Commercial Slab Sealing for Restaurants, Kitchens, Showrooms, and Shops
Dust can easily gather on unsealed commercial slabs and cause a lot of problems with general floor and equipment maintenance. While dust particles might be too small for the eye to see, it can have a huge impact on something as big as forklift tires. Not only can sealing your slabs help to reduce dust from gathering, but it can also brighten up the entire space to create a modern look.
The team at Hawk Concrete Floor Coatings has been transforming business spaces into functional, beautiful work areas for nearly two decades. Based in Perth, our specialists have been asked by numerous businesses to upgrade their floors. From complete floor removal to crack injection to simply sealing a slab, we can help you to choose the option that will make the most sense for your specific business.
Since 2014, we’ve installed flooring solutions for various sectors that include restaurants and showrooms. During this time, we’ve established ourselves as one of the most trusted providers of commercial slab sealing in Western Australia.
Call us on 0490 777 761 today to learn more about our sealing solutions.
Why all slabs must be sealed
It’s critical that any slab gets sealed. Unsealed commercial slabs are not impervious to water. As a result, they are prone to water damage and staining. Also, in certain conditions, it can actually transmit water as vapor. This increased moisture levels can lead to unhealthy air and mold.
It’s important to understand that concrete is porous which means that it can be penetrated by other liquids, other than water, like oils, chemicals, and other types of moisture, too. Not only can it lead to discolouration or unsightly stains, but it can also cause problems with dust and overall hygiene.
Unsealed slabs are also more prone to chipping, or, worse, cracking. These cracks are unsightly, but in extreme cases, they can also lead to structural problems.
While it might have to be recoated every 5-10 years depending on the quality of the product used, it’s much better than having to spend money on concrete resurfacing to repair the entire slab. High-performance sealants, like epoxy concrete sealers, cost about $30 per square metre and are well worth it considering that the cost to replace the concrete can be three times that amount.
All things considered, sealed commercial slabs simply look better for longer. What’s more, it can even improve the lifespan of equipment used around and on it. Considering the various benefits that it can offer and the downsides of not sealing it, this step comes highly recommended.
What is involved in sealing a commercial slab?
To understand the process involved in sealing slabs, it helps to know the difference between sealers and coatings. In short, a sealer is a product that penetrates the surface to seal it. On the other hand, a coating remains on the surface’s top to create a layer.
When sealing a slab, your first step is to remove all oil, grease, dirt, and dust from the surface. If there’s any existing sealer on the slab, the existing sealer should also be stripped. The final step in preparing the surface is to add an etching solution.
Once the surface has been cleaned and the etching solution applied, the first coat of sealer can be applied with a sprayer or roller. After the first layer has dried completely, another coat should be applied.
In most cases, the sealer takes about one to two days to dry.
What should you look for in an installer when sealing commercial slabs?
Since not all flooring companies are the same, it’s best to choose a professional concrete flooring service that specialises in commercial slab sealing. When looking into researching floor installers, be sure to enquire about their experience and the different types of projects they have completed. It’s also recommended that you ask to see their portfolio or possibly even visit a location in person where they have sealed slabs.
From there, you can also ask the following questions:
- How long will the flooring project take to complete?
- What insurance do you offer?
- Do you manage all services internally or do you work with subcontractors?
- Do you provide slab repair and prep services?
- What options do you offer for additional design elements?
Why choose Hawk CFC
At Hawk CFC, we’re known for our attention to detail, high standards, passion, and professionalism. What’s more, we’re the only West Australian installation company that has its own local manufacturing plant. This means that we can create custom solutions to help fulfil the unique requirements of our clients in Perth and Western Australia.
We also offer a delamination warranty. This means that you can enjoy complete peace of mind knowing that your newly sealed slab won’t show signs of bubbling or separation.
Finding the ideal sealer for your floor can be a challenge. If you need a free consultation for commercial slab sealing in Perth or Western Australia, give us a call on 0490 777 761 or complete the enquiry form on our website, and we’ll contact you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial Slab Sealing in Perth
Can you seal old commercial slabs?
Yes, older commercial slabs can also be sealed. However, just bear in mind that it might require more time and effort to seal an old commercial slab compared to a new one. The reason for this is that you’ll first need to prepare the old floor by stripping any existing sealer. You’ll also most likely first need to repair the floor. For the sealing to be effective, it must be applied to a smooth slab.
Is sealing a commercial slab environmentally friendly?
Water-based sealers are considered to be more environmentally friendly and a good choice as they are durable and easy to work with. They are also easier on the nose than solvent-based sealers.
It’s important to understand that applying a sealer can extend the lifespan of the slab. This alone can help to ensure that the structure lasts longer which in return is good for the environment when compared to removing and replacing the slab itself.
How will the sealed slab look?
The final look will depend on the type of sealer that is applied. Some sealers are virtually invisible as they penetrate right into the slab. Other sealers, like epoxies and solvent-based sealers, can enhance the colour quite a lot by giving the surface a glossy, wet look. On the other hand, water-based sealers will offer only moderate color enhancement and more of a satin finish than a glossy look. Some sealers can also be colored with tints. In the end, the final appearance will depend on the type of sealer that is applied.