Diamond Concrete Polishing
Polished concrete is concrete that has been treated with a chemical densifier and ground with progressively finer grinding tools to a smooth glossy surface, often to a highly reflective polish. Typically, concrete is not considered polished before 400 grit, and it is normally finished to either the 800, 1500, or 3000 grit level. Stains or dyes are often applied to enhance polished concrete, and there are other options icluding scoring, creating radial lines, grids, bands, borders or other creative designs. Polished concrete is considered a great design flooring option because it makes use of materials already present. Most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab so polishing the exposed concrete eliminates the energy and material consumed by applying a floor covering. Polished concrete floors are low maintenance, as they are more durable and easier to clean that most flooring options. Its relatively high coefficient of friction can make it non-slippery. Polished concrete reduces dust mite and allergen problems and does not support mold growth. evidence suggests that using highly reflective polished concrete flooring reduces lighting needs and improves natural lighting. Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and does not chip or dent like softer materials such as wood or tile. LEED 2009 standards contain guidelines for using polished concrete flooring to qualify for LEED credits.
Exterior Colored and Sealed Concrete
We use a high quality exterior colorant and sealer. Our colorant penetrates concrete surfaces and bonds tightly to concrete. The colorant introduces color into the concrete surface, and can be applied multiple times to build up color. Used in conjunction with our surface sealer, the surface will exhibit optimum water,
oil and chemical resistance leaving a rich color and excellent durability.
Old, worn, cracked, or even new concrete can be made like new again, or beautifully enhanced with the application of a concrete overlay. Just about any look imaginable can be achieved by using the huge array of surface additives and effects with an overlay. Although cement-based overlays have been around for decades, many of today’s systems blend polymer resins with cement, sand, and other additives to improve performance, wear resistance, and aesthetic qualities. A polymer-modified overlay can be applied in layers as thin as a credit card or up to several inches thick without delamination or failure. It will adhere well to existing concrete and resist damage from salt, chemicals, UV exposure, freeze-thaw conditions, and abrasion, and can also be polished to a mirror-like finish.
Terrazzo is a faux marble flooring or countertop material. Terrazzo workers create walkways, floors, patios, and panels by exposing marble chips and other fine aggreagates on the surface of finished concrete or epoxy resin. Much of the preliminary work of terrazzo workers is similar to that of cement masons. Marble-chip cementitious terrazzo requires 3 layers of materials: A solid level concrete foundation that is 3 to 4 inches deep; a one inch layer of sandy concrete embedded with metal strips where there is to be a joint or color change; and a final layer of finely blended marble chips in a color pigmented mixture. While the last layer is still wet, additional marble chips are tossed on the entire surface and levelled with a roller.
We design and install custom borders, logos and designs permanently on polished concrete. We can do school mascots, fire or police department insignia, corporate logos, or even your favorite motorcycle or sportscar emblems on your shop floor. This technique uses computer generated stencils to achieve high quality detailed graphics. This looks awesome on a highly polished concrete floor.
Joint Sealants and Epoxy Morter Repairs
We use concrete joint sealants to seal concrete expansion joints and concrete contraction joints in concrete floors and concrete walls That is an important part of maintaining the durability of the concrete. Installing the proper kind of concrete joint sealant will help protect the structure from moisture damage caused by rain, wind, gravity, capillary force, and surface tension. We install sealants in new or old concrete joints, and repair joints and cracks in existing slabs.
Concrete Restoration and Floor Removal & Demolition
Restoration by grinding off delaminating surfaces, profile grinding, leveling, patching, restoring with overlays, etc…
We remove VCT, ceramic tile, wood, marble, epoxy, glue, mastic, laminate, carpet, tervertine, terrazzo, and other coatings. Call for information!