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Concrete Resurfacing in Ottawa 

Consider this before replacing an old concrete slab.  Concrete floors are generally 4 inches thick or more.  With the majority of surface issues, aside from cracks, being less than one quarter of an inch in depth, concrete resurfacing is a definite option.

custom concrete flooring ottawa background webConcrete resurfacing can bring to mind many different processes and materials.

Polyaspartic or Epoxy coatings – If a slab is badly pitted and a smooth or traction providing surface is needed; a coating is often a better choice than another layer of concrete. Coatings or resinous flooring create a much better bond than polymer modified concrete alone. They are also able to be installed with sand aggregate and have great self levelling properties.

Shot Blasting or Grinding – When a new concrete slab is installed there are many variables that can affect the outcome. Whether, bad workmanship, incorrect use of water and more, can leave an unsuitable or undesirable surface texture. Shot blasting or grinding will smooth the surface and create a continuous and even profile to the specification of the end user. Whether smooth or coarse, these processes offer many levels of finish.

Self Levelling Concrete – If an environment exists where self levelling concrete must be used to meet code or engineering specifications, there are many options available here as well. Self levelling concretes and Gypcrete products vary in single application thickness from feather edge all the way to 4 inches thick.

Decorative Concrete – Concrete resurfacing is not just for problem slabs or commercial finishes and underlayments. Concrete can be applied by a trained artisan to mimic the texture, pattern and colour of natural stone. Not only do troweled decorative overlays look great but they inherently have a wonderful non-slip texture to them.

The most important factor to remember when choosing a concrete resurfacing system is proper preparation. The vast majority of floor resurfacing failures can be traced back to insufficient or improper surface preparation.

Do it yourself processes such as cleaning with degreasers or pressure washing can work, however are prone to failure as these methods only address the surface. For good longevity of a concrete resurfacing product, it is always recommended to have the floor mechanically abraded via grinding or shot blasting.

Speak with a qualified concrete floor restoration and resurfacing contractor today.


Decorative Concrete Floors

custom concrete flooring ottawa random top overlay patternDecorative concrete flooring is becoming more popular amongst homeowners and commercial locations. Decorative concrete flooring is great for those who want a flooring system that can be customized to any taste or an interior design motif. They can be sleek, smooth, high gloss, muted grey and modern or they can be a rustic country stamped overlay or troweled floor. Decorative concrete flooring can take on a life of its own anywhere in your home or commercial location whether on an existing concrete floor or on a wood sub floor.

One of the major advantages to decorative concrete flooring is not only its economical price, but the fact that it is seamless has made it very popular in areas that need easy clean solutions. Because it is seamless, this also lends well to interior design that requires the feeling of openness and the appearance of large expansive spaces.

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Whether you are working with the existing concrete surface or installing a concrete floor over a wood subfloor, your options for the end aesthetic of the surface vary only slightly. With a wood sub floor as a starting point, the overall cost of starting and finishing floor will be higher than if you were to install the floor directly onto a concrete slab. This is because of the material and labour involved in creating an artificial concrete base as a starting point to your decorative finish.

A decorative concrete floor on a wood sub floor falls in the price range of a medium to high quality tile floor. When finishing existing concrete, prices almost always fall under that of traditional flooring, this is because rather than purchasing a floor and installing it along with new materials, the floor is simply being modified to show off its natural inherent beauty.

If the floor is too damaged or worn to display its character, opaque options are available, such as troweled overlays, coatings of epoxy, polyaspartic polyurea or colour flakes.

If you are thinking about installing a decorative concrete floor in your home or commercial location, sufficient understanding of the process is extremely important. unlike traditional flooring, you are not just purchasing a pre-manufactured project but rather hiring someone to create a customized floor for you on site. While the challenges this presents are not unsurmountable, planning for a decorative floor still does take some time and involves skills trades people to produce the outcome you desire.

Contact our team today and let us help you design your decorative concrete floor.