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Common Problems with Polished Concrete Floors


Polished concrete floors are very attractive and resilient. These types of floors can withstand a considerable amount of wear and tear and require very little maintenance. However, this doesn’t mean that the surface is completely problem-free. At Custom Concrete Floors, we want our customers to make an informed decision so we’ve put together a list of common problems that occur with polished concrete floors.custom concrete flooring ottawa floor preparation

Discolouration and Stains

 This isn’t a problem with a freshly poured concrete slab, but if you have an old, discoloured and oil-stained floor, you may have a reason to worry. The polishing process might remove the stains if they’ve not penetrated too deep into the concrete and this will give you an even and clear finish. But if the stains have penetrated into the old floor, polishing the slab won’t hide them. In fact, the process might even highlight them. That’s why it’s important to inspect the condition of the floor carefully before it’s polished.

Waves

Polished floors have a shine to them and even the matte finish will reflect light to some extent. If the floor is perfectly level, you don’t have to worry about the gloss or appearance. But if the floor isn’t level, you’ll see waves on the surface wherever light reflects off the polished surface and this doesn’t look that great. These waves will emphasize on the unevenness of the floor and have an impact on the overall design of your property.

Edges

The edges of the concrete floor are always less dense because they are hand troweled. The denseness of the floor has an impact on the overall quality of the polish. If the surface is hard and dense, the polish is clear and glossy. If it’s not as dense, the polish will be slightly dull and wavy. You won’t get a clear, consistent polish from one corner of the floor to another so if you want perfect edges, you might want to choose a different option.

Slippery

Polished concrete floors are very smooth and can be slippery when wet. If you expect your floor to be wet regularly, you should choose a different option or add some sort of texture to the floor. Because concrete is a hard floor, falls can be painful and cause injuries.

If you have any questions about polished 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’re reply as soon as possible.
Custom Concrete Floors LTD.

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

How to Create a Non-Slip Concrete Surface


Concrete can be very slippery, especially if you polish it to a glossy shine and want a mirror like finish. This is usually not a problem in areas with low to medium traffic and where the surface doesn’t get wet. People can walk over the surface without any accidents. But in high-traffic and wet areas, concrete can become slippery. In such conditions, we at Custom Concrete Floors recommend non slip concrete finishes and here’s how we do it: non slip concrete floor ottawa

Broom Finish

This is one of the most common methods to make concrete slip-resistant in areas where the look of the surface isn’t of great concern. It’s easy to create this textured surface by following the steps listed below:

• We pour in the slab.
• Strike the excess concrete off the surface with screed.
• Tamp down on the surface with a bull float
• We wait until the bleed water has completely evaporated.
• Trowel all the lines left behind by the bull float.
• Use a special concrete broom to add texture to the surface.
• Let the concrete cure.

This gives the concrete surface a textured, non-slip finish that ensures there’ll be no accidents.

Gritty Sealers

If you want to add an attractive finish to the non slip concrete surface, you can’t use the broom method. In such cases, gritty sealers will do a better job. Sealer manufacturers now offer grit that we can add to the final coat to give the surface a non-slip finish.

Through this method, you can ensure the surface looks good but still has some texture in order to prevent accidents. The best grit is made from ground polyurethane as it doesn’t compromise the look of the finish. It’s transparent and light would just pass through it and let the beauty of the finish shine.

Some contractors do use aluminum oxide or silica sand grit but they don’t work as effectively, and will alter the finish of the surface. These materials are rarely used in modern products because most customers don’t like the results they give.

You can also install slip-resistant tape manufactured by companies like 3M in some applications. If you have any questions about non slip concrete 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