Concrete Finishes Based on Strength & Durability
Concrete floors require different degrees of durability and strength depending on the environment, use and properties desired. For example, heavy-use industrial spaces require a different finish than a residential garage floor to ensure it lasts the test of time and provides the needed protection. At the Schilling Group, we offer a solution for every type of home, business or facility. Here are some concrete finishes based on strength and durability.
Strength & Durability of Concrete Finishes for Different Spaces
- MMA (Methyl methacrylate). These high-performance, fast-curing systems are ideal for heavy commercial use. They are extremely durable, chemical resistant, thermal-shock resistant, low maintenance and attractive. They are especially good for low-temperature facilities and those requiring rapid installation.
- Polycrete. These cementitious urethane coatings are ideal for both commercial and residential applications. This concrete overlay system makes concrete floors in poor condition look brand new. They are also extremely durable and versatile. They are especially popular in restaurants and commercial kitchens due to their thermal resistance.
- Polyaspartic. Polyaspartic systems fully saturated with binders, such as quartz or polyflakes, is one of the toughest and most durable finishes you can add to concrete floors. This makes these concrete coatings ideal for heavy-use industrial spaces, such as repair facilities for large machinery and trucks. They provide maximum protection from spills, impacts and heavy machinery. They are also UV resistant.
- Concrete Polishing. Polished concrete is popular for commercial and residential applications. They are attractive, low maintenance and durable. However, while polished concrete floors are much harder and denser than unpolished concrete, they are still somewhat porous, so liquids can seep in. They are great in residential garages and basements, as well as warehouses with light traffic and retail floors.
If you’re still unsure what system is right for your space, contact the Schilling Group today. We’ll work with you to find the perfect flooring solution for your home or business.
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 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 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.
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.
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!