5 Benefits of Concrete Flooring That Will Surprise You

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There is a lot of information about concrete flooring that most people aren’t aware of. In addition to the lack of proper knowledge on concrete that most people share, there are also a slew of misconceptions associated with concrete and concrete flooring. Whether designing a room, renovating your home, or are a contracting debating the use of certain materials, there are significant benefits to take into consideration when concrete flooring is involved.

Below are the top five reasons concrete flooring should be considered for a variety of projects:concrete

  1. Durability – One of the best attributes of concrete flooring is its durability. Since concrete has substantial strength and resilience, it is incredibly difficult to damage, making it ideal for garages and warehouses. This prevents the possibility of chipping or scratching from falling objects, pets, or scuffs from shoes.
  2. Maintenance Not only is concrete flooring durable, but it can be easily maintained. There is not much required of a concrete floor in terms of maintaining its life besides a protective stain to be put down once or twice a year. Cleaning is easy and simple, with small messes able to be easily swept and basic cleaning solutions effortlessly removing spills and stains.
  3. Environmental Concrete flooring is typically viewed as the “green” choice of flooring options since most floor surfaces already have concrete underneath them. Therefore, installing a concrete floor usually only involves the removing of whatever surface was on top, without the process of using and wasting additional materials.
  4. Adaptability Since concrete is made from a very versatile material, concrete floors have a wide variety of design options. Most people view concrete as ugly, gray and boring; however modern concrete flooring has impressive versatility for design and décor. Before concrete mixture dries, it can be shaped into many different patterns and textural designs, or smoothed out with a top sheen.
  5. Longevity – Lastly, concrete is widely sought after as a flooring option due to its extreme longevity, an attribute ideal for many environments, such as factories, warehouses, or basements. As long as the concrete has been installed properly, it will create a floor with extraordinary resistance and an incredible life span.

Elite Crete Systems offers beautiful interior flooring, industrial coatings, and decorative concrete. Contact us today for more information at 1 888 323 4445.

Innovative Concrete Use in Versatile School Floors

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School floors covered with vinyl and carpet are largely a thing of the past. Finished concrete school floors are being seen more often in schools that range from elementary to college levels.

Resinous concrete coatings are an ideal flooring for most school areas, with few considerations. Concrete floors are durable, have aesthetic potential, and are low maintenance. This makes them ideal for hallways, auditoriums, offices, restrooms and classrooms.

Concrete in the Classroom

Carpet makes classrooms quieter, but it takes too much of a beating to be practical in classroom flooring situations. Instead, consider using carpet on walls to deaden sound, and use concrete on the floors. Colored concrete can be achieved with many different systems and can be protected to offer a long lasting high gloss shine, along with being sturdy under the beating students put on it.

If you want a warmer material for students, you can use washable cushions, mats, and rugs on top of colored concrete classroom floors. Anti-fatigue mats, usually made from rubber, will make standing on a concrete floor comfortable for teachers, says Facilities Management.

“Shop” or vocational learning classrooms are an excellent place for concrete floors with high performance coatings. Concrete also works well for electrical, janitorial, and utility spaces, where there is heavy use. Rooms like these will demand dust proofing using an epoxy or Polyaspartic as an efficient sealer.

Health Benefits of Concrete

New England’s Asthma Regional Council calls concrete flooring a top choice in schools, preferable over vinyl and carpet. Pollutants that are associated with respiratory diseases, like mildew, mold, and dust, are captured and multiply in carpeting and released into classroom air. Vinyl may also become moldy or mildew if water gets below the flooring. Vinyl is toxic, and concrete is simply a safer, healthier choice.

Concrete floors also get high marks for requiring less maintenance. They are higher in durability and they have less of an environmental impact that vinyl or carpet. High performance coatings make concrete even more durable.

Choosing Concrete School Floors

Officials who work in your schools will weigh the cost of surface prep for concrete against what seems easier – placing resilient tile flooring. However, limiting stripping, buffing, and waxing intervals will save your school a good deal of money over a year and certainly over 10 years.

This is one reason why concrete is becoming an increasingly attractive choice to those who decide what type of flooring to use in their schools. They are certainly more familiar with vinyl and carpet, but concrete flooring simply has too many benefits to overlook.

Commerical Kitchen and Food Service Flooring

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Floors play a surprisingly large role within the food service industry. They are expected to perform under pressure as they support heavy equipment, a large amount of foot traffic, and possibly extreme changes in temperature, all while staying sanitary. In many cases, only food service flooring systems equipped with concrete epoxy coatings will be capable of meeting the many requirements of this industry.

Keeping the Floors Clean in Food Service

Anytime that food is involved, it is essential to keep the area as clean as possible. A dirty floor can mean the cross contamination of food and many sick individuals. Maintaining a clean commercial kitchen floor can be extremely difficult, and much more so for a large, industrial food processing plant.

When concrete epoxy coatings are applied to the floor, this task becomes much more feasible. These food service flooring systems create one continuous floor, in which there are no cracks or crevices where dirt and grime could hide. The floor is also  protected with a topcoat that creates a moisture-resistant barrier, as regular concrete floors are porous and hold moisture and all of the bacteria carried by that moisture.

Install Floors That Are Up to Any Challenge

Concrete epoxy coatings can provide protection against much more than just moisture. These food service flooring systems are extremely durable, allowing them to continue performing, even if you have a food service facility that utilizes a lot of heavy, moving machinery. These commercial kitchen flooring systems can also remain functional for many years even if your facility has areas that go through extreme changes in temperature as in a refrigerated loading bay area.

