Green Umbrella Craftsman Statement
“Educated to Craft Quality On-Site”
WHY USE CERTIFIED CONTRACTORS?
Increasing numbers of architects and design professionals are suggesting Architectural concrete featuring polished concrete to their clients who want a flooring option that is green, low maintenance, and durable. The challenge is finding a contractor who can consistently meet specifications and can be relied upon to produce a high quality product. To meet that need, Green Umbrella has been instructing and training contractors to understand the GU mechanical process and treatment applications that create an architectural concrete floor.
When contractors complete our comprehensive training program successfully, and make the commitment, we can confidently refer them to you as certified.
Green Umbrella has three diﬀerent levels of certification oﬀered to meet your needs. GU Applicator is trained and certified you to use our concrete treatments for an earth-friendly concrete floor. An applicator applying our product may not have our equipment because it is not necessary to apply our concrete treatments.
The next level is a GU Craftsman. In addition to using our concrete treatments, the craftsman uses our abrasive mechanical process and Green Umbrella propane fueled equipment.
A GU Master Craftsman combines concrete polishing skills with the ability to place and finish new concrete.
The Process for Abrasive Polishing
A Green Umbrella Craftsman supports the industry standard of The Green Polishing 9, nine fundamentals with distinct advantages. An environmental mechanical approach that includes processing the floor wet; to avoid silicosis issues endangering either installers themselves or future inhabitants by contaminating air ducts in the building. The GP9 process uses a progression of abrasive grits on a machine built for wet concrete processing. The use of water and liquid abrasives enables a higher quality cut to the floor. The wet grinding system has been well supported in the industry for the best finish to a floor, and avoids issues with OSHA requiring inadequate vacuum systems and health safety standards encountered when using other methods.
The Process for Integrally Troweled Floors
A Green Umbrella Master Craftsman uses best concrete practice to place and finish concrete. Certified if possible by standard organizations such as the American Concrete Institute or American Society of Concrete Contractors that provide both guides and certification to assure the craftsman is trained in procedures accepted by the industry.
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