Concrete Floor Finishes – What is Best for Your Commercial Building?

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The right floor finish can be the difference between a great-looking building and one that is outdated. Concrete floors are common in commercial buildings, but there are several different types of finishes to choose from when deciding what type of concrete floor you should have installed. 

There are many different types of commercial floor finishes for your business. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to consider all the options before you decide. Read on to learn about some of the most common concrete floor finishes and which one may be best suited for your building type and needs. 

painted concrete floor

Painting

Concrete painting can be done with many different paint brands and systems, but typically epoxy paints are used. These types of paints look like traditional ones yet have a unique advantage; they dry faster and more securely than others to ensure your project lasts longer and is more durable. You can incorporate different colors into epoxy paints or include aggregates, such as marble, recycled glass, or mother of pearl for an added finish that dazzles.

Epoxy is a great choice for those who need their floors to be virtually indestructible. It can hold up under heavy weights and installations, making it perfect in commercial or industrial spaces that require minimal maintenance. Durability is the main benefit to using epoxy-painted flooring, but manufacturers have developed epoxy paints to also be beautiful and work well in spaces that benefit from that aesthetic quality, like restaurants and retails stores

stained concrete floor

Staining

Paint is added to the top of a concrete surface, while finishes like stain or dye seep into the porous surface to create a look that’s unique from other options. With staining, colors can be mixed together to create a look that is completely customized. The advantage to a stain is that these products are scratch-resistant and can cover cracks making them virtually indestructible. This method is a good choice for both indoor and outdoor areas. 

polishing concrete floor

Polishes

When you are in the market for an affordable flooring option, polishing should be considered. This method of floor care does not require finishing or waxing, making it an easy-care solution. Professional contractors grind the surface to create a high-gloss finish, which can be done on new concrete as well as existing concrete in need of refinishing. Since this option is both cost-effective and requires minimal maintenance, many wellness and healthcare facilities see this as a viable option for their flooring needs.

sealing concrete floor

Sealants

A crucial step in the upkeep and maintenance of any concrete floor is sealants. Since concrete is a porous material, it tends to absorb and retain liquids or substances that can stain and tarnish your concrete. Sealing concrete is a great option to protect your floor from unwanted elements to ensure a well-protected floor for years to come.

Newly installed floors should be sealed to protect them from dirt, chemicals, or other elements that may damage your investment with time; however, this does not mean they cannot tolerate some wear and tear so long as you keep up with regular cleaning as part of the routine maintenance of your building. 

Sealants come in various finishes such as clearcoat along with tinted formulas, providing higher levels of protection against stains. Depending on your facility’s uses, a sealant may be a good option if changing your floor finish regularly is preferred.

When it comes to choosing the best flooring option for your business, it’s important to take into consideration how durable each option is against foot traffic, chemical damage, stains, and more. Depending on what type of commercial property you own or manage, some options may work better than others. 

Due to the complex nature of refinishing or adding a finish to concrete flooring, it is always recommended this project be done by a professional team that understands your needs. If you’re not sure which type of flooring would work best for your space, contact our team today!

Streamline Painting offers a variety of services, all of which come with a guarantee as big as Texas. Our high standards go above and beyond the call of duty every time as we offer affordable price estimates, personalized options to meet your budget needs, and warranties on materials and labor. Contact our commercial professionals and get your next commercial project started today!

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