Defining Polished Concrete

Polished Concrete is a process that enhances the natural beauty of existing concrete through hardening and polishing the substrate to create a high gloss, dense, stain-resistant and low maintenance flooring system.

There are two primary concrete polish methods: Mechanical and Topical. For the Mechanical method, we use wet or dry polishing processes based on customer site conditions. The Topical method includes deep cleaning and polishing using a scrub, seal and buff process to achieve a dustproof, hardened flooring system. We also offer a number of Decorative options.

MECHANICAL POLISHING

A mechanical polish uses diamonds and impregnating hardeners and sealers to level, densify, polish and finally seal the floor from the interior. The ability to cut to the desired aggregate opens up an array of design options.
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Sheen Level/Finish
Level 1: Matte Finish: 200 Grit
Level 2: Low Sheen: 400 Grit
Level 3: High Sheen: 800 Grit
Level 4: Gloss Shine: 3000 Grit

Overview
Costs: Moderate
Repolish costs: Low
Lasts 3 to 5 years in high abuse (Industrial/Warehouse) applications
Lasts 5-7 years in mild to moderate use (Residential and retail) applications
Ideal for new or rehab construction
Improves FF Numbers
Matte, Low Gloss, or Glossy Shine
Matte to high Gloss Finish
Consistent, Uniform, Monolithic appearance
Dry system can be completed without plant shutdowns
Food/ASTM Cleanliness
Quick turn time for foot traffic
LEED Friendly

DRY OR WET POLISH?

For remodeling, we include a dry polishing process for a clean worksite at all times and no special disposal requirements for the waste generated from concrete slurry. For new construction, we include a wet polishing process which increases production and reduces cost to the customer.
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Our dry polish process grinds the concrete to level and expose the desired aggregate. The aggregate choice could demand grinding up to ½ of the concrete surface. We then apply the densifyers and sealer, and polish the surface until the desired sheen or gloss is reached.

For our wet polish process, we use waste recycling units to separate the concrete slurry from the wastewater which can be disposed of in the same manner as our dry polish. Wet polish extends the life of diamond tooling but creates slurry to be recaptured and disposed, which slows application productivity.

The dry polish system collects 98% of airborne particulates through HEPA filtration vacuuming, eliminates downtime and reduces flooring system installation time. It is a preferred polishing method as it does not create slurry, and can be performed with no production down time, increasing application productivity.

TOPICAL POLISHING

For a topical application, penetrating sealers soak into the concrete and react with the natural elements in the substrate to densify, dustproof, seal, and resist chemicals. The final finish includes a cost effective flooring system that will obtain sheen over time.
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Sheen Level/Finish Options
Topical-Sheen Level 1: Matte Finish: Scrub and Seal
Topical-Sheen Level 2: Low Sheen: Scrub, Seal and Buff
Topical-Sheen Level 3: High Sheen: Scrub, Seal and Buffed with Diamond Impregnated Pads

Overview
Costs: Low
Repolish Costs: Low
Lasts up to 1 to 3 years
Eliminates dusting
Due to high wear rates, reapplication may be desired annually
Natural inconsistency in sheen due to properties of the concrete
Good for new construction
Matte to High Sheen
Easier to clean than unfinished or acrylic sealed concrete
LEED Friendly

DECORATIVE POLISHING

Abundant options including colorants saw cuts, engraving, and even stenciled art create an aesthetically appealing, durable floor without breaking the budget.
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Sheen Level/Finish Options
Colorants
Exposed Aggregates
Patterns
Logos/Engraving
Acid Staining

Overview
Costs: High
Repolish costs: Moderate
Less expensive than terrazzo, marble or granites
Ideal for residential and retail applications
Colored, Matte, Low Gloss, Moderate Gloss or High Gloss
Aggregate exposure options: Cream, Small, Medium or Large Aggregate
Improved Ambient Lighting
Color Options
Saw Cuts
Patterns
Uniform, Monolithic Look