Browning Chapman’s Exemplary Floors Emphasize the Importance of Concrete Maintenance

Without a proper maintenance plan and the adequate steps taken to ensure a polished surface, concrete is worn by time, stains and foot traffic. However, diligent measures can really go a long way. This next featured customer demonstrates how important it is to not only achieve a finished, polished look, but also the importance of maintaining it after the floor begins to lose its shine. Although the majority of these pictures were taken directly after the floors were initially polished, Browning Chapman also restores and breathes new life into dull floors.

 

Browning Chapman really has a lot of specialties, some of which are evidenced in the photos above. These specialties range from polished concrete to repair and maintenance. And as part of maintenance for its customers, a valuable service, Browning Chapman uses several Clarke products to keep floors looking as shiny as when they were first finished. You can see that this crew’s polished concrete is incredibly reflective, and it will remain so if maintained properly.

Browning Chapman at a glance…

Browning Chapman, LLC is a contracting firm headquartered in Anderson, Indiana. The company specializes in concrete restoration and maintenance work, coating removal, concrete floor prep, structural concrete repairs, epoxy injection work, masonry tuck-pointing and repairs, parking garage repairs and deck coatings, joint sealants, MMA coatings, epoxy coatings, epoxy reflector floors, polished and stained concrete floors, and terrazzo vitrification. Browning Chapman performs work throughout the Midwest on new and existing facilities in the institutional, industrial, retail, commercial, office and distribution warehouse facilities markets.

If you have questions about the products used for any of these jobs, the process, etc., please feel free to contact us or add to the comment section below. Also, please be sure to check out other impressive decorative concrete work in the customer highlights section.

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M&C Concrete’s Wide Array of Contracting Opportunities and Specialities

Concrete creates an incredibly durable surface, and rightfully so considering how common it is in many industrial and commercial environments. Look around any mall, government building, doctor’s office, or really any business and you’re likely to find concrete floors. Due to its incredible wearability and resistance to stains, foot traffic, etc. (when maintained properly that is), it’s no wonder that polished concrete is quickly taking the place of carpeting, tile or hardwood in commercial floor settings. M&C Concrete is a local Indianapolis contracting company that realizes this fact, which accounts for its wide array of clients, as evidenced below.

Brief Overview

1. Local car dealership: M&C laid the concrete, ground and polished

2. Fire station: CTS RapidSet TRU self-leveling overlay with integral color and AmeriPolish dye used for the logo

3. World of Concrete 2013: M&C helped us lay the concrete slab, grind, polish, etc.

M&C At A Glance

M&C Concrete is a leading concrete contractor in the greater Indianapolis market. Established in 1982, it has successfully completed over 10,000 projects in both residential and commercial sites. As a leader in the industry, M&C strives for customer satisfaction, on-time project completion and being at the forefront of the latest concrete design and construction.

For more information about M&C, the products, the process, etc. please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below. Also, be sure to check out our other customer features!

Exposed Floor Design Rebuilds and Refills Sysco’s Joints with Ease

In a previously featured story, Exposed Floor Design Group filled the joints in a new Sam’s Club store, and it turned out really well. The same can be said for the concrete floors located throughout a Sysco Food Distribution center, as per the image below. Joint filling and joint repair are areas of expertise for Exposed – they pride themselves on giving floors new life.

Sysco polish job - Exposed

Project: Sysco Food Distribution in Lewisville, TX

Scope:  Joint Rebuild/Refill

Materials:  ArmorHard Extreme and RS88

This project entailed repairing joints throughout a heavy-use distribution facility. Obviously a food distribution facility has to maintain significant levels of cleanliness and sanitation, all the while, they must maintain production. The Exposed crew could not close them down, so they chose products that would get them back to service before the next morning. The choice was easy for these joint rebuilds: ArmorHard Extreme was the only way to go.

