Commercial Concrete Floors: Polishing, Painting, and Finish Options

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If you think you’re under a lot of stress, consider what commercial concrete floors have to deal with. These floors are constantly being compressed by moving machinery, foot traffic, and stationary equipment. Many other types of floors simply couldn’t handle this kind of pressure. That said, even a material as durable as concrete will wear down over time.

Various coating options are designed to help keep your concrete floors strong, clean, and looking great. Some of these options include epoxy floor paint, polyurea coatings, and concrete polishing. In order to choose the right coating for your business’ floors, you have to know something about their unique benefits. So, let’s explore each of these options for your commercial concrete floors.

Epoxy Floor Paint

Epoxy concrete floor paint has been a staple for commercial and residential concrete floors for a long time. It looks like paint but acts more like glue, providing concrete floors with a fast-drying, glossy, durable coating that’s resistant to moisture, most chemicals, and thermal shock (extreme changes in temperature). Epoxy comes in three major types, distinguished by their composition, thickness, and durability. These are solvent-based, water-based, and 100% solids epoxy. Generally speaking, installing epoxy coatings is fast and easy when handled by professionals. And you have plenty of options when it comes to color, texture, and finish. However, you will be redoing your flooring every few years if you go with epoxy floor coatings.

Penntek Polyurea Floor Coatings

For some added protection and flexibility, you might go with a polyurea coating. More specifically, Anderson Painting contractors are equipped to install Penntek polyurea chip system flooring for commercial and residential purposes. This system includes three layers of protection for concrete floors: a basecoat composed of polyurea, a blend of vinyl flakes for aesthetic purposes and added friction, and a polyaspartic polyurea topcoat to finish it off. Like epoxy floors, you have plenty of options when it comes to customization and color. The results aren’t just visually stunning but also highly durable. When properly maintained, these coatings can last over 20 years.

Concrete Polishing

Another way to maintain and protect your concrete floors is via concrete polishing. Rather than coat the concrete, this process involves grinding down the material with coarse diamond grinders. In some cases, a chemical densifier will then be applied over the smoothed down concrete floor to ensure hardness and add color if desired. In the end, concrete polishing results in a glossy, highly durable floor that’s easy to clean and resistant to all kinds of damage. A well-polished floor will last several decades, if not even longer.

The method you choose to protect your commercial concrete floors will depend on your preferences, your business’ needs, and your budget. Regardless of your choice, maintaining and protecting your concrete floors is important for your bottom line and the safety of your workers. If you need help deciding between commercial floor paint, Penntek polyurea coatings, or concrete polishing, we can run you through the details and help you make the right call. Call Anderson Painting today at 919-610-1855 or email us at!

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