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Diamond polished concrete

Diamond polished concrete

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A simple explanation of the complex process of polishing bare concrete with diamonds.
A simple explanation of the complex process of polishing bare concrete with diamonds.

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Published by: FloorScrubbers on Jun 23, 2008
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A big push for decorative diamond polished concrete was from the big box store that included

, wal mart, home depot, lowes, costco, and a majority of well know supermarkets across the nation. All of these companies were looking at long term low maintenance floor system while creating a durable floor finish that still looked good. Polished concrete has becoming that surface. Polished Concrete is fast becoming the ultimate no-wax floor of choice. With recent advances in polishing equipment, businesses, home developers, and retail stores are now grinding concrete floor surfaces new and old, to a high gloss finish that never needs waxes or coatings. Concrete's superior durability, low maintenance, cleanliness, and reflectivity are all reasons why more retail, Industrial, and office facilities are opting for polished concrete as an alternative to other materials. Renovation of a floor with our method is currently less costly than replacing a floor. The price is comparable with other re-surfacing methods like acrylic, epoxy etc. Yet, our methods have great advantages, because we treat the concrete itself, instead of a cover, which always is softer than the concrete. Covers, can be easily damaged, get truck marks, and is also hard to remove when you want to use the premises for other activities. Many covers emit unhealthy vapors as well. Other materials are Expensive to install and maintain, too soft, or Brittle. Benefits of Polished Concrete During the polishing process an internal impregnating densifier is applied. The material sinks into the concrete and is invisible to the naked eye. It not only protects the concrete from the inside out, it also hardens the concrete. This eliminates the need for a topical coating, which reduces maintenance significantly (No sealer). When the concrete is brought to a full polish- there is no need to apply a topical coating or wax. Waxing the surface would be defeating the purpose of a fully polished floorbecause the concrete floor itself is already shining, so there is no need to put something on the floor that would then need to be maintained.

Options with Polished Concrete Polishing concrete requires a series of polishing steps culminating with the use of 1800-3500 grit diamonds. Each step in the process increases the shine and reflectivity of the concrete. Of course, there are other options, which though they stop short of 1800-3500 grit diamonds, and are still beautiful: A “honed finish” stops at 220 grit diamonds. This “honed finish” has some surface shine, but is still smooth and easy to clean. It is usually a good idea for the customer to review the floor at the 400-800-and 1800 grit diamond level of shine if the customer is unsure if they want a fully polished look (though most clients do want the floor fully polished). Clearly, there are many levels of floors that stop short of truly being “polished concrete”, yet still have their own advantages.

Can All Concrete Be Polished? Almost any structurally sound concrete floor, whether new or old, can be polished. But there are some exceptions. For new floors, no special mix design is required to achieve good results. However, the floor should be in place at least 28 days before polishing begins to ensure adequate curing. Some retail and warehouse facilities that plan to polish their floors after placement may specify the installation of as smooth a floor as possible to minimize the polishing steps required. Existing floors typically require some surface preparation prior to polishing to remove dirt, grease, coatings, or blemishes. However, floors that are wavy, need extensive patching, or are extremely porous may not be good candidates for polishing.

Applications for Polished Concrete - Large warehouses and warehouse outlets - Retail stores - Hotels and restaurants - Office buildings - Auto showrooms - Private residences

Ease of maintenance is the key reason many warehouses and retail facilities are opting for polished concrete. Not only are polished floors easy to clean, they hold up well to heavy forklift and foot traffic (polishing concrete hardens the concrete by 40%). They also eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings—as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. What's more, the glossy surface resists the marks of forklift truck tires and staining from oil and chemical spills. The high light reflectivity of polished concrete is another important benefit, especially for office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Some customers simply want a look that's unique. Polishing can give concrete a higher degree of shine, similar to polished marble or granite, than can be achieved with a high-gloss coating. This makes polished concrete a particularly good alternative for homeowners or businesses that can't afford marble or granite floors but want the same brilliant, mirror-like finish. To replicate the color of stone, it is possible to apply stain to the concrete during the polishing process or polish concrete that has been integrally colored.

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1-800-677-4700 Concrete Diamond Polishing and Resurfacing Specialists

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