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Top Concrete Floor Rejuvenation Techniques


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Regardless of how drab and old your driveway, patio, paver or any other concrete flooring has become, it’s possible to give it a new lease of life. Here are some top concrete floor rejuvenation techniques. Before deciding which concrete floor rejuvenation technique to use, you will have to assess the condition of the flooring; based on this you can:

Clean

This is the easiest technique and even a DIY enthusiast can tackle it. There are a number of specialized concrete floor cleaning products available in the market and you would need an algaecide, a stain remover, a bio-active oil remover and an effective concrete cleaner. All you have to do is follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the label to clean your floor and bring it to a sparkle.

Clean and Seal

Our recommendation is that once the cleaning has been completed, the floor should also be sealed. This protects the surface from stains and scratches and lends it a luster too. If your concrete floor already has a sealer on it, you will have to use a different sealer/conditioner, after cleaning the existing surface.

Create New Concrete Surface and then Seal

You can alter the look & texture of the existing concrete surface, with the use of heavy acid etching techniques. It can be honed or given a sandstone finish and then carefully sealed. When the aggregate profile is revealed, the surface gets an attractive textured look. Once this has been done, you can then seal the floor as mentioned earlier.

Tinted Sealers

This is a sealer with colour and is a coating that isn’t as solid as paint. It’s why you are still able to see the natural appearance of the concrete through it. These tinted sealers are available in a range of colours and many companies also sell test pots at a small charge.

Create a Pattern

This is also a type of concrete floor rejuvenation technique in which you can create a complete new look on the existing floor. Concrete can be stamped into any pattern you like, with the use of special stencils. It can then be sealed to protect the surface.

While it’s possible to use these concrete floor rejuvenation techniques in a DIY project, it’s a better idea to call in professionals like the ones at Custom Concrete Floors for a well-finished, high quality job. For more information, call us at 613 327 9127 or connect with us via this contact us form.

 

What are The Best Garage Floor Coatings?


Garage floors endure a lot of punishment. If you’re the kind of person who just uses the garage occasionally to store cars, you might not be concerned with the best garage floor coatings. However, if you’re someone who loves taking a car or bike apart and putting it together, you might be concerned with your garage floor.

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Concrete garage floors, especially those without coatings, can become easily stained and damaged. At Custom Concrete Floors, we believe that installing the right coating on your garage floor is absolutely vital. Here are some of the best garage floor coatings available in the market today.

Epoxy

This is considered one of the best garage floor coatings available today. It strikes the right balance between expense, performance, and durability. Epoxy coatings are more expensive than acrylics, but not by a large margin. They are still considered affordable. They can make your floor look great.

The epoxy coating is essentially plastic that’s applied to the floor and it can sustain a lot of abuse without staining, peeling, or chipping. However, this coating tends to fade and become yellow upon exposure to the sun’s UV rays.  It will, however, last up to 10+ years.

Polyurethane

This coating is considered amongst the best garage floor coatings. It’s often used in industrial level garages where the floor might suffer a lot of abuse. It is more resistant to abrasion than epoxy and has excellent adhesion properties. Polyurethane is best used as a top coat to epoxy to help with UV and chemical resistance. It is nominally more expensive than epoxy alone. 

If you have any questions about concrete garage floor coatings 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.