Mar-Allen Concrete was renovating the I-476 bridge ramps going down into Clark’s Summit, PA. They were ready to install a high friction overlay and needed the concrete appropriately prepared. Naturally they contacted us about shot blasting the bridge so their overlay would properly adhere and give lasting quality and reliability to the ramp.
Since the job was time sensitive our crew went up the night before and stayed in a hotel in order to start working first thing in the morning with no time lost. Deck had tines and our crew blasted to a Concrete Surface Profile (C.S.P) of 5-6. Using our diesel powered BW machines we were able to shot blast 45,000 sq. ft. in just 8 hours. As always we magnet swept and cleaned up excess shot after the job.
New Hudson Facades recently created their new manufacturing facility in Boothwyn, PA. They decided to go with polished concrete from Shot Blast Inc. for their office and break areas.
These areas see heavy foot traffic, so they require a floor that is both durable and easy to clean. Polished concrete contains no sealer, wax, or coating to wear off. Additionally, the high reflectivity of these floors reduces the need for artificial lighting makes the space look bright and clean.
As you can see in the photos below, New Hudson Facades went with a glossy slate to suit their office decor. However, we offer a wide variety of colors that you can find here.
For more reasons this flooring is ideal for offices and warehouses, see a previous blog post called Why Polished Concrete.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to ShotBlast for the great floor refinishing work performed at Classic Plaza shopping center. ShotBlast did a fantastic and meticulous job in getting the floor completed on budget. I really appreciated your effort in manning the job with enough workers to complete the job ahead of schedule. The finished floor exceeded my expectations and those of my supermarket tenant who commented that is was the nicest polished floor in their chain. The job went smoothly due to the fact you and Jim identified all issues with the 40-year-old floor ahead of the job and planned for them during the course of the job. I have recommended you to a few of my developer friends and contractors and plan on continuing to do so.
There are not many contractors who pay this close attention to detail and where the owner is constantly on the job to make sure it is being completed as promised. I would have thought Jim owned the floor for as much time he spent on the job. As for you John, you really made this phase of the project go as planned and your communication during the course of the job made my job and planning of the project go smoothly. I really appreciated you being so considerate of my time and project schedule.
I look forward to working with you and Jim in the near future.”
David N. Ragone
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In commercial settings, it’s common to think you need to choose between a practical floor or one that matches your decor. With polished concrete, you get both.
Whether you’re a manufacturing plant or a clothing store, it’s important to be prepped for an influx of people. Polished concrete creates a safe area that’s easy to maintain, and can really accomplish any look you’re going for. See more benefits below:
Commercial and Retail Polished Floor Benefits:
- Cost Savings: Using the slab on grade as the finished floor surface is more cost effective, maintenance costs are lower.
- Resistant to Heavy Foot Traffic: No sealer, wax, or coating to wear off
- Less Maintenance & Longer Service Life: Polished floors are easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping. They also eliminate the need for waxes or coatings as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. The glossy surface of polished concrete resists the marks of forklift truck tires and staining from oil and chemical spills.
- Resistant to Moisture Transmission Issues: Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe and eliminates issues that arise with other flooring materials that seal off the concrete, such as tile, etc.
- High Light Reflectivity: Important for office lobbies, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Also saves energy by reducing artificial lighting requirements.
- Sustainable Flooring Alternative: Polished concrete does not require hazardous coatings, cleaners or adhesives.
- Easy to Clean: Won’t harbor dust, dirt, or allergens
- Available in Wide Variety of Colors and Designs
To inquire about polished concrete for your floor, fill out our contact form today!
How do you remove 1/4 inch of tuff Epoxy/elastomeric Urethane from 350,000 square feet of parking deck on 5 different levels in a timely manner?
Case Study: Elastomeric Urethane membrane removal at the Philadelphia Parking Authority facility next to the Philadelphia Convention Center, 350,000 square feet
This was a very sensitive project in that the deck needed major restoration and concrete replacement and scheduling was very critical due to the fact that the Philadelphia Convention Center relied on this structure for most of its parking.
During the scarification process the membrane is chipped away using carbide cutters, leaving the concrete with a profile of CSP 6-9, this profile is too rough for some material manufactures so we can diamond-grind the surface to reduce the profile to the material manufacturers requirements. Next, we shot blast the surface to remove any laitance and micro fracturing caused by the scarification process. The deck is now ready for material applications.
Check out our pictures of the removal process:
Concrete Preparation 101: Membrane Removal, Grind & Shot Blast
Philadelphia parking garages see heavy traffic, so maintaining proper maintenance is necessary. The main purpose of parking deck membranes is to protect the concrete deck from water and salt intrusion, which can eat away at rebar and the supporting structure. When the deck is prepared properly and a high performance membrane system applied, it can last from 10 to 20 years.
The General contractor for this project was Melrose Construction, Inc. of North Wales, PA. When Bob DiFerdinando, Project Manager for Melrose, decided on who was going to do the surface preparation, he chose Shot Blast Inc. because of our preparation and membrane removal capabilities. No other preparation contractor had the necessary equipment and expertise to do this type of work in the time frame allotted. This project turned out to be a major success for Melrose Construction and the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
Be sure to check out our Parking Deck Membrane Removal page for more examples!
Photo courtesy of UNL.
A professor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln has created a concrete that could make snow shoveling a thing of the past. Since 1997, Dr. Chris Tuan has been developing a special mix of concrete that, when powered, can safely melt ice.
The mixture is about 80% concrete and 20% steel fibers and carbon particles. A 200 square foot slab of concrete only needs as little power as what is produced by a wall outlet and the electricity is safe to touch. The mixture is being tested by the FAA and could potentially be used for the tarmac at a major airport.
How is it used?
You can see a time lapse video of the concrete being tested here. As you’ll see, the snow piles up outside of the test concrete but the concrete itself remains clear. Although it’s not likely that this cement could be applied to highways, it could be useful in intersections and exit ramps.
Dr. Tuan hopes that one day this technology will be available to the public. He says that one day, this new type of cement could eliminate personal injuries from slipping and falling on a slippery sidewalk. In addition, it could mean that your shoveling days are over.
Read the full story from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln here.