The most applauded and appreciated aspect of concrete flooring is its aesthetic nature - beautiful and potentially artful. However, there is more to its appeal than beauty, and keeping your industrial flooring looking good and safe requires regular cleaning and maintenance. Here are some facts about and recommendations for commercial and industrial concrete flooring.
Affordability - Installing a concrete floor is fairly cheap given the unmatched service it will offer you. It requires very low maintenance since it is highly resilient and abrasive. In case your concrete floor cracks, which is extremely difficult to occur, sealing or waxing will do the trick
Durability - Concrete flooring offers a hard surface that resists wear and sustains any kind strain and pressure. That is why it is preferred for commercial buildings like supermarkets. The garage area is also a suitable spot for concrete flooring because vehicles are a bit heavy. It would also serve well in the high traffic areas around your facility since it is built to endure those harsh and tough situations.
Easy Cleaning - Regular cleaning is all it takes to keep your concrete floor looking rejuvenated. You can carry out simple sweeping or mopping with soapy water and a rag, but for better results, we use a neutral cleaning agent to retain or revive the concrete’s luster. In case the floor gets stained, we use a blue utility pad to carry out the cleaning. It is easy to maintain high standards of hygiene on concrete flooring if it is properly maintained. It averts the setbacks created by carpets like causing allergies due to constant accumulation of dirt, soil and dust.
Variety in Style and Design
There is a wide array of designs to choose from when considering concrete flooring. The outcome is also beautiful and you can opt for a high or low sheen. The floor can also be made to look ‘wet’ which gives the illusion of a shiny liquid appearance. The designs enable the concrete to mimic and resemble marble, slate or even ceramic tile. The types of concrete include pervious concrete, fiber reinforced concrete, standard concrete and much more.
Pervious concrete - it is porous in nature allowing water to permeate easily. It therefore makes it ideal for building roads (prevents skidding), swimming pool edges and parking lots.
Fiber reinforced concrete - it contains micro and macro fibers and is essentially suitable for construction purposes.
Standard concrete - it is the most popular type of concrete and revered for its quality. It is durable and permanent in nature due to its mixture of ingredients.
A concrete floor can be finished by dyeing, staining, polishing, topping or using concrete overlays.
Dyeing - dyes can be used to apply finishing on the surface. There are particular dyes made for flooring purposes. If you apply normal paints, it will peel off since it gives no room for moisture to escape and it thus gets trapped. This causes it to come off. Dyes made specifically for flooring are porous and lets the moisture escape.
Staining - this involves incorporating different colors and applying innovative techniques. There is a large room for choice when it comes to pattern. For the tone or concentration of stain to vary across the floor, simply dilute it. If you want your stain to have a stronger appeal, it should be applied immediately after installing the concrete.
Slippery - concrete flooring can be slippery especially when wet. This can however be minimized by adding a non slip additive to the sealer or stain before applying the finish. Traction may also be improved by selecting a low sheen instead of a high one.
Hard and Noisy - for areas in the facility where you require a softer appeal, you can place rugs which also absorb sound. Other sound absorptive materials that you can consider are curtains or wall fabrics.
Cracking - though hard to occur, especially if a team of experts and professionals made the installation, a simple sealing will give the floor its original look. Since this will be most common in high traffic areas, placing mats would reduce the impact.