Concrete flooring continues to be a popular flooring choice, especially in commercial buildings. Polished concrete floors are durable, require minimal maintenance, and can last up to many years. This, as well as the aesthetics they offer, make polished concrete floors such a sought after flooring solution.
At Custom Concrete Creations, we offer a variety of concrete flooring services. From polished concrete to woodcrete, installations to flooring removals, we are here to help you transform your commercial space. While polished concrete floors offer a great amount of benefits, these floors still need to be properly installed by a polished concrete professional. Below, we go over some questions you should ask before hiring a polished concrete expert!
Are they experienced?
The first thing you need to make sure of when hiring a polished concrete flooring contractor is if they have extensive experience. Be sure to look at what they have done in the past and see if it aligns with what you want to have done. Also, always make sure that they have the proper certifications or training that they need to do the job you are hiring them for. You never want to hire someone who doesn’t have the proper training and experience because you could end up with something you aren’t happy with.
Can they provide references?
When hiring a concrete company, another question that is good to ask is if they can provide you with a list of references. This list doesn’t need to be extensive, but by providing you with a few past clients, you can contact them and gain a better understanding of the company, the installation process, and see if they were happy with the job they did.
Do they test for moisture?
Concrete is a porous material, which means that when it is not sealed, it can absorb water and moisture. If the concrete is sealed with any type of moisture in it, you will be left with a mess. It is super important that whoever you hire will test your existing concrete to ensure that it is in proper condition to be sealed, polished or stained.
Do they fill joints?
Something that is important to the health of your polished concrete floors is having proper joint filling because that is where delamination is most likely to occur. Another important question to ask is what they use to fill those joints,specifically Polyurea joint sealants. This can also affect how long it will last.
How do they prep the floor?
It is important that your concrete is properly prepared before the sealing process begins. If not, you could be left with debris underneath, bubbling, or more chance of delamination. The typical process is either sweeping or vacuuming to remove any loose debris, then scrubbing the surface with a cleaner and a stiff bristled brush to remove anything that is stuck on. Next, you will want to rinse, remove excess water and wait for the concrete to fully dry.
What coating systems are they using?
There are several different types of systems that can be used. Some require a base coat, others don’t. Some sealants will need to be reapplied more often than others. You want to be sure that you know exactly what type of coating system is being used to be sure that it fits your needs.
Do they guarantee their work in writing?
Lastly, it’s important to ask your concrete company if they have written contracts in which they guarantee their work in writing. This is very important to ensure that the company will do as they say.
When searching for a concrete company to install new polished concrete floors in your commercial building, be sure you are asking these questions to ensure you are choosing a quality and trustworthy company!
At Custom Concrete Creations, we have worked on countless commercial projects over the years. We have installed many concrete creations in states across the American Midwest. If you are looking for a quality concrete flooring company to take over your next project, give our team a call today!