The ideal no-wax flooring material is polished concrete. Concrete polishing companies can grind concrete, whether they are new or old, to a high-gloss level with the right floor grinding tools and knowledge.
It’s no surprise that retail, industrial warehouse and office buildings, as well as homes, are recognizing the beauty of these smooth, high-lustre floors when you take into account concrete’s superior durability and performance.
Similar to sanding wood, large, powerful equipment is used to slowly smash down concrete to the required level of gloss and smoothness.
Common places where concrete polishing is used.
With the right preparation, nearly any concrete floor that is structurally solid, whether it is new or old, can be polished. There are a few exceptions, though. The most common places for polished concrete application are:
- Massive warehouses, as well as warehouse outlets
- Retail outlets
- Lodging and dining
- Office structures
- Auto dealerships
- Privately owned homes
Advantages of concrete polishing
Due to the competitive advantage polished concrete flooring gives over other forms of floor coverings, homes, retailers, big-box stores, academic facilities, and health clinics are choosing polished concrete as their floor finish.
Due to the excellent value, it offers and its ability to compete aesthetically, polished floors made of decorative concrete have emerged as the obvious choice.
- Savings: Using the slab on grade as the completed floor surface eliminates the need for traditional flooring supplies.
- Greater cost savings over a longer lifespan: Polished floors last longer since they are less susceptible to damage than other types of flooring.
- Will not harbour dust, filth, or allergies; is simple to clean
- Available in a huge selection of hues and patterns
Industrial and retail advantages
- Savings: The finished floor surface of a slab on grade is more affordable, and maintenance costs are lower.
- Less susceptible to heavy foot traffic. A grocery store owner in Tennessee says that because he just needs to maintain the aisles that customers use, he can save time and money by not having to move bulky glass cases to wax and scrape the floor.
- Fewer repairs and a longer service life Polished floors are simple to maintain and just occasionally require damp mopping. Additionally, they do away with the requirement for dirty wax or coats as well as the work, money, and time required to apply them. The polished concrete’s glossy surface is resistant to stains from spills of oil and chemicals as well as to tire marks from forklift trucks.
- Resistant to moisture transfer problems: Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe and gets rid of problems that occur with other flooring types that seal off the concrete, including tile and other materials.
- The high reflectivity of light is important for public spaces like hotel rooms, restaurants, and office floors that want to portray a bright, tidy, and professional image. Reduces the need for artificial lighting, which also saves energy.
- A substitute for sustainable flooring Concrete that has been polished doesn’t need dangerous coatings, cleansers, or adhesives.
Concrete polishing is a multi-step procedure that involves mechanically grinding, honing, and polishing a concrete floor with bonded abrasives to remove the concrete’s surface. With each cut, it is further improved to reach a certain level of beauty.
Additionally, a penetrant chemical called a hardener is used in this process. To help harden and dustproof the surface, the concrete densifier/hardener enters the concrete and produces a chemical reaction.
Concrete polishing involves using progressively finer grind tools to process the surface over several processes (generally, polished concrete requires at least four grinding steps of processing).
The grinding tools are industrial diamonds in progressively finer grits bonded to a substance, such as metal/hybrid/resin, and are commonly referred to as diamond polishing pads.