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Urethane Concrete Floor Maintenance

5 Tips to Maintain Your Urethane Concrete Floor Investment

What is a Urethane Topcoat?

 

Urethane concrete floor maintenance is a necessary but easy solution to keep your decorative concrete floors or high performance concrete floors sterling and in pristine condition. Urethane top-coated floors and epoxy top-coated floors are a premier finish for newly poured or older concrete floors with character; they are almost twice as thick as acrylic sealers and form a high-build protective film on the concrete surface that provides excellent resistance to chemicals and abrasion.

 

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Now that you know a little bit about Urethane and Epoxy floors, we can delve into five tips for how to maintain urethane floors.

 

5 Tips on Urethane Concrete Floor Maintenance:

 

  1. Daily Maintenance: Dry mop the floor daily with an industrial dust mop. This will help remove dust and debris that can degrade the conductivity.
  2. Weekly Maintenance: Once a week wet mop the floor with a mix of non-residue* alkaline and water, and allow to dry.
  3. Bi-Weekly Maintenance: Every two weeks, auto scrub with a mixture of diluted alkaline non-residue floor cleaner to remove the ground in contaminants. In this process, use soft nylon bristle pads or red buffer pads. Be careful to not use too aggressive scrubbing pads because they could remove the gloss. If you have stubborn, ground-in scuff marks, you can use detergent. When using detergent, allow it to soak and then scrub.
    1. *Be aware that many detergents and cleaners leave behind harmful residues that reduce the conductivity of the floor finish. Make sure the floor cleaners you use are non-residue to keep the appearance of your urethane or epoxy floor.
  4. For an additional option, you can wax the floor, however this is usually not necessary. Keep in mind, once you wax a floor, you must regularly wax it to maintain the shine.
  5. Urethane or epoxy top-coated floors should last 10 or more years if regularly maintained. However, severe scuff marks can take a toll on the gloss and the overall look of the floor. Now, consider re-coating the floor.

 

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Overall, when considering what topcoat to choose for your concrete flooring project, keep in mind the environment, how long you want it to last, if you want to reseal it every couple years, and how you want it to look. Urethane and epoxy topcoats are good options for industrial use; they may be more expensive than other sealers, like acrylic sealers upfront, but they will last longer and are more durable. They are generally thicker than acrylic sealers and they come in many colors, they can be slip-resistant, and chemical-resistant, and are aesthetically pleasing. They can be applied to concrete that has been ground and stained concrete to protect it and give it a nice glossy finish. If you follow the tips in this article, you should get several years of life to your floor, therefore making it a very wise investment. However, these tips are only suggestions; we are not the experts, so please contact your cleaning vendor or a janitorial company like Jon Don to seek professional advice or secure a cleaning urethane concrete floor maintenance program to protect your investment!

Pool Deck Coating Options

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Review of Pool Deck Coating Options

 

There are many different options from which to choose when it comes to repairing your pool deck, and pool deck coatings are often a cost-effective solution, especially in comparison to replacing the concrete. Pool deck coatings come in all shapes and sizes, from cheap paint-on coatings to brilliant, designer, durable coatings. We’ll explain what to look for when deciding which system is best for your project by reviewing each of the following systems: Pebble Technology, Paint, Cement-based Coatings, Vinyl Chip, and Sandbroadcast.

 

Replace Your Pool Deck or Install a Coating?

 

First, when do you know when it’s time to replace your concrete vs. install a coating? Many people tell us that their pool is probably chipping, cracking, heaving, or spalling way too much for a coating. Sometimes this is true, however, often we can install our coating system after we repair and prep the surface. This often involves: cleaning the surface, filling cracks, patching spalled surfaces, grinding the surface, and washing again to ensure the coating adheres. We can handle multiple repair issues, but sometimes it might be best to replace the concrete. We’ll give you the best recommendation, even if that means not installing a coating. An example of when the concrete should be replaced is when it is a small area, such as less than 2,000 square feet; in that case, the cost per square foot just becomes too high for the coating. Another example would be if the concrete is crumbling and there are chunks of concrete missing from the surface. This would not be an optimal surface to hold a coating, and thus should be replaced.

