Infographic: The Importance of Protecting Your Commercial Flooring

By maintaining your commercial flooring, you can reduce the risk of costly damages down the road. View our infographic below to get a better understanding of how you should protect your commercial flooring.

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4 Amazing Uses for Decorative Concrete

Spring is here, and for most of us that means getting ready for a season of summer fun. If you’re a homeowner, one of the best ways to enjoy that season is to make sure you have a nice outdoor space. And decorative concrete can help make that space possible, without a big price tag. Here are four amazing ways that decorative concrete can transform your yard:

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1. A prettier, more affordable patio – We’d all like to have a beautiful patio where we can enjoy cookouts, read a book in the shade or just invite a few friends over for drinks. But a patio presents a classic conundrum: do you make it out of brick or paver stones, which are expensive and high maintenance, or affordable cement or asphalt, which is drab to look at? Decorative concrete offers the perfect solution. Affordable, water resistant and easy to maintain, it’s the perfect building material—and it’s also gorgeous. Simply by choosing the right decorative finish or wash, you can have a concrete patio that is as artistic as it is solid. It will be the visually striking star attraction, not just the place you put the table and chairs.

2. Contoured walkways to hug the landscaping – If you garden or invest in your landscaping, then you know that a nice walkway makes a garden far more enjoyable. However, a typical paved pathway is a straight line—not ideal for meandering through trees or hugging the organic shape of bills, berms or water features. Of course, it’s possible to cut stones and pavers to make curved walkways, but it’s not easy. Concrete, on the other hand, can easily be poured in any course you choose, and with a decorative finish it will add a fairytale touch to your garden.

3. The outdoor kitchen of your dreams – Wouldn’t it be nice to have a proper outdoor kitchen for spring and summer get-togethers? An outdoor kitchen allows you to prepare food while socializing with guests, keeps the house tidy, and makes cleanup a snap. And they don’t have to be expensive. Decorative concrete can be used for the counters as well as the floor, sealed to be smooth and water-resistant, making them great work surfaces as well as pleasant to look at.

4. Creative steps and architectural flourishes – Remember, concrete can be made into virtually any shape, including graceful steps, front porches with low sides, or walls pierced with openings or lights. When using decorative concrete to design your outdoor space, your imagination really is the limit.

What are you picturing for your outdoor space? Check out our options at Elite Crete Systems to make your dreams for the perfect patio and garden come true!

5 Benefits of Choosing Epoxy Garage Floors for Your Commercial Garage, Shop or Automotive Showroom

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Take a minute to look at the floor in your commercial garage, shop or automotive showroom. Is the floor unsightly, dirty and stained? If so, consider revamping your commercial space with an epoxy coating. A professionally formulated epoxy coating will transform your grim space into a professional looking space and give you a floor that’s extremely tough, durable and long lasting.

Consider these benefits of epoxy garage floors:

1. Extremely robust and durable – Epoxy garage floors are exceptionally resilient and durable, so they can withstand heavy equipment and machinery and high traffic. The epoxy coating is also very tough against impacts, stains, cracks, chemicals and surface abrasions. You don’t have to worry about dropping your heavy tools or applying too must pressure to your floor.

2. Moisture and stain resistant – An epoxy coating is naturally moisture and stain resistant, which makes it the ideal choice for garage floors that experience frequent leaks and spills. It’s highly resistant to deicing slats, water, petrochemical spills, as well as other contaminates. Anything that falls on your epoxy floor can be easily wiped up with soap and water.

3. Resurfacing qualities – For commercial floors that are stained, cracked or damaged, an epoxy coating is a great way to repair your existing floor. Because they are self-leveling, epoxy coatings deliver an even, polished finish that will cover up any marks and damages on your floor.

4. Unlimited designs – Epoxy coatings are great for existing and new garage floors. With virtually unlimited designs, you can personalize your space with any pattern or color you’d like. We can even incorporate your custom logo for a space that’s branded and professional.

5. Quick installation – Epoxy flooring is quick and easy to install, so you won’t have to shut down your production for installation. You can go about your daily routines as usual.

To get an epoxy floor for your commercial space, contact Elite Crete Systems. Our epoxy coatings are formulated to be strong, attractive, non-slip and long lasting.

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.

 

What is your favorite concrete finish?

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.