Category: Concrete Floors

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Concrete Flooring Solutions for Your Space

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There are many different concrete flooring solutions to solve your flooring problems or DIY disasters. Perhaps you have just moved into a house and would like to refinish the basement concrete and turn it into a beautiful polished concrete floor or maybe have your condo updated with a sleek and smooth white epoxy finish. Whatever end result you desire, we can help you come up with the perfect concrete flooring solution for your space.

Proper Concrete Flooring Preparation

Are there cracks in your concrete? We can help with that too, if your concrete isn’t properly prepared, a coating solution could fail and if cracks are improperly filled during the preparation process, they could get worse and even lead to foundation issues or leaks. We are here to help you with the entire process from analyzing the slab, to preparation to the finishing details.Custom Concrete Floors Ottawa Custom Work

Commercial Space Concrete Solutions

Maybe you are looking for a concrete flooring solution for your commercial space. There are many different options to choose from when it comes to commercial concrete finishes. We can help you with a coating, colour flake finish, polish, grind and seal, waxing, self-leveling, stains, dyes, decorative options and much more.

Custom Work

We can also help you with any customized work that you may desire. Do you want a logo or picture in your floor or maybe a banner or different colors or shapes? We would love to help you achieve any desired look you want to achieve for your commercial and residential areas.

Endless Options

The options are endless. Check out our gallery and see what kind of concrete flooring solutions we can help you with. Contact one of our specialists for help or for any questions you may have.

Surprising Benefits of Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring is appearing everywhere from homes, condos, restaurants to luxurious hotels and resorts. If you are wondering why concrete flooring is becoming even more popular we are here to help you answer that question. There are many reasons why owning a concrete floor is beneficial including; they are eco-friendly, durable and economical.TopLine Polish

Concrete floors will last a lifetime and some will even look better over time. Concrete is here to stay, which makes it eco-friendly. You will not need to replace your floor; you can just have it refinished instead. You are also not wasting any materials during the install process as you are simply improving upon the materials that already exists. This is one of the many reasons why concrete flooring is so concrete eco-friendly.

Concrete floors are long lasting, sustainable and durable. You will not need to worry about damaging your floors or costly repairs. Your concrete floor will last you forever.

Concrete flooring is a great way to save money in the long run when it comes to re-doing your flooring. Our team will come in and use the existing slab and turn it into something beautiful. Whether it gets coated with an epoxy, polyaspartic, paint chips, or gets polished with a beautiful sheen finish, all of these options will look great and will be beneficial for your budget because you will not need to pay to have your entire floor surface removed and then buy new materials and have them installed.

As you can see, concrete flooring is here to stay, it’s friendly for the environment and it’s a great way to stay on budget during the renovation process. There are many different ways to finish a concrete floor, check out our finish and coating options here.

If you are interested in learning more about concrete flooring. Contact us today!

Facts About Staining Concrete Floors

You may have come across a stained concrete floor without even knowing that the floor was concrete in the first place. There are many different appearances that concrete can take on and there are also many different varieties of stains and techniques used to make a concrete floor look beautiful, custom and unique. Let’s talk about the process and results of staining concrete floors.staining concrete flooring ottawa floors

The best benefits of staining your concrete floor are that; the stain will not peel off, chip or fade away because the colour is a permeant part of your concrete floor. Stains also have UV stability and can be used on interior and exterior concrete. Choosing to stain your concrete floor is also a great way to be environmentally-friendly because you are not using a lot of resources to stain the concrete and you are not using resources to remove or install new or old flooring in order to remodel your concrete slab.

If you love the natural look of concrete, instead of opting for an opaque finish like an epoxy or polyaspartic coating, perhaps you should consider staining your concrete floor. Staining the concrete will leave a varied and transparent tonal finish. You’re able to choose from colours and patterns and even be able to achieve the look of textures like marble, wood or stone.

The two most common types of stains are acid-based stains and water-based acrylics. Both types of stains can be used on a concrete floor of any age. Acid-based stains have been around for the last 100 years and are trusted by many concrete contractors for performance and service. They are made up of metallic salts dissolved in a water and acid solution. They are able to penetrate deep into the concrete surface and form a permanent bond.  Water-based acrylics are a newer type of stain for concrete floors and they comply with the LEED building program. They are able to achieve the same appearance and finish as an acid-based stain while having a larger colour palette than the acid-based stains.

