Why AUTHORICOAT?

Newman-Int13.jpg

Authority

[uh-thawr-i-tee, uh-thor-]

  1. An expert on a subject

Authority is an incredibly descriptive word for us. It is right there in the name of our business, announcing to you and everyone we meet that we are the authority on coatings. This is so much more than a business name that sounds great, this is something we stand behind 100%. We know that with our decades of experience, our proprietary coatings methods utilized only by our team, and the results we are able to produce time and time again, that we can confidently call ourselves an authority on everything from painting to concrete coatings. concrete coatings to paint. We have included this term, and the mindset behind it, in our proprietary process - AUTHORICOAT.

It is no secret that there are a variety of concrete coatings companies in our area. It also comes as no surprise that many individuals and companies are also cabinet refinishers and house painters. What these businesses do not have, however, is the ability to provide seamless finishes through a time-tested process that has proven time and time again that it produces beautiful, lasting results. AUTHORICOAT is the name we have given to our coatings process that serves to reduce, as much as possible, the human error and guesswork in the coatings application process. It is at the heart of every project we tackle, and it allows us to give our customers superior finishes no matter what surface we are transforming. Our AUTHORICOAT method is also ever changing, as we consistently add and adapt to new technologies that allow us to become better and better...we are always looking for ways to grow and constantly provide the very best.

If you or someone you know is contemplating a garage floor coating, or a number of repainted walls throughout the house, or needing to give the kitchen cabinetry new life without gutting everything and starting from scratch, we are the authoritative source to give the best results. When you have a company working with you that has spent the past 20 plus years developing a coatings process that allows them to confidently say they are the Authority on the subject, you know that the results will be nothing short of phenomenal.

Types of Garage Floor Coatings

ext10.jpg

Summer is flying by, and we wanted to make sure you were aware of all of your concrete coating options before the time comes to close those garage doors against the blizzards and negative wind chills! The Coatings Authority is your best source for concrete coating applications, and we know exactly how to provide you the very best in both surface prep and coatings selections.

If you like the way your concrete looks, and simply want a surface that is durable enough to withstand constant traffic, while also providing a more finished look, perhaps Concrete Polishing is the answer. If you would prefer a color added to your space via Concrete Staining…we have you covered. Epoxy Coatings can amplify the brightness of a typically darker space - like a basement or garage without many windows. We offer polyurea amd polyaspartic coatings as well, which provide a bit more flexibility than epoxy in terms of temperature and timing. Our Microtoppings provide a clean canvas for your decorative treatments, like a vinyl chip epoxy option - which gives a unique touch. Similarly, a Quartz Epoxy system provides blended color quartz granules to give your space a feel that is custom to you. FasTop, BioFlake, and Saniflex all lend safety features accompanied by aesthetic appeal…making excellent solutions for workplace spaces.  Although there are many options for floor coatings, what we find in our area of the country is the vinyl chip coating that is broadcast into an epoxy base with a polyaspartic topcoat creates the most durable finish for garage floors and provides enough traction in the slippery conditions that can result from rain and snow. Most importantly, The Coatings Authority, Inc. takes pride in our surface preparation techniques that allow us to penetrate the concrete to allow the coatings to adhere properly, we fill all the cracks to ensure a smooth surface-but more importantly, to prevent the coating from lifting or peeling-and we achieve the highest mil thickness of the coatings application to ensure your coating withstands the normal wear and tear of salt, sand, and general usage in the garage. No matter what functional purpose your space serves, or what visual vision you have for it, The Coatings Authority has the options and quality to provide a solution that both looks great and stands up to daily use.

Committing to a Bright, Bold Wall Color

4th 1 .jpg

Picking the perfect paint color for the different rooms in your home can be quite the challenge. Should each room have its own unique color scheme? Will a new color still tie in to the other features in the room, like built-ins or decor? And with literally thousands of colors to choose from, where in the world do you start? Neutral tones certainly have their place in a home, and these more subtle colors can allow for an art piece or colorful furniture item to really “pop”. But what about using the wall color itself as the ‘wow factor’ for a room? Making color choices is already a big decision, and deciding on a bolder option can feel a little intimidating. We are here to reassure you that bright, vibrant colors can be an incredible accent to everything from the laundry room to a bedroom!

