Concrete flooring contractors these days are very excited to offer a wide fleet of floor finishes that transform those dull, plain and cold concrete slabs into visually appealing, colorful and comfortable flooring. So, if you are thinking of concrete floors as boring gray and plain floors, you must be a little behind today’s trends.
The renaissance in concrete flooring industry started several years back. Today, it has become possible to stain, color, stamp, stencil, etch and polish concrete flooring. If done in the right manner, you are guaranteed to have an out-of-the-box flooring solution.
A great variety of designs when combined with the default characteristics of polished concrete floors such as high durability, low-maintenance, glossy look and high reflectivity make polished concrete flooring the first choice for contractors, architects, builders, homeowners and businesses.
According to Concrete Network, advancements in tools, stains, dyes, textures, and patterns have made concrete a versatile and cost-effective flooring solution. Below are the top 5 concrete floor finish techniques:
1. Acid Staining
Concrete staining is one of the most widely used applications for remodeling concrete slabs into appealing concrete floor finish. In this process, metallic salts are used to color the concrete, typically in black-brown and blue-green combinations.
However, the latest water-based penetrating stains and water-and solvent-based concrete dyes available in the market are extending the color range from mild pastels to dynamic red, orange, yellow and purple. Moreover, new polymer based coatings can be easily transformed into any color and then applied to concrete floor slabs for the ultimate decorative finish.
Stamped Concrete, also known as imprinted concrete or patterned stamped concrete, can be colored and patterned to get into a new look of tile, brick, wood or flagstone at quite lower price. The boosted demand for custom design concrete floors from customers has resulted in innovation leading to new tools and many different color effects.
In order to prepare colored concrete, either, colorants that are needed in the mix for long lasting effects are added or colorants that are just sprayed as in dry-shake technique are used to make the top layer of concrete surface intensely colorful. These days, manufacturers offer an extensive pallet of hues and shades to color concrete slabs.
4. Saw-Cutting & Scoring
A groover tool is used on fresh concrete for scoring purpose. Though scoring lines can be straight, most of the time they are diagonally connected to the edges of the flatwork. Contrary, saw-cut lines are made when concrete gets hardened and they can be straight as well as diagonal to the edges of the concrete.
Yes, you heard me right. Concrete floors can now be polished and look glossy. In fact, polishing is the most popular concrete floor finishing technique today. Polished concrete floor doesn't need epoxy coating or waxing to maintain high-gloss.
Want to get a beautiful concrete floor for your home, workplace or warehouse? Used concrete grinding equipment and polishing equipment are available for rent on web based outlets. Or find the best concrete floor finishing services provider in your city or state.
[May 22, 2013]