This process takes boring, old, regular concrete and makes it look like a polished stone; an eye catcher and presentation piece for any company. Glossy or Matte, Aggregate Exposure or Cream Finish, Polishmaxx has the in-house equipment necessary for any size job. From a Multi-Headed Ride-On Grinder to Walk Behind grinding machines, PolishMaxx has the state of the art, industry leading machinery necessary to make your flooring project shine!
Polished concrete is concrete that has been refined with a progressive series of grindind, honing, and polishing steps, very similar to the steps used to create marble and granite flooring and granite countertops, During this process the concrete is treated with a chemical densifier to fill microscopic voids which eliminates efflorescence and hardens the concete to help sustain the polish and shine of your newly polished floor.
Polished concrete is considered a good sustainable flooring option because it makes use of the materials already present, namely the concrete floor. Polishing the exposed concrete eliminates the energy and material consumed by applying a floor covering, creating a more green solution.
Polished concrete floors are low-maintenance, and are more durable and easy to clean. Its high coefficient of friction makes it non-slippery. Highly reflective polished concrete reduces lighting needs and improves natural lighting. Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and will not easily chip or dent like softer surfaces. A concrete floor that has been hardened and polished will have an extremely long life expectancy.
New or retrofit
In simple terms, the process of polishing concrete is similar to sanding wood. Heavy-duty polishing machines are used to gradually grind down surfaces to the desired degree of shine and smoothness. The closest equivalent example would be polished granite or marble. Polished concrete floor installation is categorized into two types: new floors, and retrofit floors.
Polishing new floors generally require less work than older floors, but there are a few things to be aware of before a new concrete floor can be polished. Firstly the slab can contain a decorative aggregate. The three most common aggregates are river stone, granite, and black basalt mix, however the aggregate can be almost anything. The concrete will need to be finished to a high standard to facilitate the polishing process. During the finishing phase any decorative aggregates such as seashells, glass chips or even metal car parts can be dropped into the surface of the concrete. Concrete contractors need to be aware as early as possible if the concrete is to be polished so that the final finish can be considered in the price, manpower, and finish of the slab to be polished.
Retrofit floors can be done in the same way, but additional patching and repair work may be required to achieve the desired results. Addirionally, the existing floor slab can be ground down to the natural aggregate or a topping slab with a minimum thickness of 50 mm can be added on top of the existing slab.
Grind and Seal Polished Concrete Process:
This system is a less costly process than the standard polished concrete system where the concrete surface is ground, honed, and polished to the desired level using a multiple step process. When the desired grind level is achieved the surface is re-ground with usually a 80 to 120 grit diamond to remove any visible scratching, and then sealed with a topical sealer.
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