What is Polished Concrete?
Polished concrete is fast becoming the ultimate no-wax flooring material. With the proper floor grinding equipment and experience, we can grind concrete surfaces, whether new or old, to a high-gloss finish that never needs waxes or coatings. Factor in the superior durability and performance of concrete, and it's no wonder why more retail, commercial warehouse and office facilities, and even homeowners are catching on to the appeal of these smooth, high-luster floors.
This section offers a complete overview of polished concrete floors, including benefits, design options, equipment requirements and maintenance needs.
Where Can Polished Concrete Be Used?
The most common places polished concrete is used include:
Large warehouses and warehouse outlets
Hotels and restaurants
What are the Benefits of Polished Concrete
Homeowners, retailers, big-box stores, educational and medical facilities are choosing polished concrete for their floor finish because of the competitive advantage polished flooring offers over other types of floor coverings. Decorative concrete in the form of polished floors has become the logical choice because of the great value it delivers, and because it can compete aesthetically as well.
What are the Commercial and Retail Benefits
Cost savings: Using the slab on grade as the finished floor surface is more cost effective, maintenance costs are lower
More resistant to high foot traffic. A grocer in Tennessee explains that he is able to maintain primarily just the traffic ways within his store, which saves time and money because he does not have to move large display cases to wax and strip the floor.
Less maintenance and longer service life: Polished floors are easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping. They also eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. The glossy surface of polished concrete resists the marks of forklift truck tires and staining from oil and chemical spills.
Resistant to moisture transmission issues: Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe and eliminates issues that arise with other flooring materials that seal off the concrete, such as tile, etc.
High light reflectivity: Important for office building floors hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Also saves energy by reducing artificial lighting requirements
Is a sustainable flooring alternative: Polished concrete does not require hazardous coatings, cleaners or adhesives
Can all concrete be polished?
Almost any structurally sound concrete floor, whether old or new, can be polished with proper preparation. However, there are some exceptions, call for an inspection with Concrete Wizard and Polishing.
What Design Options are Available?
The smooth, reflective surface of polished concrete invites a stunning array of options for coloring, scoring, and creating radial lines, grids, bands, borders and other designs. Stains and dyes are the most popular application for enhancing already existing polished concrete.
Because polishing is a multistep process, you can choose the level of sheen— from satin to high-gloss — that meets your maintenance and aesthetic requirements. This versatility makes polished concrete an ideal flooring material for a variety of applications.