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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 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

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

Decorative Ways to Finish a New Concrete Slab


Decorative Ways to Finish a New Concrete Slab ottawa

Concrete is very versatile and can be customized in many different ways to achieve the right finish. If you’ve just installed a new concrete slab, the world is your oyster because the surface is perfect and won’t require any additional preparation to get the result you want. At Custom Concrete Floors, we’ve applied a number of decorative finishes on new concrete slabs including:

Staining

This is the most common decorative finish for concrete floors and when utilized correctly, it can look stunning. We apply acid-based chemical stains on the surface and this provides a rich, luxurious colour that can’t be replicated by other coatings and dyes. The stain isn’t just a topical treatment; it sinks into the concrete and reacts chemically with it. Once the stain has sunk in, it won’t budge and will last for many years to come.

Dyes and Colors

You can paint the concrete surface with any colour you want and get a vivid and bright floor. Dyes contain smaller particles that can penetrate the porous surface and give a solid wash of colour. Unlike stains, the finish isn’t watercolour-like, so it’s great for floors that require bright colours like sports courts or residential floors with decorative patterns.

Polishing Concrete Flooring

Polished concrete looks stunning, especially if the surface is buffed to a glossy, almost mirror-like finish. This is a low-maintenance, no-wax floor that will enhance the overall beauty of your property. There are many different levels of polish so you can choose anything from flat matte to high-gloss finish based on your needs. If you add glass or stone aggregates to the floor, polishing will expose them and that can give you a unique, stand-out pattern that can’t be replicated by any other flooring material.

Stenciling

Stenciling is a great way to add character to your floor because you can create any pattern or design. It looks grand and luxurious but only a skilled professional will be able to create this. The stenciled design needs to be precise and carefully planned, otherwise it may look a little busy. We have several years of experience in this field and will make sure your stenciled floors look great.

If you have any questions about concrete 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’re reply as soon as possible.

Custom Concrete Floors LTD.

Address: 1 Rideau St #770, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

Common Problems with Polished Concrete Floors


Polished concrete floors are very attractive and resilient. These types of floors can withstand a considerable amount of wear and tear and require very little maintenance. However, this doesn’t mean that the surface is completely problem-free. At Custom Concrete Floors, we want our customers to make an informed decision so we’ve put together a list of common problems that occur with polished concrete floors.custom concrete flooring ottawa floor preparation

Discolouration and Stains

 This isn’t a problem with a freshly poured concrete slab, but if you have an old, discoloured and oil-stained floor, you may have a reason to worry. The polishing process might remove the stains if they’ve not penetrated too deep into the concrete and this will give you an even and clear finish. But if the stains have penetrated into the old floor, polishing the slab won’t hide them. In fact, the process might even highlight them. That’s why it’s important to inspect the condition of the floor carefully before it’s polished.

Waves

Polished floors have a shine to them and even the matte finish will reflect light to some extent. If the floor is perfectly level, you don’t have to worry about the gloss or appearance. But if the floor isn’t level, you’ll see waves on the surface wherever light reflects off the polished surface and this doesn’t look that great. These waves will emphasize on the unevenness of the floor and have an impact on the overall design of your property.

Edges

The edges of the concrete floor are always less dense because they are hand troweled. The denseness of the floor has an impact on the overall quality of the polish. If the surface is hard and dense, the polish is clear and glossy. If it’s not as dense, the polish will be slightly dull and wavy. You won’t get a clear, consistent polish from one corner of the floor to another so if you want perfect edges, you might want to choose a different option.

Slippery

Polished concrete floors are very smooth and can be slippery when wet. If you expect your floor to be wet regularly, you should choose a different option or add some sort of texture to the floor. Because concrete is a hard floor, falls can be painful and cause injuries.

If you have any questions about polished floors 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

Concrete Flooring for Kitchens – Things to Consider


Until a few years ago, concrete floors were considered dull, cold, industrial, and unsuitable for residential applications. People preferred warmer tones provided for wood or the elegance of stone to concrete. Over the years, concrete has become the most popular flooring choice for commercial as well as residential use.

So, concrete isn’t a bad choice for your home or even your kitchen. At Custom Concrete Floors, we recommend that you consider what’s mentioned here before you install a concrete floor in your kitchen.

concrete floors ottawa kitchenChoosing a Finish

There are several finish options available to you. You can choose one depending on the effect you wish to achieve. The most popular finishes for kitchens are:

  • Polished and Honed – Concrete can be polished and honed to a very fine degree. You can get a matte, satin finish, or a high-gloss finish on your kitchen floor. As a kitchen is usually a high-traffic area, it would be a good idea to apply sealers that add a little more grip and traction to the floor. That would prevent you from slipping.
  • Acid Stained – Acid staining is caused by a chemical reaction between concrete and a solution of water, acid, and inorganic salts. The results are usually stunning as the surface develops stains in a variety of colours and patterns.
  • Colour Hardener – This finish can only be applied if the concrete is newly poured in. Before the concrete dries, the colour hardener is added to it. This allows the colours to sink in and become a permanent part of the floor. The colour would remain true despite any wear, and tear.

Sealing and Maintenance

It’s important to regularly seal and maintain the concrete in kitchens. Kitchen floors are usually exposed to moisture and stains. If you want to ensure that the floor isn’t permanently damaged, you need to seal it every 1 or 2 years. This will ensure your concrete floor continues to look great and is well protected. As long as the floor is sealed, it will be a stress-free and easy to maintain choice for your home.

Concrete floors can be a little hard on your feet so we recommend that you place an area rug near your cooking station to cushion your feet. If you have any questions about concrete kitchen floors 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

How to Avoid Moisture Related Problems with Concrete Sealers


Decorative concrete floors come in a variety of colours and finishes and can enhance the look and feel of your home. However, moisture can ruin these floors. If it gets trapped between the concrete and the sealant, you can see a visible white cast on the floor that scars the look of the surface.

