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Concrete Flooring for Kitchens – Things to Consider


Until a few years ago, concrete floors were considered dull, cold, industrial, and unsuitable for residential applications. People preferred warmer tones provided for wood or the elegance of stone to concrete. Over the years, concrete has become the most popular flooring choice for commercial as well as residential use.

So, concrete isn’t a bad choice for your home or even your kitchen. At Custom Concrete Floors, we recommend that you consider what’s mentioned here before you install a concrete floor in your kitchen.

concrete floors ottawa kitchenChoosing a Finish

There are several finish options available to you. You can choose one depending on the effect you wish to achieve. The most popular finishes for kitchens are:

  • Polished and Honed – Concrete can be polished and honed to a very fine degree. You can get a matte, satin finish, or a high-gloss finish on your kitchen floor. As a kitchen is usually a high-traffic area, it would be a good idea to apply sealers that add a little more grip and traction to the floor. That would prevent you from slipping.
  • Acid Stained – Acid staining is caused by a chemical reaction between concrete and a solution of water, acid, and inorganic salts. The results are usually stunning as the surface develops stains in a variety of colours and patterns.
  • Colour Hardener – This finish can only be applied if the concrete is newly poured in. Before the concrete dries, the colour hardener is added to it. This allows the colours to sink in and become a permanent part of the floor. The colour would remain true despite any wear, and tear.

Sealing and Maintenance

It’s important to regularly seal and maintain the concrete in kitchens. Kitchen floors are usually exposed to moisture and stains. If you want to ensure that the floor isn’t permanently damaged, you need to seal it every 1 or 2 years. This will ensure your concrete floor continues to look great and is well protected. As long as the floor is sealed, it will be a stress-free and easy to maintain choice for your home.

Concrete floors can be a little hard on your feet so we recommend that you place an area rug near your cooking station to cushion your feet. If you have any questions about concrete kitchen floors 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’ll reply as soon as possible.

 
Custom Concrete Floors LTD.

Address: 1 Rideau St #770, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

How to Avoid Moisture Related Problems with Concrete Sealers


Decorative concrete floors come in a variety of colours and finishes and can enhance the look and feel of your home. However, moisture can ruin these floors. If it gets trapped between the concrete and the sealant, you can see a visible white cast on the floor that scars the look of the surface.

If you want to avoid moisture problems, careful application is key. At Custom Concrete Floors, we eco polished floor concrete in ottawatake every precaution possible during the application process to ensure that the sealers sit well and there’s no moisture trapped underneath.  Some other things that can be done to avoid moisture-related problems are:

The Sealant’s Contact with Moisture

The sealer shouldn’t come in contact with moisture during application. Every seasoned contractor is aware of this fact. That’s why it’s important not to apply sealers when it’s raining or if there’s a large amount of moisture in the air. If the sealants are applied during such weather conditions, there’s always a chance that the moisture will be caught between the sealant and the concrete floor and that can cause a white film on the surface.  

Difference Between Sealers

Different types of sealers have different responses to moisture. Curing and sealing compounds are much more resistant to moisture than decorative sealers. The cure and seal can be applied to green concrete, which has high levels of moisture. There would be no film of white on the surface.

Decorative sealers aren’t as resistant to moisture. The concrete floor needs to cure for a full 28 days before the decorative sealers can be applied. If these sealers are applied before the concrete is completely cured, you’ll soon see the white film that ruins the design of your decorative finish.

The Permeability of the Sealers

Some sealers are more permeable than others. They allow more moisture to pass through the membrane and into the concrete. This makes them vulnerable to moisture-related problems. The permeability of the sealer depends on the solids content and the thickness of the sealer.

If the content and thickness is right, the sealer is more resistant to moisture. If it’s low, it’s more vulnerable to it. It’s a good idea to apply a thick coat of sealer with adequate solids content to keep moisture problems at bay. 

If you have any questions about concrete sealers 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.

Custom Concrete Floors LTD.

Address: 1 Rideau St #770, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7