It is easy to maintain a stained concrete floor. To keep your stained flooring looking new, you should clean it periodically and even wet mop it with a neutral cleaner. If you have a very old and worn stained concrete floor, it might be time to have someone come in and seal your floor  😛 .

If you are interested in staining your concrete floor, or have questions about dyes, acrylics and other types of concrete floor coatings. Contact us today and we would love to help!


Concrete Resurfacing in Ottawa 

Consider this before replacing an old concrete slab.  Concrete floors are generally 4 inches thick or more.  With the majority of surface issues, aside from cracks, being less than one quarter of an inch in depth, concrete resurfacing is a definite option.

custom concrete flooring ottawa background webConcrete resurfacing can bring to mind many different processes and materials.

Polyaspartic or Epoxy coatings – If a slab is badly pitted and a smooth or traction providing surface is needed; a coating is often a better choice than another layer of concrete. Coatings or resinous flooring create a much better bond than polymer modified concrete alone. They are also able to be installed with sand aggregate and have great self levelling properties.

Shot Blasting or Grinding – When a new concrete slab is installed there are many variables that can affect the outcome. Whether, bad workmanship, incorrect use of water and more, can leave an unsuitable or undesirable surface texture. Shot blasting or grinding will smooth the surface and create a continuous and even profile to the specification of the end user. Whether smooth or coarse, these processes offer many levels of finish.

Self Levelling Concrete – If an environment exists where self levelling concrete must be used to meet code or engineering specifications, there are many options available here as well. Self levelling concretes and Gypcrete products vary in single application thickness from feather edge all the way to 4 inches thick.

Decorative Concrete – Concrete resurfacing is not just for problem slabs or commercial finishes and underlayments. Concrete can be applied by a trained artisan to mimic the texture, pattern and colour of natural stone. Not only do troweled decorative overlays look great but they inherently have a wonderful non-slip texture to them.

The most important factor to remember when choosing a concrete resurfacing system is proper preparation. The vast majority of floor resurfacing failures can be traced back to insufficient or improper surface preparation.

Do it yourself processes such as cleaning with degreasers or pressure washing can work, however are prone to failure as these methods only address the surface. For good longevity of a concrete resurfacing product, it is always recommended to have the floor mechanically abraded via grinding or shot blasting.

Speak with a qualified concrete floor restoration and resurfacing contractor today.


Decorative Concrete Floors

custom concrete flooring ottawa random top overlay patternDecorative concrete flooring is becoming more popular amongst homeowners and commercial locations. Decorative concrete flooring is great for those who want a flooring system that can be customized to any taste or an interior design motif. They can be sleek, smooth, high gloss, muted grey and modern or they can be a rustic country stamped overlay or troweled floor. Decorative concrete flooring can take on a life of its own anywhere in your home or commercial location whether on an existing concrete floor or on a wood sub floor.

One of the major advantages to decorative concrete flooring is not only its economical price, but the fact that it is seamless has made it very popular in areas that need easy clean solutions. Because it is seamless, this also lends well to interior design that requires the feeling of openness and the appearance of large expansive spaces.

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Whether you are working with the existing concrete surface or installing a concrete floor over a wood subfloor, your options for the end aesthetic of the surface vary only slightly. With a wood sub floor as a starting point, the overall cost of starting and finishing floor will be higher than if you were to install the floor directly onto a concrete slab. This is because of the material and labour involved in creating an artificial concrete base as a starting point to your decorative finish.

A decorative concrete floor on a wood sub floor falls in the price range of a medium to high quality tile floor. When finishing existing concrete, prices almost always fall under that of traditional flooring, this is because rather than purchasing a floor and installing it along with new materials, the floor is simply being modified to show off its natural inherent beauty.

If the floor is too damaged or worn to display its character, opaque options are available, such as troweled overlays, coatings of epoxy, polyaspartic polyurea or colour flakes.

If you are thinking about installing a decorative concrete floor in your home or commercial location, sufficient understanding of the process is extremely important. unlike traditional flooring, you are not just purchasing a pre-manufactured project but rather hiring someone to create a customized floor for you on site. While the challenges this presents are not unsurmountable, planning for a decorative floor still does take some time and involves skills trades people to produce the outcome you desire.

Contact our team today and let us help you design your decorative concrete floor. 

