What is polished concrete? Think of polishing concrete as refining the concrete surface with a grinding and polishing action to give a hard dense, thermal gains, stain resistant, very easily cleanable and long lasting floor. There is a stain guard protection chemical system applied similar to how polish is for a car paint job. Our systems are fully waterproof which means no staining from red wine and the likes.
How is the concrete polished? You start with coarse blades attached to a grinder 400+ kg in weight (smaller grinders work but in some cases they do not produce stone if the concrete is too hard) to take away layers at a time to produce the chosen stone content e.g salt and pepper (fines only) or full stone etc. Once this is established and all imperfections are fixed, the polish process takes place with finer diamonds to produce polished concrete from 400 up to 3000 diamond finish. Chemicals and concrete protection systems are added to change the chemical structure of the concrete to give hardness and stain protection, partial or full.
Is all concrete polishing the same? No, definitely not. Good machinery, techniques and a wealth of knowledge is the key to an un-beatable high end finish. If you want your floor to carry its shine year after year then it is important that steps are not skipped in the polishing process.
Can concrete polishing be water proof ? Yes. There are new polished chemicals that give waterproofing and stain control against oils etc. Every system is different and gives different levels of protection for polished floors. These systems soak into the matrix of the concrete and form micro umbrellas that stop ingression of liquids.
Is coated concrete or grind and seal the same? No. Coatings are topical. In other words, they sit on top of the surface. You’re looking at a coating that is covering the concrete. Polished concrete is about refining the surface. Coatings typically scratch over time. The finish of polished concrete is so super fine that tire marks dont stick. Coatings are generally cheaper as they do not require precision grinding.
Are there harmful VOC’s ? No
Can rain damaged or old worn out concrete be polished ? Yes, watch us transform even poorly laid concrete into a polished work of art.
Is it slippery? No. All our floors meet council co-efficient slip rating
How long will it last ? It is a permanent process, there is no wax or coatings applied that will eventually fail. When we are finished with your floors it is bare concrete that has been permanently polished. General cleaning will keep the floors looking amazing, year after year. In high traffic areas simple buffing can be done along side the general cleaning but this will be less frequent. A re-application of polish can be applied also at any time, this is similar to polishing a cars paint job.