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The Role of Commercial Coatings in Sustainability

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Concrete coatings have provided superior protection for concrete surfaces for many years. Epoxies, once used for binding dental fixtures, now help home and business owners keep their floors safe from corrosion, moisture damage, mold, mildew growth, UV rays, and much more. Current trends illustrate significant growth in the sustainable commercial coatings industry.

Despite the widespread popularity of polyaspartic and epoxy concrete coatings, concrete coating professionals must continually seek ways to improve. One of the most exciting developments in commercial coatings involves sustainability. Sustainable practices among concrete coating professionals, manufacturers, and installers help reduce carbon footprints and curb the effects of global warming.

Since the invention of epoxy in the 1930s, commercial coatings have made great strides in sustainability. No longer do home and business owners have to worry about dangerous levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) reducing the indoor air quality of properties. Moving forward, every concrete coating provider has the responsibility to build upon the growth toward a more environmentally-friendly commercial coating industry.

Please continue reading to learn more about the role of commercial coatings in sustainability. Together, we can create effective solutions for eliminating waste, reducing carbon emissions, and modernizing coating systems.

Importance of Sustainable Coating Solutions

Commercial businesses and industrial facilities use cost-effective concrete coatings to enhance the durability of concrete surfaces. Many construction companies use epoxy coatings to protect heavy machinery from abrasions and moisture damage. Hotels, airports, schools, hospitals, and restaurants have realized the benefits of commercial concrete coatings.

Thanks to improved application methods and technological advancements, homeowners now have access to the same concrete coatings illuminating car showrooms, welcoming guests into hotel lobbies, and inspiring awe in museums. The many benefits of commercial coatings include the following:

  • Improved curb appeal
  • Deters mold growth
  • Many style options
  • Extends the lifespan of concrete floors
  • Fire resistance
  • Slip resistance
  • Shock resistance
  • Chemical resistance

Many innovative polyaspartic coatings provide excellent UV protection, preventing the discoloration and yellowing of concrete surfaces due to sun exposure. To keep the concrete coating industry thriving, advancements in the manufacturing and installation of coatings prove essential. Now more than ever, customers seek sustainable concrete coatings that emit negligible VOCs and last for many years.

Concrete Coating Sustainability

Epoxies used in the middle of the 20th century contained harmful VOC levels. Ethylene glycol, toluene, methylene chloride, and benzene have been found to decrease indoor air quality significantly and pose a severe safety concern. Prolonged exposure to harmful VOCs may lead to dizziness, trouble breathing, headaches, and difficulty sleeping.

Thankfully, the commercial coatings industry has made great strides in eliminating VOCs from coating formulations and improving epoxy, polyaspartic, and polyurea manufacturing processes. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, states rigid guidelines for achieving healthy indoor air quality for commercial and industrial properties. Other factors to consider when thinking about sustainability in the commercial coatings business include the following:

Mixing Concrete Coatings

Epoxy and polyaspartic coatings require precise mixing of various polymers, hardeners, and resins. Improper polymerization of concrete coatings can release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere and reduce the bonding strength of coatings. Proper training and experience ensure concrete coating professionals mix coating formulations safely and correctly.

Production of Commercial Coatings in Greeley, CO

The materials used to create epoxy resins and polymer hardeners include petroleum, polycarboxylic anhydride, renewable resources, and bisphenol A diglycidyl ether. Manufacturers combine ECH, epichlorohydrin with bisphenol A to create a durable, plastic-like epoxy film. Advancements in epoxy production include creating hybrid-epoxy formulations, utilizing liquid crystalline compounds, and reducing waste during epoxy production.

Landfill Waste of Polymers and Resins

Plastic bags remain the most common polymer found in landfills. On average, Americans use and discard over 100 billion plastic bags annually. The polymers in plastic bags and epoxy do not biodegrade and pose a pressing safety concern for soil and plant health.

Similarly, the polymers found in discarded, unused, or outdated epoxies fill landfills and remain there for thousands of years. Commercial coatings have a long way to go to protect the planet from further harm. Improved epoxy formulations, less reliance on petroleum-based products, and enhanced manufacturing techniques can drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the commercial coatings industry.

Creating a Sustainable Concrete Coating Industry

Sustainability remains one of the most important factors for home and business owners. Sustainable solar panels, efficient HVAC systems, and increased use of recyclable products underscore the importance of sustainability in 2023. The concrete coating industry must adapt to shifting sustainability trends to meet customers’ needs.

Along with advertising the long-lasting results of polyaspartic coatings, concrete coating experts should educate home and business owners about the exciting, environmentally-friendly developments in the industry. Speaking with customers about the dangers of VOCs and the safety of epoxy coatings can help dissolve the stigma of harmful concrete coatings.

The concrete coating industry continues to gain popularity throughout the United States. Concrete coating professionals can expect to impress customers for many years with a proper focus on environmental protection, improved production methods, and professional mixing of polymers. No industry succeeds without a primary concern for the well-being of the planet.

Trust Con-tek Floors for All Your Commercial Coatings in New Jersey

Con-tek Floors has proudly served the Weld County community since 2010. Our expert team undergoes extensive training and stays current with industry trends to provide superior concrete coating services. Call Con-tek Floors at (970) 632-0648 to speak with our knowledgeable staff and receive your free quote!

What are concrete coatings?

