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Epoxy Coating for a Fort Collins City Building

Epoxy Coating Project Complete

We completed an epoxy coating project in the Fort Collins Power and Light office building this past month. The client chose to install the quarter inch Copper Mountain flake epoxy system, so that it would be easy to clean, durable to high traffic, and look good. The job was a big success! We transformed 15,000 square feet of rough and unlevel concrete that was previously carpeted into a beautiful, seamless, easy-to-clean floor. The client had decided on this application after having a previous section done and having seen how well it performed with workers walking through the area with muddy boots.

 

The Process:

Prepwork is arguably the most important part of our trade, and with this floor, we needed to focus on repairing the surface so that it would be nice and flat for the coating to adhere. We moved old pieces of concrete that had broken due to the concrete settling and cracking over time, as well as we filled a lot of cracks and grinded the surface smooth. The floor also required moisture remediation after testing. The moisture remediation consisted of a special primer needing to be installed on the floor and extensive patching to ensure adhesion of the epoxy chip coating. The prepwork laid the foundation for a nice industrial floor coating.

 

Why Epoxy?

The client chose this system to be installed in the high traffic areas, like hallways and large rooms, where people would gather and walk through often. They decided to carpet the offices, which can often be a good decision for a cozier feel for people’s workspaces. Concrete floors can be a nice addition to a mixture of flooring types, depending on what they will be used for. In this case, the city will be happy with the mixture of epoxy coating and carpet for their usage because the epoxy is industrial-strength and looks good, whereas the carpet does not get as much traffic and provides a nice environment in the office setting.

 

Some things to consider when choosing an epoxy floor application…

Whenever our clients choose an epoxy for paint, we want to be clear that there could be odors associated with the resins we use, and really, you’re going to get this with any contractor. However, there are ways to reduce the odor, which is what we did in this case. Products were selected to reduce odors because part of the building was occupied. Another thing we want our clients to be aware of is the drying times, which can be longer or shorter depending on the temperature of the concrete and surrounding environment. Depending on the material used, our clients may be able to walk on it the next day, or it could take an additional day if it did not dry quick enough. Also, be careful and consult with us before you drive any machinery on the surface when we’re finished.

 

We’d love to work with you on your next concrete coating project!

Overall, we are pleased with the outcome and look forward to help warehouses, city buildings, gymnasiums, schools, airplane hangars, large garages, pole barns, get setup with an epoxy coating like this one, or other types of concrete coatings and polished concrete. We provide free estimates after you your project has been qualified over the phone. Call us today for your free estimate at 720-258-6571. We look forward to working with you.

 

City Building Epoxy Coating  Gallery:

Check out these before and after pictures of this concrete coating project below. You’ll see some of the concrete repair, our machines that grind the concrete and collect the majority of the dust, and then the floor when it is complete! Wow! What a difference!

Floor Finish and What You Need to Know

Do I Need Floor Finish?

 

Often our clients ask us if or when they need to apply floor finish. Our viewpoint on when to apply floor finish might be different from some in our industry, but it is this way for a reason. The main goal of floor finish or wax, is to prolong the life of the sealed concrete. That is why many people in the industry call it a “sacrificial wear surface.” This sacrificial wear surface is beneficial in many ways, however, once you apply it, you must reapply as your regular maintenance routine. Therefore, in most cases, we recommend our clients wait until they absolutely must apply it instead of immediately after the flooring is sealed. We do this personally at home and will recommend this to most clients.

 

What is Floor Finish Anyway?

