What to Consider when Re-Polishing Your Industrial Floors
There are numerous ways to strengthen, enhance, and protect your industrial flooring — epoxy coatings might be the most common option here, but some facilities are better off investing in polished concrete floors instead. Choosing polished concrete for your industrial setting makes maintenance easier, increases durability, and provides a stunning shine, all while requiring less time and effort to install. Before you seal the deal, you might have a number of questions or concerns related to your facility and its operations. So, whether your polished floors could use an update or you plan on polishing them for the first time, here are some things to consider when polishing or re-polishing your industrial floors.
Are Polished Concrete Floors Right for Your Facility?
The first consideration on the docket is, of course, whether or not polished concrete is the way to go. Every facility is unique, and you must take into account the function of a given floor as well as its environmental conditions before deciding on a resurfacing method. If your facility includes cold storage, note that the cold temperatures can prevent coating systems from properly curing. In this case, concrete polishing makes more sense than epoxy coatings. Likewise, if your facility requires expensive moisture mitigation solutions but you still want high-gloss flooring, polished concrete floors may be the answer. Ultimately, polished concrete floors serve a variety of industries, such as food production facilities, breweries, retail stores, and more.
Will You Need to Temporarily Shut Down During Concrete Polishing?
Even if your floors are in desperate need of repair and resurfacing, you might hesitate to invest in this project due to fears of work stoppages. Fortunately, concrete polishing is a relatively fast and painless process. It can take several days, for a freshly-coated floor to be ready for use again. On the other hand, concrete polishing can be completed in a matter of days (or less) when performed by professionals. Best of all, polished floors are ready to use as soon as the job is done. With that in mind, your facility can remain mostly up and running during this process with minor interference.
What Does a Polished Concrete Floor Cost?
Budgetary concerns will also be high on the list of priorities when planning to polish your floors. The total cost of this project will vary depending on your location, the size of your facility, the contractor you hire, and the complexity of the project. Generally speaking, a basic polishing or re-polishing project (i.e. single layer and color) will cost between $3 and $5 per square foot, a mid-tier job will cost $5 – 8 per square foot, and a high-end polishing job might cost anywhere from $8 – 12 per square foot. These estimates are similar to those for concrete epoxy coating projects.
How Long Will Your Re-polished Floors Last?
Finally, it’s worth considering the lifespan of your newly polished concrete floors. There’s no way to know for sure, but if you take good care of your floors (i.e. regular cleaning, maintenance, repairs, etc.), your polished concrete system can remain viable for as long as two decades, if not more. This is a major improvement over standard concrete coating systems which often show signs of aging within 3 – 5 years.
Considering Concrete Polishing for Your Facility?
Polishing your industrial flooring is a powerful and efficient way to protect your floors, enhance their appearance, and significantly extend their lifespan. If these benefits sound good to you, Kaloutasis happy to further discuss concrete polishing options with you. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us here and give us a call at 978−532−1414.