Concrete polishing transforms ordinary concrete into a beautiful, durable, easy to clean surface. For both industrial and residential applications, polished concrete is the newest type of fooring 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. The cost saving with polished concrete comes from low total cost of ownership. The only maintenance needed is to run an autoscrubber on it for cleaning. The same autoscrubber can be equipped with a polishing pad to maintain the shine.
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 like basements.
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.
Polished concrete starts with the act of changing an the 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 fine. Each higher grit increases the smoothness of the surface until the surface finish desired is reached.
When processing concrete to a achieve a fully polished finish, one that has clarity and durability, up to nine different diamond grits may be used to get the desired result. 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.
The last step is to apply a penetrating sealer to protect the surface. It does not affect the floor shine in any way. The shininess is a function of the diamonds grits used during the polishing process. This is a true mechanical finish and not a topical or chemical finish. The penetrating sealer is not film forming so it is much less maintenace. Film forming sealers like acrylics, polyurethanes wear off in the traffic lanes causing the floor to lose it's attractive appearance. The mechanical polish is the true polished concrete solution. A chemical or topical polish is where the floor gets it's shine from the sealer (shine in a bottle). It is an inferior solution and will not last.
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