Shipping and Receiving Ramp Gets Concrete Makeover

A look at the shipping and receiving ramp before makover

Workers transform concrete ramp.

A look at the concrete ramp after the transformation has taken place.

As part of the Aagen Group’s renovation of its facilities in Houston, the Business Flooring Specialists refurbished the company’s shipping and receiving ramp. The ramp was showing wear and tear and also needed its traction improved — especially when it was wet.

According to Aaron Statser, general manager of Business Flooring Specialists in Houston, BFS recommended Redi-Mix Color’s Concrete Protection Process. “CPP did two things,” he says. “It improved the ramp’s aesthetics by giving it stain protection from oil and other chemicals, and it increased its coefficient of friction when dry or wet.”

The process basically involves steps that begin with cleaning and degreasing the concrete, followed by an application of a synthetic acid-etching agent to open the pores. The etching agent, notes Statser, has a triple-zero rating from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Next, a penetrating sealer is put down which acts as a moisture mitigator and serves as the bonding agent for a single-component moisture-cured urethane topcoat. The topcoat is colored with a pigmented dye pack in the color of your choosing. “We went with black,” Statser says, because hiding stains was important to the customer.

After the initial topcoat was applied, Business Flooring Specialists broadcast aggregate and then top-coated the ramp one last time.

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