Concrete does not have to be a rough, unfinished surface. Your concrete stamping can also be a smooth, shiny surface that is easy to walk on and look as good as any other flooring surface. This is what we would call polished concrete. This multistep process will take your rough pavement and give it a pleasing glossy finish. We accomplish this by several steps, including a grind, polish, and stain. Not to mention that polished concrete is often heralded as a sustainable design flooring and an excellent choice for those seeking modern or rustic design appeal.
Benefits Over Other Floorings
One of the first things that make polished concrete superior to other flooring is its sustainability. Whereas with other materials, you are putting a new flooring over your concrete subfloor. That is more materials and therefore using more resources. With polished concrete you are not adding anything over your concrete subfloor you are making that subfloor your actual floor. Not only does this save on material usage, but because you are using less, a second benefit is that you are also saving money on your project. Another thing about polished concrete or any concrete surface is that they are low in maintenance. All you really need is just a simple mopping with a damp mop to clean a concrete floor since nothing will stick to it, not even mold. This is vital as well considering that your concrete flooring will not hold on to dust mites and other allergens giving you cleaner air in your home. Some people even say that polished concrete is good at reducing your need for lighting as it will allow for plenty of natural light to fill in your space. Finally, the last benefit to using concrete as a flooring is that concrete will last. Other flooring materials can get damaged very, but with concrete, you are getting a robust and durable material that will last for many years to come.
Polished Concrete Process
The first step to getting polished concrete is with grinding. Your rough concrete slab needs to be ground down to a flat surface, removing any high points and getting the surface relatively smooth. As we get the surface smoother, we will increase the grit of the grinders to eventually polish levels. For a surface to be considered polished, we will use up to 800 grit polishers to achieve this. However, you can have grits of 1500 and 3000 used for that absolutely shiny polished surface. Once the desired level of polished is completed, we will stain the surface, sealing it from any damaging elements. The stains can even in different colors if you so desire. In the end, you will get a fantastic product that will last you for many years.
With polished concrete, we do not have to end with just a polished surface. We can also before the staining step, incorporate different designs to add some decorative aesthetic elements to your polished floor. With so many possibilities, it is no wonder that polished concrete is an amazing surface to choose.
Please let us know if you would like polished concrete in your space.