Q: WHAT IS OUR LEAD TIME TO START A PROJECT?
A: It varies throughout the season but we can mobilize from as little as few days to at times up to 3 to 4 weeks lead time may be required before start. Always best to book your project in as early as possible. Please call us to check.
Q: WHAT IS POLISHED CONCRETE?
A: Polished concrete is multi step process that requires a combination of several steps of diamond grinding and then using several resin tooling to polish the concrete as shown.
Q: IS THERE DIFFERENT SHEEN LEVELS WITH POLISHED CONCRETE?
A; Yes. Since concrete can be polished and finished from 400 to 3000 grit finish you can adjust the sheen and smoothness levels of polished concrete.
Q: CAN ANY CONCRETE FLOOR BE POLISHED?
A: Not every concrete floor can be polished. Very uneven or wavy concrete slabs or badly damaged concrete may require to have the top surface of the concrete to be resurfaced with special self leveling concrete that is also polishable.
Q: IS POLISHED CONCRETE SLIPPERY WHEN WET LIKE EPOXY?
A. No. Polished concrete in not considered a slippery surface. Most polished concrete floors today are finished to 800 grit finish which is safe for both commercial and residential flooring.
Q: CAN YOU SELECT THE AMOUNT OF AGGREGATE EXPOSED IN POLISHED CONCRETE?
A: Yes. We can grind more aggressively to expose more aggregate or use less aggressive diamond tooling to expose less aggregate prior to proceeding to polishing phase of the process. Most common is what is called "salt and pepper" as shown and is considered light to medium grind.
Q: WHERE IS POLISHED CONCRETE NOT RECOMMENDED?
A. Polished concrete flooring is not recommended in commercial kitchens, automotive repair garages, residential garages or anywhere where food or any acidic liquids are likely to be spilled on regular basis. In such cases it's best to use epoxy applied onto concrete to protect such surfaces from corrosion.
Q: WHAT IS POLYASPARTIC COATING?
A: ORIGINAL POLYASPARTIC CHEMISTRY
Was originally introduced around the early 1990s making it a relatively new class of concrete coating. Polyaspartic is actually an aliphatic polyurea as it is derived from the chemical reaction of aliphatic polyisocyanate component and a polyaspartic ester component, which is a new type of amine/diamine functional coreactant for aliphatic polyisocyanate.
To make a long story short this product is superior in performance to all epoxy coatings as it is more durable, more abrasion resistant, cures more rapidly and at much lower 0C temp.
Q: WHERE IS POLYASPARTIC COATING BEST APPLICATION?
A: Polyaspartic we apply for clients in garages for premium finish in residential car garages, colder indoor environments, and on commercial job sites where rapid turn around time and extra durability is needed as versus epoxy.
What Is Concrete?
Concrete is formed using a mixture of aggregates and paste. Sand and gravel combined with water and cement will harden through a process called hydration in which the aggregates are bound together, forming what we know as concrete.
How Do You Control the Strength of Concrete?
The ratio of water to cement is the highest determining factor in the strength of the concrete. The more water, the further spacing there will be between the cement and the hydration products. It is to be noted that the workability of the cement will also be affected by such measurements. Therefore, it is crucial to have the proper balance depending on the application you are employing.
Does Concrete Have to Be Grey?
The majority of concrete mixtures are made using Portland cement, which is grey in color. Through methods of staining and adding pigments, the cement can be modified in color.
What Is Proper Concrete Curing, and Why Is It Important?
The importance of curing concrete is a determining factor in the overall strength and durability of your concrete surfaces and structures. The hydration of concrete occurs when there is a reaction between the cement water while being kept at an ideal temperature. By keeping the concrete moist during this period, it will ensure proper hydration and a solid form.
What Is a Concrete Sealer, and How Is It Applied?
The application of a concrete sealer is put in place to protect it from damage and staining. By creating an impermeable layer on the surface of your concrete, it will last longer and be much easier to maintain. Two types of sealers exist: topical and penetrating. As the names suggest, topical sealers adhere to the surface of the existing cement providing a visual enhancement while penetrating sealers use a chemical reaction to penetrate the surface.
Is Concrete Installation Affected by Weather?
During colder temperatures, it may be necessary to heat the concrete materials to complete the proper installation. The time it takes for the concrete to set may be extended. The curing process requires specific temperatures. Therefore, sheeting or insulation blankets may be used to protect the heat from escaping during colder installation periods.
How Are the Different Strengths of Concrete Produced?
Many factors can affect the strength of your concrete, even after it has been mixed. Pores are holes in the concrete that can be filled with air or water. The more porous the concrete, the less strength it will have, therefore the water to cement ratio is an important key factor when contemplating the strength of your concrete.
Other factors, such as the soundness of the aggregates, cement composition, and grinding of cement, all have an impact on the structural integrity of your concrete.
Will Concrete Crack?
When concrete is installed properly, it is one of the most durable and long-lasting products. In order to prevent cracking prematurely, it is crucial to have professionals who will follow precise guidelines every step of the way. Due to weather conditions and movement of the soil around your property, it is possible over time that cracks will appear. With Concrete Floor FX, these issues can be easily repaired.
Do Concrete Cracks Indicate a Structural Problem?
It all depends on the severity and thickness of the cracks. At times, these can be an aesthetic issue that can easily be repaired with bonding agents to prevent the crack from getting larger. It is important to have any damaged concrete looked at by a professional to assess the problem and take care of it immediately.
Why Is Concrete Better Than Asphalt for My Driveway?
When you are planning to install a new driveway, the biggest decision is what material to use. Concrete lasts much longer than asphalt and is easier to maintain and repair. The main difference between the two is the material that is used to adhere the aggregates together. While tar is cheaper than cement, the difference in quality is undeniable.
The decorative components that are possible with cement make it a highly versatile and affordable product for curb appeal.