Portland Cement Shortage Causes Supply Chain Delivery Issues

Concrete pouring off of concrete truck into frame into dirt.


"Cement is the one thing you've got to have to make concrete," said Ron Hartman, vice president of sales of Ernst Concrete. "There's only so much of it being made right now, and the current demand is pushing supply to its limits." 


In the construction industry, few materials are as essential as Portland cement. This versatile binding agent forms the foundation of countless structures, from towering skyscrapers to humble sidewalks. However, recent developments have stirred up a storm in the construction industry, particularly here in Ontario. A significant shortage of Portland cement is causing a ripple effect that's being felt not only in construction sites across Ontario but also across the border in New York State. 


Ontario's construction boom has long been powered by an abundant supply of Portland cement. But the situation is changing. The province has traditionally sold a substantial amount of Portland cement in bulk to its neighboring state, New York.  


While this cross-border trade has helped reduce the overall carbon footprint of both regions by minimizing the need for long-haul transportation, it has come at a cost—a supply shortage in Ontario. 


As a result of this supply chain shift, Ontario's construction projects are now grappling with dwindling reserves of this critical building material. Cement, a key ingredient in making concrete, has become scarce, and the shortage — caused by a confluence of increased demand, labour shortages, inflation and issues at major plants — is creating serious problems for the construction industry across the country. 


This scarcity is not only disrupting construction timelines but also driving up prices, leaving builders and developers in a tight spot.  



A Versatile, Yet Essential Building Material 

Portland cement is a fundamental building material used in a wide range of construction projects.


Here is a list of various types of construction projects where Portland cement is commonly used: 


Residential Construction

  • Single-family homes 

  • Multi-family apartment complexes 

  • Condominiums and townhouses 


Commercial Construction

  • Office buildings 

  • Retail stores and shopping malls 

  • Restaurants and hospitality establishments 


Infrastructure Projects

  • Roads and highways 

  • Bridges and overpasses 

  • Tunnels and underground infrastructure 


Industrial Facilities

  • Factories and manufacturing plants 

  • Warehouses and distribution centers 

  • Power plants and refineries 


Public Buildings

  • Schools and universities 

  • Hospitals and healthcare facilities 

  • Government offices and administrative buildings 


Transportation Projects

  • Airports and runways 

  • Ports and docks 

  • Railways and train stations 


Sports and Recreation Facilities

  • Stadiums and arenas 

  • Tennis courts and sports complexes 

  • Recreational parks and playgrounds 


Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

  • Water treatment plants 

  • Sewage treatment facilities 

  • Dams and reservoirs 


Specialty Construction

  • High-rise buildings and skyscrapers 

  • Historical restoration and preservation projects 

  • Residential and commercial renovations 


Agricultural Projects

  • Silos and grain storage facilities 

  • Agricultural processing plants 

  • Livestock housing structures 


Energy Projects

  • Wind turbine foundations 

  • Solar farm foundations 

  • Hydroelectric dams and facilities 


Mining and Quarrying

  • Extraction and processing facilities 

  • Conveyor belt systems 

  • Infrastructure for resource transportation 

As you can see, nearly every industry is affected by the supply chain shortage of this essential building material.  



The Rising Costs of Materials 

Canada imported about $895 million in cement and concrete-related goods in 2021, according to Industry Canada, mostly from the U.S. and China. 


Inflation is also a factor. Prices for many raw construction materials have risen over the last 12 months. Costs for categories like gravel and clay have also risen, up eight per cent since last summer, according to Statistics Canada's raw materials price index. In April 2022, the National Association of Home Builders in the U.S. released numbers showing that ready-mix concrete is nine per cent more expensive than it was at the start of 2021. The association also found building material prices for items like lumber, paint and concrete, have risen more than 30 per cent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 



Lack of Manpower 

The supply shortages of concrete during this period were further compounded by several other factors.  


Concrete truck driver


The breakdowns at Readimix plants contributed to interruptions in the production and delivery of concrete. There was also a shortage of concrete truck drivers, stemming from manpower issues within the industry. To address this challenge, Readimix plants took the proactive step of hiring drivers from other companies, which helped alleviate the driver shortage and improve the reliability of concrete deliveries.  


These additional reasons for supply shortages only go to prove the complex and interrelated nature of the challenges faced by the construction industry during that period. There was a constant need for collaborative solutions to ensure a consistent and timely supply of essential materials to construction businesses across Ontario. 



How Did This Affect Us? 

The reduced supply of concrete during the period from 2022 into 2023 had several significant impacts on our construction operations.  


