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Professional Custom Concrete Flooring in Ottawa


Concrete is no longer considered to be an “industrial looking” or “boring” material. As a matter of fact, it has shed that reputation long ago and is now used in a variety of beautiful finishes for flooring applications. Today, professional custom concrete floors in Ottawa have become a popular interior design trend and are found in upscale homes and commercial establishments as well.Polished Concrete Floor Ottawa

Why Opt for Professional Installers?

While some property owners feel that it’s possible to turn concrete flooring installations into a DIY weekend project, the fact is that this is a specialized job and not one that a novice would be able to handle; this is because it needs:

  • Knowledge about the installation process & the different types of finishes available; a lot of this knowledge also comes from hands-on experience, which a DIY enthusiast won’t have.
  • It needs specialized equipment that isn’t very easily available. Even if you do manage to acquire it, you would need weeks of training and work experience before you would be able to shine the concrete floor using various grinding and polishing techniques.
  • There are certain chemical processes involved in the installation of polished concrete flooring, and its best that the job be left to the professionals.
  • In case any problems arise during the installation of installation, experienced installers would be able to quickly tackle the problems, before the issue gets out of hand.
  • When DIYers handle concrete floor polishing, the most common mistake is what’s called the “swirl mark devastation.” When they are trying to polish the floor, they fail to notice that a number of scratches are starting to show up on the surface and by the time they do notice it, the harm has already been done. The only option at this point is to start all over again. This can become a very time-consuming, tedious and expensive proposition.
  • Professionals use specialized dust collection equipment that helps keep the area and air clean while the work is in progress.

Hire the Experts

If you are considering getting a concrete floor installed, it’s best to opt for the services of a company that provides professional custom concrete floors in Ottawa services. If you have any questions related to this service and want a no-obligation estimate, simply call Custom Concrete Floors at 613 327 9127. Alternatively, you can use this contact us form to send us your queries and we will respond without delay.

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Concrete Floor Design Ideas


There’s a general, completely false belief that concrete is dull, grey, and boring. Yes, it might be all those things if you just pour out plain concrete, let it dry, and do nothing. In fact, some might argue that it’s urbane, industrial, and edgy. The fact of the matter is that concrete is one of the most versatile surfaces available today.

With just a few different treatments, it can transform your floor and turn blah into wow. Our clients here at Custom Concrete Floors always wonder just how to enhance the look of concrete, so here are some ideas.

Stained FlooringCustom Concrete Floors Eco Polish

Most people are aware of stained concrete but they don’t really comprehend just how versatile you can get with it. You can add conventional colors to the mix to create gray, brown, or cream coloured floors. However, some homeowners and designers are becoming adventurous and use the versatility of concrete to the fullest extent. From jet black floors that look decidedly stylish and French, to jewel-like turquoise flooring that looks like ocean water. There’s no limit to the effect you can achieve with stains.

Etched Concrete

Etching concrete requires specialized tools that slightly cut into the surface of the floor to create designs. You can add geometrical shapes, borders and lines, or hand-etch beautiful patterns. Again, there’s very little you can’t achieve. Etching needs considerable effort, especially hand-etching, but the end results are worth it. A combination of staining, etching, and clear-coating can create a stunning floor that’ll be unique to your home and great to look at.

Polished Floors 

Polished concrete is very versatile. It’s low-cost, easy to maintain, and can look amazing. The polish is usually achieved through machines with different levels of grinding bits, sealants, and densifiers. You can achieve a mirror-like sheen the floor. While plain concrete floors will look grey and glossy with polishing, you can actually improve the appearance.

You can add natural stone aggregates of any size and colour to the concrete mixture. When polished, these aggregates are exposed. Some people also use recycled glass aggregates. The result is often outstanding as these floors look grand and unique. Some people use a combination of different aggregates to create a colourful effect.

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