Aesthetic Appeal & Outstanding Durability
There is a growing demand for alternative methods of flooring that offer long life, durability and ease of maintenance. This has brought about an expansion of the implementation and use of polished concrete floor systems. Places such as aircraft hangers, museums, cafes, shops, factories, gymnasiums and residential houses can benefit from industrial-strength polished concrete floors.
POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS
Polished concrete floors look fantastic in home, commercial, office and industrial areas.
TYPES OF CONCRETE FLOOR FINISHES
There are different types of concrete floor finishes that Smart Polished Concrete Systems offer:
HTC SUPERFLOOR™ IS AVAILABLE IN FOUR DIFFERENT SURFACE FINISHES AND DEGREES OF AGGREGATE EXPOSURE:
Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. It’s the grinding depth and number of polishing steps that differentiate the finishes.
The custom floor. Besides the four concepts Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum, you can also have a custom finish that matches your specific preferences for aggregate and gloss.
HTC SUPERFLOOR™ BRONZE
With its finely honed upper layer, Bronze is the simplest HTC Superfloor™. The aggregate will not be visible. This produces a smooth and matte surface with somewhat lower resistance to wear. Best in applications with limited wear.
HTC SUPERFLOOR™ SILVER
Silver is a less glossy variant of Platinum because the grinding depth is the same. The polishing steps, however, are fewer. It thus provides a matte but strong floor.
HTC SUPERFLOOR™ GOLD
Gold entails that the floor is not ground as deep as with Platinum. However, the floor is polished to the same gloss. Gold can therefore be a good choice for concrete floors that are already smooth and even.
HTC SUPERFLOOR™ PLATINUM
Platinum is the best of the best. By repeatedly grinding and polishing the floor, you get a smoother, more even floor with more aggregate exposure and unmatched resistance to wear. Platinum is the most popular surface finish and is a good choice for most applications.
HTC SUPERFLOOR™ IS A NATURAL FLOOR
that creates a safe and secure working environment for many different activities. It produces no dust. It’s an extremely smooth and even surface to drive on. At the same time as it is slip-resistant, it complies with the highest standards for handling electrical equipment. When it comes to fire safety, it’s rated highest of all.
RESISTANT TO SLIPPING
Despite what many might believe, a highly polished HTC Superfloor™ is safer when it comes to avoiding slipping accidents than many other floors, even when wet. This means a safer and more comfortable working environment.
The extremely smooth surface entails minimal vibrations when moving goods with forklifts, for example. This means a better working environment, with forklift operators, for example, being less exposed to vibrations. At the same time, it also reduces forklift wear and maintenance costs. A smooth concrete floor is a prerequisite for installation of high-bay storage systems, with their especially stringent demands on tolerances.
SPARKPROOF AND FIREPROOF
There are stringent demands in many operations for resistance to electrostatic discharge, ESD.
HTC Superfloor™ has been tested in accordance with EN 1815:1997, SS-EN 61340-5-1, IEC 61340-4-1 and complies with the American ANSI/ESD standard, which makes it an excellent floor even in sensitive environments. HTC Superfloor™ also meets the requirements of the highest EU fire safety classification per A1FL (96/603/EC), and is thus considered as fully fireproof.
Concrete sealing or coating are top coats used to protect or beautify the concrete substrate.
Coated or sealed concrete is where the concrete has either a penetrating or top coat sealer applied. This is different to polished concrete. Coated concrete can provide anti-slip coatings. There are many variations so please contact us to discuss your safety requirements.
Depending on the types of coatings required, there are small but important preliminary steps.
The types of coatings vary and include:
sealers that sit in the surface of the concrete
special water proofing liquids that penetrate and solidify
top coating systems the bond to the surface of the concrete.
Each application requires the right product for the type of use it may be subjected to. For example, a floor needs to be sealed in an aircraft hanger. Due to leaking chemicals used in the aircraft industry it would require a chemical resistant epoxy, resin, aliphatic polyurea etc. The wrong product will break down, letting the chemicals migrate into the concrete substrate.