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Floor Understanding advancements with polishable
by Les Davis, Gary Vidal, and Steven H. Miller, CDT
Image courtesy AmeriPolish, Inc.
ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES, A HARD
TRUTH IS BEING UNCOVERED—UNDERNEATH
CARPET AND VINYL TILE IN BUILDINGS
EVERYWHERE, THERE LURKS UGLY
CONCRETE. WITH ACCEPTANCE OF EXPOSED
CONCRETE FLOORS ON THE RISE, AND
REMODELING CONTINUING TO DOMINATE
THE CONSTRUCTION MARKET, PLANS TO
POLISH EXISTING CONCRETE SUBFLOORS
ARE NUMEROUS. HOWEVER, SOME SLABS
ARE SIMPLY NOT UP TO THE CHALLENGE.
A new alternative is to apply a self-leveling cementitious
overlay on top of the problem slab. The overlay can be
integrally colored, poured in a thin layer bonding to
the subﬂoor, and then dyed and polished like concrete.
Both the products and the process are new, but have
taken off in popularity with design professionals and
owners for applications ranging from large national
retail chains to custom homes. The process offers the
potential for affordable, clean, new ﬂoors, with bold
color designs and the sustainable and durability
beneﬁts of exposed concrete.
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