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How Decorative Concrete is Being Used More in the Retail Sector

Decorative concrete flooring is becoming a popular choice in flooring surfaces in retail and commercial businesses across the United States and replacing the use of vinyl tile, quarry tile, wood and carpet. The usage of dyes, stains, coloring, textures, patterns, saw cuts and polishing brings a new life to decorative concrete compared to the old look of concrete which was a boring gray flooring choice. Now concrete flooring brings a superb interior design model into any retail and commercial business space.
The market for decorative concrete has shown a tremendous growth and it shows to keep growing in the flooring market because the cost of concrete is so much more affordable than other flooring options. Using concrete helps retail and commercial businesses do their part in using sustainable and eco friendly material. Businesses are becoming more interested in helping the environment by using recycled material such as concrete.
Retail and commercial floor surfaces can take so much abu…

The Safety of Polished Concrete |

Polished concrete is becoming an extremely popular flooring option for business facilities, factories, schools and residential homes because concrete flooring is as easy way to use a low maintenance, eco-friendly material. Concrete eliminates the need to use other flooring like carpeting, tile, laminate and wood while lasting a lifetime. Also it does not need to be replaced like other flooring options.
Concrete flooring is a budget saving option when picking decorative flooring for schools, hospitals, factories, residential homes, commercial and retail buildings. Also polished concrete is a safe surface, wet or dry, when grounded down, polished and correctly cleaned. It is considered one of the highest choices in flooring options for being the safest from accidents like slips, trips and falls.
How safe can polished concrete flooring be? And how does one determine the safety of concrete flooring?
The Concrete Polishing Association of America developed tests for coefficient of friction …

What is the Coefficient of Friction?

What is Coefficient of friction in the Concrete Polishing industry? Coefficient of friction (COF), tests the slip resistance to accidents on different types of industrial, commercial and residential floor surfaces. Slip resistance is good for building owners, business owners and residential owners to prevent slips and falls on different polished surfaces. When flooring is properly installed and cleaned, the concrete floor will result in a safe surface for traffic on both wet and dry conditions.
The two types of coefficient of friction are known as static and dynamic. When measuring friction from a resting position, it is called static coefficient of friction (SCOF). And the measurement of relative motion is called dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF). The measurements will discover the propensity for accidents on flooring in wet and dry conditions. But the most important is to test the flooring when in wet conditions with water or a lubricant because majority of slips and falls are…

What is a Diamond Core Bit, and What is it Used For?

What is needed to drill a hole into concrete, reinforced concrete, brick, block, stone and more? A core drill is a powerful tool use to drill holes in these kinds of surfaces. When using a core drill, it is best to know what kind of diamond core bit to use first. Diamond core bits are specialized hollow steel cylinders that will grind away the concrete surface to create a hole; for example, cutting holes through concrete walls for plumbing pipework. Not all diamond core bits are identical, and different core bits are needed for different surfaces. Selection of the right diamond core bit all depends on the type and depth of the concrete along with the use of a wet or dry core drills.
National Diamond Enterprises is the industry leader in manufacturing and distributing the best diamond core bits since 1986. Their guaranteed products are designed for whatever surface type that needs to be drilled. The dry series are premium core bits that are specially designed for job locations that do …

The Difference Between Segmented and Turbo Diamond Blades

Diamond blades used to cut stone, pavers, concrete, marble, asphalt, fiberglass, plastic, tile, masonry or other building materials are available in different styles. Each style blade gives a different effect in cutting with either faster speed or longevity in the blade. The most important factor in choosing between the different types of diamond blades is to first know what you need for the cutting process.
What is the difference between a segmented diamond blade and a turbo diamond blade? Let’s look into how each of these different blade types works to give us better idea.
Segmented Diamond Blade: ●Durable blades with longer cutting process ●Produces a smooth cutn  ●Have medium to hard bonds ●Used for wet or dry applications ●Designed with gullets to improve air flow, remove slurry and reduce heat ●Ideal for marble, granite, concrete, asphalt, brick, block, fiberglass, plastic, graphite and other building materials ●Used with masonry, concrete and circular saws.
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Why Densify Concrete and Not Polish Concrete Floors?

Concrete flooring has become one of the most popular flo­­­oring options for both homes and businesses because they are easier to upkeep and look amazing when they are taken care of properly. Using the correct techniques to upkeep and make concrete shine will help make the oldest material used in buildings and homes become the most popular, greenest and affordable option.
Between polishing and densifying concrete flooring, it is always better to densify the concrete and polish than to just polish. When you polish, cream, salt, pepper or expose aggregate concrete it can begin to look more like terrazzo. The relatively new technology used on concrete floors to gets the best look combines grinding, honing, densifying, and polishing to develop the high shine with the process involving hardening the material by using silicates or other related compounds. This technique is called polished densified onconcrete flooring.
When using a densifier, you’ll have a glossy concrete floor. Polished conc…

When To Use Concrete Dye vs. Concrete Stain

Concrete flooring is popular flooring option among businesses, warehouses, schools, hospitals, and even residential homes because it is easily maintained and durable. By simply adding a color to the concrete floor, this will help make the bland grey coloring of concrete come to life! Additionally, it is an easy step to do and will make the concrete slab look luxurious. The main question when adding coloring to concrete flooring is whether to use concrete dye or a concrete stain. Before trying either one on concrete flooring, it is important to recognize the difference, as the end results of the dye and stain are different from one another.
Out of the two choices to vamp up concrete flooring, concrete staining is a more in depth process than concrete dying. This is mainly due to the surface of the concrete needing to be cleaned thoroughly before application. The reason why concrete stains are more of a tedious process is because stains are more acid or solvent-based, which means if any …