What Is Polished Concrete?
-A mechanical process by which a diamond abrasive medium and a penetrating surface hardner refine the surface of the slab to a desired "Polish" or shine. In doing so physically shine the surface of the concrete.
Why choose to polish your concrete floor?
- Reduced maintenance cost
- Won't trap moisture or "White Out"
- Dramatically improves surface abrasion resistance, wont dust.
- No waxing or topical sealer required
- Long life span
- Variety of color and design.
- Minimal down time to install.
- Great for new or old concrete
- Low Cost instilation
People typically compare polished concretes cost and its appearance to other materials. Knowing polished concrete is a viable, economical and long-lasting option; the next most important question is what does it look like? Polished concrete is described as shiny, beautiful and striking with many finish options. By smoothing and exposing the aggregate in the concrete, polishing provides a design that has a natural stone appeal and appears expensive and elegant.
Its important when choosing polished concrete to also understand that polishing can expose some of the concretes imperfections. Some of these imperfections may include cracks already existing in the floor, uncovering different types of concrete in places or uneven concrete. The imperfections can be improved, but will be reflected in the final product. Some people call this organic where you see the natural qualities of the concrete. You can see areas of coarser aggregate and unevenness of veins and aggregate. This is often one of the most appealing characteristics for people who want a natural and still functional look.
-Ambient Lighting Increases
The high light reflectivity of polished concrete is another important benefit, especially for office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Polishing can give concrete a higher degree of shine, similar to polished marble or granite,
Polished concrete contains no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which makes it an environmentally friendly surface. There are no coatings applied, such as epoxies, urethanes, or waxes.