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Non-Slip Vs. Cleanability for Concrete Flooring


So you’ve decided it’s time to make a change from traditional flooring like tile or sheet vinyl to something more rugged and modern: a concrete floor coating. This is becoming an increasingly more popular move as the trend towards modern and expansive flooring increases.

A question that is always coming up is: How do I create a surface that is safer by being less slippery but also still relatively easy to maintain and clean?commercial parking garage polyaspartic

The short answer is: you can’t. The lack of grout lines in a seamless floor coupled with the fact that coatings are close pored leads to a slippery surface. The best (but not the only) way to achieve non-slip in a coating is to add sand aggregate to the finish coats.

The draw back in doing this is that the floor becomes so textured that it can be difficult to clean. In an outdoor facing environment or shop the floor can certainly be power washed and scrubbed. However, in an indoor space such as a commercial kitchen or residential basement, how can a non-slip surface be achieved without the loss of being easy to clean?

Consider the fact that not all seamless surfaces are the same slipperiness. Satin urethanes can be used as a top coat over epoxy and some poly based coatings and sealants. These satin products have “bulking” or “dulling” agents added to them. While their main purpose is to reduce sheen, they are also less slippery. This is a good way to go for residential or commercial spaces where more abrasion resistance is needed and slip resistance is required. However, in water immersed conditions, this is not the best choice.

Keep in mind, floors that get wet sometimes (think store entrances in winter) can do quite well for slip resistance with just satin urethane. Car wash bays for example though will require an aggressive sand texture.

Another option, more for commercial environments, is a Thixotropic texture. This is a product that cures with a deliberate orange peel texture. It’s smooth enough to squeegee yet provides enough variety in surface texture for water displacement under foot and even some more traction for vehicle traffic.

No matter what environment you are considering a concrete coating for, always do your research and visit jobs sites prior to making your decision. It’s always possible to add more non-slip texture to a floor, in the future, taking it away is another process all together.

If you have any questions about the non-slip nature or cleanability of concrete flooring, contact us and we can help!

Concrete Flooring Ideas for Residential and Commercial Spaces


There are many different things you can do with concrete flooring; the options are endless! If you have a commercial or residential area that already has a concrete floor and you’re looking for ways to spruce up your space then we can help you out.http://customconcretefloors.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/commercial-parking-garage-polyaspartic.jpg

Here are some concrete flooring ideas for your home, workshop or store that will be sure to catch your eye, be durable and long lasting.

Commercial Concrete Ideas

If you are looking for concrete in your commercial area then an epoxy coating or polyaspartic coating would be a great idea for your concrete floor. These coatings are durable, easy to maintain, long lasting and can be customized in many different ways. You can choose between different colours, patterns and even custom design elements like patterns, borders and logos.

If you are looking to bring out the colour of the existing concrete and have a more natural looking floor then polished concrete would be a great choice. Polished concrete can be seen in many street facing stores and commercial locations. These floors work well in high traffic areas and are easy to maintain. The natural grey look and aggregate will make your store look finished and trendy.

Residential Concrete Ideas

Polished concrete, epoxy coatings and polyaspartic coatings would also look great and be functional in your home. Other concrete flooring ideas for residential areas include a paint chip floor with epoxy coating, concrete overlays and patterns, or dyed concrete.

Paint chip or colour flake floors are also durable and can be made to have many different colour choices and even texture choices. They come in non-slip and scratch resistant options which would be perfect for your basement, garage or workshop space.

A concrete overlay can even be placed right over top of your existing floor and can have different patterns, colours or even be made to look like a tile floor. There is also the added benefit that a concrete overlay doesn’t contain grout lines even when finished with the tile look. Without grout, your floor will be a lot easier to maintain.

If you would like to learn more about residential and commercial concrete flooring ideas then contact one of our specialists today to talk about your flooring options.

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.

Is Concrete Right for Your Home?


If you want a durable, maintenance free, beautiful and unique floor with limitless customization options then concrete is right for you.

With advances in technology, it is possible to have concrete in some form everywhere in your home whether a pre-existing home or a new build. Even though concrete is a custom finish; it is comparable in price to massively reproduced, pre-fabricated floors. AlmostGranite concrete floor

Our floors are built to last. Don’t worry about chipping or scratching your floor anymore! Get a natural sleek look and go with polished concrete. We also have solid colour coatings which create a dust free and stain free environment. Our epoxy coatings are great for commercial and retail locations. Our AlmostGranite system is an instant makeover for any type of floor.

Custom Concrete Floors is Ottawa’s go to provider for all things decorative concrete. We want to make your floor beautiful!

Endless Options

You can choose to expose aggregate, have a medium, high gloss or satin finish, a modern or industrial look, a solid colour, a custom design and much more.

Environmentally friendly!

Concrete is locally sourced, employs local tradesman, has a low carbon footprint and creates the least waste of any flooring type available today. We specialize in creating one of a kind solutions for your residential, commercial and industrial concrete flooring projects.

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