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Stained Concrete Floors for Beauty and Durability

If you’re building or renovating your place of business, and are considering treatments for your business flooring that are both durable and attractive, consider stained concrete. Stained concrete floors mimic the look of natural stone, marble, wood, or other high-end building materials. This is done by incorporating color onto a concrete surface. Stained concrete floors can add a unique appearance to your business’s flooring, providing a durable finish that will stand up to the test of time.

Stained Concrete Duraamen Boston

Stained Concrete Duraamen Boston

 

 

 

 

There are two types of concrete stain:

  1. Chemical Stains: Also called acid stains, these react with the concrete through the incorporation of hydrochloric or phosphoric acids. This is the technique most commonly used when the client wants the floor to appear natural or earth-toned. The acids in the concrete mix open up pockets in the concrete that allow metallic salts to enter and then react with the material. Although results are usually very satisfactory, the color and age of the existing concrete along with the kind of aggregate that is used can affect the results. Weather conditions at the time of application, moisture, and the porousness of the existing concrete are also factors.

The translucent and variegated effects that can be produced using the acid staining method give acid staining an advantage over water-based staining, although either method can deliver very pleasing results.

  1. Water-Based Stains: Water-based stains are non-reactive, and therefore safer to use than acid-based stains. Because the color transfer doesn’t rely on chemical reactions, the results are more predictable than with an acid stain. Water-based stains won’t give the dramatic effects that you can get from acid-based staining, but you will get more uniform color.

Staining concrete is not a project recommended for do-it-yourselfers. It is essential that the technical aspects of the process are fully understood, and that the contractor has the knowledge and equipment required to carry it out effectively. In this way, the results are guaranteed.

If you are contemplating stained concrete floors in your place of business, Duraamen of Boston can advise you and work with you every step of the way to ensure that you get the stunning stained concrete floor that will delight you for a long time to come. We have the knowledge and the products needed to ensure your satisfaction, and would welcome an opportunity to serve you.

Call Duraamen of Boston today at 617-564-0650 for a free estimate. You’ll be glad you did.

Industrial Floors for Concrete Protection

When choosing a flooring system, durability, safety, and easy maintenance are paramount. An industrial concrete floor has to be able to stand up to impact that is caused by equipment and/or heavy foot traffic. It also needs to be resistant to oils and chemicals. The wrong flooring system isn’t going to deliver the proper results.

 

Duraamen Industrial Flooring

Duraamen Industrial Flooring

At Duraamen of Boston, our purpose is to ensure that our clients get the right flooring system, and that our floors meet the most stringent standards.

Concrete is a commonly used building material, but it has certain properties that make it vulnerable. Although it is very strong, it can crack and be subject to defects. If a protective coating is applied to the concrete, it becomes much more resistant to damage.

There are protective barriers that can bond with concrete in order to prevent corrosion or abrasions, while enhancing the appearance of the floor:

Trowel Applied Epoxy Mortar: This is a thick, resinous blend that is very appropriate for industrial settings where heavy wear is a concern.

High Build Epoxy: This is a system that consists of an epoxy body coat along with a protective topcoat of polyaspartics or polyurethane.

Self-Leveling Epoxy: This is used in areas where an even, seamless floor surface is essential.

Polyaspartic Systems: These provide protection and visual appeal, and are similar to epoxy in that they consist of a resinous material mixed with a catalyst.

Whatever your requirements, Duraamen of Boston has an industrial floor solution for you. There are advantages to both epoxy and polyaspartic flooring systems. Epoxy has been popular for a long time, due to its resistance to heat damage and also to damage from corrosives such as battery acid. However, it can take epoxy some time to dry (usually anywhere between 1 and 3 days). Polyaspartics also provide a durable finish, although they are equally resistant to corrosives. Polyaspartics dry very quickly, so it’s actually possible for you to be back in your place of business on the day of the installation.

Both epoxy and polyaspartics are strong on aesthetic appeal. They come in a wide range of colors, and you can even add chips to the mix in order to create a flecked effect. Polyaspartics and epoxy can also be made slip-resistant with the addition of sand or aggregates.

At Duraamen of Boston, we constantly endeavor to exceed your expectations. Contact us for any industrial flooring project, regardless of complexity or size. We offer free estimates, so give us a call at 617-564-0650.

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Polished Concrete Floors

What Is Polished Concrete?

The term Polished Concrete can be sometimes construed as something it’s not.  Polished concrete is often simply the term used for a shiny smooth concrete finish.  Whether or not a surface is polished is the context of the term.

Many concrete floor contractors around Boston, MA. believe polished concrete only refers to a mechanical grinding and honing of a concrete surface rendering it smooth and shiny.  Other designers and architects refer to a shiny finish as polished.

Either way polished concrete is a finish that transforms dull, rough or old concrete surfaces into durable, attractive, low maintenance floors.   Duraamen uses specialized polymer modified cement resurfacing systems to provide a polished look and finish.  To get a the look of “polished” you can go about it a few ways.

Polishing an existing concrete slab using colloidal silica based densifier for hardening and allowing the cement to be polished.  This is a mechanical process and will not fix the concrete nor hide imperfection in the concrete slab.

Self Leveling Concrete is a great way to renew the surface of a damaged concrete slab as well as level it to give a uniform, smooth and polished look.  Self leveling concrete floors can be polished with a mechanical polishing machine or coated to give a shine and stain resistance.

Microtoppings like Terrazzi are able to resurface an old concrete slab and provide a beautiful polished concrete surface.  These types of toppings are ideal when an engineered and controlled look is desired.

What Concrete Surfaces Can Be Polished?

With the various product and techniques available almost any concrete surface can have a polished finish.  For purely mechanical polishing the cement surface needs to be hard and in pretty good condition.  For other old, damaged surfaces you will want to focus on a resurfacing systems like self level or microtopping.

How Is Polished Concrete different than other types of floors?

For example lets compare to tile, carpet, and wood. (The top 3)

Polished concrete is harder and more durable than wood, less maintenance and easier to clean than tile and grout, and easier to clean than carpet.

Polished concrete Is permanent and can be maintained for an indefinite lifespan.

Polished floors improve ambient light with reflective qualities.  Lowers electricity costs.

What are my design options and color choices with Polished Concrete?

Boston residents and business owners use Polished Concrete in many different applications.  One of the reasons for it’s diverse use, is it’s ability to be decorative.  Concrete floors can be stained like wood and sealed for easy maintenance and to add a sheen.  Concrete floor can be carved or cut into patterns or custom designs, and different colors can be used to make almost any design.  You can do a custom border, or logo and because concrete is one large floor finish you are not limited by tile squares or planks of wood.

If you are interested in learning more about polished concrete we service:

Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and all surrounding areas.  We also have affiliate offices across the country.