Concrete is one of the most durability and cost-saving features as to floor. Architects, contractors, facility, and business owners are taking advantages of their concrete that was already there for their floor covering and there is many more benefits they have been able to utilize with other added benefits. Polished concrete is a popular alternative to many of flooring systems and there are many benefits: such as lower total cost, low maintenance, and also a renewal surface that can be used for many years to come. This type of floor finish is also recognized as a lead certified flooring system LOW VOC.
We use a state of the art dustless grinding system that can be used on new or existing slabs to a mirror-like finish with a wide variety of standard colors, customer colors or just a polished with the existing slab.
Here is some interesting information that may help you in your decision make regarding polished concrete floor in your facility:
- It is the most inexpensive flooring system and the finished surface is cheaper and easy to maintain
- It meets the slip resistance rating above ADA minimum requirements
- You can use a finish coat to help protect against spills and any abrasion
- We can install an epoxy borders that can be installed and is a economical alternative to polished border
- Stained patterns, logos and stenciling are avail to customize your facility
- A reusable surface that is in every building or home
- Customize color or standard color can be used to match overall décor of the room or facility
- Concrete polish can be done to expose the aggregate the unveils a look of stone
- Dye packs can be put in to concrete to give a more uniformed color during the pouring of the new substrate
Do you have more questions, can all concrete be polished? Well the answer is yes almost any concrete floor can be polished providing it is structurally sound. There are also a few exceptions for new and existing concrete that we would need to address such as:
- New floors must cure at least 28 days before we can begin polishing. During the pouring you can specify finish so the surface is as smooth as possible this minimize polishing steps and over cost.
- Existing floors are in most cases suitable for polishing, however in cases the floor may require extensive patching, for holes, blemishes, grease or stains which when its polished will be seen after the polishing and or staining is complete. However, you can resurface the substrate, leaving a beautiful continuous appearance overall to the substrate. During the resurfacing you have many options as to adding glass, aggregate and many other additives to the resurfacing material that will give you a one of the kind look and can be polished up to your desired level of finish look.
Benefit of a polish concrete flooring system:
- Lower lifetime cost of maintaining the flooring system. Flooring requires easier cleaning and only occasional damp mopping. It resist scuffing and tire marks which would suitable for just about any facility even high traffic areas such as schools, hallway and corridors will hold up better and last longer than most other floor covering systems. Polished concrete only needs to be refinished about every five to ten years and service or traffic can be on the surface almost immediately.
Your appearance and aesthetics of a polished concrete flooring system:
- This flooring system has economical and long-lasting options. Such as exposed aggregate to reveal and stone like surface in many different variation of depth of exposure depending on the look you want to achieve.
- It is important to note however that polished concrete can expose some concrete imperfections, which in turn could be interrupted as a rustic or old world style look. Imperfection can be improved, but will reflect in the final product. Polishing can expose coarser aggregate and unevenness of the veins, often this is one of the most desired characteristic for most people you want to achieve a natural but still functional look.
- Cuts can be made to produce and pattern of almost anything you can imagine, the possibilities’ are endless as to the finished products look you wish to achieve.
Lighting will affect the concrete flooring appearance.
- Reflection of the polished concrete is an important benefit where facilities want to project a bright, clean and professional image.
- Polish concrete reflects light so it can reduce the amount of light needed in this area where this type of flooring system is used.
One most common asked question “is it slippery” flooring surface?
- Polished concrete is in appearance a very unique shine and people assume the surface is slippery, but when polished concrete is clean and dry, in most cases it is about as slippery as plain concrete floor. Polished concrete tends to be less slippery that a waxed floor or other hard surface floors.
- There are floor treatments that can be applied to polished concrete floors for more protection against slipping and falling. These products can also improve traction and makes the floor surface safer when it is wet.
Other floor covering ideas:
- Epoxy can be used to give a different effect on the concrete.
- Uses of different colors to provide a more custom effect or to help hide or seem less noticeable imperfection in the slab.
- Cutting designs in the concrete and staining for a custom effect
- Stenciling logo’s , boarders, rugs intricate designs (anything can be stenciled)
Concrete Stained Floors also helps with reducing allergens:
- For people sensitive to dust mite and other allergens, concrete will not trap dirt it is easly dust mopped or damp mopped.
- According to the American Lung
Picking the right Stain or Water based Color:
Acid-based chemical stains as a smaller color palette than water-based stains, but their earthy tones are perfect for accenting the natural characteristics of concrete, the results add warmth and has is variation of different color effect that make we suited for an Old World or Tuscan-style design schemes. Never expect acid stain to be uniform throughout the building or have an even tone (as natural stone does not), you’ll get different chemical reactions and absorbs differently throughout, and even on the same project you may see different coloration patterns. All the imperfections gives this floor more character, in fact, some designers want the surface deliberately chipped, hammered to create this affect. Its unique qualities are what make acid-stained concrete so desirable.
Water-base acrylic stains come in a broader spectrum of colors; the manufactures have dozens of standard colors and also some metallic tints. These colors can be mixed like water-base paints which gives you even more options for customization of colors. Dye stains are much more uniform and do not rely on a chemical reaction to create the desired color. The water base stains deposits its pigment particles in the open pores by penetrating the cement surface. Concrete floors stained with non-reactive dye stains don’t have the varied, translucent coloring effect like the acid stained floors. Water-based dye stains create beautiful flooring and a more uniform color.
Use the stencils to do your personal logo, decorative affects as art work on the floor. There is no limit to what can be created on your floor, see a picture and want it on your floor it can be done. This type of application can be done with solvent-based dyes or water-based stains. No matter what your design goal, whether big or small, we have the design solutions to help you achieve it. With decorative concrete stencil designs, your options aren’t just limited to choosing color and texture…
How to Protect Stained Concrete
Once a concrete floor is stained, it’s important to protect it with a sealer to help it resist water, stains, dirt, and abrasion. Floors should be dust mopped daily, and mopped as needed with a neutral PH cleaner or just water to remove soiling. Do not use harsh detergents, acid washes, or chemicals to clean floors as this will damage the floors. You should also apply a floor wax or finish to help preserve the sealer. A floor finish is easy to maintain and much easier to reapply than a sealer. Simply buff it out and reapply more when necessary. Apply a new coat of sealer every one or two years or as needed will also help to protect the surface. Concrete is less expensive to maintain but there are some simple daily, weekly and yearly thing you can do.
A few more tips in protecting your floors:
- Protect bottoms of chair legs and other objects with felt patches to avoid scratches.
- Avoid roller chairs. (The sharp ridges can grind a permanent into your floors.)
- Use natural material floor mats or rugs in entrances and high traffic areas. Avoid rugs with rubber backings as it will stain flooring. Also avoid flexible vinyl mats.
- Wipe up spills immediately with a damp cloth stains left could stain the flooring permanently if not removed as soon as possible.
- Avoid using or spilling strong oxidizers (chlorine-based cleaners), solvents, oils, vinegar and acid, even acid in foods can stain if not removed from flooring.
- NEVER tape directly to the floor. The acid back will eat through concrete and leave permanent tape marks.
- Do not drag heavy appliances or furniture over floor. Place cardboard or rugs down first, this floor should be treated as if it were hardwood and it will scratch.
- If you are still under construction, you should protect the floor cardboard or thermoply, use plastic underneath and tape to the walls NOT TO THE FLOOR!
- NO Tape should come in direct contact with the floors either before or after staining is complete. The Acid in the tape will etch a permanent stripe on your concrete.