Polishable Concrete Overlays for Residential and Commercial Spaces

Curious about polishable concrete overlays? You’re not alone. The popularity of overlays has skyrocketed in recent years. 

Still, if you want to invest in the long-term look and durability of your floor, it’s important to prepare your floor the right way. In some cases, that means pairing concrete overlays with polyaspartic coatings that will boost the aesthetics and the durability of your floor. In others, you may want to use polishable concrete overlays to dazzle onlookers.

Want to learn how to use polishable concrete overlays and polyaspartic coatings to transform your flooring? Read on for a complete breakdown of overlays and protective coatings. 

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How to Install Stampable Concrete Overlay?

Learn how to install stampable concrete overlay and create beautiful designs for your driveway, walkway, sidewalk or patio. When resurfacing an existing interior or exterior concrete substrate, stampable overlays represent an attractive option. In this article we’ll review the installation process to allow you to create a natural masterpiece from gray concrete.

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How to Resurface Concrete Over Wood or Plywood Substrates

During renovation and remodeling of existing buildings, more and more people are looking for ways to convert their existing wood or plywood sub floors into concrete floors. The daily temperature and humidity changes cause the wood floors to move and expand under stress. The joints between boards and rough uneven surfaces become pronounced. Traditional latex-modified or gypsum based underlayments will crack along joints, break bond with lateral wood movement, and often strong enough to withstand the traffic.
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Few Tips on Polished Concrete Maintenance

Many industries around the globe are using polished concrete as a flooring option. Recently, a food store in Australia called The Rusty Fox opened in Melbourne with their floors made of polished concrete. Many retailers use polished concrete as their favored flooring option as well. Even the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has reopened with polished concrete flooring.

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How to install polishable concrete overlays

Polishable concrete overlays are becoming very popular due to their ease of maintenance and beautiful high-gloss finish, especially in high-profile retail and commercial spaces. In space where existing concrete slabs cannot be polished or if the floor has major flaws, such as spalled areas, carpet tack holes and extensive patchwork, they will still show through after polishing. And in terms of decorative options, existing polished floors are limited to the application of topical color. As an economical alternative to polishing imperfect concrete floors, more and more contractors are now installing polishable concrete overlays, not only to hide existing flaws, but also to give them more decorative versatility.

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Polishable Concrete Overlays – Testing with Lavina 25L Pro

Polished concrete floors have become immensely popular in the past 4-5 years, not only for their clean, sleek and contemporary looks, but for its effectiveness, sustainability and durability. While many concrete surfaces can be polished to a certain extent, sometimes we all run into situations where the concrete substrate is so worn out or out of level that grinding and polishing such surfaces becomes not viable economically. In such situations, self-leveling concrete overlays can be installed to level the floors and subsequently polished to create a pristine concrete floor.
 

Polishing self leveling concrete

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Installation of Self-leveling concrete over a plywood Sub-floor - Boston, MA

The following project was executed by  Tom Zilian of Madstone Floors from Boston, MA who created a polished concrete floor over a plywood substrate. In this project Tom had to remove old tile and install another layer of 3/4" thick plywood.

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Self leveling concrete over plywood floor in NYC

A plywood sub-floor can be converted into a beautiful polished concrete floor using self leveling concrete, Param 5500. Recently, Mirage Studios of Valley Stream, NY resurfaced an existing wood floor with self leveling concrete on 19th floor of a building on 3rd Avenue in NYC.
 

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How polymers in concrete overlays work?

Polymers have been used as additives in cement mortars and concrete since the 1920s when natural rubber latex was added to road paving materials. Since then there has been considerable development of polymer modification for cement and concrete. Polymer modification of cement mortar and concrete noticeably improves application and performance characteristics. These property advancements include easier handling, better finishing, higher strength and adhesion, and increased durability.

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