How to Remediate Old Concrete Flooring in Your Commercial Facility
Concrete floors are commonplace in many commercial and industrial settings thanks to their durability, longevity, and relatively low maintenance requirements. As time goes on, however, even the toughest concrete floor will begin to wear down and reveal its age. Poor aesthetics aside, an old, worn down concrete floor can become a major liability for your business, interfering with operations and putting the health and safety of all occupants at risk. So, is it time to finally overhaul your facility’s concrete floors? Let’s explore some different methods for remediating the old concrete flooring in your commercial facility.
Fill Cracks and Holes
The most basic way to keep your concrete floors in decent shape is to simply fill any cracks on the surfaces. If your floor only suffers from some minor, isolated fracturing, these standard repairs will do the trick for the time being. Selecting the right tools and products is crucial, of course, as is properly preparing each surface in question. Epoxy and latex filler compounds are suitable for narrower, shallower cracks, whereas mortar mixes are ideal for larger cracks and chipped edges. To prepare the cracked area, clear away any loose concrete material with a hammer and chisel before rinsing it and scrubbing it with a wire brush. Then, after mixing your patching compound properly, it’s time to fill the cracks and smooth them down with a trowel or putty knife.
Repair Expansion & Control Joints
The saw-cut cracks between concrete slabs are called expansion or control joints, and they’re meant to provide some relief to your flooring to prevent fractures in the future. Of course, these joints require maintenance, too. If your old concrete floor’s joints are beginning to form new, deeper cracks, it’s imperative that you remove the old material between the joints and replace it with a new backer rod and apply fresh, high-quality caulk.
Grind and Polish
Sometimes a concrete floor restoration project warrants a more comprehensive approach. Today, more and more facilities are beginning to invest in concrete polishing and restoration, a process that involves grinding down old concrete surfaces with a diamatic concrete floor grinder and applying a concrete densifier for superior durability and shine. Concrete polishing is a relatively cost-effective and efficient process, requiring virtually zero downtime after the process is complete. When installed properly, a polished concrete floor will make your floors brighter, stronger, and easier to clean and maintain, all while enhancing your facility’s aesthetic on the whole.
Seal with Epoxy Concrete Coatings
How else can you resurface a concrete floor? Before concrete polishing really took off, the most common method for concrete floor restoration was epoxy resurfacing. Epoxy coatings and similar materials such as urethane cement are installed directly on bare concrete, sealing pores and creating a smooth, even surface that’s easy to clean and maintain. An quality epoxy floor resists moisture, chemical spills, impact, abrasion, thermal shock, and more. Moreover, these coatings come in a variety of color options, so you can transform your interior design while protecting your concrete floors for years to come.
Kaloutas Offers Concrete Solutions
There is no shortage of ways to remediate your commercial facility’s old concrete floors. Fortunately, Kaloutas can do it all. In addition to serving a wide variety of industries, our varied flooring services include:
Repairing concrete expansion joints
Concrete floor prep and polishing
Epoxy flooring installation or resurfacing, including seamless epoxy systems
We have over 30 years of direct flooring system experience and more than 3 million square feet of installations under our belts. Our contractors are also certified in a variety of specialized flooring solutions, including FloRock, Dur-A-Flex, RetroPlate, Koester moisture mitigation, Sikafloor, and much more. No matter your specific needs, we work the way you work to avoid costly shutdowns and ensure that your facility is set up for success. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us online or give us a call at 978−532−1414 today.