If you want to avoid moisture problems, careful application is key. At Custom Concrete Floors, we eco polished floor concrete in ottawatake every precaution possible during the application process to ensure that the sealers sit well and there’s no moisture trapped underneath.  Some other things that can be done to avoid moisture-related problems are:

The Sealant’s Contact with Moisture

The sealer shouldn’t come in contact with moisture during application. Every seasoned contractor is aware of this fact. That’s why it’s important not to apply sealers when it’s raining or if there’s a large amount of moisture in the air. If the sealants are applied during such weather conditions, there’s always a chance that the moisture will be caught between the sealant and the concrete floor and that can cause a white film on the surface.  

Difference Between Sealers

Different types of sealers have different responses to moisture. Curing and sealing compounds are much more resistant to moisture than decorative sealers. The cure and seal can be applied to green concrete, which has high levels of moisture. There would be no film of white on the surface.

Decorative sealers aren’t as resistant to moisture. The concrete floor needs to cure for a full 28 days before the decorative sealers can be applied. If these sealers are applied before the concrete is completely cured, you’ll soon see the white film that ruins the design of your decorative finish.

The Permeability of the Sealers

Some sealers are more permeable than others. They allow more moisture to pass through the membrane and into the concrete. This makes them vulnerable to moisture-related problems. The permeability of the sealer depends on the solids content and the thickness of the sealer.

If the content and thickness is right, the sealer is more resistant to moisture. If it’s low, it’s more vulnerable to it. It’s a good idea to apply a thick coat of sealer with adequate solids content to keep moisture problems at bay. 

If you have any questions about concrete sealers 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

Industrial Flooring Ideas


It’s always a challenge to find the right flooring for commercial or industrial applications. In residential industrial concrete flooring ottawa custom applications, the requirements are modest and the floors don’t endure much wear and tear. The foot traffic is moderate, the maintenance and care is usually consistent, and the floor isn’t exposed to abuse.

The conditions are drastically different in commercial and industrial applications. At Custom Concrete Floors, we’re often asked which kind of flooring is ideal for industrial applications and our answer is almost always concrete. Here are some suggestions that would help.

Coated Concrete Floors

Our first suggestion is always coated concrete floors, especially if you’re on a budget and need the surface ready quickly. There are several different kinds of coating available in the market. For industrial applications, we believe that polyurethane coatings are the best. This coating will withstand chemical and oil spills, high foot traffic, and vehicular movement easily. Polyurethane coatings will also last for about 5 to 8 years.

However, this coating is a little expensive. A more affordable alternative is epoxy coating. It’s easier to apply and will offer some level of protection against chemical and oil spills. It’s very affordable and relatively easy to apply. Epoxy coatings will also last for about 3 to 5 years.

Polished Concrete

Polished concrete is one of the most common floors found in industrial properties. In fact, polished concrete was popular in such properties well before it became chic to install in residential applications. This is an excellent industrial flooring option. The polishing process ensures that the surface isn’t very porous. The densifiers applied during the polishing process harden the surface of the concrete to make it more resilient.

Polished concrete is highly resistant to stains caused by oils and chemical spills. It’s also very easy to maintain as it requires just an occasional wet mop. The surface can have a matt/high gloss finish, depending on your requirements; it can also handle considerable amount of foot traffic.

Polished concrete floors will last for a very long time and won’t need to be polished for a number of years, based on your use. These two flooring options are ideal for industrial applications. They look attractive, are low-maintenance, and resilient.
Custom Concrete Floors LTD.

Address: 1 Rideau St #770, Ottawa, ON K1N 8S7

Professional Custom Concrete Flooring in Ottawa


Concrete is no longer considered to be an “industrial looking” or “boring” material. As a matter of fact, it has shed that reputation long ago and is now used in a variety of beautiful finishes for flooring applications. Today, professional custom concrete floors in Ottawa have become a popular interior design trend and are found in upscale homes and commercial establishments as well.Polished Concrete Floor Ottawa

Why Opt for Professional Installers?

While some property owners feel that it’s possible to turn concrete flooring installations into a DIY weekend project, the fact is that this is a specialized job and not one that a novice would be able to handle; this is because it needs:

  • Knowledge about the installation process & the different types of finishes available; a lot of this knowledge also comes from hands-on experience, which a DIY enthusiast won’t have.
  • It needs specialized equipment that isn’t very easily available. Even if you do manage to acquire it, you would need weeks of training and work experience before you would be able to shine the concrete floor using various grinding and polishing techniques.
  • There are certain chemical processes involved in the installation of polished concrete flooring, and its best that the job be left to the professionals.
  • In case any problems arise during the installation of installation, experienced installers would be able to quickly tackle the problems, before the issue gets out of hand.
  • When DIYers handle concrete floor polishing, the most common mistake is what’s called the “swirl mark devastation.” When they are trying to polish the floor, they fail to notice that a number of scratches are starting to show up on the surface and by the time they do notice it, the harm has already been done. The only option at this point is to start all over again. This can become a very time-consuming, tedious and expensive proposition.
  • Professionals use specialized dust collection equipment that helps keep the area and air clean while the work is in progress.

Hire the Experts

If you are considering getting a concrete floor installed, it’s best to opt for the services of a company that provides professional custom concrete floors in Ottawa services. If you have any questions related to this service and want a no-obligation estimate, simply call Custom Concrete Floors at 613 327 9127. Alternatively, you can use this contact us form to send us your queries and we will respond without delay.

 

 

 

 

 

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