Monthly Archives: September 2014

Rick Edsall

Sep 10, 2014

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Cutting Corners in Surface Preparation Could End Up Costing You

If you are not in the flooring industry, you most likely would like to complete your concrete floor repairs as quickly as possible so that you can get back to managing your business. However, the coating of your concrete floor should not be a rush job. Cutting corners during the process of coating your concrete floor could end up costing you a lot of money, especially during surface preparation. So before you skip out on steps during the surface preparation process, consider the following consequences of such an action:

Your attempt at applying a coating could fail

Oil, grease, dirt dust and other contaminants cover the surface of most concrete floors. If you do not detect and remove them before applying a coat, the coating will most likely fail; this means that you will have wasted a great deal of time. It also forces you to invest in additional materials to complete the finishing of your floor.

You could damage your concrete floor

Certain contaminants won’t just cause your coating attempt to fail. Some will have an adverse reaction with the coating agent that will completely ruin your concrete floors. If this happens, you will have to invest in the services of a concrete floor repair company before proceeding any further.

You could void the manufacturer’s warranty of your concrete floor

If your floor is damaged due to negligence, i.e., cutting corners during surface preparation, then the warranty that protects your concrete floor likely won’t cover the any of the cost of the concrete floor repair.

You could trap small particles in your concrete floor

As various pieces of equipment and people traverse your concrete floors, loose concrete chips and similar particles will start to cover the uncoated concrete. Although they will not prevent you from completing the concrete floor coating process, if you do not remove these contaminants, they will become permanently trapped underneath of the coating.

Bottom line: Do not cut corners during the surface preparation process.

These are just a few of the potential negative consequences of cutting corners during the surface preparation process. To learn more about the possible consequences of cutting corners, what to do if they occur and other concrete flooring tips, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. For nearly a quarter of a century, they have been providing customers with some of the best commercial floor coating and surfacing services that you can find anywhere.

Rick Edsall

Sep 3, 2014

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Why Polish Concrete?

While normal concrete is a strong, inexpensive building material, it is porous, erodes, collects dust and susceptible to moisture damage. Fortunately, all of these problems — and more — can be avoided with a concrete floor sealant. Here is how the professional installation of polished concrete flooring systems will improve your concrete floors:

It makes your concrete floor dust proof

Excessive dust on your floors creates a number of problems. For example, it detracts from the look of a room, it makes the floors more slippery and it can be a hazard to those with severe allergies.
By polishing your floors with a concrete floor sealant, you ensure that your floors are completely dust proof.

It causes less wear on your equipment

Although you might not notice, porous, uneven concrete floors wear down the equipment that traverses it. This happens in a very similar way to how gravely or rocky roads cause undue wear on cars.
Like a well-paved road, polished concrete floors are smooth, while still retaining enough friction to be safe.

It increases your concrete floor’s hardness

Concrete that chips, cracks or develops large holes is a big safety hazard that can cause you some serious problems.
Upgrading your concrete floor by implementing a polished concrete flooring system allows you to mitigate this risk. This is due to the fact that coating your floor with a concrete floor sealant increases the hardness of your concrete floor by three to four times.

It seals your concrete floor against liquids

Although it has a reputation for getting harder over time, after concrete is laid, it is still susceptible to being weakened by excessive moisture. Since unsealed concrete is porous, water and other liquids have easy access to reduce the hardness of your concrete floors.
Sealing your concrete floors with polished concrete flooring systems waterproofs your floors, ensuring that no liquid can seep in and damage it.

It looks great

 

Having your concrete floor professionally polished doesn’t just protect it from damage. It also adds a beautiful sheen that will enhance the look of your room. If you have a showroom or large retail sales floor made of concrete, polishing it is a must.

To learn more

For more information about the benefits of polished concrete and who can get the job done for you, contact Summit Industrial Flooring. They have been serving the flooring needs of clients like you for nearly 25 years.

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