If you’re remodeling an existing facility or renovating an older building, chances are you have a concrete floor in need of refinishing. Perhaps it’s badly stained or cracked, or maybe it’s just lackluster and needs an upgrade to fit into your company’s updated look.
Instead of covering the concrete with carpeting or expensive hardwood, consider refinishing the concrete itself for a cost-effective and fashionable effect. Below are several methods for beautifying your existing concrete floor:
Filling joints and cracks
Before you do any other work, the first step is to repair any damage to the floor. Cracks, pits, and areas of spalling should be filled in and/or sealed to prevent further damage. Existing concrete joints should be examined and, if needed, be filled in with a flexible filler. These steps will extend the longevity of your floor and may help reduce worker fatigue and wear on vehicles.
Also keep in mind that if you polish or stain your concrete, these marks will show up in the final version. If aesthetics are important, you’ll want to hire a professional who can not only fill the
If you’d like to change the color of your floor, consider applying an acid-based or acrylic stain. Concrete staining is a multi-step process that must be done on a thoroughly cleaned and repaired surface to prevent splotches to ensure smooth application.
Stains may be sprayed or brushed on (or a combination of both) and may include steps to neutralize the acid and remove residue when finished. Skilled contractors may also be able to apply certain patterns, such as marbling.
A stained concrete floor can stand on its own, or can then be sealed with a urethane coating or even polished to a shine, as in this photo.
Bring your old concrete surface to a high-gloss shine and make a great impression on customers and employees by polishing your floor. There are two main methods for concrete polishing—wet and dry polishing—but both are
Polishing actually densifies the concrete on a molecular level, making it stronger and harder, though still slightly porous. Despite its glassy surface, polished concrete is not slippery, making it a great choice for high-traffic lobbies and foyers.
True concrete polishing does not rely on waxes or sealants to make it the surface shine, though sometimes a clear urethane coat is applied for extra strength.
A urethane coating can be applied over untreated concrete, polished concrete, or even other floor coatings for an extra layer of protection that will help the floor last for many years. Clear varieties allow the existing colors and patterns to show through while providing high levels of scratch and scuff resistance. Learn more about the advantages of urethane for concrete.
Epoxy and other specialty coatings
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