Polished Concrete is the process of mechanically grinding/polishing a concrete slab, using professional equipment designed specifically for concrete polishing. During polishing, the concrete is processed through a series of steps, which can vary depending on the necessary renovation of the slab. The concrete is grinded down, starting with a rough grit and progressing to a finer grit until the desired surface is reached. The final result is a gorgeous floor that is sure to wow everyone that steps foot on it.
So, why polished concrete?
Polished concrete is a “green” flooring system, is LEED approved, and is considered superior and sustainable compared to other flooring options.
- Economical: Whether you are using an existing slab, or polishing a new slab, polished concrete is the cheapest option when taking into account its longevity. Although prices can be comparable to other flooring options, polished concrete, if properly maintained, outlasts every other flooring option by far, giving you decades of a gorgeous, sustainable floor. Highly reflective polished concrete can also accentuate the natural lighting in your building due to its refelctivity. You’ll also notice that you will need fewer lights to obtain gambient lighting, in turn, reducing your energy bill.
- Green: Most buildings are built on an existing concrete slab, so this option makes use of material that is already present and avoids utilizing the energy and consuming the materials that you would by applying new flooring.
- Highly durable: Polished concrete flooring is resilient. It is a great option if your floor will be highly trafficked. This flooring option is able to withstand the pressure from heavy foot traffic and equipment. Polished concrete is also extremely difficult to damage and nearly impossible to chip, dent, or scratch like softer surfaces, such as timber, vinyl or tile.
- Low maintenace: Polished concrete floors are considered low-maintenance because they are more durable and are easier to clean than many other flooring options. Most flooring systems take excessive scrubbing to clean them, but polished concrete is tightly compacted which helps reduce stainn. This option also does not require waxing, stripping, or buffing to maintain its sheen. There is never a need to add wax because the floor will be shiny on its own, and wax will actually dull the finish.
- Easy to clean: The floor is easily maintained with the use of clean water or a neutrally balanced pH cleaner. There are also many cleaners available specifically designed to maintain your polished concrete. Polished concrete also reduces dust mite and allergy problems because it does not support mold growth.