Concrete Floor Maintenance Tips

Keeping your concrete floor clean and shiny doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming. In order to maintain your concrete floor and extend its life, here are some of the top maintenance tips.maintenance tips concrete floor

1) Know Your Finish: A Polished concrete floor will require a different cleaning method than an epoxy finish or a colour flake finish. Use the proper cleaning methods that match the finish of your floor.

2) Avoid Surface Scratches: To keep your floor scratch free, use a soft mop for your interior concrete floors. You will want to make sure that you use a dry mop first to clean the floor from dust and debris. Vacuuming can also cause damage from locking wheels or small stones getting dragged around.

3) Avoid Moisture: When you have dry mopped the floor and the debris is gone, it’s time to use a mild detergent or natural cleanser. Make sure you clean the floor in sections. When one of the sections is cleaned, you must dry it immediately with a soft towel. If the floor stays wet for an extended period of time, there might be issues with discolouring if the moisture is not completely removed.

When in doubt, call our team and we can help you come up with a maintenance plan for your floor. If you need a complete floor rejuvenation or perhaps another wax coat then give us a call and we can make your floor look new again. 



Types of Garage Floor Coatings

If you feel like your garage is getting a little out of style, worn down or just simply unattractive, then one of the top priorities for you to change or update would be the floorgarage floor coatings. Garage concrete floors need to be functional, comfortable and easy to maintain. There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to choosing a garage floor coating. Decide whether or not you want to finish your garage floor with a short term or long term solution. A coat of paint might look nice for the first month but it is not durable, will stain and will require constant maintenance.  Choosing a garage floor coating would be a better and longer lasting solution.

Custom Concrete Floors Ottawa SolidColour Coatings adhere directly to the floor. Epoxy coatings for garages are the most common type of finish for garage floors. Epoxies are easy to maintain and require little maintenance. They are also resistant to stains from chemicals like oils, and damaging winter salt.

Polyaspartics can also be used to cover your garage floor. Polyaspartics are not a replacement to epoxy but in some cases are a better choice especially in a garage because polyaspartics are UV resistant and water clear and stand up to abrasions from salt and stones better than epoxies do.

When it comes to using an epoxy  or polyapsartic to coat your garage floor, you will need to make sure your concrete is prepared properly before the coating process begins. If your floor is not prepared properly then you might have issues with flaking, chipping or bubbling. Hiring a professional to come in and do a floor analysis is the best way to get the job completed the right way, the first time.

Another common type of garage floor coating is colour flakes. Colour flake flooring (or otherwise known as paint chip flooring) is another way to re-create your garage floor into something unique, durable and easy to maintain. If your floor has cracks, rough stains, holes etc, then covering it up with a thick flake floor is an easy solution. This system is not recommended as a DIY option because if not properly installed, many issues could arise. Hiring a professional team to do the proper preparation, sealing, vacuuming and finishing work is highly recommended.

Do you have any questions about types of garage floor coatings? Contact us today!

Industrial Concrete Floor Characteristics

What makes industrial floors different from typical concrete floors and what are the special requirements for industrial floor design and construction?

In the past, the process of building a concrete floor was not quite demanding and sophisticated, as not many people were aware of the technicalities, the different ways in which they could measure a floor, build it or how all these factors could affect the final product of their work.

Whether used on the manufacturing plant of a factory, in the residential basement of a CEO or a big-box store, concrete floors are needed. When talking to a concrete contractor, one does not stop to ask about the differences between the methods used now and back then and whether they need industrial concrete floors or commercial. But what are these differences?industrial commercial concrete floor finishes

Industrial floors are unlike the typical concrete floors and although the reasons are not simple, they are convincing. There are many ways in which someone can measure a floor, pass it or fail it. Back when there was no knowledge of the F-numbers, used to measure characteristics such as flatness or levelness, the only means available was a ruler. After the measuring was done, the verdict was passed based on what the technician was looking to achieve. Now, in view are only the requirements of the space in use and, to meet those needs, the contractor must use special methods and slabs.

The slabs used in both commercial and industrial concrete flooring have special requirements based on the flatness or levelness required by each project. They can be found in nearly every type of building there is and, whether they exist below a layer of flooring material such as concrete, in this case, they provide foundation for all building foundations. You should keep in mind that the contractor must use special techniques to place and finish the concrete. They can be placed and finished by hand or by using laser-guided screeds and power towels.