First, it resulted in smaller pour sizes, with our daily concrete supply decreasing from the previous 600-800m3 to 400-500m3. This reduction not only disrupted project timelines but also forced us to allocate more labour resources to complete the same amount of work, thereby driving up our labour installation costs.  


The extended delivery times from Ready mix plants added to our construction challenges, as the supply rate dropped from an average of 60m3 per hour pre-COVID to as low as 30-40m3 per hour during the height of shortages. Fortunately, the situation has now improved, with supply levels returning to pre-COVID norms at 70-80m3 per hour.  


These supply constraints have certainly posed significant logistical and financial challenges for our construction projects, but we have remained nimble and solution-oriented through each challenge. 



So, Where Do We Go From Here? 

As we’ve seen over the last few months, the shortage of Portland cement is sending shockwaves through the construction industry, not only here in Ontario but also across the border in New York State.  


This essential building material is the backbone of countless construction projects, spanning from residential and commercial structures to infrastructure, industrial facilities, and more. The impact of this shortage is far-reaching, disrupting construction timelines and driving up costs, creating challenges for builders, developers, and ultimately, everyone involved in the construction process.  


The combination of increased demand, labor shortages, inflation, and issues at major plants has created a supply chain crisis that demands our attention.  


So where do we go from here? It's clear that addressing this issue needs a multifaceted approach, from exploring alternative materials and production methods to fostering collaboration between industry stakeholders and policymakers. Only by working together can we hope to soften the impact of this shortage and ensure a more resilient future for the construction industry. 




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Epoxy Flooring for Automotive Shops

Automotive shop, close-up of a red car with flooring and other cars in the background.


Picture this: a busy automotive shop filled with skilled mechanics working diligently on cars, with tools clanging and engines roaring. Now, beneath all this organized chaos lies a critical but often unnoticed element that plays a pivotal role in the success of any automotive workshop – the flooring.


In the past decade, auto dealerships have transitioned from dingy, uninviting service areas to well-lit, aesthetically pleasing spaces for both customers and mechanics. With the increasing demand for skilled mechanics, it's essential to provide them with a bright, clean, and safe working environment. This shift has led to the adoption of light-reflective epoxy and resinous flooring, prioritizing the well-being and efficiency of the mechanics.


The choice of flooring material in automotive workshops is a decision that can impact productivity, safety, and the overall efficiency of your operations. Whether you run a bustling repair shop, a custom auto body garage, or a tire service centre, the type of flooring you choose can make a world of difference in how smoothly your day-to-day operations run.


In this blog post, we're going to learn why epoxy floorings are the ideal solution for automotive shops. From durability to safety and everything in between, we'll explore why having the right flooring in your workshop is not just a matter of aesthetics but a fundamental necessity.


At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money, and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!



Why The Flooring Choice Matters

An automotive shop’s flooring is a foundational element of its operation. It must endure the weight of heavy vehicles, withstand chemical spills, and provide a secure and comfortable workspace for mechanics.


The right flooring choice can streamline workflow, diminish maintenance expenses, and elevate safety standards, making it an essential consideration for any automotive shop owner.


However, automotive shops face distinct challenges, including rapid wear and tear, leading to structural issues and safety concerns. These problems are exacerbated by frequent occurrences of chemical spills, oil leaks, and grease buildup.


This results in the need for ongoing maintenance that can be both time-consuming and costly, diverting resources from core automotive services.


Epoxy floorings are the optimal solution to these challenges. Engineered to bear the substantial loads of vehicles, resist chemical damage, and offer a durable, smooth surface, epoxy flooring is tailored to meet the daily demands of an automotive shop.


Its seamless design minimizes tripping hazards and simplifies cleaning, ensuring a safer and more efficient working environment. By selecting epoxy floorings, shop owners can notably reduce flooring wear and tear, enhance safety, and realize long-term savings on maintenance expenses.



Benefits of Epoxy Flooring


Durability and Longevity

Epoxy floorings are renowned for their exceptional durability. They can withstand heavy loads, including the weight of vehicles and equipment, without cracking or breaking. Concrete floorings have a long lifespan, making them a cost-effective investment for automotive shops.


Resistance to Heavy Equipment and Chemicals

Epoxy floorings are highly resistant to the wear and tear caused by heavy automotive equipment, such as vehicle lifts and jacks. They are also resistant to the chemicals commonly used in automotive maintenance, such as oils, lubricants, and solvents.


Easy Maintenance and Cleaning

Concrete floorings are relatively easy to maintain, requiring minimal upkeep. Regular cleaning with mild detergents and water is usually sufficient to keep them in good condition. The smooth, seamless surface of epoxy floorings makes sweeping debris and spills easy.