While epoxy flooring materials can perform under a lot of pressure, if you are going to be putting an extraordinary amount of stress on your floors, you might consider using Polyaspartic coatings. These coatings actually provide even more strength and durability to your floor than Polyurethanes or epoxies.

Enjoying Strength Without Sacrificing Appearance

Whether you are installing a new floor to a commercial kitchen and restaurant dining area or in a foodservice manufacturing facility, you are still operating a business, and you want your space to look professional and appealing.

Concrete epoxy coatings provide excellent opportunities to create a world of interesting designs and patterns. The coatings can be installed in many different colors, and you can choose to incorporate various designs into the floor to make it even more unique. These innovative coatings allow you to develop a highly original floor that will also stand the test of time.

Repairing Concrete Floors Before Applying Resin Coating

Repairing Concrete Floors

Repairing concrete floors before resinous flooring is applied is essential for a proper finish.  If this is not done, the damage will most likely reflect through the resin finish.

What is the Nature of the Damage?

First, the cause and the extent of the damage must be determined. Damage can be caused by wear, abrasion, impact or exposure to chemicals. It can also be due to defects in the original work, like unsuitable aggregates, honeycombing, or voids. Once the damage has been assessed, the weak or unsound concrete must be broken out mechanically, making sure that honeycombing or voids in the slab are exposed. Damaged joints and cracks must be treated in order to make sure that there will be no future cracking or contamination of the resin floor.

What Type of Material Should Be Used in the Repair?

There are several factors that must be considered in determining the best method for repair. They include:

  • The type of resin floor that is to be installed
  • The purpose of the resin floor
  • The environmental conditions at time of repair
  • The time available to complete the repairs

If time is not of the essence, large areas are usually repaired with cement based patch material. It is critical that there is enough time for them to cure to the point where the moisture content is acceptable for the resin flooring system. Generally speaking, the time needed will be at least 1-3 days. If the repair has to be done more quickly, rapid-hardening or quick curing cement could be used. Additionally, mortars of epoxy resin might be employed. This will be considerably more expensive, but the floor can be repaired and the new resin flooring system can be installed in the same day.

Moving or Non-Moving Cracks?

Cracks that will be subject to movement in the future should be treated as joints. They need to be cut square and brought through the floor finish. Then it is sealed with a floor joint sealant. If the crack is not-moving, then it is repaired and sealed before the new resin flooring is applied. The best materials and method will depend on the dimensions of the crack. Probably the surface will have to be opened and cleaned out with a diamond blade in order to get rid of any loose materials. Then a fine epoxy mortar can be pressed into the cracks to fill and seal it. The structural engineer may also advise injecting a low-pressure epoxy resin product.

It is vital that repairs to the underlying concrete be completed properly before the resin floor system is installed. Any damage left untreated will be highly detrimental to the appearance of the new floor.

Elite Crete Systems, Inc. is a world leading developer and manufacturer of specialty high performance building products for concrete surface repair and industrial high-wear protective floor coatings.

Choosing and Maintaining Manufacturing Facilities’ Flooring

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For many businesses, it may seem natural to focus far more on the floor plan for a manufacturing facility than on the floor itself. However, this is a mistake, and sometimes a costly one. A clean and smooth floor is a functional floor. A surface that does not hold up to the workload or is not properly maintained is dangerous and reduces efficiency. When a company constructs a new manufacturing facility, it is imperative to choose the right floor for the space’s needs. It is equally essential that the company put policies in place to ensure the floor is cared for and maintained.

Prevention is Cheaper than Repair

If the manufacturing facilities’ flooring is something solid and industrial, like concrete, it can seem like a waste of time to put specific policies in the maintenance manual. However, it can actually save a company quite a bit on repairs later on. First of all, just because a floor is concrete does not mean it will not take wear and tear. Metal equipment or debris will still leave scratches or gouges, and once the surface is broken, even lighter wear can increase the damage. Joints in concrete floors also usually need special attention to make sure they are repaired whenever they show signs of deteriorating.

It costs much less to address these problems regularly when they first occur than it does to repair a heavily damaged floor, even when factoring in time and effort for employees to perform the maintenance. However, this is not the only reason that preventative care saves money. Damaged floors are not only expensive to replace, they cause other losses as well. For example, forklifts – and really, anything that has wheels and is used to move equipment or product around the floor – will need repair and replacing much more frequently if they are used on a damaged floor. Employee injury rates may increase too, if the damage to the manufacturing facilities’ flooring is severe enough to jar the equipment and cause tilting or falling.

Industrial Epoxy Floor Coatings

A company’s best option is to get a very good floor surface and clean and maintain it from the start. This would generally include a protective coating as well as a stable floor base. If a company’s manufacturing facilities’ flooring has already been installed and has had to endure bad maintenance practices, then there are still options. Calling in a professional company to repair the damage as soon as possible is still ideal. Elite Crete Systems can not only repair the floor, but also apply one of their HERMETIC™ Epoxy Industrial Flooring Systems to help seal and protect the floor from any further damage.

Using HERMETIC™ Industrial Epoxy Flooring Systems on all future manufacturing facilities’ flooring will help keep costs down even more. This floor coating creates a protective barrier and is easier to maintain than many other floorings, since it is both durable and easy to clean. It also comes in a variety of different textures depending on what a specific setting requires.