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Unique Ideas For Concrete Floors For Your Shop


 

If you own a commercial property, you want it to be presentable and aesthetically pleasing at all times as this has an impact on the customer and can influence their purchase decision. While business owners focus on the walls and decorative items in their stores and shops, they don’t really consider the impact of the floor design. At Custom Concrete Floors, we encourage our clients to consider concrete floor designs carefully, especially for commercial properties. Here are some things you can consider:

  1. Rustic and IndustrialUnique Ideas For Concrete Floors For Your Shop

People often choose glossy and polished floors for their property in order to enhance its beauty but sometimes something rustic and industrial works just as well, especially if your entire design theme is urban. You can use the acid staining process to create a weathered effect without compromising the integrity and durability of the floor. This will add a unique element to your store and give it a different cool vibe that’s especially appealing to younger customers.

  1. Aggregates with High Gloss Polish

Aggregates are pieces of stone or glass that are added to the concrete mixture before it’s poured into the floor. When you polish this concrete surface into a high-gloss shine, the aggregates are exposed and form a mesmerizing pattern. The gloss combined with the exposed aggregates can add to the beauty of your shop and make the décor look very sophisticated and unique. These floors are very easy to maintain and are quite durable so you don’t have to worry about wear and tear because of heavy traffic.

  1. Wood Grain Patterns

Concrete is a very versatile material and you can use a number of finishes and coatings to create any design you want. Wood grain patterns are very popular and can be very unique as well. You can use patterns based on wood species that aren’t commonly used in floorings to give a unique design effect. You don’t even need to create a paneled pattern. That will make it seem as though there’s a single piece of wood spread across the floor.

With concrete floors, the sky is the limit. You can replicate the appearance of other flooring materials like stone, ceramic tiles, wood, and brick, or create your own unique and fun designs.

If you have any questions about concrete floors design solutions 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.

 

Keeping Concrete Floors Clean During The Winter Months


Concrete floors can become very dirty and damaged during the winter months and that can have long-term consequences if you don’t clean and maintain them well. At Custom Concrete Floors, we explain the process for concrete floors to our clients immediately after we’ve finished the project. This ensures that their newly installed floors and coatings last for a long time.

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Keeping Concrete Floors Clean During The Winter Months

The best and least expensive way to deal with the dirt, salt, and melted snow on your commercial concrete floors is to clean regularly. You can hire a cleaning service to remove the dirt, mud, and moisture from your concrete floor at the end of every day. This ensures the water doesn’t have time to accumulate and freeze overnight as that can damage the concrete permanently.

Most cleaning companies will remove all of the dirt and moisture with the help of sophisticated cleaning equipment and that would help keep your floor in a good condition. If you intend to clean the floor yourself, you can use a large squeegee for the job as this will ensure all of the liquid and dirt is removed from the surface. It’s more effective than a shovel and broom.

2. Use a Mat

Another way to protect your concrete floor during the winter is to place a mat on it. The mat will act as a barrier to protect the concrete underneath. Unfortunately, this isn’t a very practical option for commercial properties, especially if you want to cover a large area. You can place mats at just the entrances to allow visitors to clean off their boots, but that won’t remove the snow and dirt completely.

3. Coating

If you want a more permanent solution against salt, snow, and dirt, you can apply special coatings that would protect the floor underneath. These coatings will act as a barrier that would let the water seep into the porous concrete surface and cause problems due to freeze and thaw. You can apply the coating easily and cost-effectively for a large area so it’s a good option for commercial properties. You will still have to clean the surface regularly in order to maintain the appearance of the floor.

If you have any questions about concrete floors winterization solutions 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.

 

3 of the Best Kitchen Flooring Options


It’s not easy to choose flooring material for your kitchen because the room’s environment tends to sometimes be greasy and humid. Kitchen floors are also subjected to considerable amount of wear and tear so it’s vital to choose something that would withstand these conditions well. At Custom Concrete Floors, we recommend the options listed below for a busy residential or commercial kitchen:

1. Hardwoodcustom-concrete-flooring-kitchen

Hardwood is often the flooring of choice for most people, especially on residential properties. This material is beautiful to look at and comes in a variety of colours, designs, and textures. If you want a warm, aesthetically pleasing floor, you might want to consider this for your kitchen.

Of course, hardwood has some disadvantages as well. The flooring material is quite expensive and doesn’t fit into everyone’s budget. It’s also porous and can attract grease as well as mould. Hardwood floors are also a little difficult to maintain.

2. Tile

Tile is a very attractive and relatively affordable option. It comes in a variety of colours, textures, and finishes. You can install something that looks like natural wood and stone or choose a bright, interesting pattern. Tile is also quite durable, especially if you take good care of it.

However, this surface is quite hard and cold. It is also easy to crack and chip is something walls on it. While the tile surface isn’t porous, it is slippery so if you spill something on the surface, you need to clean it up quickly in order to avoid accidents.

