For decades, concrete floors were tagged as ‘boring’ and ‘industrial’; however, that is no longer the case. Today, concrete has broken through those shackles and has evolved and emerged into a trendy flooring material that is used in a range of settings. It can be stained in any colour, embedded with glass, stone etc and polished to a sheen and can give any high-end natural stone flooring, a run for its money.
Despite this, many people have a number of questions about concrete flooring. Here are three common ones answered:
1) Do Concrete Floors Crack Easily?
It’s a fact that some concrete floors will develop cracks over time; but in most instances, this is because the material isn’t of a good grade, the floor hasn’t been installed correctly, or it hasn’t been sealed and polished well. While some people find the minute cracks to have a very rustic appeal, others prefer the flooring to be seamless. If you fall in the latter category, the one way to ensure that your concrete floor stays crack-free is to treat it with decorative overlays or treatments such as stencilling, opaque epoxies or staining.
2) Are Concrete Floors too Cold?
Concrete is a cold material, but that’s how natural stone or ceramic tile flooring is too. The distinct advantage of getting concrete floors installed on your property is that they have an inherent capacity to store & radiate heat. Installing heating cables within concrete floors can help keep them warm in the colder months. It’s also a good idea to design windows in such a way that they let in more sunlight and allow your concrete flooring to hold and radiate the heat.
3) Are Decorative Concrete Floors Heavy on the Pocket?
In comparison to materials such as marble, slate and tile, concrete flooring is actually a far more economical alternative. Skilled floor installation personnel can replicate the look of these expensive and exclusive materials, in decorative concrete installations. Concrete also lasts much longer than floor coverings such as vinyl, carpeting and wood laminates; this provides you high value in the long-term.
The Low-Maintenance Flooring Option
Decorative concrete flooring is low-maintenance, and all it needs is a simple vacuuming/sweeping and an occasional damp mopping. As long as the floor has been sealed well and has been coated with wax or a good quality floor finish, it resists stains, abrasion and chemicals. What more could one ask for?
If you have any queries about concrete floors call Custom Concrete Floors at 613 327 9127. Alternatively use this contact us form to send us your questions and we will revert within the shortest possible time.
In flood prone areas, using construction materials that are less vulnerable to water damage is always a good idea. This is especially true for flooring, which usually sustains the maximum amount of damage. Wood can become irreparably damaged during a flood, while other materials can become water stained and downright ugly.
In such cases, concrete flooring definitely performs better. Architects and experts in the field agree that concrete is very resilient in floods and a better material to use in flood prone areas. Here are some reasons why:
Concrete isn’t vulnerable to water damage. It doesn’t get stained or cracked because of water. Concrete has a very low rate of water absorption. That is, it absorbs water very slowly over long periods of time. As long as it’s not able to become too dry, it’ll actually strengthen in the presence of water.
Concrete is very resilient, even in flood conditions. As we mentioned before, concrete doesn’t sustain water damage. Using this as a construction material would reduce the amount of property loss in the aftermath of a flood. This is one of the primary reasons why the material is used in the construction of dams. If your concrete flooring is installed properly, it’ll withstand flood conditions for a long time. It’s vital to ensure that there are no gaps or air pockets in the concrete. These can trap moisture and that can lead to cracks or damage.
You need to be careful not to trap moisture between the concrete floor and the material laid on it. For example, if you have a carpet over your flooring, it’s vital to dry out the concrete before placing the carpet on it once again. If you don’t do this, you’ll have to deal with issues like mold. The concrete flooring itself isn’t affected by the moisture. However, it can lead to damp conditions if it’s not dried properly.
Low Repair Costs after the Flood
A concrete floor reduces the overall expense of repairs after the flood. As long as it’s not covered with impermeable material, concrete will eventually dry. If there is any damage, it can be repaired easily without too much expense. There’s no need to replace any tile, wood, or carpet.
If you have any questions about concrete floors or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give us a call at 613 327 9127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’re reply as soon as possible.
Polishing concrete floors can increase their life and aesthetic appeal. If you have an old concrete floor, you might want to use modern developments to make it more attractive and enhance the look of your property. However, most people wonder if all concrete floors can be polished. The prevalent concern is that polishing might damage old floors. That’s simply not true.
It’s always a good idea to consult a contractor before planning anything. While most sound concrete surfaces can be polished, you might need to prepare the surface before moving ahead.
