HTC Superfloor™ is a complete concept for polishing concrete. The method mechanically refines the concrete surface by removing the top cement paste and exposing the underlying, stronger concrete. The existing concrete is grinded and polished according to a dependable and thoroughly tested method with HTC’s effective machines and diamond tools. The result is a floor with a completely even surface of a high quality, both functionally and esthetically. To achieve all technical benefits demanded for calling the surface a HTC Superfloor™, the grinding sequence must be performed according to the prescribed method, with polishing steps to a minimum of 3000 grit.
Several factors will affect the final appearance
- The stone quality and color.
- The color of the cement (the cement can be pigmented or stained after placement, saw cutting designs and logos are also possible).
- The concrete quality. Placement and finishing techniques, flatness of surface.
- Grinding depth: With different grit sizes and bonding matrix in the diamond segments, you can somewhat control how deep you grind into the concrete surface. The grinding depth will affect how much of the stone that is exposed and also in turn the aesthetically appearance of the polished surface.
To guarantee the quality of the HTC Superfloor™ concept it has compared to other common floors in industrial environments, like resin and untreated concrete. The results were unambiguous; HTC Superfloor™ is more economical and contributes to a better working environment. It has a low lifecycle cost, long endurance and is harmless to the environment.
Benefits of Polished Concrete
Elimination of dusting from efflorescence (think about the white dust on red brick – it’s a crystalline formation that happens to porous stones). In ordinary unpolished concrete, tiny particles of dust are pushed to the surface through an upward force called or more commonly, dusting. Dusting forces epoxies off of the surface of concrete floors, and can make maintenance a costly priority. Transformation of porous concrete into a dense surface that inhibits water, oil and other contaminants from penetrating the surface. Increased strength, for old, deteriorating, weak concrete finishes, with more abrasion resistance (ASTM C779) and an increase in impact resistance (ASTM C805-97), as well. There are dozens of ways for concrete floors to break as they age: rain damage, surface stress, delamination, improper curing, curled cold joints, joint shoulder failure… the list goes on. The Polished Floor System process actually removes the top part of the surface of the old concrete floor (including any patchy, partial, or whole coatings), and hardens the exposed surface beneath. Old, deteriorating, or weak concrete is strengthened, and its impact and abrasion resistance is increased.
Increased ambient lighting that will naturally enhance the beauty of your floor and reduce the cost of lighting.
Higher levels of co-efficient of friction than any coating on the market. Wet or dry, our polished concrete floor surfaces meeting, and most often exceed, OSHA standards. When a concrete floor is polished, it may look like glass, however, its friction co-efficient is higher than ordinary concrete. Simply put, it is much harder to slip on a polished concrete floor — wet or dry.
Elimination of tire marks from fork trucks, vehicles and industrial type hoppers and parts baskets. In other floor systems, a tire mark is usually there to stay until the floor is repaired. When a forklift burns out on a coated floor the friction caused between its tire and the surface leaves a mark. This doesn’t occur on a polished concrete floor as there are no resins to burn on the surface.
Decrease in overall fork truck tire wear and tear (due to the smoothness of the floor and the leveled “curling” joints). In heavy industrial facilities, rough and uneven surfaces cause tires to wear out rather quickly. Most concrete floors have small “curling” joints, from where the concrete bows upward on the edges during concrete curing. Getting a Polished Floor System on these areas will level the joints and make the entire surface smooth, making tires last much longer.
Decrease in floor maintenance and less drag on cleaning equipment; making brushes, pads and mops last longer. Most floor systems, even ordinary concrete floors, require aggressive scrubbing in order to maintain a clean environment and nice appearance. Oil, paint, and other staining spills can leave lasting impressions on most surfaces. The surface is so tightly compacted that it actually repels oils and other substances. This makes cleaning much easier and a maintenance schedule less demanding than with other floors.
Cost-Effective. Polished concrete is one of the most economical, cost effect flooring alternatives out there. The reduced costs associated with saved energy, reduced tire wear, maintenance reduction, and especially the long-last durability shows that polished concrete is a budget sensible, as well as beautiful, flooring system.
No More Stripping and Waxing. With a polished concrete floor system there is no need to wax or strip the floor. All of your allocated maintenance labor and material costs for stripped and waxing can now be eliminate dand added to your bottom line.
Beauty. Polished concrete floors are second to none in durability and appearance. It is often mistaken for marble due to its smooth sleek surface. Unlike any other alternative floor system, its aesthetic value makes polished concrete a viable option for most industries.
Longest-Lasting Floor Solution Available. There is simply no comparison to other floor systems when it comes to the life of a polished concrete floor. Polished Floor Systems are still in excellent condition. In the event that they need to be refurbished, a repolish can be done at a fraction of the cost of any other floor system, extending the life that much further.
With HTC Superfloor™ every premise can be kept tidy with minimal amounts of work. The floor is easy to clean and environmentally friendly cleaning compounds are used. All you need for the daily cleaning is HTC Cleaner, a soft soap that is kind to the floor, the environment and, most important, the staff. By following the recommended maintenance instructions you lower the costs for cleaning compounds and articles of consumption and you are guaranteed a floor that keeps its shine and finish. Besides, the wrong cleaning compounds can cause damage to the floor.