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Can Concrete Polishing Help Fix the Cracks in the Flooring?


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Are you wondering whether concrete polishing might fix the cracks in your concrete surfaces? You’re in the right place.

Below, the Con-tek Floors team discusses polished concrete and what property owners can expect from these surfaces long term.

How Professionals Repair Concrete Flooring

All concrete flooring cracks eventually, first as it cures and then as the foundation settles into place. Why? Concrete has low tensile strength, which means that stress factors easily affect its composition.

Some cracks that cause chipping or that spider out may need professional intervention. For example, the floors will require some maintenance before polishing or benefiting from any concrete coating systems.

Professionals like Con-tek Floors can polish most concrete without repairing the surface first. However, our professionals will always thoroughly examine the floor before beginning any work on the project. We will discuss what the property owner wants, including how the floor might look if they choose to live with certain lines or blemishes beneath the surface.

The process of repairs before polishing is simple:

  • We identify the cracks that need repair and clean the surface thoroughly.
  • We fill the gaps with microfibers and polyurethane mixed with powdered cement color.
  • We use the colors to replicate the texture and look the owner wants to achieve.

When the floor cures, our professional grinds and polishes the repaired crack’s surface to match the rest of the flooring. Then, we continue with normal concrete polishing services.

More About Polishing Concrete The Right Way

The process of polishing concrete takes about a day and a half to complete. A professional like Con-tek Floors will prepare the floor by evening out dents and repairing cracks. They also thoroughly clean the floor before applying any flooring materials.

Polishing relies on diamond abrasives to even out minor blemishes, using finer and finer grits until the floor comes to a shine. It takes finesse and lots of experience to achieve a perfect effect, and they know just when to switch grit size for maximum shine. After that, our team will apply a sealant to the concrete flooring for durability.

Visually, the sealant absorbs into the concrete’s pores and is undetectable in the final aesthetic. The beauty of the floor comes from additional features like:

  • Attractive stains on the polished floor
  • Personalized color choice
  • An epoxy coating for more variety
  • Colored flecks for an enhanced look

The Many Benefits of Polished Concrete Floors

Is concrete polishing affordable? Absolutely. The attractive floor system is a great investment if you want a floor that lasts for years with little maintenance and impressive durability for high-traffic areas.

Polished concrete has several benefits, including the following:

  • Ideal for industrial, commercial, and residential buildings
  • Minimizes the visual impact of cracks
  • Slip-resistant, even when wet
  • Resists shedding dust more than untreated concrete
  • Fewer maintenance requirements aside from buffing every few years

It is a great idea to use a stain, as this seeps into the pores of the surface to last much longer. Even when the concrete chips, the floor is unlikely to lose its color with the stain embedded so deeply. Polishing concrete also adds several benefits over untreated concrete floors for a worry-free foundation that enhances any home or workspace.

So, Does The Polishing Process Repair A Concrete Floor?

The polishing process alone does not fix cracks in concrete. However, the right company will be sure to fix any cracks before they begin polishing the surface. Additionally, a team like Con-tek Floors can polish concrete with cracks still in it when the unique visual effect is attractive to that particular residential or commercial property owner.

Repairing cracks in concrete floors is a simple process but needs some skill and experience to perfect. At Con-tek Floors, we have years of training and experience in getting a floor to precisely the right condition and smoothness to handle an epoxy coating or another floor coating option. Why not consider what you want to use the floor for to see whether one of our epoxy concrete coating systems would suit your needs?

Polishing is an excellent choice for concrete floors for the following reasons:

  • Withstands contact with chemicals and other liquids
  • Durable under heavy foot traffic or machinery
  • Reflects light to brighten the space
  • Mitigates allergens
  • Lends itself to customization
  • Attractive in a large, open space like a garage or warehouse

Would you like to know more about our concrete flooring options? Call Con-tek Floors at (970) 632-0648 today for more about concrete polishing, stain options, and more in Fort Collins, Greeley, Longmont, Loveland, and Windsor, CO. 

What are concrete coatings?

Our epoxy floor coatings are a concrete resurfacing option that is installed over existing concrete floors for both interior and exterior concrete. All of our coatings are installed by hand (we do not use any stamps), thus giving our clients a true, one-of-a-kind floor. We install a wide range of flooring systems such as: 100% solid epoxy, concrete stain, acrylic cement, and rubber based products.

Clients have the ability to customize any coating with our various color options and design techniques. Concrete Coatings are used not only in residential, but industrial and recreational settings as well. ConTek Coating uses only the highest quality, industrial products on the market to ensure every customer is getting the best value.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Durable Are Your Epoxy Concrete Coating Systems??

