Why a Polished Concrete Floor?
Your most cost effective option when you consider the minimal maintenance costs involved of nearly ANY flooring type. This is now the go-to option for high end lofts, retail stores, & restaurants. Several dozen color choices and affordable low shine options are possible.
What is it and how do we do it:
We first grind off your concrete surface to open up the pores for our densifier application. This strengthens your concrete by means of a chemical reaction that creates a densely bonded crystal structure in the top surface layer. Next, we hone the surface smooth to give you an easy to clean glossy surface. Process is completed by heat bonding and curing an industrial protective coating into the polish for maximal chemical and abrasion resistance.
See the FAQ on polishing below to learn of it's pros and cons.
Epoxy Resin Flooring - Polyaspartic Floors
These two part resin and hardener polymers are growing in popularity for a large variety of concrete flooring solutions including garages, basements, retail outlets, warehouses, showrooms, commercial spaces, and bathrooms. Options include one solid color, multi colored metallics, or aggregate infused epoxy floors. We top these off with a durable clear coat to match your floors expected use.
We start off all of our jobs by grinding your concrete floors top layer rough. We use advanced dust extractors so that your environment doesn't get dirty. This allows any chemicals and residue to get removed as well as give the epoxy more surface area to bite down on. The small pores and cavities that are created let the epoxies soak down into the concrete and properly adhere. We then fix any cracks and cavities that may be present so you get a more attractive final product. We then apply the primers/base coats/clear coats and any possible aggregate mixes into the epoxies. At times these take overnite to cure each separate layer. In time sensitive environments we use polyaspartic products which cure in several hours. We can also apply for you or leave you with a simple wax to use for your floor so that you can easily maintain your new concrete floor coating. This will allow your floor to stay new, glossy, and stronger longer.
For our concrete staining jobs we use non reactive dyes that are environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Staining your concrete floor is becoming a very popular option for basements, patios, stops, and offices. For a durable concrete flooring option on a budget this is your best bet. We can stain your concrete floor with one to three colors of dye and apply an appropriate clear coat to give it a matte or glossy sheen.
Our work begins by grinding down the top coat of your concrete to remove any residues that can cause problems as well as to allow the dyes and clear coats to properly adhere to it. This is a mandatory process which lets the dyes properly soak into the concrete floor. For proper clear coat adhesion it is also necessary for the surface to be ground; the open pores and rougher surface allow the clear coat to soak down into the small cavities formed and bite down onto the concrete forming a strong bond. Doing proper preparation work is necessary for a successful long term concrete flooring solution. This allows us to warranty our work through the product manufacturers and give both of us a piece of mind that your stained floor will last. Finally, we top off your clear coat with a wax layer. This serves to give you a cheap wear layer that you can easily build back up periodically so that you do not wear down your clear coat.
We have a variety of clear coats to meet your specific application. For residential basement floors we like to use a water vapor permeable clear coat that allows any possible moisture in the slab to slowly move through the coating and not cause problems. The clear coat is still a solid wear layer that would puddle water if spilled on it, but has the benefit of being resistant to underlying slab moisture issues. Other clear coats typical of our commercial work have higher resistance to abrasion, scratches, wines, chemicals, oils, and caustic chemicals. Please give us a call and we can find a best fit solution to your concrete floor.
We are experts at concrete subfloor surface prep for all of our finished concrete floor options. We also provide this service to flooring contractors. We use newer high end dustless grinding equipment to properly prep concrete floors for finishing. Grinding the surface of the concrete is necessary to open up the pores and clean the surface of any contaminants so that epoxies, stains, and polishing products can properly adhere to the floor and last. We do this for all of our work.
We also fix cracks, fill control joints with proper elastomeric compounds, fix holes in your concrete, and even out your floor.
We cleanly and precisely grind down any waves, bumps, or peaks in your concrete so you can have a smooth flat concrete floor. Most concrete pours are not flat or level enough to be a suitable base for solid flooring! We use precision instruments and our finely honed experience to quickly level your concrete floor to the proper parameters your floor overlay requires. We can not only bring down the high spots in your floor, but also level your concrete with leveling compounds. Note: We do not offer concrete mud-jacking/lifting services, nor do we pour new concrete slabs.