Enhanced Safety Features

Concrete floorings can be customized to include anti-slip additives or coatings, enhancing safety in the automotive shop. The absence of seams or grout lines reduces tripping hazards and creates a safer working environment for mechanics. They are fire-resistant and don't emit harmful fumes, contributing to overall shop safety.


Cost-Effectiveness in the Long Run

While the initial installation cost of epoxy floorings may be higher than some alternatives, they offer substantial long-term cost savings. Their durability means fewer repairs and replacements, reducing maintenance expenses over time. The resistance to chemicals and stains also minimizes the need for costly flooring treatments or coatings.



Types of Epoxy Flooring

Each type of epoxy flooring has unique characteristics and advantages, allowing automotive shop owners to choose the one that best suits their needs and preferences.


Overview of an automotive shop with large windows and shiny, epoxy flooring.


Let’s explore a few.

  • Traditional Concrete: Traditional concrete floorings are a straightforward and cost-effective choice. They are poured on-site, smoothed, and finished to create a solid, durable surface. While simple, they offer excellent strength and durability, making them suitable for many automotive shops. If you’re using traditional concrete, the use of a densifier and/or concrete sealer is important.

  • Epoxy Coatings: Epoxy coatings are applied over existing concrete floorings. They consist of epoxy resin and a hardener that creates a seamless, glossy surface. Epoxy coatings are known for their chemical resistance, making them suitable for automotive shops where spills are common. They can be customized with various colours and textures.

  • UV Epoxy Coatings: UV epoxy coatings in automotive shops provide protection to the floorings and surfaces from the harsh conditions commonly encountered in these environments. These coatings not only offer excellent resistance to UV radiation but also enhance the overall durability, chemical resistance, and aesthetic appeal of the flooring.

  • Polished Concrete: Polished concrete involves grinding the surface of the concrete to create a smooth, glossy finish. This process not only enhances aesthetics but also improves the flooring's durability. Polished concrete is easy to clean and maintain, making it a popular choice for automotive shops. If you’re using polished concrete, the use of a densifier and/or concrete sealer is important.



How To Choose the Right Epoxy Flooring

Before selecting an epoxy flooring, carefully assess your shop's requirements and priorities. Consider the types of vehicles serviced, the equipment used, and the areas where the flooring will be installed.


Factors to Consider When Selecting the Flooring Type

  • Purpose: Determine the primary purpose of the area where the flooring will be installed. For example, service bays may have different requirements than customer waiting areas.

  • Durability: Consider the expected wear and tear, including heavy equipment and vehicle traffic.

  • Chemical Resistance: If your shop deals with oil, grease, or chemicals, prioritize flooring options that offer chemical resistance.

  • Aesthetics: Think about the appearance you want for your shop, as different flooring types offer various design options.

  • Safety: Assess the importance of safety features, such as slip and fire resistance.

  • Budget: Determine your budget for both the initial installation and long-term maintenance, as some options may have higher upfront costs but lower maintenance costs.


The Importance of Professional Installation

Regardless of the type of epoxy flooring you choose, professional installation is crucial.


Skilled installers have the expertise to prepare the substrate, apply the flooring correctly, and ensure it meets safety standards. Professional installation minimizes the risk of issues like cracks, uneven surfaces, or adhesion problems. It also helps ensure that the chosen flooring type performs as intended and has a longer lifespan.


At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!




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Epoxy Floor Coatings for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

Hospital hallway, bright lights reflecting off of shiny epoxy floor coating.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on any given day in the United States, about one in 31 hospital patients contracts a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). In Canada, the statistic is 1 in 9 patients, according to the Provincial Infection Control Network of British Columbia (PICNet). HAIs are infections that patients get while receiving treatment for separate medical or surgical conditions that initially brought them in.


These numbers are alarming.


Ensuring the utmost cleanliness and hygiene standards within hospitals and healthcare establishments is an absolute imperative. The health and safety of patients, staff, and visitors are dependent on an environment free of contaminants and pathogens.


Beyond aesthetics, clean floors play a pivotal role in eliminating cross-contamination, safeguarding immunocompromised patients, and ensuring the safety of the healthcare ecosystem. Epoxy coatings, characterized by their seamless and impermeable nature, create an unwelcoming environment for germ spread.


Their resistance to chemicals enables the utilization of disinfectants without compromising the floor's structural integrity. Epoxy-coated floors provide remarkable durability, withstanding constant foot traffic, heavy machinery, and rigorous cleaning protocols existing in the healthcare industry.


In today’s blog post, we will share more information about epoxy floor coatings, maintenance and cleaning tips and lastly, factors to consider while implementing them.