 

Floor finish is a synthetic liquid or natural wax that is applied to the floor and dries smooth, leaving a durable and smooth film. This film acts as a protective surface from wear and makes the floor look nice. It also is a shock absorber to scuffs, scratches, and grime. Here are some benefits:

 

  • Slip-resistant
  • Adds brilliant shine
  • Protects the original floor from scuff marks and high traffic wear and tear
  • Promotes a clean environment

 

When we install your concrete floor system, we will put you in touch with Jon-Don, a janitorial service company that will help you properly maintain your concrete floor investment. Often, this will include applying a finish as your regular maintenance, especially if you are a large business, like retail or a manufacturing facility. Floor finish is usually used to maintain epoxy floors and some lightly sealed concrete, like stained concrete. However, it is not needed to maintain polished concrete floors, as the polishing process makes it so the concrete repels stains and spills, if they are wiped up right away. Talk to your floor-care professional about specific plans regarding how to extend the life of your concrete floor using floor wax!

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To review, here at Colorado Concrete Repair, we want to leave you not only with a beautiful floor for today, but also a floor care plan that will help you extend the life of your new investment. Often, a concrete floor maintenance program will require a regular application of floor finish; that way, wear and tear goes through the floor finish instead of the sealer. This makes it easy to rebuff when needed instead of replacing the sealer. We will generally recommend waiting if one can before applying floor finish, only because after you apply it, you will need to reapply often to maintain the shine and overall appearance. However, if you want to protect the sealer, floor finish is a great option because it’s easier to remove and recoat when needed. It is tough, resists detergents, and has great buffability. So, if you’re up for this floor plan regimen and you have high traffic areas, then talk to your janitorial partner to see if this option is best for you.

 

Call us today for your FREE estimate at 720-258-6571!  We’ll make sure you are satisfied from start to finish and beyond! 

 

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. 

 

Furniture Warehouse Opens 2nd Store in Parker, CO and Opts for Polished Concrete

Warehouse Polished Concrete Floor

Home Stars opened up its second location in Parker, Colorado, and chose to show off its fine collection of furniture with a polished concrete floor. We were happy to work alongside owner, Mark, and his general contractor, Bryan, to give them the floor that would stunningly show off their beautiful collection!

Polished concrete is a perfect choice for show rooms, such as a furniture show room. The main reason our client wanted polished concrete in the show room is to have it look both neutral and trendy. He wanted a floor that would show off his collection, yet still be pleasing to the eye.

Polished concrete is all the rage right now for commercial, industrial, and municipal facilities. It is relatively easy to maintain and lasts for years and years. It is designed to last 10 to 20+ years if it is maintained correctly. We even recommend our clients use a company, like Jon-Don, to get on a maintenance schedule to protect their new investment.

Mark opted for a traditional 800 grit polish for his show room. The 800 grit polish we quoted him also included flexible joint filler, so that the joints are easy to clean and look pleasing to the eye. He designed the area with bedroom alcoves on the sides, a staircase in the center, where you walk up to more inventory, and a big open room in the center, which was where we polished the concrete. We’re excited to see the final outcome because he and his team put so much work into the whole design: painting the walls, building walls, and putting in the electrical and plumbing.

We took a before and after picture to show you the progression of our polished concrete project!

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Home Stars Polished Concrete Project {Before}

 

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Home Stars Polished Concrete Project {After}

 

Thanks for reading! If you are interested in installing a polished concrete floor in your place of business, contact us at 720-258-6571!

Commercial Polished Concrete with Black Dye

Mizu, Denver Highlands Contemporary Japanese Restaurant, Polished Concrete Floor Looks Stylish and is Easy to Maintain

Commercial Polished Concrete Floors are Taking Over…Our Story Recently…

August 2016 we polished a restaurant floor for a new sushi restaurant opening in the Highlands, Denver, CO. The client chose a polished concrete with black dye to show off the beautiful and upscale style of the restaurant. The floor had mastic, or glue, on the surface that we had to remove before we started polishing. Then, we polished the restaurant floor with a traditional 800 grit polishing system and cast black dye into the concrete. We are proud to say that our client is happy with our work and even wanted us to fix up a concrete wall that he had behind the bar area. We love giving our clients the look they desire. Commercial polished concrete floors are durable, easy to clean, beautiful, and long-lasting.

