Epoxy flooring is the best flooring option for commercial kitchens. Epoxy flooring does not have joints like tile that will get filled with grease an will be hard to clean. There are many epoxy systems to pick from to fit the needs of the kitchen. The systems range from basic two coat applications to troweled down epoxy mortar systems for a very long lasting floor.
Epoxy Floor In Commercial Kitchen
Sealed concrete is an option for people who want a similar look to polished concrete, but with out the high cost. Sealed concrete will provide a contemporary looking floor that will be easy to clean and last up to ten years with proper maintenance.
Depending on the desired look you are looking for, the sealer can be applied with or without grinding the concrete first. If you choose to have the sealer applied without grinding the concrete, you will see move of the movement associated with troweling the concrete. If you would like to see some of the stones in the concrete, you can have us grind the concrete first, and then apply the sealer.
Here are some pictures of a sealed concrete floor. The sealer was applied without grinding the concrete.
Sealed Concrete Floor
Are you staining your concrete floors, and don’t know whether to use a gloss or matte finish sealer? There are a few things you should consider when selecting the shine level of the sealer:
The first thing you should consider is how much maintenance do you want to do on the stained concrete floors. If you decide to have a gloss finish, the floors will dim down over time and will require to re-wax the floors to bring it to the same gloss level. Stained concrete with a gloss finish sealer will look great once you put it down, but if there are going to be dogs running on the floor the shiny surface will show scratches easier than a matte finish.
The other thing you should consider is the design of the house, matte finish sealer will provide a warmer feeling to the house. This type of finish gives a more natural look to the stained concrete floor than the gloss finish sealer.
Are you thinking about sealing concrete and are not sure what type of sealer to use? Sealing concrete can be a challanging task if you do not follow the instructions from the manufacture of the sealer and use the wrong concrete floor sealer.
There are two categories of concrete floor sealers:
- Penetrating types
- Film forming types
Each type of sealer is used in different situations depending on what you are trying to achieve when sealing the concrete floor.
If you are just trying to protect concrete from salt attack and water damage, the cheapest and easiest type of concrete floor sealer to use would be a penetrating sealer. This sealer is good for maintaining concrete and will help prevent the concrete from delaminating.
Penetrating sealers are not the only type of sealer that will help keep the concrete in sound condition; film forming concrete floor sealers will also help, but they will also add other benefits:
- protect the surface from scratching
- are better at resisting harsh chemical attacks such as acid (epoxies & polyurethane’s)
- will darken and bring out the colors in stained concrete
- can be used to change the color of concrete
Film forming sealers are a little more tricky applying then penetrating sealers. You must make sure not to over apply and cross roll so you do not leave roller lines. In hot windy conditions you will also need to make sure sections of the sealer are not drying, if you apply more sealer in those areas you will have lap lines.
Today we got called to seal concrete steps with a solvent based acrylic sealer. The concrete steps were recently poured (three months ago), and there are rust spots that are starting to show on the concrete surface. The rust spots are coming from the rebar in the concrete; most likely, the rebar is not being adequately protected by the concrete allowing water and carbon dioxide gasses reaching the rebar causing it to rust.
Sealing the concrete will help prevent the rebar from coming into contact with water and carbon dioxide. Over time the rebar will continue to rust and will expand causing the concrete to start to spall. Since the rebar is already rusting the sealer will only slow down the process. We recommend sealing the concrete shortly after pouring the concrete, and also properly surrounding the rebar with concrete to add protection from water and carbon dioxide gasses.
MVL Concrete offeres concrete repair and restoration services in San Antonio, Tx. If you are having problems with your concrete, give us a call at (210)422-6116.
Concrete Steps Sealed
Concrete stains fade overtime usually because they are not maintained with a sealer (unless you used an interior stain for exterior).
If you leave concrete unsealed and as people continuously walk on the surface, the concrete will erode overtime. You can see this by looking at very old concrete and noticing that you are unable to see the broom finish that was once applied to the cream surface, instead you see the aggregate in the concrete.
When the concrete has been stained (which colors the cream of the concrete), and the cream of the concrete starts to erode, so will that stain. To prevent this from happening we apply a surface sealer on top of the concrete. Then the sealer will become the wear surface instead of the concrete, protecting the stain.
Once the sealer has been eroded, it is important to apply another coat of sealer to protect the concrete. If you don’t the concrete along with the stain will erode or fade.
For interior stained surfaces, it is easier to prevent the stain to fade because you apply the sealer to protect the stain, but then you apply multiple coats of wax to protect the sealer. You should never have to re-seal the concrete in this situation because all you have to do when the stained floor look dull is apply more coats of wax, which are easier to apply then the sealer.
For a contemporary look inside a house, solid color concrete sealers are becoming a popular choice.There are almost endless color options when using solid color sealers because they are easily tint-able like paint. Unlike concrete stains, solid color sealers will mask most imperfections in the concrete floor.
Take a look at the photos below of a room we sealed with a solid color concrete sealer.
Solid Color Concrete Sealer
Solid Color Concrete Sealer
Sealing interior concrete floors is a great contemporary look. Sealed concrete floors is a very cost affect floor that just involves cleaning the concrete and applying the sealer. There are many different sealers to choose from depending on if the owner wants I gloss finish or a matte finish. There is also the option of grinding the concrete before applying the sealer to expose some of the rocks in the concrete.
Take a look at the photo below of a recent job we completed. This concrete floor was cleaned and then had a solvent based acrylic sealer applied.
Sealed Concrete Floors
Waterproofing concrete and other masonry surfaces will help prolong the life of the the structure. Water damages concrete by slowly eroding the surface of the concrete; a lot of times you can notice the larger rocks showing in an older concrete sidewalk because the top cream of the concrete has eroded away.
Waterproofing will keep the concrete looking like it first did when it was poured. Waterproofing concrete will help prevent concrete from eroding and becoming pitted adding time to the life of the structure. Waterproofing will also help prevent the rebar in the concrete from rusting which causes the concrete to start spalling off.
Any masonry surface such as: brick, stone, concrete, and cinder block will benefit from applying a waterproofing sealer.
MVL Concrete can help restore concrete and seal the concrete to help eliminate the harm done by water, we offer waterproofing service in San Antonio, Texas.
Here are a few photos of a recent job we just completed. Before we sealed the concrete, the concrete was ground down to show some light aggregate in the concrete. You can notice in the pictures that the concrete does not appear to be grey but more of a tannish color; a lot of times when we grind the surface of the concrete off, the underlying concrete will be a tannish color.
Concrete grinding and sealing is a very affordable floor option compared to polished concrete. Polished concrete consists of going over the floor over 9 times with a concrete grinder which is very labor intensive; concrete grinding and sealing gives a similar look to polished concrete, except it only consists of going over the floor 2-3 times with a concrete grinding and then applying a film forming sealer.
Concrete Grind & Seal
Concrete Grind & Seal
Light Aggregate Exposure After Grinding