Our epoxy floor coatings are a concrete resurfacing option that is installed over existing concrete floors for both interior and exterior concrete. All of our coatings are installed by hand (we do not use any stamps), thus giving our clients a true, one-of-a-kind floor. We install a wide range of flooring systems such as: 100% solid epoxy, concrete stain, acrylic cement, and rubber based products.

Clients have the ability to customize any coating with our various color options and design techniques. Concrete Coatings are used not only in residential, but industrial and recreational settings as well. ConTek Coating uses only the highest quality, industrial products on the market to ensure every customer is getting the best value.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Durable Are Your Epoxy Concrete Coating Systems??

We use only industrial products on all of our epoxy floor projects. They are designed to give clients the most value and longevity over any other coating material on the market. Just to give you an idea of how strong our products are, we installed an epoxy flake floor in the garage of a Fire Station in 2008 to protect the firehouse’s garage from dirt, debris, salt, and the extreme work environment. Due to our expertise and industrial coatings, we have yet to receive a repair call. Those same products are used in all of our residential projects.

How long does a typical epoxy flooring project take to complete?

A typical residential project takes approximately 3 – 5 days to complete depending on several variables. Variables include, but are not limited to: size of job, repairs and/or preparation requirements, weather, additional design details, customer requests, etc.

What if I already have an existing concrete coating?

We must grind off any existing coating and repair materials before we can install any of our concrete coatings. This ensures the integrity and longevity of our flooring systems.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

If using 100% solids epoxy, your floor will be cured and walkable in about 12-18 hours. You can return to full heavy traffic after about 24 - 72 hours. Wait for at least 24 hours before moving light weight furniture on your brand new concrete coating flooring. Before moving anything heavy (car, equipment and furniture).

How do you prepare concrete for resurfacing?

We start every project by first preparing the concrete for our products. It is imperative that we have a fresh concrete surface before installing our concrete coatings on your project – this will allow our products to have only the BEST mechanical bond.

We spend approximately 66% of the project prepping your floor which may either be by diamond grinding or shot grinding the concrete (depending on the location of the project) and in some cases we do both! Some contractors will come in and just acid wash or not even prep your floor – we get calls all the time about botched installs with customers asking if we can save their project; we must start fresh every time.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

What If My Concrete Floor Has Cracks, Chips And Is Old?

No worries, we are experts in repairing existing problem areas of concrete. In some cases we have been found to be a cheaper alternative over tearing out and replacing existing slabs of concrete. Once we have saved your concrete we then install our decorative designs to hide the flaws and repairs.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping or mopping. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Epoxy floor coatings are extremely resistant to most hazards, including cleaners, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and even most industrial chemicals. Our epoxy concrete coatings system is both oil and moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyurea Coatings?

Andy Phelan, director of business development and training at Rhino Linings Corporation, explains, “Polyurea was invented in the early 1980s when a less moisture-sensitive form of polyurethane was desired. By replacing the hydroxyl group in the urethane with an amine group, a product we now call polyurea was formed.

What Are Polyurea Concrete Coatings?

Polyurea is useful for concrete floors, as it quickly and strongly bonds to concrete while providing a smooth, virtually impermeable surface that protects the floor from impact, water damage, chemicals, heat, and sunlight.

What Types Of Environments Can Epoxy Floor Coatings Be Used?

Epoxy flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts or garages.

How Are Epoxy Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Epoxy Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, prime floor with epoxy primer, fill all cracks, holes with epoxy grout, then apply epoxy paint. 

Can I Apply Epoxy Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Epoxy can be used at cold temperatures but must be handled and applied with techniques adapted to cold temperatures.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Epoxy Floor Coating?

Installing Epoxy Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! 

Does My Concrete Floor Coating Come With A Warranty?

We provide a 10 year warranty on your concrete floor coatings against peeling, delamination and wear for as long as you own your home.

Where We Service

We service Weld County, CO cities and the surrounding areas including:

Weld County, CO


Con-tek Coating and Polishing of Weld County

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Our List of Services

Here are the Different Services We Offer!


High-Performance Coating


Industrial Floor Coating


USDA Approved Coatings


Polished Concrete


ESD Coatings


Diamond Grinding


Line Striping


Corrosion Resistant Coatings


Waterproof Deck Coatings


Non-Slip Safety Coatings


Moisture Vapor Barriers


Impact Resistant Coatings


Crack Bridging & Joint Fill


Mastic & Glue Removal




Surface Prep


Much More

"Austin applied a polyaspartic epoxy solid-color coating to our garage. The work -- which included grinding off the old coating and the application of three coats of polyaspartic (primer coat + 2) -- was done meticulously. The new coating looks great and the sand added to the primer coat has eliminated the slippery nature of the old coating. Austin was exceptional to deal with from start to finish. He communicated by phone, e-mail & text...always in a timely and totally professional manner. I highly recommend this company."

Robert M.
Verified Client

"Finally built a shop and I had the concrete floor coated by Con-tek Floors. No regrets, awesome job! I am a very detailed person and Austin did a great job. You can tell he takes great pride in his work. Great customer service. I highly recommend Con-tek Floors!"

Craig B.
Verified Client

"We hired Austin to level our basement floors before we installed vinyl flooring. He was on time, a pleasure to work with, clean, reasonable and our basement floors look amazing. We recommend and we would use his services again. After the floors were completed he was kind enough to drop off a thank you and some delicious coffee for us try. Thank you Austin!"

Katrina Y.
Verified Client

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