After new concrete floors are installed in your New York home or business, an expert uses the appropriate finishing method to create the desired aesthetic. The type of finishing technique depends on what you want. Although concrete can be left in its natural state, most people prefer flooring that has distinct personality and character.
- Troweling is one possibility for finishing concrete floors in New York. The square footage of the concrete floors determines if troweling is done by hand or machine. In both instances, blades placed directly against the concrete are dragged to create a smooth service. When done, the applicator can apply a clear or colored sealer for maximum protection.
- You might also consider edging, which is used to create beveled or rounded edges on the finished concrete surface. Edging also creates joints that help reduce the risk of cracking.
- The broom finishing technique creates a nonslip surface. Once the concrete is placed, leveled, and troweled, a broom is dragged across the surface. This action produces tiny ridges that enhance traction control. Especially for restaurants, bars, laundry rooms, kitchens, and other spaces where floors get wet, this method is ideal.
- Exposed aggregate is a popular finishing choice for concrete floors in New York homes and businesses. The chosen aggregate is added to the cement mixture prior to being poured. You can choose river rock, pebbles, limestone, basalt, granite, quartz, seashells, or even glass. The exposed aggregate creates a beautiful aesthetic.
- Stamped concrete is an extremely popular finishing method that uses stamping mats or skins. The mats are placed on top of the concrete prior to curing. Once the concrete dries and the mats are removed, the design transfers to the concrete. With this finishing technique, the applicator can make your concrete floors in New York look like real hardwood, brick, slate, limestone, and more.