Blog Post | September 6, 2017
Your Concrete Coating Company
If you are tired of looking at dull, cracked, or ugly concrete flooring, you may be wondering what your repair or replacement options are. Visible cracks and divots in your flooring do not just look bad, but they decrease your commercial or industrial space’s functionality and efficiency. Because concrete is a durable building material, patching and resurfacing options are more palatable than tearing out existing concrete and starting from scratch. With the myriad of advances in surface technology over the past couple of decades, there are now more ways to restore and refinish your concrete flooring’s appearance and functionality than ever before.
Applying a topical concrete coating can be a great way to refresh your floors. The Royale Concrete team specializes in creating custom solutions for your flooring needs. Before we lay any coatings or epoxies, we repair any cracks or divots in your current flooring to ensure a smooth surface. Another popular finish is concrete polishing, which is a type of resurfacing used to smooth away areas of degradation. Learn more about the benefits of concrete coatings, or consider if concrete polishing is a better fit for your needs.
The Difference Between Coating and Polishing
Concrete polishing is in essence, enforcing a physical change to the surface by the act of refinement. The flooring surface remains concrete upon completion, as well as a breathable surface. Polished concrete maintenance is less invasive than the surface prep and re-coating involved with topical concrete coatings. Coatings require additional down time (cure time), which is not ideal for manufacturers, or businesses that remain in production 24/7.
Concrete coating involves the application of a paint-like topical coating that provides your floors with a fresh new surface. Coatings are available in a wide variety of colors and finishes, which, depending on your project goals, is perfect for when you would like to change up the look or feel of a space. Typically, concrete coatings are opaque, meaning you cannot see the concrete surface beneath them, and they create a non-breathable layer on top of your concrete floors. Read more about the importance of surface preparation when it comes to concrete coatings succeeding or failing. Poor surface preparation or moisture issues are the main culprits of a concrete coating failing early. Hire a company who specializes in preparing your surface properly, and applying topical coatings to concrete floors.
How Do You Know What is Right for You?
If you are still torn between polishing and coating, there are a few more factors to consider that might help tilt the scales. First, you will want to decide how much (if at all) you would like to change the appearance or function of the current space. Concrete polishing will leave you with clean, shiny floors that otherwise resemble your old ones (with visible imperfections in the final smooth finish), while concrete coatings can allow you to cover up all imperfections on the current concrete’s surface.
Coatings are a popular choice because of their flexible design and pricing. Depending on the desired appearance or functionality needed, the cost of coatings can range from economical to expensive. The best finish for your floors will depend on your flooring use, desired life cycle, and cost. Whether you are interested in coating your existing concrete floors or think that polishing may be more up your alley, you will want to get in touch with an experienced surface preparation and concrete coating company. Royale Concrete will guide you through the decision process that is best for your flooring goals and objectives. Contact us today to learn more about our process, and what you can expect from our team.