Keys to Success:

  • Preparation is key! Use the right tools to “square up” the spalled edges of the joints.  Remove any contamination in the joint area before you prime the surfaces.  A good bond is vital to the joint surviving.
  • Mix it right! The Exposed crew likes to mix the liquids, then add in aggregate to get the right consistency.  This project worked best at a “mortar-like” consistency.  Make sure the mixture is lump free.
  • Don’t overwork the material! This is where skill and experience comes to play. Get the material in, compacted and smooth, then leave it alone.
  • Recut the joint! It is vital to recut the joint to allow movement in the slab when rebuilding joints. The key here is to make sure you cut all the way through the ArmorHard, so it is not bonded at the bottom of the joint.
  • Refill the joint with RS88 “full depth.” Don’t cheat here! The RS88 in the joint will bridge the joint as traffic passes, and it will minimize stress to the new ArmorHard egdes. If you do not go full depth, you risk stressing the bottom of the joint repair and it may fail.
  • The ability to prep, prime, rebuild and return to service was a requirement of this job, and ArmorHard Extreme allowed Exposed to succeed!

For more details on the products used, the process of refilling or repair a joint, etc. please contact us. And be sure to check out our other WOC featured stories!

Applied Flooring Gives Corporate Hangar an Aesthetic Concrete Makeover

Large industrial, commercial facilities are generally focused on the durability of their polished concrete flooring. However, aesthetics are important too, as was the case at the Dart Container Hangar. Applied Flooring, Inc. was tasked with redoing the floors in both the hangar’s main area and the corresponding office spaces. There were several challenges initially, but the crew easily overcame them and assuaged the Corporate Hangar’s fears by producing outstanding polished concrete floors throughout the facility.

Project Overview 

Dart Container initially wanted to polish the entire hangar for its corporate fleet. However, there was concern with Skydrol damaging the floor, so they ultimately decided to coat the floor with a Skydrol-resistant polymer.  As Dart Container’s concrete contractors, Applied Flooring chose a high build epoxy and polyurethane system from Protective Industrial Polymers.

Main Hangar Area 

The hangar portion was an engineered 10″ slab with double mat reinforcement 2-1/2″ from the surface.  There were no joints or control joints placed in the slab because of the concern of deflection from the weight of jets.  Prior to coating the slab, there were 2 to 3 random cracks that the Applied Flooring crews filled with epoxy filler.  There was also a strong concern about high vapor from the 10″ slab and a tight time frame for coating the floor.  Dart Container chose to have the Applied Flooring crews apply a coat of Protective Industrial Polymers VM-CS vapor, mitigating primer to help alleviate the vapor.  Prior to applying the PIP Hangar System Applied Flooring measured the Vapor Drive with Calcium Chloride Test Kits and found the levels to be less than 4 lbs.  The coating system was PIP 1200WR, PIP 1000 with a broadcast, PIP 1000 grouted to make it smooth, and then PIP 2000 with gloss grip or glass beads.

Office Space

The office portion of the hangar was integrally colored. Architectural saw cuts on 6′ grid patterns matched the angled walls in the space.  The floor was polished prior to wall erection, after the walls were up the joints were filled, and finally, the polish and burnishing steps were performed prior to vinyl base installation.

The Final Results

Everyone was very concerned about the floor coating systems’ impact on the aesthetic look of the Corporate Hangar. In the end however, everyone was thrilled with the look and durability of the new flooring systems. For more stories like this one, visit our customer feature page. And for questions or comments visit our contact us page or utilize the comment section below.

About Applied Flooring

Applied Flooring, Inc. has been repairing concrete floors since the early 1970s. The company thrives on developing long-term relationships with repeat customers. The epoxy flooring profession has seen tremendous advancements over the last 50 years and Applied Flooring has always been at the leading edge of the industry. Applied Flooring’s knowledge in concrete resurfacing is extensive with qualified technicians and well-trained applicators.

A Successful Sam’s Club Joint Fill Job by Exposed Design Group

Sam’s Clubs endure a large amount of wear and tear, not surprising considering their high volume of traffic. So in addition to regularly maintaining these floors with cleaners, scrubbers, etc., it is also prudent that spalls, cracks and joints are periodically repaired. Exposed Design Group prides itself on the ability to restore concrete floors in this very manner, as evidenced in the photo below.

