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What Is Gypcrete Flooring?

Gypcrete is another name for gypsum concrete and it’s very versatile. It can be used innovatively in a variety of residential and commercial applications because it’s durable but not as heavy as traditional concrete. Its lightweight nature has made it very popular with designers and contractors alike. Like all materials, gypcrete has its advantages and disadvantages. We at Custom Concrete Floors believe that this material is ideal for specific applications and understand its limitations.self leveling concrete ottawa flooring

Advantages of Gypcrete Flooring


One of the biggest advantages of gypcrete is its weight. A 1.5 inch slab of gypcrete will only weight 13 pounds per sq ft while traditional concrete of similar size weighs 18 pounds. This can add to the overall weight of the floor and place strain on the structure of the building frame. This material is ideal for wooden frames and multi-storied buildings.


Traditional concrete takes 28 days to cure and is relatively difficult and time consuming to install. Gypcrete is quicker and doesn’t require as much curing time. In fact, you can consider adding finishing touches about 48 hours after the topping is applied. We can easily install this flooring on a 20,000 sq ft surface in one day.


Because the project requires less time and a lower amount of labor, gypcrete is an affordable alternative to traditional concrete. If you’re on a tight budget, you can choose gypcrete instead of concrete for your property.

Disadvantages of Gypcrete Flooring

Gypcrete floorings might be lightweight, quick to install, and affordable, but it does have a few disadvantages which include:

Limited Finishing Options – You’ll have a limited number of finishing options because this floor can’t be used as an underlayment for epoxy and other such coatings. It can’t be polished either because it is more fragile than traditional concrete and won’t be able to endure the pressure of polishing. You can install hardwood, carpet, or tiles on it if you want to add an interesting finish to this floor.

Weaker – Gypcrete is sometimes weaker than traditional concrete and won’t have the same impact strength, water proofing, and crack resistance. You’ll have to add a resilient finishing material over the gypcrete surface to improve its strength and durability.

If you have any questions about gypcrete flooring 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

Polished Concrete Flooring in Ottawa

polished concrete floors ottawaConcrete is a very versatile flooring material and can be customized to your requirements. You can stain it, add coatings, etch it, stamp it, or polish it based on your preferences and budget. At Custom Concrete Floors, we can apply all kinds of finishing and have the skill and experience to ensure your floor looks good and lasts for a long time. Polished concrete flooring is one of our specialties.

How Do We Polish Concrete?

The polishing process is simple to understand but it takes time, skill, and the right equipment to get the best results. Here’s a brief explanation of our process:

  • We add densifiers to the concrete to harden the surface if the latter is suitable for it. We’ll also repair any cracks or problems to make sure the substrate is ready for polishing.
  • Our experts will then grind the surface to remove unevenness and dents.
  • We’ll then use increasingly finer grits to achieve the level of polish requested by the client.

Levels of Polish 

There are 4 levels of concrete polish we can apply to floors and you can choose one based on your requirements and budgets.

  • Flat – This finish is matte and requires no more than 100-grit resin bond. The surface will be cloudy and flat, without much shine. It’s ideal for industrial environments.
  • Satin – Satin finish has a slight sheen to it and it’s not as matte. It looks soft and is great for industrial and commercial applications as well. We don’t need more than 400-grit resin bond.
  • Semi-Polished – This is a step above satin and gives your concrete surface a muted shine. The floor will have clarity and good light reflection so it’s a great choice for commercial and residential properties.
  • High Gloss – As the name suggests, this finish ensures your floors have high shine. This is the most beautiful finish and is often used in residential properties and showrooms. We can add aggregate to the concrete mixture and use high-gloss polishing to bring out the beauty of the stones. The overall effect is very beautiful but this finish requires a little more care and maintenance.

If you have any questions about polished concrete flooring or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give Custom Concrete Floors a call at 613 327 9127 or email. 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