Polished concrete is has become the ultimate no-wax flooring choice for many industrial, commercial and even residential properties.
We can turn your dull concrete floors into a high-gloss finish that never needs waxes or coatings. With our stain treatments, your concrete floors can become a unique work of art.
Decorative Concrete Treatments
We offer many decorative solutions for your concrete—acid stained interior and exteriors, skim coats of new concrete, stamped concrete or micro-toppings with a multitude of broadcast options including a large assortment of recycled glass or integral color, acid stains and faux finishing techniques.
Can All Concrete Be Polished?
Almost any structurally sound concrete floor, whether new or old, can be polished, but there are some exceptions.
For new floors, no special mix design is required to achieve good results. However, the floor should be in place at least 21 days before polishing begins to ensure adequate curing. Some retail and warehouse facilities that plan to polish their floors after placement may specify the installation of as smooth a floor as possible to minimize the polishing steps required. Existing floors typically require some surface preparation prior to polishing to remove dirt, grease, coatings, or blemishes. However, floors that are wavy, need extensive patching, or are extremely porous may not be good candidates for polishing. An experienced contractor can usually determine a floor’s suitability.
To help solidify and densify polished concrete surfaces, some contractors apply penetrating hardeners to the concrete, normally after the first step of the grinding process. These products, which can be applied to new or existing floors, work by reacting chemically with the concrete to form a hard, crystalline structure. They also prevent dusting of concrete and offer extra protection from water penetration and staining.
There are absolutely no problems in polishing the aggregate in concrete. Every one of the hard stones can be polished, from marble to diamonds. The difficulty in polishing concrete comes from the attempt to polish the cement binder because of the microporosity caused by the excess water required to make concrete workable. This bleedwater as it comes to the surface creates micropores. Since it is impossible to polish a void, this creates what is known as the eggshell or orange peel effect. In keeping this problem to a minimum the surface to be polished must be extremely dense. We will verify the suitability of your floor for polishing.