 

Now that you have an idea of whether you should replace your concrete or install a coating, which should prolong the life of your concrete, considering you choose a quality system and a team of experienced professionals to install it, we will discuss each system, starting with Pebble Technology, also known as Pebble Tec.

 

Overview of Pool Deck Coating Options:

 

Pebble Technology:

This is an aggregate pool finish that offers different textures and colors to create a natural environment, using small to large pebbles from around the world.

 

Pros:

  • Nature-inspired appearance
  • Slip-resistant
  • Cooler than some other coating options, like paint

 

Cons:

  • Difficult to repair
  • Tends to delaminate and peel
  • Installers not in every state, like Colorado
  • High cost
  • Traps dirt, therefore harboring bacteria

 

Concrete Paint:

Concrete paint is exactly what it sounds like; it is a paint designed for concrete pool decks. It is like painting a wall in your house, except you paint a thin layer onto the concrete, then often seal it and apply a texture for slip-resistance.

 

Pros:

  • Less expensive upfront
  • Large range of color options

 

Cons:

  • Tends to chip and peel
  • Can be slippery if texture is not added
  • Highlights flaws in the concrete
  • Looks like paint

 

Cement-based Coatings:

A cement-based coating is a polymer modified cement that is installed onto the concrete surface at about ¼ inch thick.

 

Pros:

  • Customizable look
  • Good texture when not sealed
  • Decorative appearance
  • Can hide flaws
  • Some are UV-resistant

 

Cons:

  • Usually requires a high gloss sealer, which can be slippery
  • Tends to chip, peel, and crack
  • Needs sealer applied often

 

Vinyl Chip:

Decorative vinyl chips systems, or flake systems, are resin-based chip/flake flooring systems with paint aggregates that is either applied to a pool deck with a hand broadcast or by a hopper-blower gun.

 

Pros:

  • Customizable: comes in many colors and sizes
  • Hides sub-surface imperfections
  • Colorfast, UV-stable pigments

 

Cons:

  • Can be slippery
  • Can blister

 

Sand Broadcast:

This is our unique pool deck resurfacing system that we created with years of knowledge and experience in the concrete coatings and repair industry. It takes the strength of a parking deck coating with a resin-based base layer and blends it with local quartz that is thrown by hand evenly over the surface for a natural finish.

 

Pros:

  • Slip-resistant
  • Decorative, but natural appearance
  • Cost-effective
  • Durable
  • Hides sub-surface imperfections
  • UV-resistant and chemical-resistant
  • Crack-resistant
  • Easy to maintain
  • Optional sealer

Cons:

  • More expensive upfront investment than other options

 

In summary, there are several different options you have in comparison to replacing your pool deck. By looking carefully at each of the options listed in this blog, hopefully you have a better idea on where to spend your money: repairing or replacing, and which system to use that will best fit your needs. There are benefits to each kind of system, but when deciding which pool deck coating system, keep in mind the long-term investment decision. For a better system, like the sand broadcast pool deck system, it might cost more upfront, but it will be worth it in the long run, prolonging the life of your pool deck and making it look beautiful with a flexible, high technology sandy coating that looks like you’re on the beach. Contact us to save your pool deck today at 720-258-6571!

 

 

 

Concrete Floor Maintenance

How to Maintain Concrete Floors

In this article, we’ll walk you through how to maintain your concrete floors. Concrete floor maintenance is a key aspect of protecting your investment! So you chose to keep your concrete floor, instead of covering it with laminate, tile, wood, or carpet. Congratulations! You now have a floor that will take less maintenance than the other flooring options, especially carpet! However, keep in mind that virtually all flooring requires some sort of maintenance and regular attention. The amount of maintenance your floor will need, highly depends on the amount of foot and vehicular traffic that it receives. For instance, if you have a concrete floor in your residence, you will likely get away with a simple cleaning regimen with the occasional sweeping and damp mopping. On the other hand, commercial flooring may require daily sweeping and mopping, but keep in mind that both residential and commercial flooring do not do well with acidic cleaners and sometimes even soap-based products. Always refer to your coating contractor if you have questions about maintenance. Read on to find out more about how to maintain epoxy floors and polished concrete.

