Polished Concrete: Improve Facility Flooring Before Your Inspection

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

When it’s time for a building inspection at your warehouse or industrial site, you’ve got a lot on your plate with checking equipment, fixtures, and making sure your health and safety guidelines are met.

But one of the most important parts of passing inspection is right under your feet. Don’t let concrete flooring failures and imperfections cause shutdowns, bad marks, or costly repairs. 

Common Concrete Flooring Problems

Your concrete flooring could have lingering issues, and you don’t want to wait until a flooring inspection to discover them. Some of the most common concrete flooring problems we encounter include:

  • Cracks: Cracking in concrete floor is not only a sign that the structural integrity of your flooring has been compromised, it could also lead to instability or unevenness in your flooring. That instability could create safety hazards or interfere with the safe and efficient movement of people and equipment throughout your facility.
  • Stains: Stains on your concrete floor show that substances are damaging the surface of your flooring, and that your floor hasn’t been very well sealed. If dust and moisture seeps into your floor rather than resting on the top, your flooring could degrade over time, resulting in costly repairs.
  • Moisture Damage: Moisture intrusion compromises the strength of your concrete flooring if unaddressed. It’s important your flooring is well-sealed so that floors can be dried and cleaned up easily without damaging your floor.
  • Dirt and Contaminants: Untreated concrete can be much more difficult to clean. Its porous nature means dust can rise to the top and settle there from within the substrate, an effect known as dusting. If floors are not regularly scrubbed, flooring itself can be the vehicle through which contaminants, dirt, and grime are spread throughout your facility. That could mean poor results for any inspections including health and safety protocol.

Solve Flooring Problems Quickly With Polished Concrete

Polished concrete is a great way to proactively address common concrete flooring problems before your building inspection begins. Concrete polishing is safe for floors with some existing imperfections, as much surface wear and tear can be ground away during the power trowel process.

The polishing process also seals the flooring surface, greatly reducing the likelihood of staining, moisture intrusion, and dusting that are otherwise such a nuisance on untreated flooring. 

Because of that, polished concrete is easy to clean and maintain, making floor scrubbing less of a headache, and making it easier to maintain high standards of health and safety throughout your facility.

Polished concrete is also aesthetically pleasing, which will make a good impression during your inspection. And its reflective surface may improve the impact of ambient lighting, which could help keep your facility energy costs lower.

Efficient, Professional Concrete Polishing

There’s no need to wonder about which power trowel to rent, or how you’re going to tackle concrete polishing in a large industrial site or warehouse. 

Redimere offers expert power trowel services for large industrial and commercial facilities. Our trowels have diamond grinding pads, which are highly effective at removing surface imperfections and restoring durability and integrity to your floor. And we’re not intimidated by big projects. Our teams can polish up to 10,000 square feet of concrete flooring in a single shift.

Complete your building and floor inspection with confidence. Call Redimere Surface Solutions for a power trowel estimate today.