Colin Mahoney - North Carolina Concrete Flooring Entrepreneur

Colin Mahoney of North Carolina earned a bachelor of science from Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah. He spent three years studying biology and Spanish and earned cum laude status upon graduation. He relocated to North Carolina, where he established a business in the Raleigh area. As the founder of Crete Coatings, Colin Mahoney offers a variety of concrete flooring services, ranging from surface grinding and preparation to staining. His work applies to all types of infrastructures, including fitness centers, manufacturing plants, laboratories, and roadway systems. In particular, he manages sales, but he also possesses expertise as an applicator, knowledge that is useful when managing projects. He holds membership with the Green Builders Association.

In his spare time, he leverages his proficiency in concrete flooring to help community organizations. Additionally, he is an avid reader, who seeks out business-related books, such as Think and Grow and Talent is Overrated, because he enjoys learning perspectives on how to become an even more successful business owner.

An Introduction to Polished Concrete

After running the sealing division of Tim Mahoney Construction for eight years, Colin Mahoney launched Crete Coatings in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Under Colin Mahoney’s management, the company offers complete concrete finishing services, including joint filling, surface preparation, staining, and polishing.

Polished concrete is concrete that has been ground down by heavy-duty polishing machines, using diamond-impregnated abrasive disks of progressively finer grits. The process is similar to sanding wood. The initial rough grinding is done with coarse disks, and the finer grinding is done in successive stages with smoother disks until the desired finish is achieved.

Polished concrete has become fashionable in the design world as decorative flooring, both for its aesthetics and its durability. The beauty of the high-gloss finish makes polished concrete attractive to retail business owners, architects, and interior designers, as well as homeowners. It can be given various levels of sheen, and it can be colored in different hues or stained to look like polished stone. In addition, interesting patterns or objects can be embedded in the concrete before polishing. During the process, an impregnating sealer is applied that not only protects the concrete but increases the density and hardens it.

The resulting flooring is dirt resistant, durable, and easy to maintain, giving it a lower lifetime cost. Polished concrete is also environmentally friendly. It contains no volatile organic compounds, and there are no toxic coatings applied.

Mountain Trail Running Tips for Trail Runners

A Chapel Hill, North Carolina resident, Colin Mahoney serves as the founder and president of Crete Coatings. Outside of work, Colin Mahoney leads an active lifestyle that includes mountain trail running.

Running up mountain trails is quite different from regular road running, and it takes some time to get used to. One difficulty for beginners is that every trail is unique and carries its own challenges. Groomed trails are wide, even in surface, and limestone-based, while single-track trails are narrow and can feature numerous obstacles like rocks, tree roots, mud, and puddles.

Mountain trails demand the runner’s complete attention. It may be tempting to gaze at the natural scenery, but doing so can lead to tripping or falling. Always keep your eyes on the trail several steps ahead of you to prevent unpleasant surprises.

Experience mountain trail runners often “change gears” by starting slow at the base of the mountain and maintaining a steady pace uphill, before finally finishing strong. Again, no one size fits all: It’s important to consistently adapt to the trail, adjusting your pace according to the terrain.

Perhaps most important to a successful mountain trail running hobby is the correct gear. Purchase well-fitting running shoes to reduce the likelihood of ankle rolls and carry a windbreaker for chillier climates higher up the mountain. As with all exercise, it is critical to bring sufficient water to maintain hydration.