A reader writes: I have an entire school that we are installing that is approximately 80,000.00 square feet and I would like to change the county to a specific product if it is warranted. 


Response:  As I mentioned, I cannot endorse a specific product or company.  I believe that many schools are trending towards a low matte finish that can be buffed/burnished or maintained with one of the many diamond pad systems out there.  Unless there is an aggressive maintenance program with buffing and recoats on a regular basis, you might be better served by with sticking to a basic seal that requires less labor.  It is not as glamorous but deserves a hard look.


Question: This is also something I would like to sell to the maintenance dept. for their direct use as well. I would need pricing as well as specs. 


Response:  You might also look at your automated equipment since a rider unit just might pay for itself if you pick up enough business.  Give special attention to the orbital units (square or rectangular pads) that claim to allow you to remove a coat of finish without any (or very much) chemical.  Again, test it out first.  It is crucial you have a trust relationship with not only the local vendor but also the product manufacturer who can bring a lot of knowledge to the table as well.


Another thought to consider is whether the specs call for you to use “green friendly products” to fulfill LEED or other sustainability requirements.  If so, make sure you test the products since many will not hold up the same as the older metal interlock products.


We will finish with the questions and answers in the next article.


Your comments and questions are important. I hope to hear from you soon. Until then, keep it clean…


Mickey Crowe has been involved in the industry for over 35 years. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant. You can reach Mickey at 678-314-2171 or CTCG50@comcast.net.