In most cases, polishing older concrete floors is actually possible, even if it might require effort and expense. In others, the surface is perfectly suitable for a great glossy finish and needs only a little preparation. You need to consult your contractor to get accurate information about your floor.
Polishing New Surfaces
If you intend to polish your floors, it’s best to let your contractor know even before the concrete is laid on the ground. That way, the contractors would make sure that the surface of the concrete is as smooth as possible. This reduces the initial preparation time and saves effort and money.
Newly laid concrete floors need a minimum of 28 days to cure before they can be polished. Attempting to do so before the surface is ready might damage it and lead to further expense.
A good polishing contractor will always study the floor keenly before attempting to polish it, whether it is old or new. We at Custom Concrete Floors have the experience and the knowledge needed to make sure that your floor can be polished without causing any damage.
If you have any questions about crack repair or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give us a call at 613 327 9127. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’re reply as soon as possible.
The garage floor sees a lot of traffic and it’s also one area that people didn’t really pay much attention to up until recently. Today, people want to add the wow factor to their garages as well. They want to show off their classy cars and have garage flooring that’s equally fancy. However, very few understand what really goes into resurfacing the garage floor.
We at Custom Concrete Floors always advise our clients to consider the available options before starting any project. Here are some points for you to consider before you start resurfacing your garage floors.
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Consider what you’re going to use your garage for. If you aim to just keep your cars in there and show them off to your entire neighborhood, you can opt for smooth surfaces. There are three coatings that’ll give you a smooth, nearly glass-like surface-epoxy, latex, and polyurethane.
If you actually plan to work in the garage, tinkering with the engine, conducting repairs, etc, a textured surface would be a better option for you. With oil spillage, a smooth surface can be problematic and slippery.
If you want to show off your garage and are likely to keep the door open, you need to pick coatings that would withstand sunlight. As mentioned earlier, Epoxy coatings – when not installed properly, might tend to fade and latex can peel if it gets hot. Exposing these surfaces to the sun isn’t a good idea. You might try a textured surface or a polyurethane coating in such cases.
At Custom Concrete Floors, we believe that choosing a simple coating over expensive finishes is the best idea. A large portion of the floor is going to be covered by your vehicles, after all. If you have any questions about garage floor repair or want a free, no-obligation estimate, call us. You can also fill in this contact us form and we’ll reply as soon as possible.
It’s a common misconception that if there are cracks in a concrete surface, you need to replace the slab entirely. Sometimes, an expert might recommend that you replace a large section of the concrete floor if the crack is long enough and deep enough, but you rarely need to replace the entire floor. At Custom Concrete Floors, we only recommend a full replacement when there are deep structural issues to be addressed.
Concrete crack repair can be a quick and easy process and the results will last for a long time if it’s done by a skilled and careful hand.
The first step is to examine the crack and determine the reason why it exists. As mentioned earlier, some cracks might be an indicator that something’s wrong with the structure. Applying a concrete patch is one of the simplest ways to handle concrete crack repair.
In case of large concrete crack repair, we first chisel out the cracks and clean the debris as mentioned above. After that, sand will be poured into the crack and it will be packed lightly. We then prepare a sand-mix concrete, add a concrete fortifier to it and pour the mixture into the crack. The surface will then be smoothed and allowed to cure for a while before it can be used.
Polishing is the process of scratching a surface with progressively finer and finer grits until the area is so scratched on a microscopic level that it reflects light in all directions.
When a inexperienced person polishes a floor, they may not see that the tooling, techniques or equipment they are using may be causing scratches that they won’t notice until very late in the process. Once these scratches start to show their ugly little faces, the stage reached in polishing is far too fine to remove these scratches, leading the operator to have to start over.
It is common to hear people say, polishing concrete is simple, you just rent a machine at the hardware store and some sanding pads and polish it. This not only doesn’t work, it will make a professionals job even more costly should the DIY person need to hire someone to fix it.
Another advantage to a PRO vs a DIY: Pros have dust collection equipment. If you are DIYing, you’ll most certainly find yourself in a dust cloud.
Resorting immediately to a tear out and replacements seems like the easiest way to go, but, you have to consider a few things first.
When that concrete slab is removed, there are environmental and economical expenses to deal with. Other questions to ask are, what are you going to find underneath the slab and what was the cause of the deterioration in the first place?
