Polished concrete has gained immense popularity in recent years as a versatile and durable flooring option. Its sleek appearance, low maintenance requirements and long-lasting nature make it a favorite choice for both residential and commercial spaces. In this builder's guide to polished concrete, we will explore the process, benefits and tips for achieving a flawlessly finished concrete floor.
By following these guidelines and staying updated with industry advancements, you can master the art of polished concrete and create remarkable spaces that stand the test of time!
Understanding the process
Polished concrete is not just about pouring concrete and applying a glossy finish. It is a meticulous process that requires skill and expertise. Initially, the surface is prepared by removing any existing coatings, adhesives or imperfections. Then, a series of grinding and polishing steps are undertaken using progressively finer diamond abrasives to refine the surface. This process enhances the concrete's natural beauty by exposing the aggregate, resulting in a smooth and glossy finish.
Why we love polished concrete floors
Polished concrete offers a multitude of benefits that make it a popular choice among builders and homeowners alike. Its durability surpasses many other flooring options, as it can withstand heavy foot traffic and resist stains, scratches and chemicals. Additionally, polished concrete is low-maintenance, requiring only regular cleaning to retain its shine. It is an environmentally-friendly choice, as it utilizes existing concrete slabs and does not require additional materials. Furthermore, polished concrete has excellent thermal conductivity, making it an efficient choice for underfloor heating systems.
How to achieve a flawless polished concrete floor
Use the tips below to achieve the finished concrete look you desire.
Begin with a high-quality concrete mix that is properly cured to ensure a solid foundation for the polishing process.
Thoroughly clean the surface and remove any dirt, oil or previous coatings. Repair any cracks or imperfections before proceeding.
The right grit
Selecting the appropriate diamond grit for grinding and polishing is crucial. Begin with a coarser grit to remove any inconsistencies, then gradually move to finer grits for a smoother finish.
Densifiers and sealers
Apply a concrete densifier to strengthen the surface and reduce porosity. Follow up with a sealer to enhance the shine and protect the concrete from stains and wear.
Educate your clients about proper maintenance, such as regular dust mopping, damp mopping with a neutral cleaner and periodic reapplication of a high-quality concrete polish so their floors last as long as they should.
We’d love to help out with your finished concrete floor
As a builder, understanding the polished concrete process, recognizing its benefits and implementing the right techniques will help you create stunning and long-lasting floors for your clients. We service commercial and industrial clients throughout the Midwest. We’re passionate about decorative concrete and have extensive experience. Recently, we’ve gotten to complete the flooring in both the Kiewit Luminarium and Guy Fieri's new restaurant in the Omaha metro area. Contact us today to discuss your flooring needs!