At BNE, we are trusted experts in epoxy flooring. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source in providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy floor systems. This saves them time, money and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next hospital or healthcare construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!



Understanding Epoxy Floor Coatings

Before further exploring the relationship between epoxy floor coatings and healthcare facilities, let's take a moment to understand what epoxy floor coatings actually are.


Epoxy coatings are a type of high-performance surface finish that is created by mixing epoxy resin with a hardening agent. The resulting chemical reaction produces a tough, durable, and seamless layer that adheres tightly to the underlying concrete substrate. Epoxy coatings are known for their exceptional strength, resistance to chemicals and abrasion, and ability to provide a smooth, non-porous surface.



Benefits of Epoxy Floor Coatings in Healthcare

Epoxy floor coatings offer a range of distinct advantages that make them particularly well-suited for healthcare environments, where cleanliness and hygiene are all-time high concerns.


  • Impermeable Barrier: Epoxy coatings establish a seamless and impermeable surface, crucial in healthcare settings to prevent liquids, chemicals, and contaminants from permeating the flooring material, averting moisture accumulation that could otherwise foster mold growth, bacterial spread, and unpleasant odours.
  • Antimicrobial Properties: Many epoxy coatings are designed with antimicrobial agents infused into the material. This feature actively stops the growth and reproduction of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.
  • Easy to Clean and Maintain: Epoxy-coated floors are exceptionally easy to clean due to their smooth and non-porous surface. Spills, stains, and contaminants can be swiftly wiped away without leaving residues. This ease of cleaning significantly reduces the risk of pathogens lingering on the floor's surface and promotes efficient infection control practices.
  • Chemical Resistance: Healthcare facilities often use a variety of cleaning agents and disinfectants to maintain hygiene. Epoxy coatings have a strong resistance to chemicals, ensuring that harsh cleaning agents can be used without compromising the integrity of the flooring.
  • Durability and Longevity: Healthcare facilities experience high foot traffic, the movement of heavy equipment, and constant cleaning regimens. Epoxy-coated floors are exceptionally durable and can withstand the demands of such environments. Their longevity translates to fewer disruptions for maintenance and replacements, saving time and costs in the long run.
  • Enhanced Light Reflection: Epoxy coatings typically have a high-gloss finish that reflects light effectively. This not only brightens up spaces but also improves visibility. In healthcare settings, where precision is vital, well-lit environments aid in accurate procedures and reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Hygienic Appearance: Epoxy-coated floors present a uniform and attractive surface that is visually appealing. A clean and well-maintained appearance not only uplifts the overall ambiance of the healthcare facility but also fosters a sense of trust and confidence among patients and visitors.



Maintenance and Easy Cleaning

Epoxy-coated floors have gained immense popularity in healthcare environments not only for their durability and hygiene benefits but also for their remarkably easy maintenance and cleaning.


Bright, open hospital room with 4 beds.


Here’s how:


Seamless and Non-Porous Surface

Epoxy-coated floors feature a seamless and non-porous surface, leaving no room for dirt, liquids, or contaminants to penetrate or accumulate. This eliminates the need for labour-intensive scrubbing and extensive cleaning processes, as debris can be easily wiped or swept away.


Spill Resistance

Spills are a common occurrence in healthcare facilities, ranging from water and liquids to harsh chemicals. Epoxy coatings provide a protective barrier that prevents these substances from seeping into the flooring, allowing for quick cleanup without staining or damaging the floor's integrity.


Swift Wiping and Mopping

Cleaning epoxy-coated floors involves simple wiping or mopping with mild cleaning solutions. The non-absorbent nature of epoxy prevents liquids from being absorbed, making cleanup swift and efficient.


Enhanced Disinfection

Epoxy-coated floors are compatible with a wide range of disinfectants and cleaning agents commonly used in healthcare settings. The impermeable nature of the coating ensures that disinfectants effectively eliminate pathogens on the surface, contributing to infection control protocols.


Reduced Downtime

Traditional flooring materials often require extended drying periods after cleaning, causing disruptions in healthcare operations. Epoxy-coated floors, on the other hand, have rapid drying times due to their non-absorbent nature.


Seamless Joints and Grout Lines

Unlike some other flooring options that have joints or grout lines where dirt and microbes can accumulate, epoxy-coated floors provide a seamless and smooth surface.


Stain Resistance

Epoxy coatings are highly stain-resistant, meaning that even stubborn substances like ink, blood, or chemicals can be wiped away without leaving permanent marks.



Compatibility with Healthcare Regulations

Epoxy floor coatings align seamlessly with Canadian healthcare regulations, addressing infection control through their impermeable nature, which prevents the accumulation of pathogens and cross-contamination. They satisfy cleanability and sanitation standards with their smooth, non-absorbent surfaces, facilitating efficient cleaning and compliance with hygiene requirements.


