Polished Concrete Grind and Seal Rabun County Georgia

When the United Way Food Bank sought easy-to-maintain flooring that would also fit their budget, they turned to the experts at AAA Southern States Refinishing. John Dykes and his team recommended the use of polished concrete using a grind and seal floor system for beautiful concrete floors that would also be low maintenance for their volunteer staff.

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The grind and seal process offers an economical variation of concrete polishing in demand nationwide. This process reduces labor with full protection from high performance sealers. The seal coats enhance the appearance with the added benefit of low maintenance.

About Polished Concrete Grind and Seal Project in Clayton GA

Concrete Polishing Grind and Seal Rabun County GeorgiaClient: United Way Food Bank

Contractor: AAA Southern States Refinishing

Location:  Rabun County, Town of Clayton, Georgia

Size: 39,000 square feet

Problem: Old floor difficult to maintain. VCT tile glue needed to be removed.

Solution: Polished concrete starting with 30 grit diamond blades to grind and remove VCT tile glue. Continue to polish and hone concrete to 150 grit diamond blade level.

Auto scrub floor to remove dust from floor prior to sealing floor.

Seal Coat: Applied 2 coats of Stamina Sealer. Contractor chose this sealer for high coverage rates, economy and solid protection. For information about Stamina Sealers, Click Here 

About AAA Southern States Refinishing

Located in the Atlanta Georgia area, AAA Southern States Refinishing specializes in concrete floor solutions. Projects include restaurants, commercial kitchens, retail stores, offices, warehouses, airplane hangars and more.

Products Include

Epoxy – Urethanes, polyaspartics, epoxies. From economical, thin mil systems to high performance Novalac chemical resistant coatings.

Concrete Polishing – Full polished concrete grind and seal systems.

Self Leveling and Overlays – Underlayments and decorative self leveling systems and thin cementious overlays.

Acid Stains – Stains, dyes and integral coloring services.

Moisture Mitigation – new concrete moisture vapor barriers including shotblasting, penetrating epoxy barriers and self-leveling underlayments.

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Designer Epoxy Floors for New Blue Moon Cafe Federal Hill Baltimore

Sarah Simington of Blue Moon Cafe fame is well-known for her Sweet Baby Jesus and Cap-n-Crunch French Toast dishes. She’s been serving both from her Fell’s Point, Maryland location for the last 19 years. When she decided to expand into Federal Hill with her new location at 1024 Light St, Blue Moon Cafe Too, breakfast lovers everywhere cheered with anticipation.Epoxy floor coatings in Baltimore MD

Before opening her doors however, Simington focused on creating a unique design atmosphere for her patrons. In the same way she oversees and perfects every food item that leaves her kitchen, she used that same attention to detail in her new 90’s-style coffeehouse and dining establishment.

When it came to flooring, she chose concrete epoxy floors by O & E Concrete Design.

Concrete Epoxy Floors in Maryland: Blue Moon Too

Property type: Restaurant
Project: Floor Renovation & Installation at Restaurant
Client: Sarah Simington, Blue Moon Cafe
Location: Blue Moon Too, 1024 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230
Concrete Contractor: O & E Concrete Design, 3146 Rogers Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043. (410) 461-9445

Epoxy Floor Coating Project Details

Problem 1: 850 sf commercial kitchen floor. Previous contractor coated the kitchen floor with paint that started failing and peeling immediately.
O & E Concrete Design Solution: Concrete Repair & Epoxy Floor Coating Installation
Process: Contractor mechanically removed existing paint. Next, the team filled saw cuts and control joints in concrete slab with fast-set, flexible joint sealant, O & E installed urethane cement and then applied Novalac epoxy with light sand broadcast.

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Floor Problem 2: 1,600 sf dining area. The subfloor in the dining area of the restaurants was weak. Client wanted a seamless floor instead of tile.
Contractor Solution: Concrete Surface Prep, Patch & Install of Designer Metallic Epoxy Floor.
Process: O & E Concrete Design installed an additional layer of 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood with glue and screws. They next patched all seams on the new plywood subfloor with a low modulus joint filler and mesh tape. Installation continued with application of 100% solids flexible epoxy primer and designer metallic epoxy in whale gray. Finally, the contractor installed 100% solids Hi-Wear urethane with aggregate.

