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How Will Concrete Flooring Stand Up to Flooding?

concrete floors ottawa maintenance cleaningIn flood prone areas, using construction materials that are less vulnerable to water damage is always a good idea. This is especially true for flooring, which usually sustains the maximum amount of damage. Wood can become irreparably damaged during a flood, while other materials can become water stained and downright ugly.

In such cases, concrete flooring definitely performs better. Architects and experts in the field agree that concrete is very resilient in floods and a better material to use in flood prone areas. Here are some reasons why:

Water Damage

Concrete isn’t vulnerable to water damage. It doesn’t get stained or cracked because of water. Concrete has a very low rate of water absorption. That is, it absorbs water very slowly over long periods of time. As long as it’s not able to become too dry, it’ll actually strengthen in the presence of water.

It’s Resilient

Concrete is very resilient, even in flood conditions. As we mentioned before, concrete doesn’t sustain water damage. Using this as a construction material would reduce the amount of property loss in the aftermath of a flood. This is one of the primary reasons why the material is used in the construction of dams. If your concrete flooring is installed properly, it’ll withstand flood conditions for a long time. It’s vital to ensure that there are no gaps or air pockets in the concrete. These can trap moisture and that can lead to cracks or damage.

Trapping Moisture

You need to be careful not to trap moisture between the concrete floor and the material laid on it. For example, if you have a carpet over your flooring, it’s vital to dry out the concrete before placing the carpet on it once again. If you don’t do this, you’ll have to deal with issues like mold. The concrete flooring itself isn’t affected by the moisture. However, it can lead to damp conditions if it’s not dried properly.

Low Repair Costs after the Flood

A concrete floor reduces the overall expense of repairs after the flood. As long as it’s not covered with impermeable material, concrete will eventually dry. If there is any damage, it can be repaired easily without too much expense. There’s no need to replace any tile, wood, or carpet.

If you have any questions about concrete floors or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give us a call at 613 327 9127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’re reply as soon as possible.

Can All Concrete Floors be Polished?

Polishing concrete floors can increase their life and aesthetic appeal. If you have an old concrete floor, you might want to use modern developments to make it more attractive and enhance the look of your property. However, most people wonder if all concrete floors can be polished. The prevalent concern is that polishing might damage old floors. That’s simply not true.

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It’s always a good idea to consult a contractor before planning anything. While most sound concrete surfaces can be polished, you might need to prepare the surface before moving ahead.

  • We will remove all the dust and debris from the surface to prepare it for polishing.
  • If the floor is wavy or uneven, we need to fill the depressions and level the floor before polishing it. Your old floor might need excessive patching to be suitable.
  • If the floor is stained, we would need to remove that staining completely, which can be a long process.
  • Some concrete floors are simply too porous to be polished. If the floors can’t be hardened with a hardener, polishing it might be impossible.

In most cases, polishing older concrete floors is actually possible, even if it might require effort and expense. In others, the surface is perfectly suitable for a great glossy finish and needs only a little preparation. You need to consult your contractor to get accurate information about your floor.

Polishing New Surfaces

If you intend to polish your floors, it’s best to let your contractor know even before the concrete is laid on the ground. That way, the contractors would make sure that the surface of the concrete is as smooth as possible. This reduces the initial preparation time and saves effort and money.

Newly laid concrete floors need a minimum of 28 days to cure before they can be polished. Attempting to do so before the surface is ready might damage it and lead to further expense.

A good polishing contractor will always study the floor keenly before attempting to polish it, whether it is old or new. We at Custom Concrete Floors have the experience and the knowledge needed to make sure that your floor can be polished without causing any damage.

If you have any questions about crack repair or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give us a call at 613 327 9127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’re reply as soon as possible.