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Polished concrete is a great flooring option for several different purposes: schools, auto shops, warehouses, car show rooms, retail shops, museums, and just about anywhere you can think of with a nice slab on of concrete. We have the machine and man power to beautify your concrete floor in a matter of days to weeks, depending on the size of the job. Polished concrete is green, meaning you do not need to put any other material over it. It is also a good option if you want flooring that is sturdy and lower maintenance than most. Polished concrete will stand the test of time as long as you maintain it properly. We can get you in touch with a company that provides polished concrete maintenance, so that you are worry free when you have your new floor.

 

Call us today for your FREE estimate!

Industrial Epoxy Floors for Warehouses

Is your warehouse in need of an industrial strength concrete coating? Have you thought of epoxy flooring as option?

Industrial Epoxy Floors

Colorado Concrete Repair can help you have a durable, industrial strength concrete floor for all your manufacturing needs, including heavy equipment and vehicular traffic. Businesses are choosing industrial epoxy floors to fulfill their needs to:

  • Protect their concrete floor
  • Help with slip-resistance
  • Be aesthetically pleasing to the eye
    • Make the room brighter
  • Be a durable surface that can withstand the work of machinery, oily and greasy products or product residue
  • Be low maintenance

Concrete flooring on its own is not waterproof, shows cracking and imperfections, and can be uneven in areas, preventing vehicular traffic and movement of large objects, difficult to move. Our epoxy floor systems, give you a floor that will last and a floor that will hide imperfections of the concrete below, as well as smooth it out, so that your traffic can easily ride on the surface and therefore make your day-to-day tasks more efficient.

You will also have an array of color options from which to choose. The most popular one we’ve seen with clients is gray, as you’ll see in the pictures below. This color is bright, yet does not show scuff marks and dirt as much as white, for instance.

This type of flooring is best when treated properly and maintained. We’ll help guide you to a good maintenance plan, as well as leave you worry-free for how you can move forward with taking care of it. You’ll still want to clean it as you would any flooring and you want to clean it with the right products and equipment and tools. We’ll get you going from the beginning stages of our relationship through the ending stages of the project.

Industrial Epoxy Floor Pictures

Epoxy floors are an excellent option for warehouses, where you manufacture tools and other items. Here are some pictures we took of an epoxy gray industrial coating we applied for a warehouse manufacturing facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We used an oil primer to help this coating stick to the prepped and cleaned concrete surface in this project.

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Contact us at 720-258-6571 to discuss your project needs and to schedule a free estimate!

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Office Renovations and Polished Concrete

Polished Concrete was the ideal new flooring solution for Groendyke Transport in Brighton, Colorado.

Why did they choose polished concrete for their floors as part of their overall facility renovations?

Colorado Concrete Repair was able to give Groendyke Transport an industrial polished concrete floor in their renovated office space next to the truck washing and maintenance stations in Brighton, Colorado. We just wrapped up this project, which involved removing the existing tile and carpet flooring, as well as polishing the concrete. Our crew finished the job by the deadline, so that new office furniture could be moved in and the office team members could work back in their renovated office (and out of the temporary one they had setup). Polished concrete was an optimal option for Groendyke because they wanted to make the space brighter and they did not want to invest in a flooring that would come off over time. When we finished the project, the owner mentioned that the rooms were so much brighter with the polished concrete floor, and it had a clean look to it. He also liked the exposed aggregate in sections.

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Polished concrete as a workplace flooring is a trend for a reason.

Just like Groendyke wanted an updated workplace environment and chose polished concrete as their flooring solution, many other office places across the country are turning to this flooring solution. When looking at how to update your workspace, consider removing the outdated and sometimes dirty existing flooring and polishing the concrete that lies beneath. You’ll instantly get a low maintenance floor that will last over time and provide a brighter workplace environment. You’ll see that many offices are choosing this industrial flooring solution for these reasons and the reasons Groendyke had to take this route.

Call us today at 720-258-6571 and we can help you renovate your office environment!

Check out our page about polished concrete to get more ideas!

 

Groendyke Photo Gallery:

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