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Toronto's 42 Potential Flood Zones Could Be At Risk This Spring

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Toronto is and has experienced the most taxing winter in many decades on record. The huge snow fall sitting on the ground will need to eventually melt and drain way. Since there is so much snow  accumulation the possibility of flooding in Toronto's 42 identified flood zones is real possibility. There a few measures homeowners can do to minimize flooding by simply plowing the snow around the foundation of the house to reduce the flooding seeping through the...

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Perfect Polished Concrete Floor Is In The Details

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM

in last few years professional concrete polishing companies has to deal with a deluge of newly sprung concrete polishers in the Toronto area. As result, the quality of polished concrete floors produced by these new concrete polishers is at best hit and miss scenario. New contractors often skim on obtaining WISB nor liability insurance for their new business and often will economize on important equipment and tooling to save on costs. More importantly rookie contractor...

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Outdoor Pollished Concrete Instead Of Stamped Concrete

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

To many people the idea of having diamond grinding and polishing their structural concrete floors in their home or business is gaining popularity, yet it is still a relatively new phenomena for most people. It is even less common or rare to find a polished concrete or a honed concrete finish in an outdoor setting like patios, court yards, walkways, pool decks or any concrete slab where corrosive road salt is not used during winter month can be...

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What Is Retro Plating? And How Is It Different Then Polished Concrete?

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Retro Plating a concrete floor really is no different then polished concrete at all. Well, there could be a difference, let me explain: The process of Retro platting is very much the same as a typical grinding and polishing process we all call polished concrete. The word Retro plating really means that you are applying a densifier as you normally would after any grind or before polishing. So Retro plating essentially is the name of the densifier that is being used by an authorized user of Ret...

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Why No Two Polished Concrete Floors Are Never Exactly The Same

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Being one of the largest residential and light commercial polished concrete companies, we receive many calls about polished concrete flooring. Often people want to see samples of polished concrete floors. Some contractors carry around samples of a polished concrete which they created to show as samples but often these contractors may not tell you that your floor will not look as the sample.

The beautiful thing about polished concrete is it's unque appearance and its seamless look. Each ...

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Basement Floor Flooding? - No Problem

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

As many Torontonians have witnessed first hand the devastation of a flooded basement. We recently received a call from a client for whom we installed a polished concrete floor after she had radiant heated floor installed in her newly renovated home about 2.5 years ago.

The client called us to thank us for persuading her to go with the decision of polished concrete floors instead of original expensive hard wood floor she wanted to install instead.

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Showroom Quality Polished Concrete Floors

Posted on June 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

The term polished concrete is a broad term that describes a mechanical process of grinding and polishing concrete. However the amount of grinding and polishing required for each project is seldom exactly the same in terms of effort and time required to complete the project. The amount of work is determined by customer's choice of texture and shine. The more aggregate the client wishes to see in the polished concrete floor, the more work is required to grind the concrete floor. There is also a...

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Polished Concrete On HGTV Canada

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Breaking News

Late yesterday afternoon, I received an email from the producer of BRYK HOUSE on HGTV, to let me know that an episode we filmed last year will be aired tonight at 9:00pm (Mar. 18th/2013). Quite the short notice I must say but we are still happy just the same. After all, how many decorative concrete companies ge...

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Top 5 Reasons To Choose Concrete Polishing Versus Epoxy Floor Coating

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

In this post I want to discuss the top 5 reasons to choose diamond ground and resin polished concrete floors instead of applying epoxy coatings over the concrete floors. I do not want to give an impression that epoxy is not good choice, because there are times where epoxy may be the only choice for a particular project, and I will discuss such instances in another upcoming post. First I like to mention the difference between the two finishes as I often speak to client...

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CRACKED. The New TV Show And Polished Concrete

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Concrete Art-FX had completed extensive concretepolishing work in a large film studio in Etobicoke where a new hit TV series is currently being filmed for CBC network. In our previous post on CRACKED, we blogged in error when we wrote that the show was to being produced and aired on CTV when we should have said CBC where the show is currently running on Tuesday nights at 9:00PM.

The show's many scenes inside the police station features our diamond polished concrete floors throughout. It...

