• Where is Polished Concrete Used?
  • Polished concrete is used anywhere there is exposed concrete, or terrazzo. This includes, but is not limited to retail environments (grocery stores, clothing, hardware, malls, sporting goods, etc.), schools, manufacturing plants, restaurants, food processing plants, warehouses, movie theaters, aviation hangars, automotive dealerships, residences, garages, office spaces, printing facilities, government buildings and offices, correctional facilities, distribution centers, stadiums, convention centers, and other locations where exposed concrete or terrazzo needs protection, ease of maintenance and an aesthetic finish.

  • How Soon After Installation Can The Floor Be Used?
    • Polished concrete can be used immediately
    • Epoxy drying times range from 24 to 30 hours before recommended use
    • Self-level topping drying times range depending on the product but a minimum 12-24 hours
  • What is a Concrete Densifier?
  • A concrete densifier is a chemical applied to finished concrete in order to cause a chemical reaction with certain unused material which will harden and increase the density of the surface. A densifier is designed to soak into concrete and is best applied with a single flood coat to ensure maximum absorption (flooded until rejection). Depending on the densifier and consistency of the application, it is not unreasonable to expect the flooring to retain its finish in excess of 10 years.

  • What is the Retroplate System?
  • RetroPlate is not a coating. A common mistake associated with the high sheen of the RetroPlate System is that a surface applied coating has been applied to the concrete. The patented process of the RetroPlate System requires many passes with grinding and polishing equipment, in conjunction with a chemical densifier, to produce the final product.

    The RetroPlate System is bare concrete that has been mechanically and chemically treated to provide a very abrasion resistant and durable concrete surface.

  • How Long Does the Retroplate Application Process Take?
  • This depends entirely upon the preparation and layout of the floor. Application time will be increased by factors such as extensive racking, machinery to work around, removal of a coating, heavy grinding, or other construction or building related obstacles. A certified RetroPlate applicator will be happy to look at a floor and layout and give an accurate application time estimate. As a general timetable, the RetroPlate process will be equal to or faster than the application of an epoxy or urethane system.

  • Will Vapor Migration Effect a Retroplate Floor?
  • Because the RetroPlate System is not a coating, any vapor migration can pass through the concrete and be released into the air without consequence. With the RetroPlate System, there is nothing to re-emulsify and detach from the floor. Because the RetroPlate System densifies the surface, it will also help reduce the amount of moisture passing through the floor. If the RetroPlate System is desired as a vapor barrier, Advanced Floor Products recommends that calcium chloride tests be performed before and after in order to determine its effectiveness.

  • Are Retroplate Floors Slippery?
  • By closing off the pores at the surface, the floor does become slightly more slippery. However, the RetroPlate System falls within OSHA and ADA recommendations for coefficient of friction. Please see the RetroPlate coefficient of friction testing under the “Test Results” section.

  • Are there any areas where the retroplate system is not recommended?
  • The RetroPlate System is not recommended where strong acids will come in contact with the floor. However, these are generally very small portions of a facility and the remainder of the floor could be treated with RetroPlate.

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