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January 28, 2014

Oh, The Things You Can Do With Concrete

Polished Concrete for commercial, industrial and residential applications

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Please don’t try this at home.

Polished concrete, MergeCrete’s specialty, is achieved by using large planetary concrete grinders in a multi-step process with industrial diamond tooling, much the same way that some stone floors are finished but on a larger scale.

It is is not achieved with topical sealers and coatings or by burnishing wet concrete with a trowel.

Residential Use

blog-residentialPolished Concrete is a uniquely beautiful canvas for home décor because:

  • It’s seamless and incredibly easy to clean
  • It’s allergen free!
  • You can select any color and sheen, with NO VOCs

Polished Concrete in Retail

cream-finishHigh light reflectivity and durability has made polished concrete a go-to floor solution in retail stores and restaurants across the country.

  • Clarity of shine and superior light reflectivity reduce the amount of required lighting.
  • The maintenance protocol doesn’t call for wax and toxic strippers commonly used with VCT (vinyl composite tile) floors. 

Industrial Concrete Polishing

blog-industrialUnless corrosive contaminates are present, polished concrete is the most cost effective solution for industrial applications. No topical sealers are used with polished concrete, so with proper maintenance it holds up well to forklifts, foot traffic and wheeled carts.

Facilities do not need to be shut down during installation, and there are no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).

Polishable Concrete Overlays

polishable-overlayPolished Concrete overlays can turn damaged or severely worn concrete into true works of art.

Learn more about our Polished Overlay Finish.

Architectural Concrete Precast

blog-precastFrom exterior facades to interior pieces such as mantels and kitchen countertops, MergeCrete creates artful concrete elements.

By using fabric forming processes the texture, shapes and designs are unlimited.

Epoxy Coatings

expoxyWhen a cost effective floor solution is needed but the surface of the concrete is too damaged to polish, we utilize epoxy coatings to achieve the results you want.

Learn more about our Epoxy Coating finishes.

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January 18, 2014

Defining the “Merge” in MergeCrete

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The reason I chose MergeCrete as the name of my company was to have a constant reminder of my mission: to move concrete in a more sustainable direction.

One of my intentions is to find ways to use less concrete. It’s been said concrete is the 2nd most used substance of any kind by civilization – not just within construction. The problem with all this concrete is that it has created ecological problems on a few fronts. Through smart design and more thoughtful usage I believe we can reap the all the wonderful benefits of concrete while using less of it.

To that end, I use cement replacements and recycled material whenever possible. Portland Cement is the ingredient which raises concrete’s carbon footprint dramatically. Within the world of Architectural Precast much energy has been put into cement replacements. An example of this are pozzolans (volcanic ash) which can reduce the amount of cement needed and increase the potential of the concrete.

To learn more about how polished concrete is inherently green, follow this link to learn why quite often it is the wise choice: Creating A More Beautiful World

Merging Science and Art

Within the engineering of concrete there is a good amount of chemistry and physics at work. Using this material as an exposed concrete floor, for example, plays on its ability to be used artfully. Or, as we like to say, concrete has great design flexibility, thus making it available to both science and art.

Merging of the Traditional and Modern

Concrete has a long and fascinating history. It’s a material that has been changing and reformulated since its ancient inception. Modern concrete as a design element is making its way into both traditional and modern residences as well as commercial and retail developments. MergeCrete has completed projects in timber frame homes, passive solar homes (which use exposed concrete floors as a solar bank) as well as contemporary homes, offices and schools. This is a prime example of a traditional material that has been modified by modern chemistry and refined with innovative tooling and technology.

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