Where bright colors go wrong is when you forget to take that tiny paint swatch and imagine it covering an entire wall. It is crucial to work with someone that can help find a hue that will provide a pop of color, not an obtrusive use of it. We have decades of experience working with a vast array of colors, and know how to select the shades that enhance - not invade - a space. The other component to successfully incorporating bright paint colors is to have them applied correctly. When edges are sloppy, or lines are blotchy and uneven, your eye is drawn to those problem areas rather than taking in the beautiful color. We use our AUTHORICOAT process to provide you that impeccable finish, and allow you the opportunity to enjoy a colorful palate in your home!

This Week's Featured Project

One of our latest projects was for a family who has lived in their home for over two decades. The space was well-loved, but after experiencing water damage the family asked us to come in and not only restore their home but update it too. By painting the walls with new colors throughout, we were able to make the rooms feel like new, all with the clean lines and impeccable finish that The Coatings Authority is known for. The homeowners requested that their kitchen cabinet doors be repurposed vs. replaced, so we utilized a new cabinet color and completely transformed the rest of the kitchen. In the living space, we used the same color from the cabinetry for the built-ins and fireplace mantle, effectively carrying the up-to-date feel into this room as well. It is always amazing to see what making targeted changes can do to a space...gutting the entire room is not necessary to achieve a beautifully updated look!

Garage Door Makeover

Hand Crafted.png

A garage is a major component of any home - and is oftentimes a prominent feature of the front face of a house. When the finish on the garage doors is chipping or fading, it can affect the look and feel of the entire home. And when you realize your doors are looking worn or their color needs updating, it can seem like a massive undertaking to have to purchase brand new doors. Good news...The Coatings Authority can refinish your existing doors for you! So long as the doors are in good working order, we can apply a new coat of paint with our AUTHORICOAT process to make it seem like you did indeed go out and purchase an entirely new set of garage doors.

We love any opportunity to refinish an existing surface versus having to replace for a couple of reasons. First off, the cost! It is amazing the amount of money that can be saved by having us apply a fresh coat of paint vs unnecessarily bringing in something new. And thanks to our decades of coatings experience, it will truly look like a replacement vs a refinish. Another positive to salvaging what you have is the beauty of repurposing. There are examples everywhere of projects that take something old and give it new life...from flea market flips to reclaimed wood. If we can make something look like new, without having to destroy something and buy a replacement, we absolutely will! Just look at this before and after photo, and the difference a quality coat of paint can provide. Home projects don’t need to be intimidating, give us a call and discover all of the solutions we have to offer!

Reasons to Refinish your Kitchen Cabinets

Wurzer-Residence-1-webuse.jpg

Do you walk into your kitchen everyday and wish something was different? Maybe it feels dated, and you long for a more modern feel. Perhaps the color scheme is not at all what you would have chosen, and you imagine a space that feels more “you”. Whatever the desired changes may be, there are plenty of reasons out there to refresh or refinish your kitchen. Inceasing the resale value of your home is an excellent example - as the kitchen is one of the biggest selling points for potential buyers. Family gatherings or reunions are another very valid excuse to give that central location of your home a facelift. And The Coatings Authority can absolutely help with transforming your kitchen through beautifully painted cabinetry and an updated cabinet door style. But we also want to propose another reason to breathe new life into your kitchen...to simply make it a place in your home that you absolutely love.

With all of the time spent in the kitchen throughout the day, from enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, to greeting the kids as they get home from school, to making dinner as a family...it is no exaggeration to say this room is the heart of the home. Why not make it a place you truly want to be? While upping home values and social gatherings are excellent reasons to update your kitchen, we love the ability to provide you a redesigned hub of your house for the simple enjoyment of you and your family.

Why trust The Coatings Authority to add a concrete coating to your garage floor?

ext4.jpg

With the skyrocketing popularity of the DIY movement, and YouTube videos for seemingly everything under the sun, finishing your own garage floor might seem like a great option. If I do it myself, I save money on labor right? While the DIY mindset is awesome for a variety of projects...attempting to tackle concrete coatings on your own can lead to trouble. If you are not using the right materials, and if those materials are not applied just right, you can end up with a surface that will be susceptible to cracking and damage - not exactly a great fit for a garage space!

