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May 1, 2023
General Coating & Polishing

There are many companies in the Des Moines area who offer concrete coating services, but there are also vast differences in the materials and processes used by these different companies. At the Schilling Group, we are proud of the results we deliver and the products we use. But, seeing is believing. We highly encourage you to visit our showroom and see for yourself!

What Makes Us Different

  • We have a great reputation. Please look us up and read our reviews!
  • Our employees have years of experience and have been trained by the best. They do every job correctly, so you can rest assured you have a floor finish that will last.
  • Our prep work is superior. This is the most important step of any garage coating project. If not done correctly or rushed, the epoxy will not adhere properly. We use heavy grinders and diamond tooling to profile your floor, so that the epoxy creates a tough, mechanical bond with the concrete surface. Furthermore, we clean and fill sawcut joints with a polyurea material, so your coating is seamless.
  • We only use industrial grade materials of the highest quality. We apply them on our own floors and test them over extended periods of time. Only materials that pass our testing are used on your concrete surface. Come see the results in our showroom!
  • We apply the best coating systems. Our full-flake epoxy coating system dries to approximately 1/8” thick. It is durable, proven and attractive.

Visit Our Showroom

We invite you to visit our showroom to see how the Schilling Group can transform your garage at:

33083 Ute Ave.Waukee, IA 50263

If you want a high-quality coating on your garage floor that will hold up over time, looks wonderful and is a great value for the price, give us a visit or call. We hope to see you soon!

8 Ways to Upgrade Your Concrete Floor

There are so many ways to upgrade your concrete floor from polishing to coating to engraving or staining. We love helping our clients pick out the right fit for what they are looking to accomplish. Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming to choose what to do with your concrete flooring. Here are 8 ways you can upgrade your concrete to protect and/or enhance it with a little explanation about each technique. We hope this helps when deciding what to do with your next project!

Mechanical Polishing

Mechanical polished concrete is a process that takes abrasives (diamonds) and mechanically places scratches in the concrete. This scratching process uses finer grit abrasives to remove and replace the scratches with smaller and smaller micro scratches.

The objective is to refine the floor and take away the small scratches so that you see a reflection in the floor. This process can be achieved with older concrete, new concrete and/or coated concrete.

This process is considered to be the maximum refinement method, and can be considered the best long-term solution for polished concrete.

Topical Polishing

Topical polishing is similar to the mechanically polished floor, but the course of action is shorter, and it leaves the floor at less than maximum refinement.

Most of the time the topically processed progression ends at a 200- or 400- grit step. These grits leave peaks on the top of the scratches that have zero lateral support. A topical sealer is then added and is placed into the gaps left by the scratching process. As the sealer settles and dries, it gives the appearance of being completely polished and is referred to as “polished concrete.”

This process is a much cheaper alternative to the mechanical process. The “topical polish” is exactly the same thing as putting on a coating. This method can be done with a burnisher, a floor scrubber and even a swing machine.

Decorative Epoxy Coatings

Epoxy floor coatings are hard wearing and durable solutions for both commercial and residential flooring. These floor coatings can be applied over concrete floors to provide a high performance and an attractive surface.

New technology now offers you the ability to choose almost any color. Metallic additives create a gorgeous surface and multiple colors can be randomly applied together revealing a swirling effect that is very unique and attractive.

Decorative Overlays

Overlays are a great option for concrete floors that are damaged or distressed. They are extremely durable and attractive. Overlays typically consist of a cementitious product, but some may be a combination of polyurethane and cement. They can be stained, mechanically polished, coated or stamped with any pattern you can imagine. Overlays are a great way to make an old concrete floor look brand new.

Dyes and Stains

The skies the limit when it comes to colorants. Multiple colors and patterns add to the beauty of your polished floor. There are a multitude of application techniques to add interesting effects when applying dyes and stains.


We can incorporate engraving into your polishing process to provide borders and logos. Engraving can turn ordinary concrete surfaces into slate, tile, stone, brick and much more.

Hardeners and Sealers

Hardeners/densifiers are products that penetrate into the concrete surface and react with the Portland cement and fills the micro-pores. This reaction creates a very dense surface that helps with ease of cleaning, abrasion, dusting, staining, and overall wear of your concrete surface. These products do not change the appearance of the surface but can generate a sheen after burnishing and actually becomes harder the more you use the surface.

Sealers are an option for some floors. Depending on your needs it may provide a shiny surface that is easy to clean. All sealers will need to be reapplied at some point depending on wear and tear.

Final Notes

Performance Concrete Polishing is focused on providing services that are related to concrete surfaces. These services are appropriate for new and existing concrete. The majority of services we offer are oriented to improving the aesthetic appearance of these surfaces. Decorative concrete services are the hallmark of this company, and we’d love to help you out with your next project!