Casting the concrete
A crucial step in getting optimal results
Casting – also called pouring – the concrete is a crucial step in obtaining concrete floors that exceed industry standards. It’s during the casting process that several factors must be checked in order to ensure the highest quality finish for a concrete floor.
Mechanical steel-trowelled finish
For a uniform polishing, the finish must be steel-trowelled during casting. This type of finishing is also required for the edges of walls in order to ensure a constant concrete density. As no additional coating is applied during polishing, polishing, any defects caused during casting will still be apparent even after polishing.
Before the concrete is poured, our team of experts determines where saw cuts will be made. These cuts are important to ensure your concrete floor’s durability, as they reduce internal tensions within the concrete and minimize the appearance of cracks.
When well executed and made in squares or rectangles, these indispensable saw cuts will not interfere with the installation of a radiant floor. From the outset, we ensure that the cuts will not be located where radiant floor components are to be installed. Planning is key!
For best results…
We strongly recommend that calcium or other accelerators not be used in an attempt to reduce setting time. The quick setting of the concrete slab may cause premature cracks. It is also important to avoid pouring water on the floor during finishing as this could cause an accumulation of dust, as well as scaling and crazing.
For a polished concrete floor that meets your every expectation, contact Polissage Industriel!