Epoxy floor maintenance:

Epoxy floors, whether in your garage, pole barn, warehouse, or place of business, are durable and generally have a pristine appearance. Usually our clients want to know how to maintain their newly coated concrete floors, so that they can increase the lifespan, as to not have to tear out and replace or re-coat. If you maintain your floors correctly, and with these steps in mind, you should be able to have a floor that lasts for years to come.

  1. Spills are going to happen. When a spill occurs, it is important to clean it up as soon as you can, because it could stain or penetrate the coating if it is acidic, or can become slick of it’s oil. All you need to do is use a paper towel or soft cloth to wipe it up.
  2. If it’s more heavily soiled, first, sweep up any loose debris, then mop the floor with a hard foam mop, hot water, and clear ammonia.
  3. Routine maintenance for your epoxy floors, only require a soft bristle broom or blue commercial dust mop.
  4. Another good way to regularly maintain your floor is to spray out with a hose and squeegee dry; this works best if you have a drain or access to the outside.
  5. If the concrete has been stained, you can use a kitchen scrubbing pad and lightly scrub with just hot water.
  6. Refrain from using cleaners with acids, like vinegar and citrus, and soap-based cleaners. In particular, the soap-based cleaners will build a residue over time, which will decrease the shine, and the floor will become progressively slippery, even if you have a “slip-resistant” coating.
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In conclusion, epoxy floors are very durable, especially when professionally installed, however, this does not mean they are indestructible. If you do gauge the concrete coating, contact your installer to get a quote on fixing it. Sometimes you can get a warranty, however, gauging the floor coating is not necessarily always covered by warranty.

Polished concrete floor maintenance:

Polished concrete is an exceptionally durable floor and attractive, yet also economical and environmentally friendly. It is an ideal flooring option for businesses and residential indoor use, primarily because most buildings are build on concrete slabs already. Furthermore, polished concrete is very versatile; the property owner can choose the level of sheen, from satin to high gloss. This flooring option is very low maintenance, as it requires no floor finish or wax stripping and reapplication. See below for polished concrete maintenance tips to help you keep your floor resilient for up to ten years before you need to restore it.
  1. Place walk-off mats at entryways. When people walk into the building, they will often track dirt and debris in with them. In this case, mats help reduce the amount of dirt that is tracked in.
  2. Dry mop daily to remove dirt. If dirt is left on the concrete surface, it can scratch and abrade the surface over time, which interferes with the shine and creates a dull appearance.
  3. Wipe-up spills immediately. In the polished concrete process, we apply densifies, which will help to enhance the stain-resistance of your floor, however, the concrete is still porous, which means it is in your best interest to clean up spills immediately.
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To sum it up, polished concrete is an extremely durable surface that can be used in many facilities, like schools, gyms, retail centers, churches, restaurants, auto shops, pole barns, and almost any business or home with concrete that is in good condition. If maintained properly, your polished concrete investment can last you ten or more years before it needs to be restored.

And That’s It!

There are other concrete flooring types, but they are very similar to either polished concrete or epoxy floors. Basically, for both types of floors, you want to dry mop often, clean up spills immediately, and when you mop, do not use abrasive cleaners or even soap-based products. For epoxy floors, you will benefit from using a commercial-grade floor wax designed for concrete floors to protect against stains, dirt and abrasion. However, for polished concrete floors, wax is not required for up-keep; simply gently clean it or hire a janitorial company to maintain it if you are a commercial facility and do not have someone in-house who can maintain it regularly. If your polish becomes less shiny than you’d like it, contact your decorative concrete contractor to buff the surface or to lightly re-polish it with a fine-grit abrasive. Floor mats always help at the entryways, so that you track in less dirt and muck. Now that you know about concrete floor maintenance, enjoy your new investment!

