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3 Industrial Concrete Flooring Options with Decorative Concrete

industrial concrete flooring Industrial flooring systems have different needs than residential or even commercial concrete flooring systems.  Often times, industrial concrete flooring systems demand higher performance from the concrete – but that doesn’t stop it from having a decorative finish.  There are high performance decorative solutions for industrial concrete flooring that can meet the needs of any industry.

Industry Uses of Decorative Concrete Flooring

We’re often asked which industries are a “good fit” for industrial concrete flooring systems.  Many people first think of a warehouse when they think of industrial concrete flooring, but when decorative applications are factored in, taking high performance concrete with pristine design and color combinations, the industries which can benefit from these concrete flooring systems are nearly endless!

  • Aerospace and Aviation hangars
  • Agricultural processing plants, distilleries, and wineries
  • Automotive factories, service departments, and showrooms
  • Education campuses and student housing
  • Healthcare facilities, hospitals, and laboratories
  • Hospitality patios, facilities, and pools
  • Entertainment theme parks, water parks, and wintery tasting rooms
  • Warehouses, barrel storage rooms, and garages

Types of Decorative Concrete

In industrial concrete applications, we have three decorative concrete choices we suggest the most often: polished concrete, stained concrete, and epoxy flooring.  These three decorative concrete solutions offer a variety of color choices including mixed-in color and additional flake in some cases (see our gallery here) without losing the high performance integrity of the concrete.  And if you have existing concrete you are looking to restore and apply a decorative finish to, these decorative finishes can still be an option.

Polished Concrete for Industrial Applications

Existing concrete flooring can be brought back to life and improved to meet the high performance demands of industrial flooring through polishing.  HTC Superfloor™ is an economical, environmentally friendly, and durable concrete polishing system we use which mechanically strips away the concrete paste on the surface to expose the stronger layer beneath.  This stronger concrete layer is then polished to a beautiful, easy to maintain shine (no wax needed).  HTC Superfloor concrete polishing has been used on the museum flooring underneath massive tanks. In very large-scale industrial applications with existing concrete, concrete polishing can provide a better appearance and more durability.

We also use RetroPlate™ systems for concrete polishing.  Some industries will find their system offers a better benefit for the job.  Like HTC Superfloor, Retroplate will strip away the top surface of concrete paste to expose the lower, stronger layer of concrete, but RetroPlate uses mechanical and chemical components getting deeper into the existing concrete flooring for a deeper restoration process.  RetroPlate also meets OSHA and ADA SCOF standards and qualifies for use on LEED projects which may be important in your industrial application.

Stained Concrete for Industrial Applications

In many polished concrete flooring applications, the final product remains gray although it will have a beautiful glossy shine.  Enter concrete stain.  Acid staining concrete becomes a permanent part of the concrete and won’t face, chip, or peel away like paint, which is what makes stained concrete a perfect decorative solution for industrial concrete applications. Acid staining concrete is where the creativity and uniqueness of your industry comes into play as the color choices and designs are endless.  Custom walking paths can be etched with acid stain into a large polished walkway at an aquarium without breaking apart any existing concrete slab.  Branded colors and logos can be put into flooring like a seal at the center of a business or at an entryway to greet employees or customers.  But it is important to know that stained concrete is not as strong as unstained polished concrete and does require some care and maintenance to maintain the vivid colors once complete.  We recommend using a sealer over stained concrete.  The frequency depends on the location: UV exposure, foot traffic, chemical spills like wine, etc.

Epoxy Flooring for Industrial Applications

In industrial flooring environments where heavy objects might be dropped, oils might spill, and acidic compounds might stain, our clients often choose epoxy flooring.  Epoxy flooring has a high compressive strength while also resisting drops and spills, which is why we install it in commercial and industrial garages, hospitals, kitchens, and agricultural plants (especially for wineries here in Paso Robles).  Epoxy flooring offers singular flat colors with a high gloss shine, or they can be mixed with large or fine-grit flakes in a spectrum of colors, including pearlescent and metallic, which opens up a world of color design in epoxy flooring.

Industrial Concrete Flooring Doesn’t Have to be Dull!

We’ve just gone over our three most common solutions for providing decorative concrete flooring in industrial applications.  These are relatively quick jobs, even on the large-scale of an industrial job, so there is no reason why your business needs to suffer from dull flooring that is difficult to maintain, chips under pressure, and maybe even needs maintenance for cracks.  Industrial flooring has the highest demands of any concrete flooring and shouldn’t be neglected.  It carries the heaviest load of any system in your business!

