One of the many advantages of the concrete floor is that it is very versatile. If you’re still in the planning stages of your project, you’ll probably want to know what all the different types of concrete flooring options are to make sure the concrete polished best suits your needs.
Concrete with epoxy coating
concrete is inherently porous, which means which can absorb chemicals, moisture and other materials. If you need a surface that can withstand exposure to heavy loads, stains, chemicals and other high requirements, epoxy coatings may be your best bet.
While it may look like a coat of paint, epoxy flooring can be customized to meet the unique needs of your space.
Take a warehouse, for example. You will need a flooring system that can withstand forklifts moving back and forth all day, that is tough enough not to chip or break under heavy pressure, and that is easy to clean if oil or other materials spill in the course of normal operations.
Healthcare facilities, food processing plants, and fitness centers are other examples of environments that often have epoxy floors. In residential environments,
If you are evaluating a polished concrete floor over an epoxy floor, you will need to consider the function of the space and whether you need a high performance floor.
In most situations, polished concrete will work well, particularly if you seal the surface. If you like the look of a concrete floor and don’t want a matte finish, you can also choose a clear epoxy coating.
An experienced concrete contractor can help you weigh all of your options to determine which type of flooring system would work best for your project.
Schools, restaurants, distribution centers and homes can all have polished concrete floors.
A economical alternative to carpet, vinyl, wood, natural stone or tile, polished concrete is sustainable, easy to clean and resistant to mold, mites and other common allergens.
Better yet, the concrete that exists in almost any condition it can be resurfaced and polished to give your space a significant upgrade at a fraction of the cost of other flooring materials.
Once the top floor layer has been ground to your desired specification, you can complete your project with overlays, stains, dyes, stencils, decorative patterns or simply leave a natural gray color with the desired sheen.
If you want to enhance the natural appeal of concrete and bring out the rich, translucent tones, you can consider colored concrete floors for your project.
Rather than leaning on the surface, like epoxy, the color of the concrete penetrates beneath the surface, creating a unique appearance.
Unlike an epoxy coating which may need to be reapplied after years of wear, stains are permanent. You can choose between acidic and water-based stains and you may want to apply different colors of stains to achieve the desired look, use both stains and dyes, or create a decorative effect using thick stains with stencils.
Once a floor is stained, the color does not chip, fade and peel off. You may want to stain concrete in a furniture store, waiting room, canteen, or residential backyard.
As we have already mentioned, raw concrete is vulnerable to the absorption of moisture and chemicals. Additionally, exposure to the elements, improper installation, and excessive weight can cause cracks, chips and other imperfections.
While concrete is a long-lasting material, it requires maintenance over time. If you need to rehabilitate an existing surface or want to add a new flooring, we recommend that you apply a sealant to the surface to extend its longevity.
Depending on your space, you can choose.