|Posted on January 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM|
What is concrete polishing?
Concrete polishing is concrete that has actually been treated with a chemical densifier as well as ground with steadily greater grinding devices. The grinding devices are usually progressive grits of gemstone grinding mug wheels and ruby polishing pads. Normally, concrete is ruled out brightened before 400 grit, as well as it is typically finished to either the 800, 1500, or 3000 grit level. Discolorations as well as dyes are often applied to enhance refined ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM|
One of the coolest things about the decorative concrete business is our clients. In our day to day course of business we come across unique buildings and people that offer us a glimpse into the working of a business, or beautiful one of kind custom homes.
Concrete Art-FX, had previously worked on TV stage work for season 1 and 2 of CRACKED which aired on CBC weekly where we ground and polished concrete floors in the "Police Station" which most...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM|
Polished concrete flooring has become a much more of a common place in 2014 then ever before. Yet new people are introduced to the natural beauty and the numerous advatages of polished concrete floor. For those people who are just familirizing themselves for the first time to polished concrete, the odds are that you have seen and walked on various forms of decorative and non decorative polished concrete floors when entering into grocery stores, big box stores, restaurants, galleries, m...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|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 ...Read Full Post »
|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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|Posted on July 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM|
Recently Toronto, had experienced a major flooding event as was the case in other parts of Canada, such as Calgary and Winnipeg, which almost experiences flooding every year after winters.
Since Concrete Art-FX, is a Toronto area based company, I would like to discuss in this post the best flooring solutions for home owners with flood prone basements or high moisture concrete floor slabs.
Since we specialize in concrete flooring we know for a fact thatRead Full Post »
|Posted on June 26, 2013 at 12:10 AM|
This summer, we have received many inquiries whether a concrete deck around the pool area could be polished?, At first it may sound a bit crazy to think that you could have polished concrete pool deck. After all, it will be slippery and dangerous.
Well, the real answer is YES. Concrete deck can be ground and semi-polished as to retain reasonable anti-slip properties, while still showing aggregate exposed semi-polished concrete deck. In the past 2 years, we have noticed an increase in r...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM|
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...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM|
|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...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »
|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...Read Full Post »