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concrete floor finish

Discussion in 'Contractor Talk' started by tomsmith, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. tomsmith

    tomsmith Member

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    Have an exposed interior concrete slab, what's the best finish?

    Screeding
    Troweling
    Floating
    Float with Course Brooming
    Floating with Fine Broomng
     
  2. fatboy

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    What is the final use going to be?

    My experience is interiors floors are trowel finished for ease of maintenance and cleaning.
     
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    Any particular setting/ occupancy??
     
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    Would the occupancy type impact the finish? This is for a commercial project, but would be curious to know the options for residential as well!
     
  5. JBI

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    For a factory floor a broom finish would probably be suitable, for a mercantile occupancy maybe something smoother.
    The Code does not specify either way.
    Some big box stores do stamped concrete in the foyer/airlock portion.
    Where the vinyl composite tile goes they use a trowel finish.
     
  6. tomsmith

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    Is a broom finish always rough? Looking for a non-slip surface
     
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    Depends on how wet the concrete and how coarse the broom I suppose. 'Non-slip' is an elusive term...
    What is the specific application (building use)?
     
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    Nicer than broom.......I always called it a "sweat finish", probably because you do sweat finishing it!
     
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    There are a variety of exposed aggregate that can be polished as desired.
     
  10. tomsmith

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    Trowel vs. Floating with Brooming, which is best for interior exposed surface..
     
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    Trowel vs. Floating vs. Floating with Brooming *

    By the way, is it possible to edit previous posts?
     
  12. fatboy

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    Your own? Might be an option if you were a sawhorse.........
     
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    If you are a card carrying paid sawhorse

    Helps keep the forum going!!!

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    Which one would produce an interior non slip finish, the coarse brooming or the fine brooming?
     
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    Starting to think you’re yanking our chain here, you’ve been asked a couple of times anyways, what is the specific use you are asking about?
     
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    ACTUALLY- CDA resources just helped, thanks much! This is for an interior commercial renovation- a boutique store. Everything I'm reading confirms trowel is for interior applications and floating with brooming is for exterior.
     
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