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Polished Concrete Flooring

What is polished Concrete?

Polished concrete is fast becoming the ultimate no-wax flooring material. Thanks to recent advances in concrete polishing equipment and techniques, we are able to grind concrete floors, whether new or old, to any desired gloss providing a long lasting low maintenance floor. Factoring in the superior durability and performance of concrete floors, it’s no wonder why more retail, warehouse, and office facilities are opting for polished concrete as an alternative to marble, granite, tile, linoleum, hardwoods and laminates. As a company in this industry we have noticed even homeowners are catching on to the appeal of concrete as a finished surface.

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Polished Floor Benefits:

Longer life-cycle savings: Polished floors are extremely durable and do not need to be replaced.

Easy to clean:Unlike tiles and carpet there are no grout joints or fibers to attract dust and allergens.

Cost savings: Using the existing slab as the finished floor is more cost effective and maintenance costs are lower. Maintenance is easier since all areas are one continuous surface.

High resistance to foot traffic: Concrete floors are a very hard wear surface and can stand up to the everyday wear and tear of retail or even industrial work spaces.

Less maintenance and longer service life: Polished floors are easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping or floor maintainers with a neutral based cleaner. They eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings as well as the expenses involved in applying them. Mechanically 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 Paint, Vinyl tile etc.

High light reflectivity: Important for facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Also saves energy by reducing artificial lighting requirements

Types of Polished Concrete:

Depending on the diamond grit you use to polish a floor, you can achieve different ranges of sheen, from matte to a glassy mirror-like finish. There are also different amounts of aggregate exposure, ranging from cream finish with no exposure to a full aggregate look.

Cream Polish: A cream polish will give you the smoothest and most consistent sheen possible when polishing the concrete floor. It will accept stains and dyes more readily and consistently.

Salt & Pepper Polish: A salt and pepper look is probably the most achievable look of the three types, it will except color and stains fairly well and will hold a crisp shine. It may expose cracks and small holes that will be visible in the finished floor.

Exposed Aggregate Polish: This is the least sought after because of the higher cost involved with extensive diamond tooling wear and additional labour required. This finish has a very unique look and can make the entire floor uniform if some areas were previously polished.

There can be limitations on concrete floors depending on its condition. For example most times we cannot achieve a cream polish on a floor when glue or coatings need to be removed. The reason for this is that when grinding the coating or glue off it will also remove the cream from the floor. This is the type of consideration that we make the client aware of well ahead of time which helps set the proper expectations.