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What the Wine Industry Needs to Know About Stamped Concrete

stamped concrete wineryStamped Concrete is possibly the most common form of decorative concrete in use, which means if you own or manage a wine tasting room, you likely have a slab of stamped concrete around.  If so, do you know how to properly maintain it?  And if you’re looking at adding new flooring in or around your wine tasting room, is stamped concrete a good option for you?  The experts at Pristine Concrete are here to help!  We’re located in the heart of wine country: Paso Robles, California, so we understand the needs of wine tasting rooms and we’re experts on concrete.

 

What is Stamped Concrete?

Let’s start with the basics: what is stamped concrete?  Stamped concrete is a poured concrete that has been custom fit into a slab of any shape your tasting room needed, indoors or outside.  Then, a stamp was used to morph the concrete into a woodgrain, slate, brick, tile, cobblestone, river rock, plank, or other (usually Earthen) shape.  The concrete was probably colored when it was poured and given extra coloring when it was stamped.  This gives it a beautiful appearance when complete that tends to blend right in with its surroundings.  As many tasting rooms like to go with a natural look in Paso Robles that is in harmony with the vines and Oak trees, stamped concrete is very popular here.

 

If I Already Have Stamped Concrete, Does it Need Maintenance?

The short answer: probably, yes.  When was the last time you sealed your concrete?  If you do not know the answer to this, then the answer is definitely yes.  Decorative concretes are sealed when they are first finished.  Depending on U.V. exposure and foot traffic, they may need to be re-sealed more than once per year or as infrequently as once every five years.  This will preserve the color of the concrete and prevent staining (spilled red wine, perhaps?).  Some sealants are also slip resistant, which is good for your patrons, and water/spill resistant (to really keep that red wine out of your porous concrete).  We offer concrete maintenance – if you would like to have an estimate for sealant, simply contact us for an estimate.

 

Is Stamped Concrete Good for the Environment?

Yes.  We believe in being environmentally friendly with decorative concrete.  If you are considering re-doing the flooring inside your tasting room or the winery itself, know that concrete flooring is more energy efficient, has lower maintenance needs, and keeps waste out of the landfill.  You can also prevent fumes from flooring installation upsetting the wine tasting experience by switching to concrete flooring.

 

So to sum it up, if you’re in the wine industry, stamped concrete is a great thing to have: it’s beautiful and will compliment your tasting room; it’s environmentally friendly and won’t offend noses; and it can repel stains if you keep up on its maintenance.   Take a look around your wine tasting room (or the next one you visit) and leave a comment if you spot some stamped concrete.  You might see our decorative concrete at places like:

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Being Environmentally Friendly with Decorative Concrete

decorative concrete is environmentally friendlyDid you know decorative concrete is the environmentally friendly flooring solution for your home or office?  If that surprises you, you’re not alone.  Concrete isn’t the first thing people think of when they hear “environmentally friendly flooring,” but it really should be.  After all, when you envision environmentally friendly flooring, you’re probably thinking of something earthen, green, and growing and that just wouldn’t work in a house – or even worse, at a hospital!  Here are the top three reasons why more and more people in San Luis Obispo County are turning to decorative concrete flooring to be more environmentally friendly:

3.  Concrete floors are more energy efficient because they keep a consistent temperature. Concrete is slower to heat up and slower to cool down.  So in the summer, your home or office will take longer to heat up which will save you money on air conditioning in addition to saving the environment from the burden of that extra electricity, fuel, and/or water you’re using to keep cool.  And the reverse is true in the winter.  If you’re worried about cold feet when you step out of bed, don’t be!  You can always add a few decorative area rugs, but concrete doesn’t get as cold as tile (or poorly installed faux wood or laminate for that matter) and holds its temperature rather than being frigid each morning and fluctuating throughout the rest of the day.

2.  Concrete floors also have lower maintenance needs than carpet, wood, tile, or laminate. This keeps harmful chemicals out of your daily environment and, being a local company, we know how important this is to the people of San Luis Obispo County. Have you ever read the ingredient list on the back of a bottle of carpet shampoo or specialty wooden-floor cleanser?  Yikes!  And of course, being based out of Paso Robles, we understand how much our friends and neighbors love wine, especially our regional red blends.  If your glass slips or your dog catches the bottle on the table with his tail, you don’t have to worry about it with properly sealed or polished decorative concrete.  Are you willing to test that against grouted tile, wood, or carpet?  Even laminates aren’t all waterproof and can stain, which requires completely removing those pieces and replacing them.  If you spill a bit of Paso Robles Red Blend on your concrete floor, it wipes right up with a damp cloth or paper towel.  No problem.

