Polished concrete is quickly becoming the most popular alternative to other flooring materials for a variety of reasons:
- Maintenance needs are drastically cut
- One of the most attractive natural flooring solutions
- Durability and longevity
- Recognized as a great slip/fall control system
- High reflective quality means lower energy/lighting requirements
- Lower overall cost
Polished concrete has long been known for its durability and cost efficiency. With the latest technology, homeowners, business owners and manufacturers are finding they can exploit these advantages of concrete in their floor along with many other benefits. Polished concrete’s superior durability and low maintenance have made it an exceptional finish for retail stores, restaurants, ware houses, manufacturing plants, office facilities, schools, churches, etc. In addition, homeowners are selecting these smooth, high-sheen floors that imitate the look of high priced stone such as granite and marble. Polished concrete floors are remarkable in appearance. The ability to expose the aggregate in the concrete reveals a look of stone. There are a variety of colors available to stain or dye a polished floor.
The process and application can achieve numerous levels of sheen depending on the degree of reflectivity and shine that is desired. In addition to the shine and exposed aggregate, there are endless ways to customize your polished concrete floors with artistic enhancements, such as a logo, crest or emblems.
Polished concrete floors are very cost effective. With a polished floor, the replacement of worn out flooring becomes a thing of the past. A grinding process is applied to the substrate using actual diamond grid pads of various degrees in stages until the concrete surface pores are minimized at a micro level. If color is desired, a stain or dye is then applied followed by a surface densifier that penetrates and seals the surface. At this point, all micro-pores are minimized limiting any collection of residue from general foot-traffic, which in turn significantly increases the slip resistance level to spills of liquids, oils and other surface debris. One of the prime reason why most large retailers and manufacturing facilities have specified polished concrete as the standard for their flooring needs.
Another great advantage with polished concrete is the lack of downtime involved during installation. As with many other flooring systems, often harsh chemicals are required that create strong odor and curing time. Not the case with polished concrete. It can be installed during working hours and requires little down time.
Maintenance continues to be one of the strongest reasons for installing polished concrete. It never peals or flakes like other flooring applications and requires much less wear on cleaning equipment. It typically meets and exceeds OSHA requirements of a static coefficient friction level of 0.5. It resists tire marks from forklifts and other heavy equipment, and is easily maintained with the use of a damp mop and clean water.