Concrete Finishing

Finishing Concrete : A Job for the Pros

Finishing - Experts at Finishing Concrete for Your Business

When it comes to finishing concrete floors, the task is best left to the experts. At Concrete Floor Systems, we can provide your concrete with a finish that will leave your polished concrete floor with a smooth, durable surface.

With our finishing process, you will end up with polished concrete flooring that has:

The advantages over a coated surface floor make our polished concrete floors the far superior choice.

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Polished & Dyed Concrete at a Colorado High School

What are the Different Types of Concrete Finishes?

Acid Stained Concrete Floors

Acid stain concrete is a popular finishing option for concrete flooring, due to its beautiful and unique mottled appearance. This concrete finishing technique involves applying an acid-based solution (usually comprised of metallic salts and hydrochloric acid) that reacts with the concrete to produce different colors and patterns. 

Acid staining concrete leaves a translucent finish, allowing some light to penetrate and display somewhat muted, neutral colors comprised of browns, greens, oranges, and blues (depending on the stain you’re using).

Learn more about acid stain concrete finishes

Acrylic Concrete Sealers

Acrylic concrete sealers are a type of sealer used to protect concrete floors. Of all the different finishing options, acrylic concrete sealers are one of the least expensive – which makes them an option when the budget is an issue. 

An acrylic sealer can be applied inside on concrete floors to protect the underlying concrete and prevent penetration by water and other substances.  They’re also frequently used outside – especially in residential situations.  They’re oftentimes used to seal stamped concrete installations (like walkways and patios) as well as concrete driveways.

Acrylic sealers come in both water-based and solvent-based varieties.  Solvent-based acrylic sealers tend to be a bit more durable than water-based sealers.  The application process with solvent-based sealers is a bit more complicated as you have to account for the fumes and a more complex application and clean-up process.

Both types of acrylic concrete sealers are applied as a thin film and the sealed concrete does a great job protecting your floor.  There is an ongoing maintenance cost with acrylic sealers as they do need to be reapplied periodically – anywhere from once a year to once every couple of years.  The reapplication schedule will depend on how much use the concrete floor gets as well as the wear and tear on the floor.

Epoxy Coating

An epoxy coating finish is a popular concrete floor finish to be applied to a concrete slab for both residential and some commercial properties on interior concrete floors. Epoxy coatings are hard and durable, making them ideal for high traffic areas in homes – for a basement or a garage floor. Epoxy coatings are also resistant to staining and relatively easy to clean.  Epoxy can be applied to both new and existing concrete floors. 

Epoxy flooring coatings come in an extremely wide variety of colors, allowing you to create a custom look for your concrete floor that matches your surrounding decor.  

A serious drawback of epoxy coatings is that some brands of epoxy can become slippery.  You can find epoxy concrete floor coatings that do meet the National Floor Safety Institute standards.

Another downside of epoxy coatings is that if you decide you’d like to apply a different finish at a future date, the process of removing epoxy coatings can be complicated and expensive.

For these reasons, for most situations, we recommend not using epoxy coatings and going with another concrete finish instead.

Urethane Coatings

At Concrete Floor Systems, we offer Urethane coatings as an alternative to Epoxy coatings for some commercial and industrial environments. The floor coating we use is DiamaPro UV HS. This flooring option provides excellent waterproofing, is extremely durable, and is also highly resistant to bacteria and staining.

Benefits of Dyed vs Acid Stain Surface of a Slab of Concrete

A dyed concrete finish has some benefits over an acid stain finish. Acid reacts with concrete flooring where dye does not. The dye process provides the surface with a more predictable finish color that will intensify over time. The acid will react with the slab and the final color can be a little unpredictable. Concrete dyes can be used to finish exposed polished slab floors.

Dyed concrete finishes are ideal for commercial floor spaces and offer a wide variety of custom options for your surface. There are more standard color options and colors can be blended to create more possibilities. The concrete dye formula is a combination of color and either water or a solvent-based liquid. Dyes will perforate the concrete providing a stable, long-lasting color.

A dyed finish can be used on standard concrete floors and can be applied on top of each other to build and achieve a multiple color look on your surface if so desired. Dyes, along with the tools of our finishing process, will provide you with a superior finish to your flooring.

Concrete - Concrete Finishes to Meet Your Budget and Needs

At Concrete Floor Systems, we provide our customers with a choice of systems to meet their finishing needs. Based on client’s budget and expectations, we guide you through the process of selecting a concrete polished system that will work best for you.

If you’d like to learn more about our finishing work and our clients, be sure to view our portfolio. It contains links to just some of the Denver metro customers who are satisfied with our work.

Ready to Learn More than just this Article? Contact Us to Research Your Concrete Options!

Contact us to learn more about how our finishing can make the surface of your concrete look fantastic and save you a lot of money in the process. Research our other brochures and case studies on this site. And check out an article you may find on some pages. The more information you have, the better decision you can make. Feel free to reach out with any questions.

How to Finish Concrete: Finishing Concrete is an Expert Job

We go the extra mile to ensure that our clients are completely satisfied with any finishing of a concrete surface project that we complete. This process is not a do-it-yourself (DIY) project and our team has extensive experience with surface finishing. Using a darby, trowel, float, and other tools and items of the trade, we work to prepare the surface with mortar for its final finish. Soon after the concrete is prepped, the slab is ready for polishing or putting a finish on a surface that is done in multiple steps to ensure a great look that will remain durable.

When the concrete cures, it creates a soft layer on the concrete which needs to be ground off the top of the slab. If not ground off the surface properly, the concrete polish will not last. Once the concrete surface is cleaned up (1st grit is always the most important), it is then a series of finer and finer grits to create the polished concrete.

Another part of the finish process is the chemical hardeners, which will make the concrete dust-proof and also chemical densify the concrete. This leads us to the most important part of the process – the mechanical densifying of the concrete with diamond abrasions.

The result is a low-maintenance, cost-saving floor slab that our clients love.


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