1.  And if you really care about keeping our planet green, concrete floors are the best option to avoid overburdening our landfills. Wood, carpet, tile, and laminate all need to be replaced, creating a cycle of waste which all goes to the landfill again and again. With our decorative concrete options, you can actually just stain, polish, and/or seal the slab that’s already under your house – no new concrete required (unless you have a raised foundation, then contact us and we’ll look at your options with you) – so break the cycle of waste once and for all!  How’s that for going green and saving some green at the same time?!

Clients across San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Santa Barbara Counties love our decorative concrete.  We’ve done projects that look like faux leather, marble, stone, sea life, tribal art, logos, badges, and more.  View our gallery here for some of our favorite past projects or join us on Facebook to see the newest projects as they happen.

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Bring the Beauty of the Central Coast Inside with Concrete Staining

concrete staining monterey countyHave you ever thought about bringing the beauty of our surrounding central coast indoors?  As a local company in Paso Robles of San Luis Obispo County, we get to see the beauty of our region daily as we drive from one job site to another between Monterey and Santa Barbara Counties.  But if you work in an office all day or spend a lot of your time in your home, you may have thought already tried to bring in some of the colors, materials, and textures of the central coast with plants and decorative pillows.  But what about your flooring?  We at Pristine Concrete consider ourselves to me more than mere concrete contractors – we’re concrete artists!  And we can bring the beauty of smooth river stones, twisted vines, gnarled oak bark, and tanned rodeo leather right to your concrete using a process of concrete staining with acid.

The concrete acid stain lightly etches the concrete to let the color of the stain penetrate it.  This adds color to the concrete permanently, making it a great solution to beautify high traffic areas in a home or office, or areas exposed to the elements like a pool deck.  We can acid stain concrete that is already there, or add it to new concrete if you’re thinking about adding a patio, walkway, garage, or more.

For existing concrete staining, it’s important to keep in mind that the acid stain penetrates the concrete by about 1/32”, so weak concrete that is already cracking and chipping may need to be reinforced first.  Also, natural color variations are normal, especially in older concrete that may have been previously stained by oil.  This happens because concrete acid stains are translucent.  For new concrete, it’s necessary to wait 14-28 days to let the concrete cure before staining it, but on the plus side the acid stain in new concrete tends to be more vibrant in color.

As the decorative concrete experts of the central coast, we’re proud of our designs and we welcome a challenge!  We’ve created sea life, flames, tribal art with 3-dimentional shading, logos, faux granite, a police badge, faux leather… we could keep the list going, but we’d rather just show you.  View our some of our favorite acid concrete staining projects below and in our gallery.  We also post pictures on Facebook, so be sure to follow us there if you’re looking for more creative concrete inspiration.

 

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New Santa Maria Police Station Saved by RetroPlate Concrete Polishing System®

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Paso Robles, CA – July 8, 2015 – In 2008, the City of Santa Maria purchased 1111 West Betteravia Road knowing they had already outgrown their current headquarters, in use since 1953 in the rapidly growing city.  Now, Santa Maria is the largest city in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, but before the doors could open at the new station on June 22, 2015, it had to pass a final walkthrough.

The concrete floor didn’t pass.

The full cost the new station, including the purchase price of the building and land, and the custom modifications for a modern crime lab and communications infrastructure, was about $29M.  The city had cut costs where possible, even buying used office furniture from the previous tenant.  But during the Construction process, the concrete floor began to fail.  At the 11th hour of the project, the City of Santa Maria needed to hire an experienced concrete contractor, one who could handle a government contract for their nearly 72,000 square-foot building and also be someone they could trust.

When Mike Boeddeker of Pristine Concrete got the call, he knew right away they were going to need the RetroPlate Concrete Polishing System because of its permanence and durability.  The last thing a police station needs is the cost and hassle of the upkeep on a limited-life concrete flooring seal.  Reducing maintenance for the City of Santa Maria is a big win, but Boeddeker knew RetroPlate™ could offer more and he would still be done in time for the City to move into the new building before June 22, 2015.

Boeddeker has experience in other industrial, commercial, and government concrete contractor jobs with his team at Pristine Concrete.  Based out of Paso Robles, the team handles concrete refinishing, polishing, and staining in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties.  One big signature to his work; branding.  “I wanted to include more in the flooring at the new police station than just a concrete stain,” said Boeddeker.  “A new building like this is a great achievement for the City of Santa Maria and for the men and women who serve this area.  I immediately made plans to incorporate their colors and shield into the floor as part of my repair to give their new office something really special.  It took a lot of work to complete their concrete floor in time, but we still used an 800-grit concrete polish to make sure that floor will hold a pristine shine for years to come, even with the abuse it’s likely to get as a working police station.”  The police can be tough on crime, Boeddeker will be tough on concrete and what he demands from it.

