Craftsman Concrete Floors

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At Craftsman Concrete Floors, we are always excited to talk about the many benefits of polished concrete flooring. From the sleek, sophisticated style of concrete floors to their inherent durability, this type of flooring can be an excellent choice for your home or office. Not only that, but polished concrete flooring can play a big part in lowering your electric bill and helping protect the environment. 

Simply put, the benefits are many. Putting all of this aside, however, it is insightful to discover how concrete polishing is so durable and functional. The inner workings are relatively simple, but much of it comes down to silicate densifiers. Silicate densifiers are the secret sauce behind the sheer effectiveness of concrete polished flooring. They help maintain the durability of polished concrete flooring and can help ensure stellar air quality in your home or office. Without silicate densifiers, there would be far fewer benefits to installing polished concrete flooring,

Ultimately, by understanding what silicate densifiers are and how they work, you can gain a better appreciation of the power of concrete polishing. Along with this, you can understand why concrete polished floors are so beautiful and why concrete polished floors can save you a significant amount of money.

 

A Primer on Silicate Densifiers in Concrete Polishing

Let’s start with the most obvious question: what are silicate densifiers?

Silicate densifiers are sealers that are used to harden, densify, dustproof, and increase the abrasion resistance of concrete. They are made ofeither sodium, potassium, or lithium. For the past 40 years, these densifiers have been used for a variety of purposes, including chemical hardening and moisture mitigation. In the context of concrete polishing, however, silicate densifiers play a large part in keeping polished concrete floors durable and non-toxic

You can think of silicate densifiers as equivalent to liquid glass. This is a useful analogy because of the way that silicate densifiers are applied to concrete floors. Essentially, if you look at raw concrete itself, you will quickly discover that it is extremely porous. In other words, raw concrete has many tiny, interconnected air pockets, and these air pockets can create some significant problems. For instance, it can easily stain and release dust and other foreign particles into the air. When this occurs, the concrete will not look as aesthetically pleasing and it will lessen the air quality within the room.

Silicate densifiers can quickly solve these problems. They are spread onto raw concrete floors in order to cover up all of those interconnected air pockets. Once it is spread onto the raw concrete, silicate densifiers penetrate the concrete and subsequently harden. This hardening process results in a clean, shiny surface that can help repel all sorts of stains on your concrete floor. 

 Ultimately, silicate densifiers are an extremely effective (and important) component in concrete polishing. Without them, concrete polished floors would not have the same power or effectiveness.

 

The Benefits of Silicate Densifiers

Understanding the basic technical aspects of silicate densifiers, you may stop and ask yourself: 

What is in it for me? Why should I care about silicate densifiers?

Silicate densifiers can be used in a wide range of situations and scenarios. For example, if you work for or own a business that has a warehouse, you can leverage silicate densifiers to make your warehouse floor shine. If you wish to include concrete flooring in a particular room of your house, silicate densifiers can ensure that spills will not permanently stain your floors. These are just two scenarios, but the fact remains that silicate densifiers are an extremely important component of concrete flooring.

Ultimately, there are several significant benefits of silicate densifiers.

To start, let’s focus on the fact that silicate densifiers facilitate better concrete polishing. Specifically, silicate densifiers are applied before and after polishing the concrete. These silicate densifiers are putting in hard work in order to make your floor appear smooth and shiny. The difference is unmistakable compared to a non-concrete floor, which will often appear less smooth and less polished.  

Beyond facilitating better concrete polishing, silicate densifiers can reduce the porosity of your floors. As we explained in the prior section, silicate densifiers are inherently designed to solve the porosity attributes of raw concrete. Raw concrete has small capillary pores and voids that can easily lead to cracking, spalling, and water pressure. If this occurs, your concrete floor would lose all of its aesthetic appeal. 

When applied to the concrete, however, the liquid glass nature of silicate densifiers attack this porosity problem. As it penetrates the concrete and hardens, silicate densifiers create a shiny surface on your concrete floor. These silicate densifiers continue to put in hard work after they are applied, giving you the confidence that your polished concrete floor will look great.

Silicate densifiers can increase your floor life. One of their greatest attributes is that they protect your concrete floor from impact damage. They add about 1,000 to 2,000 PSI to the compressive strength of your concrete floor. This additional protection is critical, as it makes your concrete floor less resistant to chipping as compared to a concrete floor without silicate densifiers. And compared to a non-polished concrete floor, there is no question. If you were to accidentally drop a heavy object, the damage suffered by a polished concrete floor with silicate densifiers will be less severe than a non-concrete floor. Not only will your floor look better, but you will need to spend less money maintaining and fixing your floor. 

Finally, silicate densifiers increase stain rejection. Acting as liquid glass, silicate densifiers are effective in repelling stains from spills and household contaminants. Unfortunately, silicate densifiers cannot eliminate all staining. There may be circumstances where staining will occur on your polished concrete floors. But having said this, there will be significantly less staining than you would experience with a non-polished concrete floor or some other floor that is not made of concrete. Once again, silicate densifiers can save you from additional maintenance or replacement costs that you may experience with other types of flooring.

 

Your Secret Weapon

 For all of the benefits and praise offered to polished concrete flooring, silicate densifiers should receive a significant amount of credit. They are behind the scenes, constantly working to offer many of the features that you can leverage within polished concrete flooring. Without them, polished concrete flooring simply would not be the same. 

 As discussed above, silicate densifiers in concrete polishing can provide you with a long list of benefits. They can make your concrete floors appear more aesthetically pleasing. They do this by reducing the porosity of your floors, resisting stains, and making your floors appear more polished. But in addition to these features, silicate densifiers can keep some extra cash in your pocket since they can increase the life of your concrete floor.

 Whether you are interested in one (or all) of these benefits, it is clear why you would want to take advantage of silicate densifiers in your concrete floor. We at Craftsman Concrete Floors love speaking about these technical details, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. You can reach us by clicking here, calling (214) 663-5848 or by emailing us at info@craftsmanconcretefloors.com.