Concrete polishing transforms ordinary concrete into a beautiful, durable, easy-to-clean surface. For both industrial and residential applications, polished concrete is the newest, most innovative flooring available today.
For industrial applications, polished concrete is long lasting, cost effective, and low maintenance. From warehouses, schools, and restaurants to manufacturing facilities, automotive shops, and showroom floors, polished concrete may be the right flooring solution for your business.
At home, polished concrete is a durable, efficient floor surface that eliminates the need for carpet, wood, tile, or other flooring materials that require replacement, maintenance, and harsh cleaning chemicals. Natural concrete floors provide long-lasting beauty and ease of maintenance-plus additional environmental benefits. It is a breathable solution for areas that have moisture vapor transmission problems.
Concrete polishing has been in use for a slightly more than a decade. It was first used in warehouses to eliminate dusting, increase lighting, reduce wear on equipment, and to create a permanent, low maintenance, coating-free flooring solution. Advances in concrete polishing technology have allowed contractors the ability to add color, decorative saw cuts, and specialty aggregate that later gets exposed by grinding. As a result of these advances, the process of polishing is now being promoted as a flooring solution to other markets such as retail, restaurants, schools, office buildings, and residential homes. The end result is a functional astatically pleasing flooring solution.
Polished concrete starts with the processing of the concrete surface, the act of changing an existing concrete surface by means of a mechanical process that involves cutting and/or refining the surface to a desired finish. Abrasives that are measured in grits (much like sand paper for woodworking) are used to grind and polish the surface. Grits are applied from coarse to finest and each girt density increases the smoothness of the concrete surface in preparation for the final surface finish desired. When processing concrete to a achieve a fully polished finish, one that has clarity of reflection and durability, up to nine different diamond grits may be used. It is always part of the process to apply densifier to the concrete to make it denser, thereby increasing the concrete stain resistance. The densifier also makes the surface more uniform, increasing the clarity and durability.
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