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urethane concrete floor maintenance

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.

 

urethane concrete floor maintenance

 

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!

Apartment Complex Pool Deck Coating

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A Pool Deck Coating is a Perfect Option for Multi-family and Home Owner’s Associations!

Last week we finished a pool deck coating at an apartment complex in Westminster, Colorado. In only five days we transformed the 4,000 square foot deck into a beautiful, slip-resistant, and durable pool deck. This kept the property management company from having to rip out and replace the pool deck, which would have been more costly and would have made more of a disturbance in the daily operations.

 

Our crew was excited to do this project! The pool deck needed some patching and minor repairs here and there, and we were up for the task! We had beautiful weather and the on-site team was great to work with. Even the residents stopped by to say hi when they passed by, asking us lots of questions about their new pool deck coating. The pool deck needed repairs, however it was in good enough condition to opt for the pool deck resurface instead of replacing it. Some things to look for when deciding whether to replace the concrete or to resurface it with a brand new coating are:

  • How big are the repairs needed? Are there deep holes that are more structural issues rather than aesthetic and minor unevenness in the concrete? If so, replacing might be better. If there are just minor repairs, consider having us install a pool deck coating.
  • Do you have a time limit or budget you’re trying to meet? Our crew can repair and apply our sandbroadcast pool deck coating system in a matter of days, depending on how big the deck is at around $6-8/square foot, again, depending on the size.
  • Do you want your concrete to last longer without having to replace it? Our sandbroadcast pool deck coatings are durable, flexible, and beautiful. After we prep the concrete thoroughly, which can include washing it with a pressure washer, patching, and even grinding the concrete, we broadcast this quartz into the coating base. This base coating is high technology and is used for parking decks, so it is durable as they come. Here’s this pool deck in the preparation stage of the process:

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A Pool Deck Transformed

The residents at 9100 Vance in Westminster can now enjoy the pool when the management company re-opens it. Depending on the temperatures when we applied the system, pool users can use the pool as soon as 24 hours after the application is complete. *Check with us if you have questions about specific timing for your project. The residents will appreciate the new, crisp look, and will appreciate that it is even and slip-resistant.

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Call us today at 720-258-6571 for your new pool deck transformation!

A Concrete Bridge Coating – Durable and Aesthetically Pleasing!

What is a Concrete Bridge Coating Anyway?

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Bridge {After}

This is a great question! Why would you want to repair your spalling and cracked bridge vs. replace it? A concrete bridge coating might be just right for your project. Certain bridges need replaced, which you can tell if you see rust near rebar or crumbling to the point of seeing the mesh or rebar underneath. However, some bridges, have more aesthetic issues, like spalling and cracks that can be addressed with our sandbroadcast deck system. Concrete bridge coatings use our tried and true parking deck system with a sandbroadcast.

How we do it:

  1. Repair the concrete and prep it (wash the concrete, and in some cases, grind the concrete; patch the spalling areas and seal the cracks)
  2. Wash the surface again and apply our industrial strength coating system in a few steps
  3. Broadcast our locally sourced quartz or quartz color of your choice

 

We, first, repair the concrete and prep it for the sandbroadcast, which can include washing the concrete, grinding in some cases, patching the spalling areas and sealing the cracks. Second, we wash the surface again and apply our industrial coating system in a few steps. We won’t get into the nitty gritty here, but feel free to ask us questions at our consultation. Mainly, we layer heavy duty, durable epoxies on the smooth, prepped concrete, and then we broadcast in our locally sourced quartz to make the finished product durable and prolong the life of the concrete for years to come. This saves you from having to replace it, which usually will cost you at least 2-4 times as much replacing the bridge vs. repairing it.

 

A Boulder Homeowner’s Choice to Repair His Bridge

Recently we applied our sandbroadcast deck system to a Boulder homeowner’s beautiful bridge. The homeowner and his family were great to work with, as it took about a week to complete and it was one of their entrances to their industrial and modern home in a most lush, beautiful setting on the outskirts of Boulder. The homeowner in this case, chose our sandbroadcast system vs. replacing his bridge because his bridge was only spalling and starting to crack (see before picture below) and it was to the point where it could be saved with our system. If he were to have replaced it, it would have cost him more money. We charged him $10/square foot to apply our whole system, giving him 5 to 10 more years at least of good use. He was very pleased with the final result. It was a little sticky a few days after the sandbroadcast was complete because of the cool weather temperatures when we were in the process of applying the system, which is to be expected, especially in the month of October for concrete coatings, such as the sandbroadcast deck system we used for his bridge.

 

The bridge looks beautiful now and it is durable as can be! The concrete bridge coating was ideal for this family’s situation. The family can drive and walk over the bridge with confidence, knowing that even the Colorado weather will have a hard time ruining this fine finish. Call us today at 720-258-6571 to discuss your project needs! A concrete bridge coating may be just the right fit for your bridge!

 

Read More Below for Why Our Pool Deck Sandbroadcast System is Also Great for Bridges!

At around $10/square foot, maybe less if you have more square footage, you can opt for a concrete bridge repair using our durable and industrial grade sandbroadcast system, the same one we use for pool decks.

Replace It or Repair It?

Why would you want to repair your spalling and cracked bridge vs. replace it? A concrete bridge coating might be just right for your project. Certain bridges need replaced, which you can tell if you see rust near rebar or crumbling to the point of seeing the mesh or rebar underneath. However, some bridges, have more aesthetic issues, like spalling and cracks that can be addressed with our sandbroadcast deck system. Concrete bridge coatings use our tried and true parking deck system with a sandbroadcast.

 

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Bridge {Before}

 

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Bridge {After}

 

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Bridge {After}

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.

 industrial epoxy floors  industrial epoxy floors

 

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

Want Your Concrete Repairs To Hold Up

Tired of concrete repairs that need to be fixed and last? Have Colorado Concrete Repair come fix your cracks, pot holes, busted expansion joints and more. Colorado Concrete specialize’s in repairing flat work and verticals to your concrete. We can also help you with floor coatings as well. Give us a call today to take care of those problems so you don’t have to! 720.258.6571
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