Never underestimate the beauty that lies within concrete. Stripping back the top layer of an existing concrete floor and polishing it back to reveal the pebbles and aggregates below will take your breath away. The sumptuous, silky smooth shimmer of an exquisitely polished floor is the epitome of sophistication.
Polished concrete is fast becoming the flooring of choice in many domestic and commercial settings because it delivers both great value and is aesthetically interesting too. Its smooth, high-lustre sheen gives the appearance of natural polished stone, yet it is far more economical, durable and easy to maintain.
Common forms of polished concrete include:
- Polished Concrete System – concrete is ground for exposure, treated to harden the surface and then polisheh with a penetrating sealer to enhance the floor and maintain its stain resistant properties.
- Grind and Seal System – concrete is ground for exposure, followed by a clear topical sealer for protection, wearing surface and shine. Comes in a water based, 2 coat system with a matt or gloss finish
- Burnished Acrylic System – concrete is ground for exposure, treated to harden the surface and then polished using a series of diamond tools that gradually get finer and finer allowing the concrete surface itself to be polished. Followed by a topical acrylic sealer to maintain its properties.
There is three different levels of exposure – zero which aims to only remove the very topmost crust of the concrete, partial refers to only grinding a small amount off the concrete surface to achieve a consistent gloss level, full exposure which grinds enough of the concrete away to achieve maximum exposure of stones possible giving it a more aggregate look.
Polished Concrete Finishes
Polished Concrete Levels of Exposure
Benefits of Polished Concrete
Cost savings and longer life-cycle
Hard wearing and durable
Scratch Resistant and low maintenance costs
Design flexibility and aesthetically diverse options
Stain Resistant, easy to clean
Dust Free, Seamless and Hypoallergenic