neglected. Removing graffiti is not just an aesthetic improvement, it can help you improve the public’s perception of your property and your brand.

In addition to graffiti removal in Baltimore, Consolidated Coatings offers a number of other related services. Concrete and masonry repair can supplement graffiti removal to give a more complete restoration of the building’s exterior. Our professional painting services can give the facade a new paint job and completely new and fresh appearance. Industrial coatings can be used to strengthen the facade’s resistance to graffiti, and make it easy to wash off in the event that graffiti returns.

For graffiti removal in Baltimore and other services that will restore your building’s exterior, you can trust Consolidated Coatings. Contact us today to get started!

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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.

 

How to Choose a Commercial Painting Contractor in Baltimore

November 20th, 2014

There is no shortage of commercial painting contractors in Baltimore, so how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Working with Consolidated Coatings has a number of advantages that can work for you. Learn more about how working with us as your commercial painting contractor in Baltimore will make this your best job yet in this week’s blog.

How to Choose a Commercial Painting Contractor in Baltimore

Does your painting contractor have a dedicated representative on-site to help with all phases of the project? Consolidated Coatings works with Sherwin Williams to bring a dedicated SW representative to all of our painting projects in Baltimore. This is beneficial to the job in a number of ways.

First, you get recommendations on the best product to use from an experienced painting professional. Different materials will require different types of treatment and paint. Age and condition of the structure is also a factor in choosing the right paint. Choosing the right paint can make the difference between a paint job that lasts for many years and one that starts peeling after only a few, so this is very important. Our SW rep knows the right kind of paint for your job.

In addition, working with a dedicated SW representative allows you to get better pricing for the project, and a long-term warranty to protect the craftsmanship. Sherman Williams takes pride in their products, and many come with comprehensive warranties that protect against defects.

Does your commercial painting contractor in Baltimore do historic building preservation? Consolidated Coatings has been helping building owners restore historic properties in Baltimore for several decades. Painting is a big part of restoration, and we take pride in ensuring that your historic building is restored to its former luster, and has a beautiful new paint job.

If you’re looking for a commercial painting contractor in Baltimore, you can trust Consolidated Coatings. Contact us today to talk about your project.

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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 are the Benefits of Using Local Vendors?

November 13th, 2014

There are a number of benefits of using local vendors for industrial coatings and masonry restoration work. Consolidated Coatings works with a number of local vendors in the Baltimore area to bring you the best in industrial coatings, paints, masonry, and concrete. Learn more about our local vendors and the benefits of using local vendors in this week’s blog.

 

The Benefits of Using Local Vendors

Written Specification – You’ll always get everything in writing for your records.

On site color matching and test material for mock ups – There’s no risk of choosing the wrong color or material when working with a local vendor. Get exactly what you want every time.

Product Adhesion Testing – Adhesion testing is essential for ensuring the long-term success of a project. A local vendor will perform product adhesion testing to ensure that materials are compatible.

Warranty specifications and execution – Local vendors stand behind their work, which is why they offer warranties to protect your investment.

Trouble shooting to find equipment or tools available to solve unique circumstances – Every project is unique, and a local vendor can find solutions that work for your specific project.

Help with determining coverage rates.

Coordinating material orders.

Custodian Report – A document recording all colors and products used on the project that are given to property owners, the contractor and local Sherwin Williams store for future reference.

Setting up a job account to track job invoices.

Site inspections.

 

Who are some of the vendors we use?

Sherwin Williams

Pittsburg Paints

Sika

Tremco

Belair Road Supply

Kenseal Construction

Dow Corning

 

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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.

 

We’re Now Using Loxon Concrete and Masonry Products

November 7th, 2014

We’re always looking for the best products to use in our concrete and masonry restoration work in Baltimore. We’ve recently started using Loxon concrete and masonry products for concrete and masonry restoration in Baltimore, and we’d like to share some information about these products with you.

Loxon Concrete and Masonry Primer/Sealer

This acrylic concrete and masonry primer is used to seal and condition porous above-grade masonry surfaces. It can be used on everything from concrete and plaster to brick, stucco, fiber cement siding, and EIFS exterior insulated siding. Other advantages include:

  • It tolerates the high pH common in new masonry.
  • Ensures a uniform look.
  • Masks pinholes and surface imperfections.
  • Prevents peeling caused by alkali salt damage.
  • Fast curing saves time and money.
  • Long lasting finish.

 

Loxon Topcoat

This exterior acrylic coating is used for exterior above-grade masonry surfaces. It offers a high performance protection for concrete, cement composition panels, concrete block, brick, and stucco. The topcoat is weather-resistant, highly alkali and efflorescence resistant, and inhibits the growth of mildew on the coating surface.

Loxon XP

Loxon XP is a high build coating that requires no primer and one less coat than a conventional coating, making quick work of exterior coating. It can be applied directly to concrete and masonry less than 28 days old with no primer. It works well with high pH substrates of up to 13, and can be applied down to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Loxon XP protects against rain, alkali, cracking, and efflorescence, all while remaining flexible, durable, and resistant to fading. The breathable quality of Loxon XP allows moisture to escape if necessary, whereas other elastomerics trap moisture in the substrate.

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For all of your concrete and masonry restoration 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.

Professional Application of Industrial Coatings in Baltimore

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

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

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.