What Is Concrete Polishing? Polished concrete is the process of grinding the surface with a heavy, high torque machine with varying levels of coarse to fine diamond blades. The machines used are accompanied by a high horsepower, dustless vacuum system. This system creates a clean, non hazardous, environmentally friendly process. The result is a strong, decorative easy to clean, low maintenance floor.
In the past decade, this system has become very popular for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Polishing is a multi-step process that starts with grinding several layers of concrete and then finishing with a fine polishing technique that leaves a high gloss surface with no wax or additional coatings necessary.
Due to the fact that concrete polish requires little to no maintenance and is one of the most inexpensive concrete systems on the market, it has become a great alternative to high maintenance floors like tile, carpet, granite or floor coatings.
Concrete polishing is a very versatile application. It can be done in conjunction with other options like concrete staining, engraving or applied other applications like concrete overlay.
Benefits of polished concrete
+ Efflorescence Reduction – The process of grinding, densifying and polishing the surface eliminates dust from efflorescence that causes many epoxies and coatings to fail.
+ on Porous – the process of densifying and polishing tightens the molecular structure of concrete. This reduces porosity protecting the surface from water, oil , chemicals, grease and heat
+ Strength Increased – densification increases strength and long term performance
+ Enhanced Light Reflection – tightening molecules in concrete causes light to reflect off surface.
+ Color Enhancement – reflection brings wall colors into surface enhancing decorative appearance.
+ Non Slip – Coefficient of Friction exceeds OSHA recommended guidelines.
+ Return To Service Immediately – there is no need to wait to use. Floors can be used as soon as complete.
+ Environmentally Friendly – Polished concrete is LEED friendly. There are no VOC’s.
Abrasive grinding can expose the aggregate in the concrete producing a terrazzo like result. Additionally the floor can be dyed in your choice of color with shine options ranging from matte to high gloss.
Saw cuts can create the look of tile in any size. Custom engraving and graphics can create a unique, one of a kind floor. For more information about concrete polishing or any of our other services available from SBS Contracting contact us today.