3. Concrete

Concrete is one of the most versatile and popular flooring options available in the market. You can polish it to a glossy sheen and expose the aggregates in it, apply coating of different colours and textures on it, or stain it. It’s easy to maintain and will last for several years, if not decades, without any problems. Concrete floors are ideal for kitchen environments because they’re a breeze to clean don’t chip or crack easily.

Like all flooring materials, concrete also has some disadvantages. It takes time to install and add a finish to concrete. Freshly laid floors need at least 48 hours to cure. Concrete can sometimes be hard on your feet so you’ll need to place a soft carpet where you stand to make the floor more comfortable.

If you have any questions about kitchen flooring options 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 Clean Polished Concrete Floors


If you maintain your polished concrete floor well, it will easily last you for decades. Concrete material is very resilient and with proper care, can withstand all kinds of wear and tear without sustaining much damage. At Custom Concrete Floors, we recommend that you take the steps listed below to clean and maintain your concrete floors and extend their lifespan.polished-concrete-flooring-ottawa-custom-concrete-floors

Get All the Cleaning Equipment You Need

You’ll clean more efficiently if you have all of your cleaning materials organized and within easily reach. It would also be less exhausting if you don’t have to look through your cupboards for the right products. Here’s a list of things that you might need for the job:

  • A broom or a vacuum
  • A wet mop
  • A nylon brush
  • Bleach
  • Detergent or dish washer (mild)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (if needed)

Clear Your Floors

The next step is to remove all movable items from the floor so you can clean it thoroughly. Many people don’t move their furniture or clean under other heavy items. This causes dust, debris, mold, and grease to accumulate on the surface and damage the concrete. It’s a good idea to clean your floor thoroughly at least once every few months so clear the floor as much as you can before you begin cleaning.

Start Cleaning

  • Step One – Remove the layer of dust and debris from the surface. You can use your broom or your vacuum cleaner for the task. A vacuum is easier to use but the broom is more maneuverable.
  • Step Two – Once the dust is removed, examine your floor for any stubborn stains like spill marks, grease, etc. You will need to soak the stained area with warm soapy water before you use the nylon brush to scrub the surface. If the stain proves to be too stubborn, you can use bleach or hydrogen peroxide to clean it.
  • Step Three – After the stains are removes, you should mop the floor with soap water. You can use floor cleaners, dish washers, or detergents for the task. Just make sure your soap is mild enough to not harm the surface.

If you have any questions about concrete flooring maintenance or want a free, no-obligation estimate, give  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

Low Maintenance Flooring For Commercial Locations 


 

It can be a little difficult to choose the right flooring for commercial properties. You want something that looks good, is resilient enough to withstand how foot traffic and heavy loads, and doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. This limits your options to a few flooring materials in the market. At Custom Concrete Floors, we recommend the options mentioned below:

Concrete Floorsepoxy flooring ottawa

Concrete has just broken into the residential sphere but has been a favourite with commercial property owners for several years now. This flooring material is very resilient and can easy bear heavy traffic and loads. It’s also sturdy and can’t be damaged easily, which can save money on repairs. If the concrete floor is damaged and develops cracks or dents, it can be easily repaired at a low cost.

Concrete is also relatively affordable in comparison to materials like wood, brick, or linoleum. Freshly poured concrete can cost anywhere between $1 and $3 per square foot, which makes it a great choice for commercial properties. Different types of concrete require different levels of maintenance.

  • Polished Concrete – You need to apply a good coating on top of the polished concrete to ensure it is protected against scratches and dents. You’ll just need to sweep and mop the surface to keep it clean and glossy and apply seals or coats once every few years. This will ensure the polished concrete floors last for a long time.
  • Stained Concrete – Acid stains tend to penetrate the concrete surface and bind with the material so they’ll last for a long time. Just dust and mop the surface to preserve its looks. You’ll need to use a pH neutral cleaner to ensure you don’t damage the stained finish.

Other Materials

There are other low-maintenance commercial floors available in the market. While these aren’t as resilient as concrete, they can be a good alternative:

  • Linoleum
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Vinyl
  • Laminate

These flooring options are popular with commercial property owners because they look good, are easy and affordable to install, and are low maintenance. Linoleum, vinyl, and laminate floors don’t take too much time to install, which reduces business downtime as well.

If you have any questions about concrete floors in Ottawa 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.

 

 

Why You Shouldn't DIY A Polished Concrete Floor


Polished concrete floors can add considerable beauty to your home or commercial property. It’s resilient and doesn’t require much by way of maintenance and care, which is why many people have started to polish their concrete floors instead of adding wood or other such materials over them. At Custom Concrete Floors, many customers have asked us whether polishing concrete can be a DIY project and here’s the answer to that question.diy-polished-concrete-ottawa

Why You Shouldn’t Do it Yourself

While the polishing process is an easy concept to understand, we still don’t recommend this as a DIY project for beginners and that’s not just because we’re a part of this industry ;P Here are some reasons why you should hire a professional concrete polisher in Ottawa:

Equipment

  • Polishing equipment isn’t cheap and you can’t easily rent this specialized equipment at your local hardware store. You’ll require polishing machines, hardners, level grinders and grits, coating or sealing solution, and other such items to thoroughly polish the floors. You’ll have to spend time on research and would have to purchase all of these products yourself. You will also have to determine how much hardner and coating you’ll need to cover your entire floor as well.