Sam's Club Polished Store - Exposed

The Project:  a new Sam’s Club store in Burleson, TX

Main Materials Used:  Metzger/McGuire MM-80 and RS88

A little bit of commentary

In a high-traffic load setting like a Sam’s Club, MM-80 was the joint filler of choice for repairing the joints throughout the club’s sales area.  The benefit of using MM-80 over other products is its ability to carry heavy loads on forklifts across floor joints. On the other hand, in the deli/food prep areas, Sam’s decided to use integrally colored concrete and RS88 polyurea.  The benefits here include color choice and speed — how little time it took for the material to cure. As an installer, Exposed preferred the standard MM-80, as its crews could more easily fly through the store, shooting thousands of feet a day by hand. Then the next morning they shaved it off.

More About Exposed:

Exposed Floor Design Group, LLP was formed to bring highly specialized skills to the residential and commercial finish-out community. With more than 25 years of experience in general contracting, waterproofing, decorative concrete and polished concrete, the partners of Exposed Floors have the combined background and diversity to provide customers a service that cannot be matched. Exposed Floors has invested in the right equipment and training of its craftsmen. Each of their products and services require specific, skilled processes, as well as impromptu solutions, to give customers the floors they desire.

If you have more questions about the above project, the Metzger/McGuire products used, etc., then please contact us. For more customer highlights, visit our featured section, and be on the lookout for more to be added soon.

Exposed Floor Design Repairs and Renews Brookshire’s Concrete Floors

How do you change out the floor in a grocery store that remains open for business? The easy answer: use the right tools for the job. Exposed Floor Design Group had to work the night shift at a Brookshire’s store in Texas from 11pm to 6am, which did not provide a lot of time to get work done, especially when allowing for curing. However, the crew managed well by following tried and true steps and by using highly trusted Metzger/McGuire products. You can see how well the store’s floors turned out in the gallery below.


Project: Brookshire’s Store in Kaufman, TX

Scope: Remove VCT, Repair Slab, Grind, Polish

Materials:  RS88, Rapid Refloor, ArmorHard, Pentra-Sil

The Process:

  1. First night: demo VCT and remove glue with first grind
  2. Second night: repair holes with Repid Refloor (color matched to the slab, “High Tea”) and polish up to 800’s
  3. Third night: move the racks between the areas completed night 1 and 2, demo, repair, polish and reset racks
  4. Fourth night: polish the whole floor throughout

The Stunning Results:

The customer was incredibly impressed by the Rapid Refloor product. They found it to be aesthetically better, as it can be color matched, in addition to being durable and smooth. The key to Rapid Refloor repairs is to remove dirt from spalls, square the edges and sand flush to the floor. Exposed uses Rapid Refloor in the same way for several of its customers.  When you have small dents, chips and dings on your floor, Rapid Refloor is a great solution!

For questions about this project, the process or the products, feel free to contact us or write in the comment section below! Also, be sure to find many more customer feature stories on our blog here.

Rejuvenating JCPenney’s Floors to Polished Concrete Perfection

Retail stores receive a large amount of foot traffic, which inevitably means their concrete floors wear down and the quality of them diminishes over time, especially if not maintained properly. Such was the case at a JCPenney store in Madison, WI at the West Towne Mall. Thus, Hunter Advanced Concrete Polishing was tasked with rejuvenating the concrete floors to their former polished glory.

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What They Did

First the Hunter ACP crew shaved the floor to rid it of the tile that was previously covering the surface. As evidenced in the slideshow, the concrete underneath was in really rough shape. After removing all the tile, epoxy was poured and spread, then sand was broadcast over top to rejection. The next day all the sand was swept off and RapidSet TRU was mixed with AmeriPolish integral color in a CS Unitec Hippo mixer and poured and spread using spiked shoes and a porcupine roller. The floor could be walked on after 4 hours, but it is ideal to wait until the next day before grinding and polishing. After polishing to at least an 800 grit, the floors were shiny enough to protect and seal (the final step). You can see the finished result at the end of the slideshow — it looks much better now!

What Products They Used

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