The Difference In Elite Crete Systems’ Commercial Flooring

The Difference In Elite Crete Systems' Commercial Flooring

5 Benefits of Concrete Flooring That Will Surprise You

There is a lot of information about concrete flooring that most people aren’t aware of. In addition to the lack of proper knowledge on concrete that most people share, there are also a slew of misconceptions associated with concrete and concrete flooring. Whether designing a room, renovating your home, or are a contracting debating the use of certain materials, there are significant benefits to take into consideration when concrete flooring is involved.

Below are the top five reasons concrete flooring should be considered for a variety of projects:concrete

  1. Durability – One of the best attributes of concrete flooring is its durability. Since concrete has substantial strength and resilience, it is incredibly difficult to damage, making it ideal for garages and warehouses. This prevents the possibility of chipping or scratching from falling objects, pets, or scuffs from shoes.
  2. Maintenance Not only is concrete flooring durable, but it can be easily maintained. There is not much required of a concrete floor in terms of maintaining its life besides a protective stain to be put down once or twice a year. Cleaning is easy and simple, with small messes able to be easily swept and basic cleaning solutions effortlessly removing spills and stains.
  3. Environmental Concrete flooring is typically viewed as the “green” choice of flooring options since most floor surfaces already have concrete underneath them. Therefore, installing a concrete floor usually only involves the removing of whatever surface was on top, without the process of using and wasting additional materials.
  4. Adaptability Since concrete is made from a very versatile material, concrete floors have a wide variety of design options. Most people view concrete as ugly, gray and boring; however modern concrete flooring has impressive versatility for design and décor. Before concrete mixture dries, it can be shaped into many different patterns and textural designs, or smoothed out with a top sheen.
  5. Longevity – Lastly, concrete is widely sought after as a flooring option due to its extreme longevity, an attribute ideal for many environments, such as factories, warehouses, or basements. As long as the concrete has been installed properly, it will create a floor with extraordinary resistance and an incredible life span.

Elite Crete Systems offers beautiful interior flooring, industrial coatings, and decorative concrete. Contact us today for more information at 1 888 323 4445.

4 Types of Decorative Concrete

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Concrete is one of the most versatile building and paving materials in existence but, for a long time, it was also sadly limited in terms of style and appearance. In recent years, however, there has been a huge proliferation of new decorative concrete finishes, ranging from affordable (but glamorous) to high-end with trendy effects. The goal of decorative concrete finishes is to give the plain material or existing style a total makeover, delivering a beautiful new space without the cost of replacing the concrete.

Many people don’t realize just how many decorative concrete options there are. Here are four of the most common:

1.  Acid Stain – Acid staining remains one of the most popular and attractive forms of decorative concrete finish. This is not only because it is affordable and easy to apply, but also because it is the only decorative finish that brings out the beauty of concrete itself rather than disguising it. Acid stain creates a smooth, colorful, glossy finish over concrete that is at once industrial, yet stylish. It has been used on the floors of art museums, hotels, café patios, home terraces and luxury lofts. While the variety of color tints is limited, the look shows off the raw beauty of concrete in a chic, tasteful way.

2.  Trowel-on – Another common decorative concrete finish is to trowel down a textured finish over regular concrete. This involves adding a thin layer of wear-resistant cement which is artistically troweled to mimic the patterns of natural slate or other smooth, rippled stone finishes. This coat can be tinted in a wide variety of color tones, and has been used to great effect in patios, restaurants, business lobbies and outdoor walkways around the world.

3.  Stamped overlays – What do you do if you already have a solid concrete slab laid down, but want to make it look like rows of bricks, pavers, or other stamped concrete effects? These days, you don’t have to tear out that expensive slab. You can simply top it with thin stamped overlays. Again, a thin layer of wear-resistant texture is put over the top, but rather than being troweled it is stamped with the textures of your choice. Smart combinations of colors and textures can provide the look of a flagstone courtyard, a brick walkway or natural slate pavers—complete with the stamped divide between one paver and the next—at a fraction of the cost.

