- Restaurant and cafeteria seating areas
- Department and retail stores
- Museums and galleries
- Commercial lobbies and office areas
- Show rooms and meeting facilities
Decorative Stains and Designs
Concrete is one of the world’s most used materials and is found in almost every construction project. Because of its chemistry, it is one of the only materials that with time become stronger and harder. Polished concrete is a vastly growing market and, has come a long way in the last decade or so. With new technologies in diamonds and resins, polished concrete is now becoming a very appealing finish to existing and new concrete floors. Polished concrete has a glossy, sealed and natural looking appearance. Contractors use heavy duty planetary grinding machines connected to H.E.P.A dustless vacuums, with the use of diamond cutting heads, the top layer of concrete is removed to expose the aggregate. Once a desired look is achieved the operator switches from diamond metal cutting heads to a resin bonded head where the polishing steps begin and the end result is a smooth, high-sheen, sealed and natural looking concrete floor. Polished concrete is a floor that is environmentally friendly, user friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and durable.
Decorative staining of concrete isn’t a new trend, this is a technique that has been around for some time and, it is recently becoming a hot trend. Concrete staining is the use of either an acid or water based stain, where the stain is applied to the concrete during a step of preparation and the stain absorbs into the concrete, (note with acid you colour selections are limited). Rather than produce a solid, opaque effect like paint or colored coatings, stains permeate the concrete to fill it with rich, deep, translucent tones. Even when treated with the same staining product in the same shade, no two concrete floors will look alike due to factors such as the composition and age of the concrete and surface porosity. Professionals will have their opinions as to what stain works best (acid or water-base) but, ultimately it is the installer that must take into account the scope of work, environment and the service of the floor, this will help in the selection of what kind of stain to use.