We use only industrial products on all of our epoxy floor projects. They are designed to give clients the most value and longevity over any other coating material on the market. Just to give you an idea of how strong our products are, we installed an epoxy flake floor in the garage of a Fire Station in 2008 to protect the firehouse’s garage from dirt, debris, salt, and the extreme work environment. Due to our expertise and industrial coatings, we have yet to receive a repair call. Those same products are used in all of our residential projects.

How long does a typical epoxy flooring project take to complete?

A typical residential project takes approximately 3 – 5 days to complete depending on several variables. Variables include, but are not limited to: size of job, repairs and/or preparation requirements, weather, additional design details, customer requests, etc.

What if I already have an existing concrete coating?

We must grind off any existing coating and repair materials before we can install any of our concrete coatings. This ensures the integrity and longevity of our flooring systems.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

If using 100% solids epoxy, your floor will be cured and walkable in about 12-18 hours. You can return to full heavy traffic after about 24 - 72 hours. Wait for at least 24 hours before moving light weight furniture on your brand new concrete coating flooring. Before moving anything heavy (car, equipment and furniture).

How do you prepare concrete for resurfacing?

We start every project by first preparing the concrete for our products. It is imperative that we have a fresh concrete surface before installing our concrete coatings on your project – this will allow our products to have only the BEST mechanical bond.

We spend approximately 66% of the project prepping your floor which may either be by diamond grinding or shot grinding the concrete (depending on the location of the project) and in some cases we do both! Some contractors will come in and just acid wash or not even prep your floor – we get calls all the time about botched installs with customers asking if we can save their project; we must start fresh every time.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

What If My Concrete Floor Has Cracks, Chips And Is Old?

No worries, we are experts in repairing existing problem areas of concrete. In some cases we have been found to be a cheaper alternative over tearing out and replacing existing slabs of concrete. Once we have saved your concrete we then install our decorative designs to hide the flaws and repairs.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping or mopping. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Epoxy floor coatings are extremely resistant to most hazards, including cleaners, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and even most industrial chemicals. Our epoxy concrete coatings system is both oil and moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyurea Coatings?

Andy Phelan, director of business development and training at Rhino Linings Corporation, explains, “Polyurea was invented in the early 1980s when a less moisture-sensitive form of polyurethane was desired. By replacing the hydroxyl group in the urethane with an amine group, a product we now call polyurea was formed.

What Are Polyurea Concrete Coatings?

Polyurea is useful for concrete floors, as it quickly and strongly bonds to concrete while providing a smooth, virtually impermeable surface that protects the floor from impact, water damage, chemicals, heat, and sunlight.

What Types Of Environments Can Epoxy Floor Coatings Be Used?

Epoxy flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts or garages.

How Are Epoxy Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Epoxy Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, prime floor with epoxy primer, fill all cracks, holes with epoxy grout, then apply epoxy paint. 

Can I Apply Epoxy Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Epoxy can be used at cold temperatures but must be handled and applied with techniques adapted to cold temperatures.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Epoxy Floor Coating?

Installing Epoxy Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! 

Does My Concrete Floor Coating Come With A Warranty?

We provide a 10 year warranty on your concrete floor coatings against peeling, delamination and wear for as long as you own your home.

Where We Service

We service Weld County, CO cities and the surrounding areas including:

Weld County, CO

Location

Con-tek Coating and Polishing of Greeley, CO

EVERY job is done right and our customers are 100% Satisfied.

710 11th Ave Ste. E302, Greeley, CO

Our List of Services

Here are the Different Services We Offer!

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High-Performance Coating

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Industrial Floor Coating

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USDA Approved Coatings

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Polished Concrete

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ESD Coatings

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Diamond Grinding

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Line Striping

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Corrosion Resistant Coatings

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Waterproof Deck Coatings

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Non-Slip Safety Coatings

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Moisture Vapor Barriers

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Impact Resistant Coatings

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Crack Bridging & Joint Fill

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Mastic & Glue Removal

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Shotblasting

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Surface Prep

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"Austin applied a polyaspartic epoxy solid-color coating to our garage. The work -- which included grinding off the old coating and the application of three coats of polyaspartic (primer coat + 2) -- was done meticulously. The new coating looks great and the sand added to the primer coat has eliminated the slippery nature of the old coating. Austin was exceptional to deal with from start to finish. He communicated by phone, e-mail & text...always in a timely and totally professional manner. I highly recommend this company."

Robert M.
Verified Client

"Finally built a shop and I had the concrete floor coated by Con-tek Floors. No regrets, awesome job! I am a very detailed person and Austin did a great job. You can tell he takes great pride in his work. Great customer service. I highly recommend Con-tek Floors!"

Craig B.
Verified Client

"We hired Austin to level our basement floors before we installed vinyl flooring. He was on time, a pleasure to work with, clean, reasonable and our basement floors look amazing. We recommend and we would use his services again. After the floors were completed he was kind enough to drop off a thank you and some delicious coffee for us try. Thank you Austin!"

Katrina Y.
Verified Client