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Custom Industrial Floor Coatings


Industrial floors put up with a lot. Heavy machinery might sit or travel on it. There’s also a lot of human foot traffic. Industrial flooring also sees a lot for oil and chemical spills, which can quickly damage the concrete. It’s a common misconception that concrete isn’t very durable. That’s not the case at all. Concrete is very resilient if it has the right amount of protection on it.

Coatings are that protection. At Custom Concrete Floors, we always encourage our customers to apply the right treatment to the concrete to ensure its longevity. There are several coatings you can apply to the surface:epoxy finish the floor company ottawa

  • EpoxyThis coating is great for damaged and scratched floors. It can quickly cover all the flaws and make your flooring attractive. All you have to do is apply the epoxy according to the floor’s condition. You can apply a thin layer of it on new surfaces and well-maintained concrete.

If the floor is too damaged, a thick layer of the epoxy coating would level it and hide the flaws. This material is very durable, and can be easily applied. It’s also very affordable, which makes epoxy an attractive prospect for companies looking to save some revenue.

  • PolyurethaneThis particular coating is widely used in industrial applications. This material is just as resilient than epoxy. It can handle a lot of abuse without showing any evidence of it. The coating is resistant to chemicals and oils and won’t be easily stained. 

This coating is great for areas that see a lot of traffic. They also come in several different kinds of finishes so you can expect a great looking floor that’s very durable. The application process is much more complicated as well. You can fully expect this flooring to last for 5 to 8 years.

Naturally, it’s also more expensive than epoxy but if your industrial floor sees a lot of wear and tear, this might be the right flooring for you. Just leave the application in the hands of the concrete floor coating professionals.

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

 

3 Common Questions about Concrete Flooring Answered


concrete floors ottawa polished concreteFor decades, concrete floors were tagged as ‘boring’ and ‘industrial’; however, that is no longer the case. Today, concrete has broken through those shackles and has evolved and emerged into a trendy flooring material that is used in a range of settings. It can be stained in any colour, embedded with glass, stone etc and polished to a sheen and can give any high-end natural stone flooring, a run for its money.

Despite this, many people have a number of questions about concrete flooring. Here are three common ones answered:

1) Do Concrete Floors Crack Easily?

It’s a fact that some concrete floors will develop cracks over time; but in most instances, this is because the material isn’t of a good grade, the floor hasn’t been installed correctly, or it hasn’t been sealed and polished well. While some people find the minute cracks to have a very rustic appeal, others prefer the flooring to be seamless. If you fall in the latter category, the one way to ensure that your concrete floor stays crack-free is to treat it with decorative overlays or treatments such as stencilling, opaque epoxies or staining.

2) Are Concrete Floors too Cold?

Concrete is a cold material, but that’s how natural stone or ceramic tile flooring is too. The distinct advantage of getting concrete floors installed on your property is that they have an inherent capacity to store & radiate heat. Installing heating cables within concrete floors can help keep them warm in the colder months. It’s also a good idea to design windows in such a way that they let in more sunlight and allow your concrete flooring to hold and radiate the heat.

3) Are Decorative Concrete Floors Heavy on the Pocket?

In comparison to materials such as marble, slate and tile, concrete flooring is actually a far more economical alternative. Skilled floor installation personnel can replicate the look of these expensive and exclusive materials, in decorative concrete installations. Concrete also lasts much longer than floor coverings such as vinyl, carpeting and wood laminates; this provides you high value in the long-term.

The Low-Maintenance Flooring Option

Decorative concrete flooring is low-maintenance, and all it needs is a simple vacuuming/sweeping and an occasional damp mopping. As long as the floor has been sealed well and has been coated with wax or a good quality floor finish, it resists stains, abrasion and chemicals. What more could one ask for?

If you have any queries about concrete floors call Custom Concrete Floors at 613 327 9127. Alternatively use this contact us form to send us your questions and we will revert within the shortest possible time.