Floor Repair

Your concrete floor needs to be ready for the polishing process so you will need to carefully assess the surface and any repair cracks and dents you find. Most small cracks are easy to fix but deeper cracks need expert assistance from concrete flooring professionals.

Uneven Polish

Any flaw on the concrete surface will be amplified when you polish it. If the surface is uneven and has dents, the polish will highlight it and this can mar the finish and beauty of the floor. Uneven surfaces create a wavy-looking finish that can immediately catch the eye and look unpleasant.

Most concrete polishing contractors will also provide warranties on their work and make sure the end result is satisfactory. DIY concrete polishing projects just aren’t worth the effort you would have to put in. That’s why it’s a good idea to hire a professional for the job.

If you have any questions about concrete floors in Ottawa 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

The Best Parking Garage Coatings


Heavy vehicular traffic can cause considerable amount of wear and tear  garage floors because cars tend to place a lot of pressure on the surface and strip away the coating over time. If you want your floor to last for a long time and retain its looks, you need to apply the right coating. At Custom Concrete Floors, we understand parking garage coatings and can recommend the best ones for your surface. There are some products that we trust and have seen perform well in a variety of condition, such as:

polyaspartic garage floor coatings 1Sika MT Primer 

This is a good primer for dry as well as damp surfaces and will prepare the floor for other finishing products. It’s high in solids, promotes adhesion, and is moisture tolerant, which makes it easy to use in different conditions. Your garage floor will have a good base for a variety of treatments and finishes.

Sikalastic 710/715 Traffic System

If you want added moisture and wear resistance, you can choose this single component water-proofing system that would fill small cracks and is quite elastic. This system gives the garage floor surface some flexibility and helps it withstand both pedestrian and vehicular traffic

Sikalastic 735 AL, 736 AL Lo-VOC, 748 PA Aliphatic Top Coats

This is a high performance topcoat specifically designed for the Sikalastic 710 or 715 and 720 or 745 AL Traffic Systems. If you’ve installed those systems in your garage floor, you need to purchase this topcoat to enhance the performance and durability of the parking garage coatings. 

Sikalastic Duochem

The Duochem line contains a wide range of product including Duochem 387, 389, 390 Membrane, 391/391 SA, 394/394SA, 8200. The range consists of primers, waterproofing membranes, topcoats, binders, patching mortars, and wear courses. 

Sikalastic Duodeck Traffic System

This is a unique and highly effective waterproofing and protection system for all kinds of concrete surfaces and decks. It’s 100% solids and should be applied in multiple coats.

Sikalastic Recoat Primer

This is a two-component primer that’s applied in liquid form and still has high content of solids. It’s used for partially completed or completed urethane coating systems.

If you have any questions about the best parking garage coatings 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.

 

How to Maintain Concrete Flooring


One of the first things clients ask us after we install new concrete flooring is how to maintain it. Concrete is a very low maintenance flooring choice, but it does require come care and attention, especially if you’ve applied coatings to the surface. At Custom Concrete Floors, our experts always make it a point to explain the maintenance requirements of all kinds of concrete floors in Ottawa. If you follow the steps listed below, you’ll be able to maintain the looks and condition of your floor for many years to come.polished concrete floors ottawa

General Maintenance Guidelines 

The amount of traffic your floor endures decides how much maintenance it will require. Residential floors generally require less maintenance because they don’t endure much wear and tear. Conversely, commercial floors require regular attention because of high traffic and general carelessness of visitors. Here are some tips that are applicable to all kinds of concrete surfaces.

-Floor sealer is absolutely essential for all concrete floors aside from those that are polished. The polishing process hardens the surface and makes it relatively impregnable.

-Use floor carpets or protective coverings in areas of high traffic to protect the floor from dents, marks, and scratches. It’s a good idea to place them by the entryways and foyers.

-Some of the floor cleaners available in the market are very abrasive and can damage even the most resilient of floors. We usually recommend a list of cleaners after the installation project is complete. They won’t damage the concrete or cause any sort of stains.

-We also recommend a maintenance schedule that’s specifically designed to keep concrete floors in good condition. If you follow this schedule, you will be able to keep your concrete floor looking as good as new for a long time.

-A good commercial-grade floor wax can add another level of protection to your floor and protect it from scratches, stains, and discolourations. This wax will also protect the sealer underneath and it’s easy to reapply when it wears off.

These small steps will ensure your concrete floor stays in a good condition for several years to come. If you have any questions about concrete floors in Ottawa 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

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

Lightweight

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.

Quick

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.

Affordable

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
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