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The Mechanics Of Polishing Concrete Floors

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 10:40 AM

A professionally ground and polished concrete floor can be equated to a work of art.  However no matter how great the artist is, if the artist's canvas and tools are substandard then producing beautiful work of art is rather difficult.

Before pouring a new concrete floor slab, you can get the best floor finish by getting involved early in the process to help effect the final outcome of polished concrete floor finish.

To produce a uniformly polished concrete fin...

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Concrete Art-FX Creates Decorative Polished Concrete Floor For TV Show CRACKED To Be Aired On CTV Fall 2012

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM

A few weeks ago we had the honour to create another beautiful polished concrete flooring on the set of a new TV show called CRACKED
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The Cost of Polished Concrete Flooring In Canada

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM

We had recently completed polished concrete flooring for a General Contractor in charge of renovating well known North American clothing retail chain stores. The general Contractor and the executives of the clothing company were ecstatic with the final results when the General Contractor approached us to see if we would consider to travel to Calgary Alberta to do 3 or 4 more stores?

My first question was why us?, Isn't there polished concrete contractors in Calgary willing to do the wo...

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Polished Concrete Floors For HGTV Canada

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

We have recently completed a concrete polishing project for HGTV Show.

We were asked by the wonderful producer of a new interior design show to be aired on HGTV, to polish concrete floors in a house the show was fully renovating for homeowner and for TV broadcasting. We were told that the show name is expected to be BRICK BY BRICK, but at the time of writting this blog (co...

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Why Concrete Polishing is NOT a DYI Project

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

We frequently run into contractors and handy home owners, who have contemplated to try concrete polishing in their home or in the case of the contractor, for their client to save money on having professionals to do polished concrete for them.

Concrete polishing may look simple when you observe the work being done but in reality, it's far from simple. Knowing how to operate a grinding and polishing machine is an art just like any other profession it takes a lot of experience and know ho...

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Radiant Heat, and polished concrete, go together like bread and butter

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 10:10 AM

As company, we complete over 100 various concrete polishing and staining projects annually around the greater Toronto area and Southern Ontario, and I'm amazed how many home owners are opting to install radiant heated concrete  floors in their homes when buying or renovating a home. Typically radiant heated floors are installed, then the contractor pours 1.5" (minimum) to 3" of concrete over the heating installatiion.  For the main floor and the 2nd floor, in order to to pour conven...

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Retro Plating Vs Polished Concrete

Posted on July 5, 2011 at 9:49 AM

About 10 years ago or so, a company called Retro Plating was a established that developed a densifier sealer which was designed to be applied after the initial grinding prior to polishing concrete to harden concrete over time, and dust proof concrete floors. In addition retro Plating helps the polishing process to achieve a better shine to the final polished concrete finish. This process of retro Plating is more of marketing gimmick then a exclusive product, since there are many quality produ...

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Polished Concrete - Where Less is More

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Concrete polishing is simple yet very refined and modern look that will compliment any modern business or home decor. However clients must know what they can expect from their concrete floors as there are no two concrete floors that are created equal. Good hard concrete slab that has been poured professionally and flat will yeild the best results when concrete floor is polished by professional Polishing Technician which undergo training to be able to evaluate a concrete slab wether its...

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polished concrete for Summer Production Shutdown

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Many manufacturering companies in the greater toronto area and Southern Ontario undergo a 2 week shutdown in the manufacturing to update their production facilities and do concrete floor maintenance. we at Concrete art-FX help manufacturing companies by repairing and polishing concrete floors.

Summer shutdown is an ideal time for turning dusty plant and warehouse concrete floors into highly useful polished concrete flooring that enables the fork lift machines to operate over the polishe...

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Showroom Quality Polished Concrete Floors

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Polished concrete flooring is an ideal floor for car dealerships, galleries, and most retail stores. Concrete polishing brings the best out of concrete flooring. The level of shine and visual texture of polished concrete can be adjusted in most cases to the client's taste or suited to the interior decor.

Polished concrete floors can be made to look like terrazzo floor but for less than 1/3 of the price it would cost to install terrazzo flooring. We have performed concrete polishing for ...

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