Polished concrete is concrete that has been treated with a chemical densifier and ground with progressively finer grinding tools. The grinding tools are usually progressive grits of diamond grinding cup wheels and diamond polishing pads. Stains and dyes are often applied to enhance polished concrete, as well as other options, such as: scoring, creating radial lines, grids, bands, borders, and other designs. In simple terms, the process of polishing concrete is similar to sanding wood. Heavy-duty polishing machines, for example a dustless concrete grinder, are used to gradually grind down surfaces to the desired degree of shine and smoothness which is something to consider when building or modernizing towards a more green solution.
The Polishing Process
Benefits of Polished Concrete
Enhanced Appearance– Polishing leaves a high gloss finish comparable to natural stone.
A Long-Term Solution– Without topical coatings, there is nothing to peel, chip, or flake.
No Curing Time– There is nothing to cure meaning that when we leave, the floor is yours.
Minimal Maintenance– Just sweep and mop…no need to use strippers and waxes. Increased Durability– Our densifier dustproofs your floor and increases abrasion resistance.
A Safe, No-slip Surface– Wet or dry, it meets and exceeds OSHA slip resistance standards.
An Environmentally Friendly Process
Optimize Energy – Concrete’s thermal mass can reduce a building’s heating and cooling loads. Highly reflective floors can decrease energy consumption by reducing the use of internal lighting.
Building Reuse– Polishing existing concrete eliminates the need for new flooring materials to cover the old concrete.
Material Reuse– Instead of replacing old flooring materials, such as epoxy or tile, the existing slab can be reused by polishing the concrete.
Recycled Content -Using suitable concrete additives will increase the recycled content of new concrete.
Low Emitting Materials– The concrete polishing process results in little to no VOC’s and does not require strippers or waxes.
Innovation in Design– Polished concrete has a long life cycle, improves the environmental quality of the building, and has a low environmental impact over its lifetime.