Polished Concrete Benefits

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1. Elimination of dusting from efflorescence

In unpolished concrete tiny particles are pushed to the surface through an upward force called hydrostatic pressure, resulting in efflorescence. Efflorescence leads to dusting, which forces epoxies off of the surface of concrete floors and can make maintenance costly.

2. Stain-resistant

By densifying and sealing the surface, polished concrete transforms a porous concrete floor into a tightened floor that is dense enough to repel water, oil, and other contaminants, preventing them from penetrating the surface.

3. Improved reflectivity and ambient lighting

The reflective property of a polished concrete floor increases the ambient lighting in facilities, reducing the energy bill as well as looking beautiful.

4. Increased slip resistance

Though very shiny, polished concrete does not create a slippery floor. In fact, grinding and flattening the floor will increase the coefficient of friction when compared to ordinary concrete. Polished concrete often exceeds OSHA standards for floors (ASTM C 1028).

5. Less maintenance

Most flooring systems, including tile and linoleum, require aggressive scrubbing to maintain a clean environment and nice appearance. Polished concrete surfaces reduce stains and do not require waxing or stripping to maintain the sheen.

6. Cost-effective

Polished concrete will reduce energy and maintenance costs significantly through ambient lighting, reduction in upkeep (such as waxing) and reduced tire wear.

7. LEED friendly

Polished concrete eliminates additional materials such as coverings/coatings and moves towards sustainable building. It typically contains no noticeable VOC’s, making it friendly for any USBG LEED project.

8. Improved condition for old floors (mechanical polish)

As concrete ages problems such as surface stress, delamination, curled cold joints can arise. Mechanically grinding the floor will remove the top surface of old concrete and polishing will then strengthen it, increasing its impact and abrasion resistance.

9. Reduced industrial truck tire wear (mechanical polish)

The rough and uneven texture of natural concrete causes tires to abrade. A polished concrete floor system will prevent abrasion by leveling the joints and making the entire surface smooth.

10. No production/plant shutdowns (mechanical dry polish)

Dry-mechanical polished concrete can be put into service immediately after the process is complete. Due to the cleanliness of the process and the lack of toxic or hazardous chemicals, floors can often be serviced while the plant is in full production.

11. No annual periodic service

No more stripping and waxing. No more heavy duty degreasing. No more acid restoration cleaning. No more quarterly costs to maintain your VCT (Vinyl Composite Tile), untreated concrete, porous tile and grout, or carpeted flooring. You can now add up to two dollars a square foot to your bottom line.

12. Aesthetic value

Polished concrete is first in class for durability and appearance. Traditional or decorative, it always provides a customizable solution for your flooring system.

13. Long term solution

There is no comparison in durability next to polished concrete. Concrete polished flooring project life is limitless under a 3 or 5 year maintenance program.