CPC Floor Coatings Blog

Pros and Cons of Staining Concrete

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Aug 2, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Considering a concrete stain for your store, clinic, or customer lobby? Here are several things to consider before investing in the staining process:

Pros of concrete staining

  • It increases the aesthetic value of your floor. Concrete stain comes in a variety of shades, including neutrals, pastels, and deep tones. Experienced contractors can add visual effects such as marbling, swirls, waves, or stenciled designs. Staining can be simply a subtle upgrade from a plain gray concrete floor, or it can become the attention-grabbing focal point of your facility’s decor.
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Topics: Concrete Polishing

Refinishing Options for Older Concrete Floors

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Jul 19, 2017 4:38:54 PM

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.

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Topics: Industrial Floor Coatings, Urethane Coatings, Epoxy Coatings, Concrete Polishing

Flooring Options for Today’s Competitive Grocery Store

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Jun 28, 2017 7:45:00 AM

The expansion of European grocery chain Lidl into the US starting this June is projected to make the already-competitive grocery industry even more strained. Grocers such as Lidl as well as Aldi and even Walmart’s Neighborhood Market now offer organic products at very low prices, and they’re updating the aesthetics of their stores to appeal to customers who are used to high-end chains such as Whole Foods.

Customers are no longer choosing either quality products or affordability; they’re learning they can expect it all in one store.

If you’re looking to keep your independent grocery store or chain competitive in today’s market, you’ll want to make sure your store looks modern and attractive while also keeping costs down.

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Topics: Epoxy Coatings, USDA Approved Flooring, Concrete Polishing

Wet vs. Dry Concrete Polishing

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on May 24, 2017 3:46:49 PM

Concrete polishing is an efficient and economical way to beautify and strengthen a concrete floor. Not only does the attractive shine improve the floor’s aesthetics, but the mechanical process of grinding and smoothing the floor actually increases the concrete’s strength.

There are two major methods for polishing: “dry” and “wet.” Though similar in principle, there are a few differences, and each offers distinct advantages.
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Topics: Concrete Polishing

Better than Paint: 3 Colorful Industrial Floor Coatings

Posted by Jeremy Gillespie on Dec 30, 2016 9:49:00 AM
Are you looking for a colorful way to brighten up your warehouse, retail space or clinic? Does your production floor need marked pathways to improve the traffic flow of people and machines?

Most of us are familiar with the concept of simple paint or even just colored tape. However, there are an array of floor coating options that not only provide beautiful color, but will protect and enhance the performance of your floors as well.

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Topics: Epoxy Coatings, Concrete Polishing

Is polished concrete slippery?

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Dec 8, 2016 4:07:36 PM

If you’re looking for an economical way to upgrade the concrete flooring in your restaurant, hospital, customer lobby or manufacturing plant, you may want to consider getting your floor polished to an attractive shine. Polishing concrete actually increases the floor’s hardness, is relatively easy to maintain, and can be enhanced with colors in addition to the glossy texture.

But does the smooth surface of polished concrete make it slippery for you employees or customers? Generally, no. But there are definitely some cases in which you don’t want to use it. 

Polished concrete is NOT slippery when dry

Though the process of polishing compresses the surface of the concrete by pushing the molecules closer together, the end product is still slightly porous. When kept clean, polished concrete has about as much grip as regular concrete, and provides better foot traction than marble or even some linoleum surfaces.  

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Topics: Concrete Polishing

Common Misconceptions of Concrete Polishing

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Jun 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you are looking for an attractive and cost-effective flooring option for your facility, polished concrete may be a great fit for your needs. Polished concrete floors are durable, low-maintenance, relatively slip-resistant, and aesthetically pleasing, plus they can last many years if well maintained.

There are a few misconceptions about polished concrete, however, that sometimes prevent them from being considered as an option. Here are some common misconceptions and the truth behind them:

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Topics: Concrete Polishing

Concrete Floor Coating vs. Polished Concrete

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Jun 23, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Trying to decide which concrete flooring option is best for your commercial or industrial facility? Two popular choices that you may have come across in your research are polished concrete or a professional floor coating, such as epoxy or urethane.

To ensure that you get the right flooring system to meet the specific needs of your site, we’ll outline the advantages, disadvantages and recommended use cases for each.

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Topics: Concrete Polishing

Concrete Polishing – The Environmentally Friendly Flooring

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Jun 21, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If someone asks you to identify one material without which you cannot even think of any modern civil construction, your answer can only be concrete. Concrete is one of the most essential components of most modern construction.

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Topics: Concrete Polishing

Steps to Properly Clean Your Existing Concrete Surface

Posted by Jamie Gillespie on Mar 9, 2016 1:14:15 PM

Most industrial facilities in the South Carolina area have concrete flooring, which needs to be properly tended to in order to uphold its shine and durability. When you are ready to have professionals come in to give the floor a polish or new coating, things will go much more smoothly when your existing floor has been properly maintained.

Here’s how to properly clean concrete floors, so that you can keep your facility looking nice while also preparing for your next polish or coating.

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Topics: Concrete Polishing