Another of the myriad options available for concrete detailing and finishing is polished concrete. Having come into prominence among builders since the 1990s, polished concrete involved a process of grinding, finely honing and polishing concrete with a variety of abrasive supplies and tools, in order to render a smooth and glossy appearance. You can think of concrete polishing as sanding wood – only with a far stronger and more durable surface at play.
Benefits of Polished Concrete
Like any type of concrete surface, polished concrete floors are easy to clean, durable and rarely need maintenance – that means no need to wax to maintain that beautiful finish. It will not dent, chip or fracture short of catastrophic accident. Despite being smoothed and polished, these floors need not be slippery when machined properly. Polished concrete is far more resistant to dust, dirt, mold and other allergens and debris. The shininess of the surface can also give the feeling of rooms being more brightly lit without needing to change any of the lighting.
Polished concrete will have a lifespan of decades on decades – other surfaces can rarely compare. On top of all that, polishing can be executed on both new concrete floors, as well as old ones – the cost and labor required will vary, naturally, but either way it’s very possible for you to achieve a brilliant result. And on top of all that – the concrete polishing procedure simply operates on an already existing concrete surface, so there’s no need to bring in additional materials for the job – it’s sustainable and simple.
How is Concrete Polished?
Concrete polishing first involves a concrete hardener (sometimes called “densifier”) which seeps down into the concrete, causing it to become harder and more resistant to dust. Then a series of finer and finer grinding tools are used to polish the surface to a glossier and glossier level. This is scored by a metric called “grit”, which can range from a minimum of 400 grit, going up to 1500 or even 3000 grit. Polished concrete can also be dyed and scored for further customization of appearance. Since there’s a whole variety of different end results that can be produce through concrete polishing, it’s often best to create a mock-up end product so that we can guarantee that you and our polishing technicians are on exactly the same page. Once approved, we can get started on our work.
Polished Concrete with Leander Stamped Concrete
At Leander Stamped Concrete, we use the highest quality abrasive diamond tools to achieve the very finest level of polish possible. The polishing process itself is fairly complex, with a bunch of different grit ranges on different tools being used all throughout grinding, honing and polishing. A good polishing technician must know exactly the order and fashion in which to apply these tools, otherwise the results won’t be the ones you’re looking for. That’s why you should trust Leander Stamped Concrete to get the job done – we’ve got the people, the tools, and the experience to do your polished concrete floor project best.