 Epoxy coatings' chemical resistance adheres to regulations that specify approved disinfectants, enabling effective sanitization without compromising floor integrity. The approval of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and adherence to Health Canada guidelines assure healthcare facilities of their adherence to recognized safety standards. Epoxy coatings also contribute to environmental sustainability, as low VOC options support Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification aspirations for healthcare facilities prioritizing indoor air quality.



Factors to Consider in Implementation

Choosing and implementing epoxy floor coatings in healthcare facilities requires careful consideration of various factors to ensure the effectiveness, longevity, and suitability of the flooring solution.


Here are a few to keep in mind:


  • Type of Healthcare Facility: Different healthcare facilities have distinct requirements. A hospital's flooring needs may differ from those of a clinic or a long-term care facility. Consider the facility's purpose, patient volume, and specialized areas like operating rooms, patient rooms, corridors, and labs. Each space may have unique hygiene, safety, and traffic demands that influence the choice of epoxy coating.
  • Foot Traffic and Usage: Foot traffic within healthcare facilities is often constant and heavy. High-traffic areas require epoxy coatings with superior durability to withstand the stress of continuous movement, rolling equipment, and heavy loads. Evaluate the expected traffic patterns to select coatings that can handle the wear and tear specific to each area.
  • Hygiene Requirements: Different healthcare settings have varying hygiene standards. Areas like surgical suites demand higher levels of sterility than administrative spaces. Epoxy coatings should align with the hygiene requirements of each area, including ease of cleaning, resistance to chemicals, and antimicrobial properties.
  • Maintenance and Cleaning: The ease of maintenance is crucial in healthcare settings where rapid sanitation is essential. Choose epoxy coatings that allow for quick and efficient cleaning without compromising on hygiene. Consider how often the floors need cleaning, the types of cleaning agents used, and the ease of removing stains or spills.
  • Safety and Slip Resistance: Healthcare settings need to prioritize safety to prevent slips and falls. Look for epoxy coatings that offer adequate slip resistance, particularly in areas that might be prone to spills or water exposure. Balancing safety with the ease of cleaning is essential.
  • Budget and Long-Term Cost: Consider the budget available for flooring installation and maintenance. While epoxy coatings might have an upfront cost, they offer long-term savings due to their durability and minimal maintenance requirements. It's essential to strike a balance between quality and budget constraints.
  • Environmental Considerations: Some healthcare facilities prioritize environmental sustainability. Low VOC or solvent-free epoxy coatings can be chosen to support eco-friendly initiatives, such as achieving LEED certification.
  • Installation Timelines: Healthcare facilities often have strict schedules and limited downtime. Coordinate the installation of epoxy coatings to minimize disruptions to patient care and daily operations.



Final Thoughts

We hope that by reading this blog post, you better understand how epoxy floor coatings promote hygiene and infection control in healthcare settings through their seamless, impermeable design that prevents contamination risks. These coatings stop moisture accumulation, mold growth, and bacterial proliferation, ensuring compliance with strict healthcare standards for patient safety and a sterile environment.


Nurse smiling at patient in wheelchair.


At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source in providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next hospital or healthcare construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!




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Polished Concrete Floors for Retail and Grocery Spaces

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There are currently 5,583 grocery stores in Ontario. As of June 2023, there are 52,800 retail store locations across Ontario. These grocery and retail stores across the province are high-traffic locations, which individuals visit ongoingly to purchase food and home goods.


These establishments are pillars in every community, and they are constantly evolving to meet a growing population and people’s immediate needs. Businesses are seeking innovative ways to create attractive, functional, and inviting environments for their customers.


One crucial aspect that often shapes the overall ambiance and customer experience is the choice of flooring. In this blog post, we will explore the advantages of polished concrete floors in retail settings. Polished concrete has emerged as a remarkable solution that combines both aesthetic appeal and practicality, making it an ideal choice for modern retail and grocery spaces.


The flooring in retail and grocery spaces plays a significant role in setting the tone for the entire establishment. It's not just about providing a surface to walk on. It serves as the foundation upon which the entire customer journey is built. From the moment shoppers step inside to the final interaction at the checkout, the flooring has a subtle, yet powerful impact on how visitors perceive the store's atmosphere, cleanliness, and overall brand identity. The right flooring choice can enhance the overall experience and leave a lasting impression on customers.


At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source in providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next retail construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!



Advantages of Polished Concrete Floors

By capitalizing on the following advantages of polished concrete flooring, retail and grocery spaces can create a dynamic and functional environment that not only impresses customers but also contributes to long-term cost savings and sustainable practices.


