Polished concrete is fast becoming a popular flooring option for hotels, retail, commercial and industrial establishments like restaurant kitchens, schools, hospitals and even homes. Polished concrete is tough and durable and requires lesser maintenance than most flooring options. It has a longer lifespan, too.
Polished concrete is created through a process that requires the use of the right equipment, technology, techniques, immense skills and a lot of patience. It ends result though is a flooring system that is tough, durable, safe, easy to maintain and aesthetically appealing.
What Does a Concrete Contractor in Manhattan NY Do Anyway?
Concrete is a material usually made out of the combination of rocks, granite chips and river stones mixed with cement binder (either calcium sulfate or limestone) and water. Polished concrete is a surface that is smooth and often decorative in nature.
Transforming concrete into polished concrete requires treating the concrete floor surface with concrete densifiers (chemicals that fill the pores of a concrete surface). The floor surface is then prepared and allowed to dry. Grinding equipment is then used on the surface until the desired finish is achieved.
The level sheen of polished concrete is measured by its grade and finish. A higher grade polished concrete has larger exposed aggregates in the same way a higher finish has a higher gloss polish.
Types of Polished Concrete
Polished concrete floors come in a wide range of choices depending on its intended use and on your preference. These different polished concrete finishes provide a combination of durability, superb performance, and low maintenance.
The level of the sheen of polished concrete floors (matte to high gloss finishes) depends on the diamond grit used. Aggregate exposure also varies from a cream finish (no exposure) to a full aggregate exposure.
This is the smoothest finish a polished concrete floor can achieve. It comes with the most consistent sheen, too. Colored finishes can be easily achieved with a cream polish because it easily and consistently adheres to stains and dyes.
Salt and pepper polish
This type of polished concrete floor is the easiest to achieve making it the most popular, too. It easily adheres to stains and colors and to achieve a perfect shine. Although minor imperfections such as small holes and cracks will be visible when the floor is done, they are able to create a unique and shiny look.
This is the least preferred of all the types of polished concrete floors. It is the most expensive to achieve because of some added processes. When done by highly skilled installers, an aggregate polished concrete floor can achieve an extremely desirable look.
The choice of the type of polished concrete often depends on preference and purpose. There are instances though that the condition of the concrete floor will dictate the type which can be used.
Usually, a cream polish cannot be achieved when coatings and glues have to be removed. When glues and coats need to be removed and ground, the cream polish will also be removed. It is important that clients know about these limitations.
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Where Is Polished Concrete Best Used?
Polished concrete enhances the aesthetic value of concrete floors. With limitless possibilities for levels of sheen, colors, decorative designs and textures, polished concrete allows the concrete floors to be customized based on personal preferences.
Polished concrete floors are best used in:
- Manufacturing facilities
- Retail establishments
Why Choose Polished Concrete?
Having a polished concrete floor installed provides a lot of benefits:
- Comes in matte to high gloss finish
- Dust free floors
- Seamless so there are no lines for dust and dirt to settle in
- Reflects light so there will be no need for additional lighting.
- Hypoallergenic because it is resistant to allergens ( dust and dust mites)
- Tough, durable and hard wearing
- Water and stain resistant
- Reduces tire wear
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Low maintenance costs
- A good alternative flooring system to granite, marble, wood, tile, and linoleum.
- Highly affordable
- Long lasting
Adding a variety of colors to polished concrete through the application of concrete dyes and stains allows polished concrete floors to have a decorative look instead of the usual dull gray concrete floor.
How IS Polished Concrete Done?
Polished concrete is achieved through a mechanical polish and grinding process. Diamond grinders are used together with sealers and hardeners. These densify, seal, polish and level concrete floors to make them smooth to bring out their natural beauty.
The grinding process comes in multiple stages to achieve a smooth and high gloss finish. Aggregates, acid stains, dyes and graphics provide limitless possibilities for a decorative and aesthetically appealing finish.
Why Hire the Professionals?
The polished concrete process is not as simple as it looks. Southside Concrete Polishing knows the right timing on which the steps should be done. Timing is crucial in the installation of polished concrete.
- Before pouring, air bubbles will be removed by vibrating the concrete.
- While pouring concrete, it will be leveled and incorporated into expansion joints to prevent cracking.
- A Power float (trowel machine) is used to create a smooth concrete floor surface which is done at the right time during the curing period when it is still a bit wet.
The entire polished concrete process takes more than a week to complete. The surface of the polished concrete floor needs to be protected against any possible damage while in the curing stage. This job is only for highly skilled and trained polished concrete installers.
Polished concrete comes with a variety of options that can be customized. It is not only a great flooring option for commercial and industrial settings but for residential properties, too.
Southside Concrete Polishing uses a multi-step diamond polishing process to achieve a polished concrete floor that will provide any room for the texture and warmth no other flooring material can match.
Polished concrete adds elegance to commercial and industrial spaces. When polished concrete is processed to a high gloss finish, it can mimic the look of granite or marble yet have its own unique personality.
The lustrous sheen of polished concrete will make any floor space in the home look aesthetically appealing at an affordable price.