The Hudson YMCA's carpets were worn out and had visible stains and water damage, which hurt the building's overall appeal. A custom polished floor by Concrete Arts, Hudson, Wisc., was the best solution for the YMCA due to its durability and low maintenance costs.

Concrete Arts found many challenges once the carpet was removed. The floor height was uneven due to separate foundation floors, and there were many random cracks.To fix the base problem, cracks were routed out and filled with a polymer-modified grout. Structural cracks were filled with epoxy to bond slabs back together.

To enhance the floor's appeal, faux joints were cut in and grouted to simulate an ashlar slate pattern, and individual ashlar squares were custom stained to add dimension. The result was durable and attractive floor that is easy to maintain.

This project took two weeks to complete with a crew of three workers. All work had to be completed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., when the YMCA was closed.