A new, engineered solution for restoring concrete islands at gas stations
Metal bands are so 2010.
So are the head-banging days of gas station owners regretting their decision to shut pumps down for days-on-end to replace the damaged concrete islands they sit on; only to see deterioration and rusty metal bands return a short time later.
The long-accepted solution for repairing damaged concrete pads involves removing the pumps and the crumbling concrete, re-pouring fresh concrete, reinforcing it with a metal band around the edges and then painting it.
But it’s time for a new feature act. The benefits of concrete-alternative epoxies might be more in tune with image-conscious station owners who also share the goal of a lower-maintenance and more durable solution.
Epoxy based concrete alternatives avoid the need to shut down pumps for long periods of time to tear out and replace an entire island. Instead, the foundation is reinforced with an aggregate solution and a layer of high-strength epoxy is applied as a finish.
Here are a few benefits to epoxy vs. standard concrete when it comes to gas islands:
- 2-3 times stronger
- Completely eliminates the metal band (and opportunities for rust)
- Simpler installation
- No need to remove the pump
- Lasts longer, more durable
- Attractive finish – color is solid throughout material to eliminate need for painting
- Easier maintenance
- Custom colors to reflect stations’ brands
It’s proven to work, as evidenced by companies like Sheetz, Kum & Go, Casey’s General Stores, Circle K and more. Not only do these station owners share a desire to project a favorable first impression on customers with durable, clean-looking gas pump areas, but they want to minimize their ongoing maintenance needs. Epoxy-based restorations do both.
Take a look at a few gas island restoration before and after photos here Gas Island Restoration Gallery