Not all of us have the luxury of laying a completely new concrete slab and giving it the polished surface of our dreams. In commercial and industrial buildings we are more often than not making the best of a bad job in the form of an older concrete floor. Sometimes the surface of that floor is slightly degraded but can be brought back to life with diamond grinding, densifying, and re-polishing but sometimes the surface is sufficiently damaged, or ugly, or just plain, that you want to completely hide it with an overlay or coated surface on top of the old slab. No problem, talk to Jacksonville Epoxy Pros and you will be amazed at the number of options that are now available compared to a couple of decades ago. As long as the underlying slab is fundamentally sound we can coat your concrete with a decorative overlay so good that you simply won't recognize your old flooring.
Also called micro toppings this is one of the most popular forms of concrete overlay. The new layer is applied in a wafer thin coat and is polymer based which means that they can flex. That can mean an end to surface cracking due to temperature changes, and makes them more suitable for walls where a certain amount of movement is normal. They totally transform the appearance but it is still necessary to have the experts from Jacksonville Epoxy Pros inspect the underlying concrete and assess whether its degradation is only superficial and it is otherwise sound enough to support the new layer. Ensuring that it is in good enough condition may or may not involve grinding down. Give us a call and we'll be happy to come and inspect your concrete as well as show you the range of colors and effects you could enjoy with a new skim coat overlay.
Thicker than a skim coat and applied as splatter coat or knock down (troweled) surface, these are about one eighth of an inch thick making them less flexible but more durable. Spray down overlays are also more skid-resistant which may be a key part of your decision if the flooring you're re-coating is used for vehicles and pedestrians, particularly in areas where it may get wet, or on gradients where traction is an issue.
Now we're getting up to the thickness of overlay that can take a texture applied to it, such as you get using stamping techniques to give it a texture resembling slate, or natural stone. Less common in industrial scenarios, this is more of an overlay technique for commercial properties in areas where the flooring is exposed to the customers.
Much thicker (up to an inch) overlay often used, as its name suggests, to correct faults in the underlying slab such as leveling an uneven surface. Unlike the other concrete coverings mentioned here this overlay has a structural purpose, not just a decorative one. Talk to Jacksonville Epoxy Pros about what kind of concrete coating can give your flooring an entirely new lease of life.