Contact us today for your FREE estimate! We’ll be glad to guide you through the decorative concrete flooring process and then we’ll make sure your in good hands with proper knowledge to maintain your investment! Call us at 720-258-6571!  

Industrial Flooring Options

What are your options when choosing an industrial flooring finish?

Industrial Flooring Options

Whether you own or manage a manufacturing warehouse, brewery, food facility, fire station, furniture store, retail store, veterinary facility, or even a pole barn, you want tough floors that will outlast the wear and tear of the daily grind. We’ll explore the various industrial flooring options with you in this article, and hopefully we’ll leave you with more knowledge to decide which flooring application is best for your situation.

 

There are many flooring options to consider, but which one is the best for your business or project needs? Let’s take a look!

Epoxy Floors

Epoxy floors, also known as epoxy coatings, are typically more expensive than overlays, however they are seamless and extremely abrasion resistant. Epoxy coatings are ideal for projects requiring durability, longevity, and chemical resistance. They require minimal maintenance, which makes them popular flooring applications for show rooms, retail facilities, schools and food preparation areas.

 

Our team at Colorado Concrete Repair specialize in epoxy floors, like epoxy chip floors, metallic epoxy floorsflat epoxies, and sand broadcasts. Our epoxy coatings are generally “microtoppings” or skim coats that are flexible and super thin, usually around featheredge to 1/8 inch. We’ve completed projects that range in size from 800 square feet to 10,000 square feet, such as a large tool manufacturing facility that chose a flat gray epoxy flooring to a fire station that requested an epoxy chip system.

We generally recommend epoxy floors if you want to cover up or hide concrete’s imperfections, like cracks and mild spalling. We choose thinner epoxy systems, so that the coating can flex with the concrete as it moves. Take a look here to view an example of a Tuscan Slate overlay system that our peers in Columbus, Ohio, applied for more information on thicker overlays, which are applied thick enough to accept texture and cover minor imperfections in the concrete substrate.

Concrete Grind and Seal

Concrete grinding is a more affordable option than ripping out and replacing concrete, and in addition it gives you a smooth finish, removes trip hazards, removes coatings from concrete, and prepares the surface for other flooring systems.

We have state-of-the-art concrete grinding and polishing machines and have used them to grind thousands of square feet for clients, who simply wanted a smooth and sealed surface to store and move boxes all the way to clients who wanted to remove trip hazards for foot traffic safety. It is best to choose a concrete grind and seal if you are satisfied with the look of your existing concrete. We will guide you through and help you decide when we do the initial walk-through, but generally you must be okay with seeing cracks, the existing color of the concrete, and areas where it is spalling.

 

Grind the concrete, then Seal it!

Furthermore, once you choose the concrete grind and seal option, you will then choose a sealant. We recommend acrylic sealers for most projects, but you can also choose a penetrating sealer, which chemically reacts with the concrete, or an epoxy-type thicker coating. Acrylic sealants are applied both on interior and exterior surfaces to form a thin, protective film that protects against water and chloride intrusion, as well as allows the moisture in the slab to escape. They are UV-resistant and non-yellowing. They also come in a variety of sheens and can enhance the natural floor.

 

Finally, keep in mind that acrylic sealer is a fast-track option, meaning it dries to the touch within an hour usually. You also will have to reapply more often since it is much thinner than epoxy and urethane finishes. You will also want to maintain the floor with several coats of floor finish or wax to prevent wear.

 

Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete is ideal if you want a no-wax, no-coating flooring option with a satin or high-gloss finish. This flooring option has superior durability and high performance. Almost all structurally sound concrete floors, whether new or old, can be polished, with some exceptions. As long as the concrete has been in place 28 days or more, and is not wavy, extensively porous, or needs patching, then polished concrete could be a good option for your industrial flooring needs. If you are having new concrete poured, it is best to specify as smooth of floor as possible to minimize the polishing steps required.

