Top 3 Applications for Concrete Polishing
In previous blogs, we’ve discussed the many ways in which polished concrete floors can benefit your facility. Polished floors are durable, aesthetically appealing, low-maintenance, and more. That said, concrete polishing might not be right for every facility – facilities that deal with aggressive chemicals, for instance, are better off with other floor coating solutions. Conversely, some facilities stand to benefit the most from concrete polishing due to particular circumstances. Let’s explore the top three scenarios that should cause you to consider concrete polishing for your facility flooring.
Top 3 Reasons to Consider Concrete Polishing for Your Facility
1. Facilities That Require Zero Work Stoppage
No one likes shutting down their business, even if only for a short period of time. Ceasing operations can become quite costly, after all. Of course, some facilities deal with temporary shutdowns more often than others. If you happen to run a business that never (or barely) turns its lights off, you have to carefully plan every repair and renovation to prevent them from interfering with your operations. When it comes to traditional floor repair and resurfacing projects, this can be a problem. Floor coatings such as epoxy or urethane cement can take a while not only to install but also to cure, getting in the way of your workers and customers. Concrete polishing solutions, on the other hand, don’t require this extended time to dry or cure. Once floors have been completely polished and cleaned up, they’re ready to use immediately. So, if your facility has areas that cannot be shut down long enough for a coating system to cure, concrete polishing might be the optimal alternative.
2. Facilities with Cold Storage Units
As mentioned earlier, polished concrete solutions typically don’t do well against harsh chemicals. On the other hand, polished floors can do quite well in extremely cold environments – this isn’t the case for standard coating systems. Indeed, most epoxy coatings cannot properly cure in temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, the concrete polishing process can take place in colder environments without issue. As such, polished concrete floors are a great choice for the coldest areas of your facility, including freezers and other types of cold storage units.
3. Facilities with High-Moisture Vapor Drive
Enough moisture can cause major problems for your facility flooring, especially if said flooring is sealed with concrete coatings. While these coatings work wonders to protect your concrete floors from overhead moisture intrusion, they won’t prevent water vapor from underneath your floors from rising to the surface and causing damage from within. A state-of-the-art moisture mitigation system can help reduce this vapor drive, but such systems are costly to install and maintain. The good news is polished concrete floors allow the slab to breath so there is no need to be concerned with moisture mitigation.. They’re also superior at maintaining their glossy finish over years of wear and tear.
Is Concrete Polishing what Your Facility Needs?
If your facility can’t afford extended downtime, features cold storage units, and/or contends with high-moisture vapor drive, it could probably use polished concrete floors (so long as said floors won’t be around abrasive chemicals on a regular basis). And if you’re looking for the best concrete polisher in the New England area, look no further than Kaloutas. Whether we’re tasked with industrial painting, fireproofing, flooring, cleaning, caulking, containment, etc., we work the way you work to guarantee zero work stoppage and the best results possible.
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