Polished Surface Options:
There are many different types of polished surfaces available to you. Depending on your needs, the concrete itself and your budget, these surfaces will vary. Below you’ll find images of “samples”with options available to you. It is extremely important to have a professional concrete contractor repair your concrete joints, cracks and blow-outs.
This process is more labor intensive as we have to grind over the floor usually 2-3 times to get all the stone showing. As a general rule, we grind down 4-5mm depending on the slab. This is a more decorative look and is often used in homes and showrooms.
Salt & Pepper
This is often referred to in the industry as a salt and pepper look. It is where we grind the top 1-3mm of the surface, usually going over the entire floor just once. There is often no stone exposure in some areas, and other areas have a little or a lot depending on how the slab was poured. This is often used for the industrial look, or for garages, restaurants, outdoor areas etc. and is a more cost effective option.
Cream Finish is typically for newly poured concrete that is poured to very stringent specifications so that there are no undulations throughout the floor where aggregate can show through. This is a very hard finish to achieve and it is up to the contractor to pour the perfect slab for us to polish.
As we generally use your existing concrete, you are often bound by whatever colors appear in your cement and the stone as we start to grind. If you are unhappy with the existing color or you want something to tie in with other furnishings etc., we have a couple of options.
The first is a concrete dye – we can put a color dye over the concrete and then polish or seal over the top. The second is doing a solid color in either polyurethane or epoxy coating. There are many colors available to choose from so you can match up just about anything. This is often used in garages, driveways, commercial and industrial flooring.
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Polishing Concrete Applications:
Concrete Polishing in the Mid-West is becoming the floor style of choice from large commercial/industrial buildings to retail outlets to residential home owners. The choice of a highly polished reflective floor to a semi polished matte finish gives your environment a clean and vibrant look.
Color and design can be added to really showcase your polished concrete floor. With the low maintenance and ease of cleaning, concrete polishing has become popular in most big box stores as well. Concrete diamond- polishing technology has changed and Decorative Concrete Surfacing has followed and researched the best possible tools, machines and methods to deliver the floor of the future to you.
How Concrete Floor Polishing Works:
1. First and foremost, whenever we bid a job, large or small, we MUST do a “Mock-Up” floor so we know the concretes hardness, depth of aggregate, staining or contaminants, among many other things. (Typically, about 10×10)
2. You must understand the “type” of concrete you are on. For example, was it “engineered” concrete? What type of re-enforcements were used? Are there isolation pads? Are there joints/cracks to address? Are there anchor bolts to grind? Does the floor need to be planed? Etc.
3. After the floor is “safe” to work on and all obstacles are addressed, start with the most aggressive diamonds and work your way up to the desired level of aggregate exposure and shine.
4. During our grinding process, we will add “grout” to the floor. This is a mechanical bonding agent that will fill in the major majority of the floor’s “pin-holes,” caused from stone pops,etc. This will add to the floor’s overall smoothness as well as add shine and longer life to the floor and also create a lower maintenance floor.
5. As our grinding diamond numbers go up, we will “Densify” the concrete. This not only makes the concrete considerably harder but it will also help add luster and sheen to the floor again helping make it easy to maintain as well as add longevity to the surface.
6. Finer and finer diamond-tipped grinders are run over the concrete in successive stages. This gives the concrete the desired surface gloss, which will vary according to customer needs.
7. The final step is to do a high speed burnish on the surface (If this is what the customer wants). This will add depth and luster to the overall floor.