Concrete Flooring Solutions for Your Home
Mechanically polished concrete and coated concrete floors are not just ideal for commercial uses. They are also perfect for certain residential applications. For example, if you were one of the many who experienced a burst pipe or flooded basement this year, these attractive and durable flooring options might just be the answer to your problems. Here are some of the best ways to turn any concrete floor in your home into a highly functional and attractive floor.
Polished Concrete Floors in Basements
Mechanically polished concrete floors work spectacularly in basements. They are low maintenance, durable, attractive and eco-friendly. They are also extremely water resistant, so any standing water or spill can easily be mopped up without any damage to the underlying concrete. On top of this, they are stain and dirt resistant. Since concrete finishes stand up so well to spills and other damage, they are unsurprisingly incredibly pet friendly. They withstand scratches from pets and won’t absorb odors. Additionally, they also absorb excess heat to cut down on energy bills. Mechanically polished concrete floors offer a sleek, shiny, contemporary look, but stains can also be added for color. Epoxy floor coatings may also be a good alternative for your basement. These concrete coatings can also be customized to match the design of your home and result in a high performance, attractive floor.
Epoxy Coatings in Garages
If the inside of your home isn’t the right fit, your garage will undoubtedly benefit from concrete coatings. Epoxy coatings in garages are both attractive and functional. They are durable and resistant to chipping, abrasions, stains and moisture. Your garage will look fresh and new all year long! Since epoxy flooring is so easy to clean, they are the perfect choice for busy homeowners. Simply mop up snow, salt and sand in winter, and sweep away dust and other debris in the summer. Epoxy coatings come in a variety of colors to fit your preference. For a non-skid surface, slip-resistant aggregate can also be added.
For more information on updating the look and functionality of your basement or garage, contact us today.
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!