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Epoxy Floor Coating Products Summary

For Kitchen:

1. National Polymers Fast Set Flexible Joint Sealant
2. National Polymers Urethane Cement Slurry
3. National Polymers 85% solids chemical resistant Novalac Epoxy with light sand broadcast

For Front of House:

1. National Polymers 821 Low Modulus Joint Filler
2. National Polymers 139 100% Solids Flexible Epoxy Primer
3. National Polymers 137m 100% Solids High Build Epoxy with Whale Gray Metallic Pigment
4. National Polymers 359 Hi-Wear urethane.

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Owner of Blue Moon Cafe Sarah Simington


Concrete Moisture Mitigation at University of Miami Dining Facilities

concrete moisture mitigation for University of Miami

University of Miami students discovered renovated dining facilities at the Coral Gables campus when they returned to school in the fall of 2014. The university hired construction experts to renovate the Whitten University Center and the Hecht-Stanford Dining Hall during summer break.

Professional Surface Installations or PSI provided concrete surface prep and moisture mitigation expertise to the institutional project. Read on to learn more about the process.

Concrete Vapor Barrier Systems for Educational Institutions & Dining Facilities

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Project: University Of Miami Whitten University Center & Hecht-Stanford Cafeteria
Project Type: University Dining Facilities – Educational Institution
Location: 1350 Miller Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33124. Miami-Dade County
Contractor: Terstep
Flooring Contractor: Certified Floorcovering Services, Inc.
Surface Prep Contractor: PSI Inc. Chicago
Project Size: 35,000 sq. ft.
Vapor Barrier Systems: MAPEI
Flooring Project: The University of Miami hired architectural and construction professionals to design and renovate the Dining Facilities at Hecht-Stanford Dining Hall.

Professional Surface Installations (PSI Inc.) provided concrete surface preparation services along with moisture mitigation using MAPEI products provided by Specified Surfaces Inc. PSI’s selection of exotic woods, ceramic tile, carpet tile, glass stone and athletic rubber flooring adorn the flooring and walls within the food court and cafeteria.

As concrete moisture mitigation experts, PSI was also contracted to measure water vapor emissions in the concrete substrates and reduce high humidity readings in order to prepare the concrete for floor covering installation.

Concrete Moisture Control Products by Mapei:

Planiseal MVR – High performance epoxy moisture barrier for concrete substrates. Used for concrete slabs that exhibit high moisture vapor emission rates. Penetrates into substrate while at the same time creating a solid layer to reduce moisture transmission.

Primer T – General purpose primer for self-leveling underlayments. Enhances adhesion on non-absorbent surfaces such as tile and epoxy moisture barriers. Also works for absorbent surfaces and suitable for multiple substrates. Low odor and easy to apply.

Novoplan 2 Plus – High strength & quick cure self-leveling cement underlayment for interior concrete floors.

concrete floor surface preparation & moisture mitigation by PSI Inc.Scope of Moisture Mitigation Work:

1. Surface preparation – clean, grind & repair concrete surface.
2. Planiseal VS Application – PSI coated floors with epoxy coating specially designed to act as moisture vapor barrier for concrete flooring.
3. Cap Plainseal VS – PSI leveled the floors before installation of floor coverings by prepping floor with Primer T.
4. Apply self-leveling underlayment – Next, the moisture mitigation experts pumped Novoplan 2 Plus as an underlayment.

Professional Surface Installations was able to assist the contracting team with providing a complete and guaranteed moisture mitigation system for the University of Miami. To learn more about their services, give PSI a call or send an email via our contact form.

You may also learn more about concrete moisture mitigation for the University of Miami institutional project by visiting the Mapei reference for the University of Miami Dining Facility project.


