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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:


  • 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.



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Styling Your Concrete Floors to Meet these Top Trends

concrete stain ottawaA Concrete Basement Floor You’d be Floored Over

When it comes to the basement floor above, and getting it to be a very close match, you’ll want an 80-grip diamond grind 17’’ machine from HTC, and this will be for evening out the surfaces along your concrete floor (you can also use this machine to remove excess concrete and materials from the floor). Using Camel dye (Brickform’s is recommended), you can seal on and dye the entire floor with colour. After this, use a low solids epoxy sealer.

After the floor is dry, commence using Sand colour (again, Brickform’s (mixing brands is a bad thing to do here)), and this will make the concrete darker and more earthy in its tone. After this, it is time to use that sealant again to seal the new colour.

If you’re looking for a border effect, a darker coloured epoxy can be used to create a four-inch border around your entire room, and you can finish off with a clear coat.

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Acid-Staining Without Acid-Staining

If you have a concrete floor that is in bad shape and you need to replace it, think again – instead, try using a method that can make your old floor new again by looking acid-stained without actually being acid-stained. You must use a white skim coat, a taped tile pattern, a beige spray coat, which is knocked down with a trowel, which should be immediately followed by a highlight spray of charcoal gray, and then an antique coat of desert beige.

The interesting part is that the seal coat is a water-based sealer, which ends up being poured and smoothed onto the floor with a squeegee. When it comes to the second coating, it requires being rolled on the floor with rollers.

Have an idea for a unique concrete floor design? Contact one of our specialists today!