Nonetheless, you should also pay attention to other types of requirements such as surface hardness, finish and colour. All of these contribute to the construction and design requirements of a floor and, for getting better informed, you should read the Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction. By doing that, you might avoid the so-called bugholes, which affect the surface aesthetics of the industrial concrete floors and represent a problem contractors want to minimize. They do not exceed 9/16 inches and they result from the entrapment of air bubbles on the surface of the formed concrete structure during its placement or consolidation.

These types of floors can be suspended or can be built on grade. Those which are suspended can often be built on metal decking, which can be defined as a structural steel supporting a corrugated sheet of metal. In this case, achieving high flatness and levelness values can be difficult, as the frames can be deflected under the weight of the concrete.

Whether it is colour, slabs, density of the concrete or finish, the industrial floors are different in which that they can meet the needs of a space and buyer better than the typical concrete floor.

If you are looking to have your commercial concrete slab finished, contact us for a free estimate 

What to Know Before You Install Your Concrete Floor

The basement is one of the first places we think of renovating when looking to increase the usable square footage in our homes. In an ideal situation, it would be nice to paint and refinish the floor and begin looking at it like a functional space. What many are not aware of is that problems that can exist in a basement may not even show signs or symptoms. Some of the more common issues can be dry rot, humidity problems, slow leaks and moisture intrusion.

While it may be simple to see moisture in your windows via condensation or moisture behind your walls, what can even be more threatening to your investment is moisture protruding from your concrete slab.

In severe cases, moisture in a concrete slab will exhibit symptoms like colour blushing, dark spots or a white powder growing from the floor. With evidence like this, it is obvious that something needs to be done in order to rectify the problem prior to installing expensive new flooring.

concrete moisture test ottawaThis is not a problem that can be put off until later or easily ignored because when you put something on top of your floor, it is no longer able to breathe and the moisture becomes trapped and can lead to mould.

Even in cases where there is no visual or olfactory evidence, there can be an underlying moisture problem. The only way to know for sure that you are not throwing money out the window when laying new hardwood, carpet, tile, laminated bamboo, marmoleum, cork or click flooring is to perform a moisture test.

Moisture tests can be done rather inexpensively by taping down a piece of clear plastic and monitoring it for moisture on the underside over a 48 hour period. This test is fairly crude compared to hiring a concrete professional to do a digital calcium chloride test.

For a cost of around $150, hiring a professional is an inexpensive insurance to protect the health of your family and your bank account. While ‘winging it’ may not often lead to disaster, when it does, recovering from it is certainly more expensive and time consuming than preparing for it well in advance, not to mention the impact on the environment when throwing out building materials that have become contaminated due to a moisture intrusion problem.

If you are planning on a DIY project for your basement flooring, contact a moisture test professional to acquire our moisture testing services and be sure your project is protected form moisture damage.

Some DIYers will go that extra mile and rent a home depot type floor scrubber or sander to prepare a slab. This is not only insufficient but can be dangerous for those untrained with concrete preparation. What’s needed for correct concrete surface preparation is a concrete grinder or a shot blaster and typically these machines cannot be rented.

The main difference between the cheap rental and professional tooling is the weight and power of the machine. The cheap rental simply is not heavy enough to place enough down pressure on the floor. You will end up with a machine in your hands that is sliding and skipping around and it will barely affect the surface. if you are creating your own floor, consider hiring a contractor to at least to the floor preparation.

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Are Concrete Floors Easy to Clean?

By nature, concrete floors are seamless. You do not have to take care of grout lines. For cleaning, always use a PH neutral cleaner. Dry cleaning is the majority of the floor maintenance needed.concrete floors ottawa maintenance cleaning
Depending on the use of the room and traffic, you may consider a maintenance schedule to keep your floor protected and looking its best. Keeping your residential concrete floors clean is as easy as maintaining a hardwood or laminate floor.

A few maintenance tips for your concrete floor:

Keep the floors dust free with frequent dry flat mopping. Simply using warm water is sufficient for most sealed concrete floors when a deep clean is required to remove a residue or recent stain. For polished concrete floors, there is a specialized formulation to keep the floor brilliant and protected from contamination. It is very inexpensive at less than a penny per 10 sq.ft

If you have a high traffic environment and would like to keep your floor looking its best at all times, contact us for a no obligation quote for a concrete specific maintenance plan.