Concrete Vapor Barrier for Cleveland Clinic Weston Florida

When Cleveland Clinic needed to renovate its campus in Weston, Florida, moisture mitigation for their concrete floors was at the top of plans to create a safe and hygienic environment for their patients, visitors and staff.

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Concrete Vapor Barrier Systems for Medical Facilities

Concrete floors require special attention for any new construction or renovation project at hospitals and medical centers. To mitigate moisture and strengthen concrete, slabs undergo special preparation prior to installing and finishing cement, tile, carpet or epoxy resin systems.

Without the proper concrete vapor barriers in place, floor coverings may fail or even increase the risk of mold and mildew growth. Even more importantly, medical facilities typically cannot shut down their operations to allow time for traditional concrete to dry and cure. That’s where moisture mitigation expertise becomes necessary for fast track construction projects that require quick drying of concrete.

Specified Surfaces and PSI Inc. provided the concrete experts and products to control moisture and balance concrete alkalinity.

Moisture Mitigation Project Details

Project: Cleveland Clinic FAST TRACK NICI
Client: Cleveland Clinic, 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd, Weston, Florida, 33331. Broward County.
Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Flooring Contractor: Resource 4 Floors
Subcontractor: PSI Inc., Fort Myers, Florida. View contact information.
Floor Installation Systems Supplier: Specified Surfaces, New Smyrna Beach, FL. View contact details.
Project Size: 102,000 sq. ft.
Flooring Project: The medical center needed concrete moisture mitigation so that their renovation construction plans could proceed on schedule with limited downtime.

Concrete Moisture Control Products by Mapei:

Planiseal MVR – High performance epoxy moisture barrier for concrete substrates. Used for concrete slabs that exhibit high moisture vapor emission rates. Penetrates into substrate while at the same time creating a solid layer to reduce moisture transmission.

Primer T – General purpose primer for self-leveling underlayments. Enhances adhesion on non-absorbent surfaces such as tile and epoxy moisture barriers. Also works for absorbent surfaces and suitable for multiple substrates. Low odor and easy to apply.

Novoplan 710SL Specialty Underlayment at 3/16” – High strength & quick cure self-leveling cement underlayment for interior concrete floors.

Scope of Moisture Mitigation Service:

  1. Mechanically prepare concrete. Surface preparation includes clean and repair as well as grinding.
  2. Apply Planiseal MVR.
  3. Apply Primer T.
  4. Apply Novoplan 710 SL.
  5. Supervision

Metallic Epoxy Floor Restoration Washington DC

Epoxy Flooring Washington DC LoveJoy Lofts

Oertel Engels Concrete Design renovated water-damaged floors at LoveJoy Lofts in Washington DC. They applied a decorative metallic epoxy floor coating as the finish.

In 2004, the property owners of LoveJoy Lofts converted the building to condo-style lofts. The property offers over 50 units ranging in size from 800 to 1,300 SF, and they sell for approximately $490 per square foot according to Zillow.

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Epoxy Flooring Details

Contractor: Oertel Engels Concrete Design, Ellicott City, Maryland. Contact (410) 461-9445
Project: School building converted into condos – LoveJoy Lofts
Location: 440 12th Street NE, Washington DC 20002
Size: 700 Square Feet
Problem: Plumbing pipe in an upper unit burst and flooded the residential loft. Service Masters cleaned the water damage; however, their cleaning equipment damaged the decorative acid stain concrete floor.
Solution: Oertel Engles completed the floor restoration using concrete grinding and installation of self leveling underlayment cement. Final application of designer metallic epoxy sealed with high performance clear urethane.
Products: CMP AS-100 Primer, CMT 210 Self Leveling Concrete, National Polymers metallic epoxy and urethane.
Time to Complete – 1 week.

About Oertel Engels Concrete Design

Oertel Engels, based in Ellicott City, Maryland, is a concrete company in business for the past 40 years. In addition to new concrete, they specialize in floor grinding, polishing, overlays, acid staining and epoxy coatings.

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