Restoring a Concrete Relic With Colour
presented by Todd Gomez, VersaFlex Incorporated
Thursday, May 22, 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Session: Concrete Polishing

Concrete repair projects can be simple and straightforward from the onset or complex to the point that multiple steps need to be taken to obtain the desired result. Sometimes, when a project looks elementary at the beginning and thenbecomes complex, some contractors may give up and not be involved in developing a scope of work. However, there are those that persevere to provide quality workmanship and a great result.

In a large floor restoration project, versatile concrete repair polymers incorporating color were used to repair cracks and surface imperfections. The specified material needed to have sufficient bonding capabilities to coincide with the polishing process of the concrete surface and provide abrasion resistance equal to or greater than the surrounding substrate. Incorporating color into the overall concrete design was necessary to achieve the overall depth and varying color ranges.

Once the repairs were made, polishing the concrete was carried out. Polishing the concrete is the act of changing a concrete floor surface, with or without aggregate exposure, to achieve a specified level of gloss. The steps required by the polishing technician to transform the concrete substrate into a specified finished gloss were extensive and included use of a sequence of grits of bonded abrasives spanning the grinding, honing and polishing stages.

This presentation will discuss the various steps that were taken and the obstacles that were encountered and overcome along the way. In the end, a structural relic was restored for an anticipated long service life. The project is a convention center located on the west coast of the U.S.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the processes associated with concrete repair.
  • Learn how to incorporate color into concrete and concrete repair materials.
  • Understand the processes of concrete polishing.
  • Understand the steps required to meet construction deadlines.

  • Speaker Bio:

    Todd Gomez is employed with VersaFlex Incorporated in Technical Sales & Services. He has over 20 years of coating and construction management experience involving various positions. Todd is a member of SSPC, a PCS - Protective Coating Specialist, a member of CSI, ACI and is on the ACI 515 Committee, Protective Systems for Concrete.

    Todd graduated from Newman University in Wichita KS, and also holds an MBA degree from Penn State University.