What is Polished Concrete?

Simply put, polished concrete is concrete surface that has been treated with a chemical densifier and ground with progressively finer grinder tools. A polished concrete floor has a glossy, mirror-like finish. The reflectivity of the floor can also be controlled by using different levels of concrete polishing.

The design options for polished concrete are vast such as adding logo’s, mascots, murals, stamps, engraving to name a few. You can choose nearly any color, create patterns with saw cuts, or embed aggregates or interesting objects into the concrete prior to polishing.

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Benefits of Polished Floors

Cost Savings: Traditional floor covering material cost more and have more maintenance costs associated with up-keep.

Less Maintenance: Polished floors are easy to clean, requiring only occasional mopping with soap and water. They eliminate the need for any coatings such as wax or sealants. Polished concrete is very resistant to marks, scratches, and stains from chemicals spills.

Resistant to moisture: Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe and eliminates issues that arise with other flooring material that seal off the concrete, such as tile. In addition, polished concrete reduces dust mite and allergen problems, and does not support mold growth.

High light reflectivity: Saves energy costs by reducing the artificial lighting requirements. Important for public places like office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional and safe appearance.

Safe and Permanent: Polished concrete does not require hazardous coatings, cleaners or adhesives. It’s long life expectancy makes it an ideal choice.

Versatility: Polished concrete is popular in commercial buildings because of limitless design options and it’s versatility. It is easy to maintain, has a long life expectancy, and is very affordable solution for your floors. Some common examples include: Large warehouses and warehouse outlets •Retail shops •Hotels and restaurant •Grocery stores •Office buildings •Automobile showrooms •Private residences •Industrial buildings •Big-box stores

Frequently Asked Questions

Is polished concrete slippery?

Its relatively high coefficient of friction make it non-slippery and safe to walk on when kept clean and dry.

How hard is it to maintain polished concrete floors?

Mopping with warm, soapy water once a week is the only maintenance required.

Can all concrete be polished?

Almost any structurally sound concrete floor, regardless of age, can be polished with some exceptions.

Is polished concrete good for homes?

Yes, many people have their garages or floors polished using stains, dyes, or overlays to create a unique look

How does the cost of polished concrete compare to other types of commercial flooring?

The price of polished concrete is very competitive with other types of flooring and tends to be more economical with large spaces. Prices can range depending on desired shine, decorative stain, overlays, etc. Average national cost ranges from $3-8/sq foot depending on job requirements.

Step-by-Step Process

The process begins with the use of coarse diamond segments bonded in a metallic matrix. These segments are coarse enough to remove minor pits, blemishes, stains, or light coatings from the floor in preparation for final smoothing. Depending on the condition of the concrete, this initial rough grinding is generally a 3-4 step process.

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The next step involves fine grinding of the concrete surface using diamond abrasives embedded in a plastic or resin matrix. Ever-finer grits of polishing disk are used until the floor has the desired sheen. For an extremely high-gloss finish, a final grit of 1500 or finer may be used.

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During the polishing process, an internal impregnating sealer is applied. The sealer sinks into the concrete and is invisible to the naked eye. It not only protects the concrete from the inside out, it also hardens and densifies the concrete.

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The final result is a finish that is stunning, bright, clean, and eco-friendly.  Concrete polishing brings out the natural beauty of your concrete floor.  Our unique polishing process can be done on almost any structurally sound concrete floor.  Call us today to find out if your floor is suitable for concrete polishing.  Premier Surface Solutions concrete floor experts are ready to discuss your next project.

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