Choosing a flooring system for your office, retail store, restaurant, school, hospital or paid parking lot and other similar commercial spaces may be a tough job. Southside Concrete Polishing Epoxy coatings and Polished Concrete are perfect choices.
Both Epoxy coatings and Polished Concrete will give your commercial floors a unique and aesthetically beautiful look. Both are durable and low in maintenance. Both are light on the budget, too.
The question now is when do you choose an epoxy coating and when to choose polished concrete. The answer depends on what you want to achieve from your flooring system.
Commercial Epoxy Floors
When applied in commercial space floors, epoxy coatings by Southside Concrete Polishing are durable and reliable. An epoxy coating is installed over a concrete floor to create a durable, smooth and high performing surface that can withstand even heavy loads and last for long years.
Commercial establishments need to have floors that are always in perfect shape. The easiest way to achieve this is through an epoxy coat application. Epoxy coatings have long been used in commercial establishments.
Epoxy coatings consist of a resin and hardener. When these two chemicals are blended, they create a chemical bond which results in a high quality and durable epoxy floor coating.
Here are some reasons epoxy floors are a preferred commercial flooring system:
- High-gloss finish
- Easily blends with concrete floors.
- Increases floor life.
- Resistant to chemical spills
- Enhances light reflectivity by 300%
- Water, abrasion and impact resistant
- Dust and slip-resistant
The longevity of epoxy coatings on commercial floors depends on the foot traffic and load volume it needs to withstand. A five-year lifespan is not bad at all.
Epoxy floors need to be allowed to cure before subjecting the floor to foot traffic and heavy loads.
Commercial Polished Concrete Floors
The increasing popularity of polished concrete floors is due to the numerous benefits this flooring system has to offer. Polished concrete is considered as one of the most amazing and durable flooring systems for commercial floors.
This flooring system is environment-friendly and cost-effective. Prior to installation, Southside Polish Concrete grinds and polishes the concrete to create a shiny and smooth surface.
Large retailers are today shifting to polished concrete because of its numerous benefits.
Here are some reasons polished concrete floors are a preferred commercial flooring system:
- Makes the concrete surface harder by about 50%
- Provides a clean and smooth surface that is scratch and peel-free.
- Enhances light reflectivity by 100%
- Available in different levels of sheen (low to high)
- Can be used immediately upon installation.
- Low maintenance
Many commercial spaces are on the lookout for flooring system that is not only cost-effective but also able to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. Polished concrete is able to provide both.
When polished concrete is properly applied, it may have a lifespan of up to 10 years.
Flooring systems for commercial spaces need to be meticulously chosen. It needs to have a complete balance between aesthetic beauty and function. Southside Polished Concrete epoxy coatings and polished concrete are able to provide form and function for concrete surfaces.
Call us for a free quote and we will be more than willing to assist you to make your vision a reality.
Where Is Polished Concrete Best Used?
Polished concrete enhances the aesthetic value of concrete floors. With limitless possibilities for levels of sheen, colors, decorative designs and textures, polished concrete allows the concrete floors to be customized based on personal preferences.
Polished concrete floors are best used in:
- Manufacturing facilities
- Retail establishments
Why Choose Polished Concrete?
Having a polished concrete floor installed provides a lot of benefits:
- Comes in matte to high gloss finish
- Dust free floors
- Seamless so there are no lines for dust and dirt to settle in
- Reflects light so there will be no need for additional lighting.
- Hypoallergenic because it is resistant to allergens ( dust and dust mites)
- Tough, durable and hard wearing
- Water and stain resistant
- Reduces tire wear
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Low maintenance costs
- A good alternative flooring system to granite, marble, wood, tile, and linoleum.
- Highly affordable
- Long lasting
Adding a variety of colors to polished concrete through the application of concrete dyes and stains allows polished concrete floors to have a decorative look instead of the usual dull gray concrete floor.
How IS Polished Concrete done?
Polished concrete is achieved through a mechanical polish and grinding process. Diamond grinders are used together with sealers and hardeners. These densify, seal, polish and level concrete floors to make them smooth to bring out their natural beauty.
The grinding process comes in multiple stages to achieve a smooth and high gloss finish. Aggregates, acid stains, dyes and graphics provide limitless possibilities for a decorative and aesthetically appealing finish.
Why Hire the Professionals?
The polished concrete process is not as simple as it looks. Southside Concrete Polishing knows the right timing on which the steps should be done. Timing is crucial in the installation of polished concrete.
- Before pouring, air bubbles will be removed by vibrating the concrete.
- While pouring concrete, it will be leveled and incorporated into expansion joints to prevent cracking.
- A Power float (trowel machine) is used to create a smooth concrete floor surface which is done at the right time during the curing period when it is still a bit wet.
The entire polished concrete process takes more than a week to complete. The surface of the polished concrete floor needs to be protected against any possible damage while in the curing stage. This job is only for highly skilled and trained polished concrete installers.
Polished concrete comes with a variety of options that can be customized. It is not only a great flooring option for commercial and industrial settings but for residential properties, too.
Southside Concrete Polishing uses a multi-step diamond polishing process to achieve a polished concrete floor that will provide any room for the texture and warmth no other flooring material can match.
Polished concrete adds elegance to commercial and industrial spaces. When polished concrete is processed to a high gloss finish, it can mimic the look of granite or marble yet have its own unique personality.
The lustrous sheen of polished concrete will make any floor space in the home look aesthetically appealing at an affordable price.