The Best Solution for Damaged and Cracked Concrete Floors
Are you thinking of what you can do with your old, dull and drab concrete floor? Good news! You can turn that concrete floor into a long-lasting and attractive surface with a self-leveling epoxy flooring solution.
Self-leveling epoxy is a floor coating applied on concrete floors to produce a durable, beautiful flooring surface that is low in maintenance.
Self-leveling epoxy has been increasing in popularity because it can be applied even to old damaged and cracked concrete floors creating a seamless and smooth surface. This is possible because when epoxy is applied it evenly spreads out and fills the chips and cracks in the concrete floor.
A self-leveling New York City (NYC) epoxy flooring solution provides a beautiful new finish to your otherwise damage floors at a fraction of the cost it will take to repair the damaged floor.
Self-leveling epoxy is applicable for residential, industrial and commercial concrete surfaces.
Self-leveling epoxy is recommended in these places:
- Residential garage
- Residential basement
- Manufacturing plants
- Commercial carparks
- Retail Stores
- Industrial food preparation areas
- Hospitals and others
Self-leveling New York City (NYC) is also a good solution to home renovations on a tight budget. This flooring solution can turn your old and damaged concrete floors into attractive and decorative floors that will leave you awed at the improvement. It will also be a floor that will be easy to clean and maintain as well as maintain its look for long years.
Advantages of Self-Leveling Epoxy Floors
Self-leveling epoxy floor application is ideal when the concrete floor needs to be transformed into an aesthetically beautiful surface that is durable and resistant to abrasion. Here are the many benefits of opting for a self-leveling New York City (NYC).
- High gloss finish which is perfect to give old and worn on floors a new beautiful look
- Available in various colors and designs
- Impact resistant
- Scratch resistant
- Heat resistant
- Oil and chemical resistant
- Slip-resistant even if the floors are wet
- Available in various thickness
- Easy to clean. When there are spills, simply wipe off with a damp cloth
- Easy to maintain. Requires only minimal mopping.
- Easy and quick to apply
The numerous benefits of self-leveling epoxy make it a perfect choice for floors that need to withstand high foot traffic, heavy loads and liquid spills.
Most Commonly Asked Questions
Why are they referred to as ‘self-leveling floors’?
This is so because when the epoxy coating is applied the concrete floor appears to have a level and smooth texture. The resin self-levels. When the coating is applied with a squeegee, the texture appears to be a rough orange-peel.
How thick should the epoxy coating become a self-leveling epoxy floor?
Many professional installers say the epoxy coating should at least be 2 mm thick to be self-leveling. If the epoxy coating is under 2mm thick, such leveling problems as roller marks, trowel marks, dents and other marks may appear on the floor.
The thickness also depends on the substrate. It is, therefore, possible that some areas of the floor may need 1 m of epoxy to be self-leveling and other areas, especially the corners, may need to be 4 mm thick.
Why do self-leveling epoxy floors coat more than epoxy systems applied with a roller?
A self-leveling epoxy floor requires a lot more of the epoxy coating that when a roller is used. When applying 2 coats of epoxy using a roller or a squeegee, about 500 gr/m2 is consumed. A self-leveling epoxy which is 3 mm thick will need about 3kg per m2 of epoxy.
Self-levelling epoxy material cost more than the usual epoxy paint because it comes with a different formulation. Self-leveling epoxy also needs to be applied by a highly trained and professional installer. The benefits of self-leveling epoxy floors are worth its higher cost.
Being a seamless flooring system, it is easy to clean and maintain. Additionally, it does not accumulate bacteria and dirt.
This flooring system also increases the aesthetic appeal of areas where they are applied. The gloss and seamless finish make space appear bigger than it actually is. This flooring system also reflects light making space look brighter and reduce the use of artificial lighting. When you are visualizing an epoxy floor, most likely you are seeing a self-leveling epoxy floor. This flooring system is not limited to plain and solid color application. It is also often used as a decorative overlay.
Epoxy material can mix with various colors. It can also be added with decorative inlays such as metal or wood. Glitters, flakes and glow-in-the-dark components to make the floor a lot more spectacular. Not to mention is high=gloss polish. The aesthetic appeal, durability, resistance to chemicals and day to day wear and tear make self-leveling epoxy floors a popular choice for owners of real estate and architects.
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
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.