Polished Concrete Floor Services
Polished concrete involves the mechanical process of grinding, honing, and polishing a concrete surface using engineered floor grinders equipped with industrial diamond abrasives. This process transforms ordinary concrete into a durable, attractive, and low-maintenance flooring option. For unparalleled durability and a low-maintenance surface, we strongly recommend choosing polished concrete. This option delivers a stunning floor by harnessing the inherent beauty of the existing concrete. The exceptional longevity of our polished concrete system is attributed to the fact that we don’t apply a chemical wear layer on top of the concrete. Instead, we refine the concrete itself, yielding an enduring, glossy finish.
Our Polished Concrete Process
1. Surface Preparation:
- The existing concrete surface is thoroughly cleaned to remove any dirt, dust, or contaminants.
- Any existing coatings, adhesives, or sealers are removed using appropriate methods.
- Coarse diamond-grit tools are used to grind down the concrete surface. This step removes irregularities, rough spots, and any existing coatings.
- The grinding process exposes the aggregate in the concrete, providing a textured appearance.
- Finer diamond-grit tools are employed to refine the surface further. This step smoothens the concrete and prepares it for the polishing process.
- The honing level determines the final polished surface’s overall smoothness and shine.
- Progressive grits of diamond abrasives are used in succession to polish the concrete surface to the desired level of sheen.
- The polishing process involves multiple passes with finer grits, gradually enhancing the shine.
- A concrete densifier is applied to the polished surface. This chemical treatment reacts with the concrete to fill pores and harden the surface.
- Densification improves the durability, abrasion resistance, and overall strength of the polished concrete.
- A concrete sealer is applied to protect the polished surface. The sealer enhances the sheen, provides stain resistance, and facilitates easier maintenance.
- Different sealers may be used based on the desired level of gloss and protection.
7. Buffing (Optional):
- In some cases, a final buffing or burnishing step may be performed to enhance the shine and smoothness of the polished concrete.
8. Final Inspection:
- The polished concrete surface is inspected to ensure that the desired finish has been achieved. Any imperfections are addressed if necessary.
Polished Concrete Finishes
- Cream Finish: A simple polish with diamond pads designed to accentuate the natural color and texture of the concrete without exposing a significant amount of aggregate. It provides a sophisticated and understated look, making it suitable for a variety of environments.
- Salt and Pepper: A speckled surface created by exposing the finer grains of aggregates until the surface acquires a salt-and-pepper appearance. This type of finish is chosen for its decorative and textured look. It adds visual interest to the floor, making it a popular choice in various settings where a unique and stylish appearance is desired.
- Full Aggregate: A finish that involves exposing and grinding the entire aggregate present in the concrete mixture. This process results in a surface that showcases the natural beauty of the aggregates, including stones, pebbles, and other materials mixed into the concrete.
Benefits of Polished Concrete
For those seeking both longevity and an easily maintainable surface, polished concrete is highly recommended. It transforms the existing concrete into a stunning floor without the need for additional chemicals. The longevity of our polished concrete system stems from the refinement of the concrete itself, ensuring a durable and enduring shine.
- Offers long-term durability
- Includes benefits of densifying, hardening, and dust-proofing
- This system is recommended in high-volume spaces because it has a scratch-resistant finish
- Requires minimal maintenance and is easy to clean
- Lasts for decades when properly maintained
- Beautiful aestetique