Flooring: Resurfacing, Underlayment, Polished Overlay
Polished Concrete: The Desired Finish
A high quality, beautiful floor is easy to achieve with the right materials. Knowing the materials and the correct method to prepare, install and finish, will help you professionally produce the high quality floors your client is looking for. Besides considering only the finished product, the underlayment and resurfacing is just as important. Polished concrete, the desired finishing today, is now a growing part of the flooring industry. Polished concrete involves changing a concrete floor surface, with or without aggregate exposure, to achieve a specified level of gloss. Floors can be polished using bonded abrasive polished concrete, burnished polished concrete, or hybrid polished concrete techniques.
Many facility owners and managers are seeing the long term benefits of polished concrete, such as ease and lower cost of maintenance. Another benefit often overlooked is slip coefficient. Polished concrete, when properly processed, will meet or exceed the national standards for slip coefficient, which measures the resistance accidents that happen from slipping on floors. The right concrete for resurfacing and underlayment is essential to a smooth, level floor and is the foundation for a beautiful, polished floor.
Take the Polished Concrete Overlayments Course and receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Decorative Concrete Floors
In addition to polished concrete, concrete floors can be transformed through decorative concrete, using a variety of materials and techniques, including stamped concrete, acid staining and decorative overlays. Staining concrete floors is a popular option with the results limited only by your client’s imagination. Using different colors and application techniques creates a finish that’s unique, with subtle variations across the floor. Polishing provides the finishing touch that transforms your floor into a beautiful work of art.
Compatible Solutions in One Place
Whether you are working on a floor topping, resurfacing or underlayment, you can quickly and efficiently install a flat floor. Multiple products are frequently required to provide the solutions for your project and incompatible products can be a risk to your work. Rapid Set® flooring products work together to address different floor repairs and restoration, providing a one-stop-shop for compatible solutions.
Rapid Set flooring products help you easily install concrete floors with virtually no maintenance. You can place the floor toppings the same day and polish the next day.
Product Solutions for Indoor and Outdoor Floors
For a high-quality and fast floor topping, resurfacing, or underlayment, use Rapid Set TRU Self-Leveling. Rapid Set TRU Self-Leveling gives you long flow life and working time while achieving high early strength. Rapid Set TRU Self-Leveling cures to a light off-white color that is ideal for floors that are stained, integrally colored, as well as decorative embedded aggregate flooring. It also grinds and polishes exceedingly well, making it ideal for polished decorative floors.
Use Rapid Set® Acrylic Primer to improve the adhesion of Rapid Set® TRU® Self-Leveling to properly prepared concrete. Rapid Set Acrylic Primer also seals porous concrete surfaces to prevent pinholes and bubbles from forming in the finished surface. Use Rapid Set® TRU® Epoxy Primer TXP with sand broadcast instead when Rapid Set TRU Self-Leveling will be used as a polished floor topping or over non-porous substrates. Rapid Set TRU Epoxy Primer TXP is also acceptable over moist concrete surfaces to ensure a strong adhesion between substrate and topping, and to seal porous concrete to prevent pinholes and bubbles.
For an underlayment, consider LevelFlor®. This self-leveling underlayment is used for fast-track leveling applications. You can cover it with finished flooring in about 6 to 16 hours at 70°F, depending on the floor type.
Working on jobs that have smaller repairs? Whether patching, skim coating, or pouring an underlayment, Rapid Set® Skim Coat gives you high bond strength, fast curing, and a smooth skim coat. Skim Coat lets you quickly repair, level and smooth concrete substrates before installing floor coverings. Coatings and epoxy toppings can be applied in 16 hours.
Polished concrete is proving to be a lasting trend as more establishments move to remove carpet and tile, and opt for a bare concrete floor. Armed with the right products, you can make concrete floors that are not only functional, but beautiful.