Concrete Flooring

 

Concrete flooring has changed drastically from its humble beginnings. Originally just a base or foundation for other materials, concrete has become more desirable and even decorative.

 

Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, and aggregate. Properly installed and sealed, concrete can be very durable and resilient. Concrete can withstand heavy foot traffic and large equipment, so it makes excellent flooring in commercial and industrial spaces. 

As experts in the installation and finishing of concrete, BNE can offer several different solutions to best suit your project. 

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Concrete Floors Offer Many Benefits:

 

 

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Requirements

 

Concrete floors must meet special requirements like weight bearing capability, flatness, and levelness.

 

 

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Resistant

 

With an added hardener, concrete floors are resistant to abrasions, stains, and impact damage.

 

 

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Preventative

 

Properly sealed and polished concrete is non-porous. Non-porous floors prevent contaminants and resist bacteria.

 

 

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Protective

 

With the appropriate coatings and sealers, they can also be made chemical-resistant, non-slip, static dissipative, and UV resistant.

 

 

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Cost-Effective

 

Concrete floors are easy to maintain and can be very cost-effective, especially for large areas.

 

 

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Professional

 

Polished concrete floors can increase ambient lighting while reflecting a clean, sleek, and professional image.

 

 

Our Installation Processes

 

BNE are experts in concrete floor installation. We have the knowledge, equipment, skills, and experience to install the concrete floors you need for your project. Concrete floors are versatile, but still have some limitations. A BNE consultant can advise your team on the best concrete solution for your specific project. Concrete floors can be formed on grade or suspended. Suspended concrete floors are often built on metal decking. It can be difficult to achieve flatness on suspended concrete floors as the metal decking can deflect under the weight of the concrete.

 

 

1. Start with a Strong Foundation

Uniform support across the slabs becomes critical as they can heave or crack. Soft spots in your subgrade are the death of any concrete slab.

We make sure to use a compactable, and easy to trim, granular fill for the subgrade. The subgrade needs to remain stable and support the heavy weight of construction traffic. We check the subgrade by proof-rolling, and we recompact any soft spots.

 

Commercial and industrial floors are usually large placements and are susceptible to curling and cracking. There are important steps to make these installations work:

 

  • Use the largest possible aggregate.
  • Get well graded aggregate.
  • Use the lowest water content possible.
  • Once we have a proper subgrade, we install a vapour barrier. Vapour barriers are essential beneath most interior concrete floors.

2. We Install the Best Concrete Possible

BNE uses slag cement for most of our commercial or industrial floor installations. Along with silica fume, they are known as supplementary cementitious materials or pozzolans.

 

We can also reinforce the concrete slabs by using welded wire fabric (mesh), synthetic fibers, steel fibers, or steel reinforcing bars (rebar). Synthetic fibers can prevent shrinkage and cracking, while steel fibers can improve flexural strength of the concrete slab.

 

BNE can also use expansive cement, or shrinkage-compensating cement, which expands while setting then shrinks back to the original size. Installed properly by experts, expansive cement can all but eliminate cracking in the slab. It has the added benefit of also increasing the spacing the control joints.

 

BNE staff won’t stop working until they ensure that the slabs have excellent place-ability and finish-ability.

3. We Control the Installation Environment

The BNE team has the know-how and equipment to get your project completed safely, efficiently, and on schedule. Our team maintains a very safe worksite. We are constantly working to protect our workers and any of your staff on site.

 

Ideally, concrete should be installed after the roof is on and the walls of the building are up. However, BNE can install concrete at almost any stage in the construction process.

 

 We try our best to ensure the temperature is controlled during the installation, but we have the expertise to install concrete in hot or cold conditions.

4. BNE Provides the Finish You Need

We can provide the appropriate finish for your concrete floor. Depending on what your project needs, we have options that can provide slip, spill, and chemical resistance.

 

The final finish of hard aggregates, such as quartz, covered in a coating or guard, makes the floor wear resistant. By adding decorative flakes, stains, and metallic hardeners we can create a beautiful, and cost-effective commercial floor.

 

BNE can create the proper floor for any industrial application and keep the costs down by reducing maintenance costs over the life of the floor.