Polished Concrete is:
- A mechanical grinding & polishing process that utilizes industrial diamonds, chemical hardeners and impregnating sealers to level, densify, polish & finally seal the floor creating a beautiful granite-like surface.
- The most innovative and economical flooring options available today, and its popularity is leading the flooring market for warehouses, factories, and retail facilities across the nation. From showrooms to industrial plants, government buildings to retail facilities, dry-polished concrete has become the fastest growing process to ever hit the flooring industry.
- One of the only products or services that actually saves you money to be environmentally responsible! And it’s by far the most economical floor treatment.
Polished concrete is the least expensive floor treatment available, initially and long term. Polished floors also reduce energy and maintenance costs significantly through reflectivity and ambient lighting, reduction in upkeep (such as waxing), and reduced tire wear.
Elimination of Dusting from Efflorescence
In ordinary unpolished concrete, tiny particles of dust can be pushed to the surface through an upward force called hydrostatic pressure, resulting in efflorescence. Efflorescence leads to dusting, which is messy and forces epoxies and other sealers off concrete floors, and can make maintenance a costly priority.
Polished concrete transforms a porous concrete floor into a tightened floor that is dense enough to repel water, oil, and other contaminants, preventing them from penetrating the surface.
While most floor systems require aggressive scrubbing to maintain a clean environment and nice appearance, polished concrete surfaces are tightly compacted, reducing stains, and do not require any waxing or stripping to maintain the sheen. Just a light dusting is all that is usually required.
Polished concrete not only utilizes existing concrete surfaces, eliminating additional materials such as coverings/coatings and moving towards sustainable building, it typically contains no noticeable VOC’s, making it friendly for any USBG LEEDS project.
No Production/Plant Shutdowns
Dry-Mechanically polished concrete can be put into service immediately after the process is complete. Due to the cleanliness of the process and the lack of toxic or hazardous chemicals, floors can often be serviced while the facility is in full operation.
Improved Condition for Old Floors
As concrete ages, surface stress, delamination, curled cold joints, and other problems can arise. Mechanically grinding the floor will remove the top surface of the old concrete, densifying it and then polishing will then strengthen it, increasing its impact and abrasion resistance.
Reduced Tire Wear
The rough, uneven texture of natural concrete causes tires to abrade, adding to their wear. A polished concrete floor system will level the joints and make the entire surface smooth, preventing this abrasion.