Durability and Longevity

Polished concrete floors are renowned for their exceptional durability, making them well-suited for high-traffic retail and grocery spaces.

The dense and solid nature of concrete makes it resistant to wear, abrasion, and impact, ensuring the floor maintains its integrity over time. This durability translates to a reduced need for frequent repairs or replacements, leading to long-term cost savings.


Low Maintenance and Easy Cleaning

Polished concrete floors have a smooth, seamless surface that minimizes the accumulation of dust, dirt, and allergens.

Routine maintenance involves simple cleaning methods like sweeping, mopping, and occasional buffing, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals or specialized cleaning products.

The absence of grout lines or grooves prevents the buildup of grime, making maintenance hassle-free and promoting a cleaner environment.


High-Traffic Suitability

Retail and grocery spaces experience constant foot traffic, shopping carts, and heavy loads.


Polished concrete's sturdy composition enables it to withstand the rigors of these environments.

The surface resists scratches, scuffs, and dents caused by various activities, ensuring the floor maintains its polished appearance even in busy areas.


Aesthetic Appeal and Customization

Polished concrete floors offer a sleek, modern aesthetic that can complement a wide range of interior designs and branding strategies. The shine and reflective qualities of polished concrete contribute to a visually appealing atmosphere, enhancing the overall appearance of the space.


Cabela's logo on polished concrete floor.

Customization options include different levels of sheen, decorative scoring, staining, and embedding designs or logos, allowing businesses to tailor the floor's look to their specific needs.



Polished concrete floors often utilize existing concrete slabs, reducing the need for additional materials and minimizing waste.

The process of polishing concrete involves using non-toxic chemicals, making it a more environmentally friendly choice compared to certain floor coverings that release VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Polished concrete's reflective properties can enhance natural lighting, reducing the need for artificial lighting and promoting energy efficiency.



Polished Concrete vs. Other Flooring Options

Comparing polished concrete with traditional flooring alternatives allows businesses to make informed decisions that align with their objectives for longevity, cost-effectiveness, and design adaptability in their retail and grocery spaces.


Let’s further explore:


Comparison with Traditional Flooring Materials (e.g., tiles, vinyl, carpet)

  • Polished concrete offers a distinct advantage over traditional flooring materials like tiles, vinyl, and carpet in terms of durability and longevity.
  • Unlike carpet, polished concrete doesn't trap allergens, making it a healthier option for retail and grocery environments.
  • Polished concrete eliminates grout lines and seams, reducing the potential for dirt and debris buildup compared to tiled floors.


VCT vs. Polished Concrete

  • In the retail world, VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile) remains the dominant floor covering in use. A VCT floor costs $3.00 per foot to install on average across the country. Standard VCT has to be waxed, as the finish provided by the factory does not last long as the wearable surface. Maintenance for VCT averages $2.00 per foot per year. The cost of maintenance includes scrubbing the floor nightly, buffing the floor regularly to remove scuffs from foot traffic and regular strip and wax services. Generally, VCT lasts seven to ten years before it deteriorates to the point where it needs to be replaced.
  • Polished concrete has an average install cost of $5.00 per foot in a remodel environment. If installed at the time of a remodel (versus new construction which generally has a cheaper price) polished concrete costs $2.00 more per foot to install, but a good maintenance program has an average cost of $1.00 per foot per year. In two years, the difference of the install costs has been recovered. From that point forward, the floor maintenance is actually saving money for the customer. Polished concrete never has to be completely redone and there is no removal.



  • While the initial installation cost of polished concrete may be higher than some flooring options, its long-term cost-effectiveness becomes evident. Polished concrete's durability and low maintenance requirements result in reduced repair and replacement expenses over time.
  • Businesses can benefit from extended lifespan and minimal maintenance costs, ultimately contributing to a more efficient use of resources.


Adaptability to Changing Design Trends
  • Polished concrete's neutral and contemporary aesthetic lends itself well to various interior design styles and trends.
  • Unlike certain flooring materials that may become outdated quickly, polished concrete remains versatile and can easily be paired with evolving design concepts. The surface can be customized with different finishes, stains, and patterns, allowing retail and grocery spaces to stay current with design preferences.



Enhancing Retail and Grocery Spaces

Through the use of polished concrete flooring, businesses can elevate their retail and grocery spaces, cultivating a modern, brand-consistent, and customer-centric environment that resonates with visitors and encourages repeat visits.


Grocery store isle, polished concrete flooring.