In conclusion, existing floors usually require cleaning to remove the dirt, dust, coatings and grime prior to polishing. Then when we polish the floor, we use the traditional floor polishing system, using different grit diamond heads with our high-performance grinding machines to smooth surface to the sheen you desire, with 800 grit being the most traditional level. During this process, we apply a penetrating hardener to the concrete, which solidifies and densifies the polished concrete.

 

The benefits of a polished concrete floor over a coating make polished concrete the more superior choice in most cases:

  • Lower costs to maintain: Using the pre-existing slab on grade is more cost effective and you will have lower maintenance cost savings
  • Less maintenance and service life: Polished concrete floors are easy to maintain and do not require the laborious hours and time it takes to reapply wax or coatings. They glossy surface resists heavy forklift traffic and chemical and oil stains.
  • More resistance to high foot traffic
  • Resistance to moisture transmission issues: Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe, eliminating issues that come along with other flooring types, like tile.
  • High light reflectivity: Polished concrete creates a brighter space, saving costs on lighting; it also gives a bright, clean, professional image, which is why grocery stores, retail centers, public facilities and office buildings are opting to install polished concrete.
  • Sustainable flooring alternative: Polished concrete does not require hazardous cleaners, coatings or adhesives.

Other Industrial Flooring Options

When you are in the market to repair your concrete floors, you also have options to cover up the floor. In some cases, this is ideal and understandably so, such as if the concrete is not in good enough condition to coat or polish, or if you simply want a different look that coatings and polishings cannot give you. Some of these flooring types are as follows:

  • Laminate
  • VCT
  • Tile
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Linoleum

 

Hence, when looking at your different options, consider how easy they will be to clean, how long they will last, are they sustainable and how much traffic can they handle? If any of these answers make you wonder if you should find an alternative route, it might be ideal to talk with a flooring contractor who is the expert in concrete flooring solutions.

 

Contact us today for your FREE ESTIMATE at 720-258-6571.

Decorative Concrete Warehouse Floor

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Home Stars Furniture Warehouse {Parker Location} – Polished Concrete Floor

Warehouse floors are perfect candidates for decorative concrete, like polished concrete, epoxy floors, stained concrete, or concrete sealing.

 

As you can see in this picture, Home Stars business owner decided to go with decorative concrete, and in particular a polished concrete floor for his new location in Parker, Colorado, because of its neutral, yet stylish and modern look. He really wanted to showcase his luxury furniture and have the floor as more of a backdrop. Decorative concrete, like polished concrete, epoxy floors, and stained concrete are ideal options for retail shops, furniture stores, breweries, warehouses, schools, and so many other places, because they can both make the floor look pretty and they are durable and long lasting with proper maintenance.

This space was wide open and ready for our grinders to start smoothing out the floor. In our polishing process, we use state of the art grinding machines with polishing pads at many different levels to give you the desired finish (shine) you want for your floor. At the estimate, we will examine your floor and see if it is a good candidate for polishing. Some floors are perfect candidates, for instance if they are relatively flat and if our client likes the existing condition of the concrete. Other floors are better candidates for epoxy, a stain, or even removal and replacement.*

 

We recently visited Mark, Home Stars business owner, at his Parker location and he is highly satisfied with the finished look. He says it is fairly easy to maintain, similar to other flooring types, but gives him the desired look that he wanted. It is also very durable and withstands wear and tear when properly maintained.

 

Call us today to discuss your projects needs!! 720-258-6571; press 2 for industrial or commercial projects.

 

Check out Home Stars at its new location or south Broadway location if you want affordable prices on luxury furniture. He buys direct, so you don’t have to go through the “middle-man” and pay more money. Home Stars also has a wide selection of beds and billiards furniture.

 

 

*Colorado Concrete Repair does not replace or remove concrete, however, we might be able to refer you to another trusted company, depending on your project size and location.