When you work with The Coatings Authority, we are able to offer you an incredible variety of options that you simply cannot find at the local hardware store. We prep the existing concrete  surface properly to ensure optimal penetration of the coatings into the concrete, and we provide a seamless floor to avoid any water issues which can cause the finishes to lift or pop if not prepped and sealed correctly. Because we have over 20 years of experience with applying concrete coatings, you can trust that the end result will be both aesthetically appealing and have lasting quality.

Another fantastic benefit of working with us for your garage’s concrete coating is the use of a trailer to store all of the stuff in your garage. We will drop one of our trailers right at your house, giving you a place to store the wide variety of items that are housed in your garage! Trying to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible is something we strive for no matter what service we provide, and this is just one example of how we accomplish this. If you are considering revamping your garage with a unique and durable concrete coating, make sure to give us a call and let us show you what we can accomplish for you!

Choosing the Right Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors

Wurzer-Residence-2-webuse.jpg

When starting a renovation or refinishing project, one of the first questions is always: What are the best colors to choose? When you work with The Coatings Authority, this does not have to be a limiting factor in the process as we are able to provide you any color you desire. The approach we like to take is to first look at the surrounding finishes such as the countertops, flooring, existing finishes or those that will be replaced, and base the cabinet colors off that. We then select the wall color that will allow everything to flow seamlessly. We even like to consider the ceiling color when we are making final color selections as this can significantly impact how the overall environment feels in your home. Many of our customers who have active lifestyles with their families and lots of kids running around tend to choose a darker cabinet color and trim colors to accommodate some messiness. There really is no one answer when it comes to the color selection, but rest assured, we will help you pick the absolute best colors that will allow you to fall in love with your cabinets and woodwork again!

AUTHORICOAT - Our Proprietary Coatings Process

Boyer-Int3-WebUse.jpg

What is so different about the AUTHORICOAT process and the finish you will achieve when you choose us for your painting needs? It’s always interesting, and actually a little scary, for us to watch DIY Network and HGTV because homeowners and designers have great concepts and ideas, but never do we see someone actually finishing cabinets or simply painting anything the way that it should be done to achieve a factory-like finish. Sure, it looks great on TV and in pictures, but you have to remember that you will actually be looking at and living with the finish for many years to come. Unfortunately, the way most people paint does not create a smooth, seamless, and lasting professional finish.

Over the past 21 years, our coatings technicians have perfected a proprietary process that we have now named, AUTHORICOAT. It’s essentially the proper way to prep and apply coatings for any application, from the floors to the ceilings, to achieve a long-lasting and beautiful finish for years to come. To be honest, it is literally almost backwards from what you would see on TV and it kind of confuses our customers and even our contractors when we first start working through the process. We walk you through the steps and warn you about what you will expect to see so you are prepared for the process.

If you have the opportunity to walk through the Home Builder’s Association Parade of Homes, you will see a wide variety of finishes and essentially, you get to decide what level of quality and how fussy you are about the details. For example, homeowners and most contractors will still hand paint, or brush, the paint on the cabinets, woodwork, and doors. In this type of finish, you will see brush marks and streaks and the paint will not lay down smooth. This is not how the AUTHORICOAT process is performed. With regard to cabinets, we use a multi-step process to clean, sand, prime, and then spray the final finish coats. The base cabinets are sprayed on site, but the doors/drawers are brought back to our shop and sprayed in our spray booth. You will not see brush marks, streaks, or sags in our finish, and the final product will be smooth, crisp, and clean. When you are investing time and money into a painting project, get it done right the first time so you can enjoy the results for years to come!

Welcome to The Coatings Authority Blog!

Horace-Home---Int14---Web-Use.jpg

Hello! Thank you for visiting our website, and for taking an interest in all that The Coatings Authority has to offer. This blog will serve as a space to provide insight into the way we operate, why we use the methods we do, updates on projects, and much more! Whether you are learning about us for the first time or are a client we have worked together with in the past, our hope is that this blog can give inspiration for future projects and allow you to learn more about our family. 

We look forward to sharing information with you on a regular basis, and encourage you to keep checking back to read about our daily operations and the ins and outs of The Coatings Authority!