They do so by:


Creating a Modern Environment

Polished concrete floors inherently exude a modern and sophisticated ambiance that aligns well with contemporary retail and grocery aesthetics. The seamless and reflective surface of polished concrete contributes to an open and spacious feel, enhancing the overall visual appeal of the space. The sleek appearance of polished concrete complements various design elements, allowing for a cohesive and inviting environment.


Establishing A Brand Identity

The choice of flooring plays a pivotal role in communicating a brand's identity and values to customers. Polished concrete floors can be tailored to match the brand's colour palette, logo, and overall design theme, reinforcing brand recognition and creating a consistent experience.


Contributing to The Customer Experience

The customer experience is heavily influenced by the overall ambiance and aesthetics of the retail or grocery space. Polished concrete's reflective properties create a brighter atmosphere by maximizing natural and artificial light, creating a welcoming and warm environment for shoppers.


The clean and polished surface of the floor contributes to a sense of cleanliness and order, enhancing the overall perception of the store's hygiene and quality. The smoothness of the polished concrete surface also contributes to a comfortable and effortless shopping experience, reducing fatigue from walking and pushing carts. When customers feel comfortable and engaged within the space, they are more likely to spend time exploring and making purchasing decisions.



Final Thoughts

Through this blog post, we shared how to elevate retail and grocery spaces to new heights through the application of polished concrete floors.


These floors, renowned for their durability and low-maintenance attributes, present an ideal solution for high-traffic environments. The seamless and reflective surfaces not only foster a sleek and modern atmosphere but also provide a canvas for brand identity, incorporating customizable designs and logos.


At BNE, we are trusted experts in concrete finishing. We have the knowledge, equipment, and skills to properly install concrete for any type of project. We use industry-leading technology and expertise to provide the client with a concrete structure that will last. Our clients seek us out because we are a single source in providing concrete finishing, polish and epoxy. This saves them time, money and the hassle of communicating their needs to various contractors. Do not hesitate to reach out to us for your next retail construction project. We are just one phone call or email away!




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The Benefits of Industrial Concrete Floors in Warehouses

Warehouse with polished concrete floor


In our modern high-tech age, the way businesses operate have endured many changes. But one thing that remains the same, is the need for reliable warehouse space that facilitates the effective storage and transfer of goods. Ensuring that your company's warehouse has the kind of flooring that will hold up over time and endure heavy use can be a difference-maker for operational success.


Industrial concrete flooring offers a wide range of benefits that make it an excellent choice for warehouse settings, and addresses many of the problems that other types of warehouse floors experience. Concrete floors offer a lot of advantages in warehouses. There is also a wide selection of options available which can be ideal for warehouse upgrades and renovations.


1. Concrete is a Durable and Cost-Effective Industrial Flooring Solution

Warehouses with non-concrete flooring such as vinyl, tile, or wood, often face issues with durability and longevity. These materials may not withstand the heavy loads, frequent forklift traffic, and constant wear and tear of daily operations. In contrast, concrete floors in industrial warehouses provide a robust and economical solution. Its long-lasting composition and low maintenance requirements make it an ideal choice for companies looking for high-performance flooring without breaking the bank.


Warehouse interior


2. Improved Warehouse Safety with Slip-Resistant Floors

Typical non-concrete warehouse floors, especially those with smooth finishes, are more prone to slips and falls, posing a significant risk to worker safety. Industrial concrete flooring addresses this issue with options such as slip-resistant coatings and epoxy flooring, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring a safer environment for employees. These types of coatings not only provide a more secure footing for workers, but also protect floors from damage and lengthen their lifespan.


3. Heavy-Duty Floors Protect High-Traffic Areas

Other types of flooring in a warehouse setting such as wood or laminate can be susceptible to damage from heavy machinery and equipment. Industrial concrete flooring is designed to withstand the impacts and weight of these heavy-duty operations. By investing in impact-resistant flooring such as concrete, you'll reduce the risk of damage to your floors and the costs associated with repairs or replacements.


4. Chemical-Resistant Floors Benefit a Wide Range of Industries

In warehouses where hazardous materials are handled, some flooring types such as vinyl or rubber may not offer sufficient protection against damage or staining. For pharmaceutical companies, chemicals and drugs can corrode or degrade non-concrete floors. Cold storage facilities require floors that can withstand extreme temperatures and regular use of cleaning materials.


Other warehouse settings where anything from oil to batteries to fertilizer are stored can all experience damage to their floors if they're not designed to resist those substances. Industrial concrete flooring, combined with chemical-resistant coatings and sealers, offers protection against hazardous material damage. This makes concrete an excellent choice for pharmaceutical flooring, cold storage flooring, and other specialized warehouse environments.