If you find yourself at the new Santa Maria Police Station, be sure to look down and see the work from the team at Pristine Concrete.

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Why is Stained Concrete a Good Choice

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Stained concrete flooring really offers the best of all worlds:  They are beautiful, durable, environmentally friendly and promote healthy indoor air quality, with little to no maintenance.  They not only bring relief to allergy sufferers and prevent the adverse health reactions that can occur from other flooring options, but they also provide unique design options by combine colors and techniques that simply are not possible with other types of flooring.

  • Protect Your Health- Improve your air quality!  Stained concrete flooring offers relief for allergy sufferers. It’s a proven fact that carpet can house millions of dust mites, pounds of dust and hair, as well as fungus and mold.  Carpet also releases chemical fumes and gases into the air that affect your health. Although a better choice than carpet, even wood floors have a high level of formaldehyde and release VOCs into the air.  Stained concrete, especially water based stained concrete, promotes healthy indoor air.  It provides a completely smooth surface with no hiding places to harbor bacteria, dust, or unwanted pests.  It contains no formaldehyde,repels water and will not encourage the growth of mold.  New water based concrete stains are low or no odor for those who are especially sensitive to any fumes during the application process.
  • The Environment-  Stained concrete is a green choice because it is slow to heat up and slow to cool down.  It typically maintains a persistent temperature, which promotes lower utility bills.  Also, since your foundation is already THERE, you are not cutting down trees or buying products such as carpet or engineered wood, which require a large amount of energy to manufacture.   Also,  concrete is there forever.  You will not be pulling it up and throwing it in the landfill later as you eventually will have to do with a wood, tile and carpet, when it reaches the end of its life.
  • Durability-  Few materials are as durable as concrete.  Carpet has a short life span and is expensive (not to mention a burden) over the years to replace over and over again. Wood can fade, scratch, chip, and the finish must be maintained over the years.  Tile floors can break, crack, or chip as well and be difficult to replace. Carpet, wood and tile can all grow mold underneath the flooring.   Your investment in durable stained concrete flooring will give you the most value for your money since it can last a lifetime.
  • Easy on the Budget-  Since you will not have to replace the concrete again and the stain can last a lifetime,  you save money in the long run.  Even up front, for new construction, the cost of stained concrete flooring is about half the cost of hardwood floors.
  • Easy to Maintain-  Just sweep and use a damp mop.  There is nowhere for the dust and dirt to hide. No need for chemicals or harsh cleaning products.
  • Beautiful and Diverse- You can enjoy the look of marble or stone or a rich, leathery appearance.  Perhaps you have an urban loft and prefer a more ultra modern solid bold color.  The possibilities are limited only by your creativity. Choose any color and any effect.  Get rid of ugly carpet and  outdated flooring.   Upgrade your home with beautiful stained concrete flooring and add to the value of your home!

Stained concrete flooring has many benefits.  But it’s only as good as the company that you hire to create the effect.  The floor must be properly evaluated, prepared and treated even before the work begins.  Depending on the effect you desire, a specific technique must be employed using special tools and specific products.   Our qualified and highly skilled concrete flooring specialists have the product knowledge, the years of experience and training, and the tools and equipment to create your masterpiece.

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Benifits of Polished Concrete

Polished concrete is considered a good sustainable design flooring option because it makes use of the materials already present. Most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab; polishing the exposed concrete eliminates the energy and material consumed by applying a floor covering. It is something to consider when building or modernizing towards a more green solution.

Pristine-Concrete-Templeton-CA-Stained-Concrete-Residential-Floors-1Polished concrete floors are low-maintenance, as they are more durable and easier to clean than many flooring options. Its relatively high coefficient of friction can make it non-slippery. Polished concrete reduces dust mite and allergen problems, and does not support mold growth. Anecdotal evidence suggests highly reflective polished concrete reduces lighting needs and improves natural lighting, but as of yet there has not been a study to confirm this. Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and will not chip or dent like softer surfaces such as timber. Mopping with warm soapy water once a week is the only maintenance required. A concrete floor that has been hardened and polished will have an extremely long life expectancy compared to other flooring. For example, tile that may only last 10–20 years, but a polished concrete floor that has been properly maintained may give 100+ years of service.[2]

 

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LEED 2009 standards contain guidelines for using polished concrete flooring to qualify for LEED credits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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