4.  Knockdowns – Adding knockdowns over your concrete is like adding high quality indoor/outdoor flooring to your paved space. Available in nearly limitless varieties of tile, stone, and brick finish, these knockdowns are textured, nonslip surfaces that look amazing.

 

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Renovating Your Business Space

cafeHaving your own business can be one of the most exciting adventures of your professional career and having a business space that is inviting, unique and modern plays a key role in your company’s brand. First impressions are important in the eyes of consumers and nailing that impression right off the bat is a vital! Whether you are a seasoned business owner or are just starting out, looks matter and with that being said, you should take note of the visual appeal of your space.

Consumers take notice of how well you have everything put together from the ground up and those include the overall vibe and feel they experience when they walk into the door. From the type of flooring material you have to the color of paint on the walls, a consumer will be quick to analyze their surroundings. The visual aspects of your business space may be more important than your product/service at first. With this in mind, you should take into deep consideration of revamping your space to make that first impression great.

Start From The Bottom

First things first, you want to have an inviting floor space because it’s literally the first thing consumers will feel! Choosing a gorgeous flooring material that can provide durability and customization with your brand in mind is key; this is why you should opt for commercial floor coatings that can provide that. Choosing a poured concrete floor has more benefits than any other flooring material because it’s cost effective, easy to maintain and provides for limitless design options. Best of all, it can be installed on existing floors. Your consumers will be able to walk in, notice your unique floor and think about the quality you put into it which will set precedence for the rest of the space.

Layout

Since you have gotten the floor covered, the next step in renovating and revamping your business space in terms of furnishing. Of course you want to select the furnishings that make sense for your company. Are you a retail store, cafe, gym, haircut studio or car dealership? Depending on what you are providing will depend on how you furnish your space. While all these businesses may be different, one thing is for sure, you want to have optimal flow with a fluid layout. This means you want to be sure consumers can get to where they need to be with ease.

Implementing a fresh look and design could be exactly what your business needs which could prompt consumers to take to the streets telling others of their experience. After all, word of mouth travels fast and it’s a free advertising tactic!

Caution: Slippery Kitchen Conditions

chefA job in the restaurant industry isn’t your typical 9 to 5 desk job in an office occupation; more often than not, restaurant employees are constantly on their feet delivering food to tables, grabbing drinks at the bar or poking around the kitchen for extra bottles of ketchup. With this in mind, have you thought about the type of flooring that must be in restaurants? Imagine the times where a drink accidently spilled or a plate of food hit the ground. These incidents are common occurrences in any eatery and having a flooring surface that can handle that type of mess is important.

The safety of workers and customers is a main priority in restaurants because there’s always a chance of a slip and fall that could injury someone. Restaurants typically choose a floor that can withstand the abuse of falling food and drinks while also serving the main purpose of keeping you on your feet. Also, restaurants will often times have anti-slip flooring surfaces that combat slippery conditions at their source to keep employees and guests upright. While the dining room floor may be covered, owners must take into considered another area that takes on a heavy amount of foot traffic: the kitchen.

You can say the kitchen is the heart of a restaurant; after all, it’s where the food is made. Chefs cook all type of different food with numerous amounts of ingredients and some of those ingredients happen to be quite slippery, like vegetable oil, and if they make their way to the ground it could be a problem. Commercial kitchen floors need to handle these types of messes in terms of cleanliness and more importantly, safety. Imagine a floor that has a crack or crevice where dirt and grime could hide; this could lead to health risks because regular concrete floors can hold bacteria on their porous surfaces.

Did you know that, according to the CDC, 48 million people get sick from a food-borne illness each year? With stats like those, it’s paramount to make kitchen floors not only anti-slip, but also easy to clean up and sanitize. A commercial kitchen floor featuring an epoxy coating protects concrete with a topcoat that creates a moisture-resistant barrier—perfect for an easy clean up in a messy kitchen. This type of coating helps maintain a healthy environment where bacteria can’t thrive. Taking an extra step (literally and figuratively) in changing commercial kitchen floors could help prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses.