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Solving Poor Concrete Conditions


Whether your business uses concrete floors in its warehouse, showroom, office, or salesfloor, it is going to wear down eventually. For this reason it is important that you know how to evalute the damage done to your business' concrete floor. If you don't know how to do this, then you've come to the right place! Keep reading to learn more about your damaged floor.




Summary Table of Potential Problems and Their Solutions


  Cracked Concrete Minor Damage/Discolouration
New Concrete Floor only if you have major cracks n/a
Epoxy Coating only if you have minor cracks practical solution
Polished Concrete n/a longer term fix with less upkeep


Cracked Concrete


If you have cracks in your concrete you need to determine whether the cracks indicate foundational issues or if they are just surface imperfections. There are two types of cracks that will help you determine the issues in your concrete floor:


  Hairline/Spider-Web Major/Real
Description This is the most common kind of crack in concrete. It is less than 1/8th inch wide, and less then eighteen inches in length This crack is more than 1/8th of an inch wide, more then 18 inches in length, unusually shaped (often V-shaped, straight horizontal, straight vertical), in unusal locations and excessive in number

If the cracks in your floor meet the description of a Hairline crack an epoxy overlay may be the best option for your renovation. This type of concrete coating can offer the best balance of economy and quality. It is a tough, long-lasting coating that is extremely practical. Some of the most notable benefits of an epoxy overlay are:

  •       Professional and High Class Appearance
  •       Easy Preparation
  •       Protects from Allergens
  •       Resists Damage
  •       Moisture resistant
  •       Resurfacing Qualities
  •       Easy to Clean

For more on the benefits of epoxy coatings for your business click here, and to learn more about our epoxy product click here.

If the cracks in your floor meet the description of the Major crack, chances are that you’ll need to replace your concrete floor. This process can be long and expensive and must be accompanied by a professional evaluation from an expert in foundations and structures. Getting a new concrete floor could include:

  •       Ripping up your entire foundation and laying down a brand new floor
  •       Replacing specific concrete slabs that are shifting
  •       Pour new concrete over the broken concrete floor
    •       This won't guarantee that all of your problems will go away

Replacing your business' concrete floor is an extreme and expensive process but sometimes it’s necessary, especially when you consider the fact that simply covering up the problem could end up costing you more money in the future.



Surface Imperfections/Discolouration


If the issues you have with your flooring are that it is discoloured or minorly damaged then you have two options:


Epoxy Coating


As listed aboved, there are many benefits to using an epoxy coating to help rejeuvenate your concrete floor. You can also choose a new stain or pattern to revive your concrete floor while also covering up the minor damages it's developed over the years.


Polished Concrete


This type of flooring has a high-gloss finish that is achieved when specific floor polishers fitted with diamond embedded abrasive disks are used to grind down floor surfaces to desired levels of smoothness and shine. This surface is very low-maintenance and is often used by businesses and retailers alike. Polishing your concrete floor increases its density, which in turn makes it hard and more durable. It also improves its resistance to abrasion, its impact strength, and its thermal conductivity. All of this means that your floor will be much more durable and have a longer life expectancy.


Examples of Polished Concrete


Polished concrete floors typically hold up better and longer. In high traffic areas, such as hallways and corridors, scuffmarks and abrasions can wear down the floor. Because of this, choosing to use polished concrete will increase your floors lifespan and will decrease the amount of money you have to spend on fixing it. It also only needs to be refinished every 5-10 years, which is an easy and quick process.


For a more complete list of the benefits of using polished concrete in your business click here.








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