Terrazzo Restoration By SafeDry
Port Charlotte has a lot of homes built during the Florida terrazzo era. I have restored many of these terrazzo floors in Florida homes over the years. The terrazzo floor I will show in this blog was in bad shape. The crew spent just over three days to get this floor into shape. We face many challenges in our field, but have a lot of tools to deal with almost any problem. This terrazzo floor had stains throughout, but we had three nights to treat them and got almost every stain out. When we were through the floor looked great and check out the shine. Like every floor we do this floor has no topical coating. The shine you see is the floor and the shine will last from eight to ten years under normal use before it will need polished.
We like to put up a lot of pictures, so everyone can see what we have been up to lately. These floor were done lately by SafeDry. Check them out and give us a call if you like. You can also send me an email Joe@SafeDry.com
Check out all the pictures we have posted from our terrazzo restorations. You will find a lot of before and after pictures of terrazzo floors we have restored. Feel free to call us with any questions or if you would like a free estimate to get your terrazzo floors restored. Joe Martin, SafeDry president. We restore floors that have had everything from carpet to wood, vinyl or ceramic tile installed. Below are some pictures that show some of our before and after terrazzo restoration jobs we have done.
I recently spoke to a man who had two terrazzo floors restored. They were both done by different companies. The man wanted shinny terrazzo floors in these homes. He was told he did not want them shinny as this would cause them to be slippery. If a terrazzo restoration company tels you this that are ignorant, lying or both. ASafeDry diamond polishes terrazzo. Our system involves all diamond grinding and polishing. I have never seen a diamond polished terrazzo floor that was slippery. Granted I work mostly with Portland cement based terrazzo and these floors are old Florida terrazzo floors, so that is what they are. Test show diamond polished terrazzo flooring is well within OCEA standards wet or dry.
There are a lot of terrazzo restorers in Florida that know little or nothing about what they are trying to do. I tend to believe the people doing these floors were trying to convince this customer he did not want a shinny floor because they could not produce a shinny floor. We do not put a topical coating on our terrazzo floors we restore. We also do not do recrystallization on terrazzo floors. Topical finishes can cause terrazzo floors to be more slippery. If you end up with a shinny terrazzo floor then why put something on top. The floor will not look better. Diamond polishing produces a true, mirror like, reflection that outlast any finish by many many years. Finishes can be glary and yellow over time leaving your floor looking much darker and needing stripped and redone every year or so. Diamond polishing puts more floor on your shoe. That is the main reason the floor is less slippery. When SafeDry Diamond polishes our goal is the very shiniest floor possible. We have spent a lot of money and time developing a system that takes out the most stains, brings back the original color and gives our customers the shiniest terrazzo floor in our industry.
In the past few weeks we have talked to folks who have, in this case, been told they did not want a shinny floor, when they in fact did want that very thing. Another customer who had his floor done and stains worked on and when he was not happy he told the company not to seal it as he was dissatisfied. He paid the tech and left as the tech cleaned up his things. After the customer left the room the tech walked around and poured acid on the floor. This tech was the owner of the company. We restored this floor to look beautiful. It had a low shine, many stains, holes that were improperly filled and deep deep acid burns. Another man had a company restorede his floor and they stopped five polishing steps before we do. The result was a low shine and uneven floor. They were clueless as to how to edge as it appeired the did not even try. We do the edges of terrazzo floors with a hand tool. We can also go near the edge with our HTC grinder, but if you do not edge with a hand tool you will fail to get them to look even and shinny.
When you consider which terrazzo restoration company you want to hire remember there are many types of terrazzo restoration out there and a lot of the companies lack the knowledge to complete the job properly. In the next couple of years most of these companies will be gone, but in there place will be other companies trying to sell you the same lines. We will still be here, as we have been for many years, doing the very best job we can to produce the shiniest best restored terrazzo possible.
By Joe Martin
At SafeDry we cover much of the state of Florida with our terrazzo restoration. We do a lot of terrazzo floors up and down the west coast of Florida. One of our favorite place to restore terrazzo is Cape Coral. We have done many beautiful floors in Cape Coral. In light of that fact I wanted to show off some of our pictures from there, as well as some others, to show just how great we can make those forty to fifty year old terrazzo floors look. When we restore terrazzo flooring we grind and polish without using any topical finish. Our terrazzo floors will last seven to ten years, under normal use, without needing further polishing. They never need stripped. When the floors are done in the future, you only need polishing grits in open areas. I hope everyone enjoys these pictures and if you have any question please feel free to give us a call. By Joe Martin
SafeDry offers terrazzo restoration in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Marco Island, Port Charlotte, North Port, Englewood, Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton and most of west and central Florida.