Commercial Decorative Floors
Many businesses are now converting practical office space from carpet to concrete. Decorative concrete is a process of turning dull gray carpet into more vibrant, attractive floor. When treated properly, concrete has many more benefits than carpet in high traffic areas. There are many different styles and techniques that can be achieved when converting boring concrete to a more appealing floor.
Carpet may seem like a logical choice when choosing a floor for a business. Although carpet does cut down on noise, it's practicality for high traffic areas are just not up to par. Carpet keeps a lot of dust and dirt, making it difficult to keep clean. Carpet must also be replaced every few years due to wear and tear.
By ripping out the carpet and cleaning the concrete underneath it, the floor can become more useful for high traffic areas. The concrete itself will usually need to be cleaned and prepped for the application of decorative concrete.
There are many different choices for commercial or industrial decorative floors. Some common choices are acid staining, epoxy floors and concrete overlays.
Acid Stained Floors For Commercial Use
Many businesses are now turning to acid stained concrete floors. This application will turn concrete into a marblized appearance. Concrete contains lime which interfaces with the acids, which in turn adds color. The acids will slowly etch the concrete and seep down into the concrete. This way the stain can not chip or scratch off. A sealant is then added after the stain dries to ensure a long lasting application. Stained concrete can be matched to any decor.
Expoxy Floors For Commercial And Industrial Use
Expoxy resins can be applied to any concrete surface to ensure a strong and durable sealer. The resins are combined with hardeners during the application. Epoxy floors will seal and repel stains, water and other chemical spills. This is widely used in factories and industrial settings due to it's strength, ability to repel spills and accessibility to create concrete dust. Epoxy floors can be made smooth or have a orange peel look. Epoxy floors are very strong and have non-slip characteristics to them.
Concrete Overlays In Commercial Settings
When an existing concrete floor is used in commercial settings and has some chips, cracks or other defects, a concrete overlay may be the best solution. Concrete overlays are thin layers of a mixture of cement, sand and polymers. This is applied topical on existing concrete that will range in thickness anywhere from 1 / 8th of an inch to a couple inches depending upon the circumstances. Concrete overlays can also be dyed certain colors to match the surrounding decor.
There are many uses for decorative concrete in commercial or industrial settings. The owner or company can decide on many options including designs, colors, sealers and finishes. Decorative concrete is used in many settings including offices buildings, restaurants, shopping malls, high rise buildings, airplane hangars, plants, factories, warehouses, garages, machine shops, schools, universities, banks and other buildings. The options can also be exercised outside of buildings too for walkways, patios, driveways, sidewalks and entryways. There are almost an endless amount of ways that decorative concrete can be utilized in a commercial setting.