Cement floors, as you can imagine, require a little more time and effort than your average carpet or wooden floor installation but the end result is so worth the wait when your effortlessly chic new floors last for decades without needing replacement. We’re talking about typically ±5 working days (depending on the size of the project) and you have to admit, that’s not a lot of time for something that will not only turn heads but fundamentally improve the ease of maintaining and cleaning these surfaces … it’s almost too easy once they’re in!
Key factors will influence the overall time lines and application process –
- The size of the installation area and the size of the crew required to carry out the work
- The condition of the existing floor and whether or not it needs to be repaired or removed entirely
- The intricacy of the layout where the concrete needs to be poured
- The access to the area, how easy is it to get the materials and tools to and from the site
- The need to ensure the surrounding surfaces are protected (taping up adjacent wall skirtings etc)
- The final product selected – screed is applied by hand and decorative details and stains require more effort
- Water proofing sealants, depending on the area
- The length of dry time required between each step
Depending on the product application chosen, Flooring Guru’s residential or commercial applications typically take 1 – 2 days for the initial prep work and 2 – 4 days to apply the final finished product. This is followed by 1 day to apply the final seal, allowing it to rest, dry and cure. Industrial applications would be square meter dependent so with each new prospective job, our ‘gurus’ will work closely with our clients to ensure building regulations and timelines are met.
Most of our products can be applied directly onto existing tiles but a site meeting is required to inspect the surface to ensure it’s in great shape and that there aren’t any hollow spots that may affect the final finish. If not, grinding, acid etching and overlaying the floor may be required to establish and clean and workable canvas.
Lastly, for new builds and floor constructions it is best to allow sufficient time for the concrete to cure over a few days and also then ensure other contractors finish their installations before any final decorative treatments are applied. This is to ensure the new concrete floors are protected from potential chips or stains that would permanently damage the final surface.
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