The machinery manufacturers of concrete flooring equipment expect for sunny days ahead. The market is approximately pegged over 4,000 to 5,000 crores. It has witnessed the influx of variety of new products for surface preparation, finishing and polishing of concrete floors. Thanks to the resurgent of construction sector, the rising demand for high quality and highly aesthetic floor from different verticals, be it hospitality, clean rooms, commercial spaces, industrial floors the manufacturers have left no stones unturned. The entry of overseas manufacturers in the Indian market in recent times, also testifies the huge potential for concrete flooring equipment.
Concrete terrazzo flooring, a top choice in the 1960s to the present highly aesthetic and decorative concrete floors, concrete flooring has made a comeback. Thanks to advances in technology and processes, it is now possible to pour an ordinary grey concrete floor and convert it into a beautiful coloured concrete floor, with the help of special grinding machines, diamond tools, concrete dyes, densifiers and sophisticated polishing equipment. The design possibilities are endless. It is not only possible to use different coloured dyes in different areas, but also possible to create intricate patterns by using special stencils.
In the buoyant nature of the Indian market, several types of concrete flooring equipment have been making an entry, in recent times. The growing popularity of superflat floors has meant rise in demand for equipment, especially for this particular flooring job, such as laser screeds. The latest models enable higher production rate, higher strength, reduced form work, wider panel width and accurate levels, apart from being able to produce seamless superflat floors. It is not uncommon to find flooring contractors achieving targets such 20,000 to 40,000 square feet of concrete floor in a day’s time.
With the rising demand for industrial and commercial flooring, several types of concrete flooring equipment are now in demand. Concrete laying equipment are especifically designed for large span industrial and commercial premises. These hydraulically or electric-powered fixed-form concrete laying machines are ideally suited for large industrial buildings.
Grinding and Polishing
Specialized machinery for concrete grinding and polishing is another market segment, which has grown rapidly in recent times. Diamond polished concrete floors ensure dust-free concrete, increased abrasion resistance and durability, apart from improving the aesthetics of industrial and commercial flooring. It is gradually becoming the norm. Polished concrete is fast becoming the ultimate no-wax flooring material. Thanks to the recent advances in polishing equipment and techniques, contractors are now grinding concrete floor surfaces, whether new or old, to a high-gloss finish, which never needs waxes or coatings. Retail, warehouse and office facilities are opting for polished concrete flooring as an alternative to marble, granite, tile, linoleum or coated concrete for superior durability and performance of concrete.
The same technology used to produce beautiful polished concrete floors. It has advanced in recent years to such an extent that an incredibly smooth, high-gloss finish can be achieved with the use of concrete polishing machines. Technological advancements in concrete floor installation techniques and in concrete polishing machines have made it possible as a work of art. Floors can be created to feature not only geometric designs, but also intricate images and ornate graphics. Technological advancements have allowed for exquisite precision layout, perfect look and feel of polished concrete floors. The design possibilities of polished concrete floors offer much more in terms of design than traditional flooring materials. The polished concrete floor has become increasingly popular and common in buildings construction for a variety of purposes, including retail functions, manufacturing and education.
One can polish concrete using wet or dry methods. Although each has its advantages, dry polishing is the method most commonly used in the industry today be-cause it’s faster, more convenient and environment friendly. Wet polishing uses water to cool the diamond abrasives and eliminate grinding dust. The chief disadvantage of this method is the cleanup. Wet polishing creates a tremendous amount of slurry for crews to collect and dispose it in an environmentally sound manner.
Many contractors use a combination of both the wet and dry polishing methods. Typically, dry polishing is used for the initial grinding steps, when more concrete is being removed. As the surface becomes smoother and crews switch from the metal-bonded to the finer resin-bonded diamond abrasives, they generally change to wet polishing.
With the huge increase in the infrastructural development in multiple sectors all across the country, the concrete flooring equipment segment is experiencing an increase in demand. Manufacturers, who have noticed the trend, are investing to manufacture such equipment to meet the nation’s demand. The concrete flooring equipment segment is poised to grow further, because the Central and State Governments are investing huge amount to build smart cities and develop the Tier II and Tier III cities.