Concrete is the most preferred floor material by many homeowners as well as commercial property. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, and durable concrete has many attributes that make it an excellent material for floors. Concrete floors are affordable to install, eco-friendly, have various design options, and maintenance costs are low. There are many options available you can decide to refinish your floor or resurface it permanently.
Refinishing options for your concrete
(a) Filling in joints and cracks
Step 1: Put on the protective safety gear.
This job emits lots of dust and concrete debris into the air. Your safety is the priority; wear the glove, goggles, and dust mask to protect yourself. To ensure you are comfortable while kneeling, you can wear knee pads or lay a padded mat.
Step 2: Chisel the sides of the crack or hole to obtain a square.
Use a chisel and hammer to level the cracks or holes to ensure that the bonding material will stick to the edges. Straighten the round edges for quality results after repair. If the edges are already square, you can jump to the next step.
Step 3: Cleanup the hole or crack
It is advisable to remove the large chunks of concrete and vacuum the hole; this ensures the bonding agent makes a good seal. Use the wire brush and broom to sweep them. Dip the wire brush in water and scrub the hole’s edges to give the bonding material a greater surface area to adhere to.
Step 4: Apply bonding agent
A bonding agent is a liquid that helps concrete adhere better. Dip a paintbrush into the bonding agent, then spread it evenly in the hole to ensure you cover every part. The type of bonding agent you use has its specific amount to use and drying duration stick to the instructions.
Step 5: Laying of the mortar
Cracks are patched using mortar. Look for the specific mortar that is used to repair concrete at your store. Pour out the mortar into a bucket, add appropriate amounts of water, mix with a trowel until it has some butter-like thick consistency. The mortar should not be too watery because it will not bond well. The amount of mortar used depends on the size of your floor. Scoop the mortar using the trowel; while pressing it down, fill the hole until it makes a cover over the concrete surface.
If you’d wish to give your concrete floor a fresh-looking color, consider applying an acid-based staining compound. Staining is a delicate process to ensure you hire experts to prevent the occurrence of any permanent error. Skilled contractors that handle Epoxy Floor Coatings will thoroughly prepare your concrete for staining and deliver a brand-new look to your floor. After staining, a concrete sealer will be applied to improve the durability of your floor.
A polished floor feels clean and lively. It gives any office or workspace a great impression to customers and motivates employees. There are two multi-step methods available: wet and dry polishing. Both methods involve sanding your floor surface with fine grits until it achieves a glossy look. The polished floor has a glassy look that can be deceiving as a potential risk; however, polished concrete is not slippery. It’s safe to use even in high traffic areas.
(d) Epoxy and other specialized coatings
If your floor requires additional protection from chemicals, abrasion, and stains, you can apply epoxy floor coating. The coatings come in a variety of colors and can be tailored to suit different environments.
Urethane coating is applied to offer your floor an extra layer of protection from scratches and chemical stains. They can be used over stained concrete, polished, and even on other floor coatings.
Let nothing stop you from giving your floor a fresh, brand new look; with the right team and determination, you will achieve great results at an affordable cost.