Once any underlying issues are dealt with, and their burdens bared, you now have to replace that slab which itself is a messy and expensive endeavour. You’re not done yet though. At least, not if you don’t want to end up in the same scenario again years down the road.
You see, the hidden benefit of resurfacing a concrete slab that’s in less than perfect shape, is you get the built in benefit of a new surface that not only makes your space usable again but should, in effect, last much longer than new concrete alone.
Simply replacing a concrete slabonly gets you back to a surface that will potentially go bad again in short order. Resurfacing, if done right, gives you a tougher and better-protected surface than concrete alone.
In layman’s terms. Epoxy resurfacing will yield the best result in terms of looks, resistance and strength. If you need help with resurfacing your concrete in the Ottawa area, contact a concrete professional today.
Industrial concrete floors are often overlooked as candidates for any type of special attention. Usually, concrete is perceived to be impervious to just about any kind of traffic or conditions. Here is some more information about industrial floor coatings in the Ottawa area.
The truth is, concrete is very porous and can become compromised by just about any external force. Water alone, over time, will damage concrete for example. In an industrial setting, concrete is relied upon more than in any other environment, yet concrete, generally, sees more abuse in this environment than in any other.
Industrial concrete floor coatings play a huge role in the protection of not only the concrete itself, but in many cases the objects, workers, equipment and patrons of those areas.
Concrete dust from untreated industrial floors can wreak havoc on merchandise and equipment. Attempts to scrub and clean concrete floors often end only in more abrasion and therefore removal of concrete dust from the surface and contamination of the area. Concrete dust is incredibly abrasive to anything it touches and can pose a health hazard for humans as well as animals. It is corrosive and can damage skin and lungs.
Concrete floors in their natural state are also very susceptible to impact damage caused by daily activities that take place in an industrial environment. Industrial floor coatings are needed to provide a protected surface to increase the life of the slab itself. They also provide a wide array of safety features.
You can have impact resistant coatings that are comprised of flexible resins loaded up with aggregate. The impact resistant options can be either extremely smooth, as is the case with self-levelling epoxy or extremely rough for non-slip, like with aggregate broadcasted epoxy coatings. The degree and quantity of aggregate size and aggressiveness is adjustable to any level desired.
Other features which can be implemented in the above systems are: UV resistance, food inspection agency approved anti-microbial growth features and chemically stable top coats to prevent breakdown in the structure of the coating which could lead to delamination or dusting issues.
If you choose the right industrial coating, you will have a long-lasting and easy to clean surface for years to come. Not only does this make your space safer but it impresses a level of professionalism upon your employees and clients. If you have any questions about your industrial floor coating in the Ottawa region, contact a concrete professional today.
When using a residential garage for more than just storing your cars, the amount of options available on the market are certainly abundant. You want something that is going to be easy to clean, nonslip and able to resist all of the things that your car, and your life can throw at it.
In the Ottawa area, the city has decided to switch from one kind of road salt to another. The former road salt was very corrosive to the metals and components used in our vehicles, the new one is not as corrosive to our cars but, unfortunately, is 10 times more corrosive to concrete.
It’s important to choose a garage floor that will not only stand up to the activities that you take part in in your personal space, but also to the contamination that you bring home on your car tires and on your car’s underbody.
Now that the boring stuff is over, let’s talk about what’s fun about a garage floor makeover!
Your options are truly unlimited these days. You can have a clean modern high-gloss grey floor all the way to something you’ve seen in the movies. High definition graphics, extreme clarity and crystal clear crisp colours and lines.
Your garage floor can also be changed in more functional ways, such as, adding a drain to catch car melt off and changing the grade so that the water, when washing your vehicles and floor, goes where you want it to go, instead of underneath all of your valuables you have stored around the perimeter of your space.
Garages floors suitable for makeovers are not reserved only for those who have a concrete slab in good condition. We can make any floor look brand-new using advanced technologies available today for garage floor re-mediation, rejuvenation and design.
While we’re at it, why not add cove bases? These are generally 4 to 6 inch integrated quarter rounds incorporated into the joint between the floor and wall. These make your floor and wall truly seamless, making it that much easier to clean and dry your garage space.
No matter what the use of space, size or exposure to contamination, there is a product and technique available out there to make your garage floor makeover a reality. Contact us today for a quote or some tips, we are happy to help.