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Quality repair will ensure joints, holes and cracks don’t compromise your work by Wade Christensen
A concrete floor polished up to 3,000 grit, stained, guarded and burnished can be a sight of sheer beauty. For many customers, a polished concrete floor is the perfect fit. The only problem is, many concrete floors are far from perfect slabs. There are pinholes, cracks, pop-outs, gouges, and spalling joints, just to name a few flaws. Defects not only detract from the aesthetics of the floor, but can also compromise a facility’s functionality. They create problems such as trip hazards or can act as bacteria collection points in locations with sanitation concerns, such as hospitals and food processing plants.

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How can you tell if you have achieved a quality polished concrete floor? More importantly, how can the owner tell? Up to now, judgments have been fairly subjective, based on a contractor’s experience and aided by a gloss meter or distinctness-of-image (DOI) meter. But as Clif Rawlings, vice president of key accounts for AmeriPolish Inc., explains, “A gloss meter can be fooled.”A gloss meter measures how light is scattered, but an angle, ambient lighting, or even a high-gloss coating can impact the number. A DOI meter addresses this problem by “seeing” through a coating to determine the consistency of the surface underneath, but it cannot measure the porosity of the floor. So these readings may reveal little ...

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By Doug Carlton

The path to success is riddled with pitfalls of uncertainty. However, the decorative concrete industry is full of potential and reward, and numerous tools are available to help those who want to build a long-term reputable business. A solid foundation for such an adventure is not only important, it’s mandatory.
Unfortunately, however, the formula for success used by most individuals in our business falls short.

Far too many skilled decorative professionals falsely believe their success hinges on their expertise. Most feel the more they know about concrete counters, polishing or staining, the better their odds are of being viewed as successful artisans or, maybe better put, successful artisanal business owners. Sure, ...

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How can you tell if you have achieved a quality polished concrete floor? More importantly, how can the owner tell? Up to now, judgments have been fairly subjective, based on a contractor’s experience and aided by a gloss meter or distinctness-of-image (DOI) meter. But as Clif Rawlings, vice president of key accounts for AmeriPolish Inc., explains, “A gloss meter can be fooled.”A gloss meter measures how light is scattered, but an angle, ambient lighting, or even a high-gloss coating can impact the number. A DOI meter addresses this problem by “seeing” through a coating to determine the consistency of the surface underneath, but it cannot measure the porosity of the floor. So these readings may reveal little ...

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