5. Concrete Floors are an Eco-friendly and Sustainable Choice

One way for businesses to reduce their environmental footprint is through their choice of warehouse flooring, as certain non-concrete flooring materials can have a negative environmental impact. For example, some varieties of PVC tiles (polyvinyl chloride tiles) are known to release volatile gases that create air pollutants. A polished concrete floor has no such issue. It reduces dust accumulation in warehouse environments, and it's also mold resistant. Additionally, concrete is made from readily available and abundant raw materials, which make it a sustainable flooring option for eco-minded warehouses.


Large warehouse with concrete floor


6. Very Simple to Keep Clean

Not to be forgotten in the list of concrete floor benefits is its ease of cleaning. Polished concrete floors don't harbour dirt, dust, or allergens. This reduces the need for more frequent sweeping or vacuuming, saving both time and labour. Additionally, polished concrete floors can be easily washed or mopped and don't require any specialized cleaning products or techniques to remove stains or grime that might cause damage to the floor. This ease of cleaning contributes to a healthier and more hygienic workspace in the warehouse.


7. Maintains its Consistency and Level

Another big advantage that concrete has as a warehouse flooring option is its ability to achieve exceptional levelling through precise laying techniques. Other types of flooring, such as wood, laminate, or tile, can be susceptible to warping, buckling, or inconsistencies in the subfloor. This results in an uneven surface that can pose challenges for material handling equipment like forklifts and pallet jacks, potentially causing operational delays or safety issues. Industrial concrete floors have a greater resistance against irregularities, ensuring smooth and efficient operation of machinery and equipment. This consistency also allows for more accurate placement of storage systems and optimizes space utilization within the warehouse. Concrete's capacity to deliver a flat and reliable surface make it a superior choice for warehouse flooring.


8. Offers Stylish Design Options

Among the many benefits of industrial flooring, concrete has an array of options to make your warehouse design modern and appealing. The traditional concrete look with basic epoxy coatings is just the starting point. With advances in concrete floor design, a wide range of decorative concrete like stained or stamped varieties are also available. This ensures that your warehouse not only benefits from a highly functional and durable flooring solution, but it also allows businesses to bring an aesthetically pleasing look to their warehouses as well.


9. Warehouse Renovations and Upgrades Made Easy

If you're planning to renovate or upgrade your warehouse, non-concrete flooring choices can involve other challenges like the need for extensive subfloor preparation or complex installation processes. In contrast, industrial concrete flooring offers versatility and ease of installation, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of applications. Whether you're replacing an old floor or starting from scratch, concrete floor installation is a cost-effective and efficient option for your warehouse upgrades.


Warehouse indoor low view of concrete floor


10.  Concrete Floor Coatings for Every Purpose

Some types of warehouse flooring require regular refinishing or reapplication of coatings, which can be time-consuming and costly. Industrial concrete flooring offers a selection of durable, long-lasting coatings and finishes to suit your specific needs. Epoxy flooring is resistant to wear, impacts, and chemicals, while polished concrete offers a smooth, low maintenance flooring finish that is easy to clean. Applying quality concrete sealers help to maintain the desired appearance and finish of your flooring for years to come. Certain coatings can also improve the ambient lighting conditions within a warehouse. High-gloss finishes can increase the floor's reflectivity and enhance the overall lighting efficiency. This not only contributes to a safer working environment but can also reduce energy costs by decreasing the need for additional lighting.


11.  Highly Customizable to Suit Your Needs

Depending on the industry, your warehouse may have unique flooring requirements that other flooring materials struggle to accommodate. By working with experienced professionals like BNE Concrete Floors, you can customize your industrial flooring solutions to meet your specific needs. For example, pharmaceutical flooring may necessitate a higher degree of cleanliness and chemical resistance, while cold storage flooring may need to withstand temperature fluctuations without cracking or degrading. For improved resistance to heavy loads, impact, and abrasion, higher concrete density options can be implemented. By tailoring your flooring solution to your warehouse's unique requirements, you'll optimize both functionality and efficiency.



When considering the type of floor to put in your warehouse, industrial concrete flooring is an all-round solid choice. Whether it’s for a new build, a warehouse renovation, or an upgrade, the many benefits of industrial flooring will ensure that your facility is equipped to handle the demands of today's fast-paced world. With its ability to improve warehouse safety, reduce floor maintenance, and incorporate the customization needs of your business, industrial concrete flooring is both a reliable and versatile solution, and a wise investment for any warehouse environment.


With BNE Concrete Floors, you'll have the right professionals by your side to create a warehouse environment that meets the unique demands of your company while ensuring the longevity and performance of your flooring for years to come.


BNE Administrator at 2:08 PM
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