Concrete Floor Polishing

Polished concrete flooring is achieved by grinding the floor with specialized diamond tooling until the floor develops a granite-like shine without the addition of any topical paints or coatings. The process can start with a coarse 30 grit diamond tool and then proceed to 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, and finish with a 1500 grit diamond. The grinder is slowly and methodically moved across every inch of the floor with each of the grades of diamonds until the desired shine is achieved. The equipment operator will push the 950lb grinder over 1 mile for every 1000 sq feet polished!

The result of the concrete polishing process is a regular piece of concrete transformed into a beautiful flooring system that is more durable, more abrasion resistant, and easier to maintain than your original unpolished concrete floor. 

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We use a combination of natural diamonds and industrial diamondsWHY CHOOSE POLISHED CONCRETE?

COST EFFECTIVE

A polished concrete floor requires more installation labor than most flooring  but the material costs are minimal.  Despite the high labor the cost of a polished concrete floor is the same or less than most other comparable flooring however a properly cared for polished concrete floor will last much longer than carpet, vinyl tile and many epoxy systems. 

REPLACEMENT COST

The other factor to consider when evaluating cost is that when a carpet, tile or epoxy floor begins to show its age it requires removal and replacement.  You start the project again from scratch.  When a polished concrete floor starts to loose its shine all it usually takes is to repeat the last few steps of the grinding process to restore the floor to its original beauty.  A refresh of your floor with concrete polishing can be done at a fraction of the original cost of install as opposed to the removal and replacement process it takes with other floor systems.

HARDER

A liquid densifier is sprayed on the surface of the concrete during the process.  This liquid penetrates into the concrete and reacts with the concrete to form crystals in the concrete which make the concrete harder, denser, more stain resistant than untreated concrete. 

BREATHABLE 

Moisture Vapor Pressure causes failures with painted, carpeted and tiled floors every day.  Concrete Polishing is a great solution for floors with a moisture problem because the vapor is allowed to continue to pass through the floor.

UNLIMITED DESIGN OPTIONS

The design options are only limited by your imagination.  Color can be introduced using pigments, dyes and stains both during the pouring of the concrete and after.  Decorative saw cuts, inlays, and logos are all possible with polished concrete.  Utilizing Terrazo aggregates like shells, marble chips, and glass chips you can get a look that rivals a Terrazzo floor at a fraction of the cost.

ENERGY SAVING

In some cases polished concrete can result in energy savings due to less lighting being needed to illuminate a work space because of the increased reflectivity of the floor. 

SLIP RESISTANT

Studies show that a Polished Concrete Floor meets the ADA requirements for slip resistance even when wet because the floor has been smoothed to the point where the foot actually makes better contact with the floor than many other flooring systems.  As with most floor systems a polished concrete floor can become slippery if dust and dirt is allowed to build up on the floor interfering with the foots contact with the floor.

LOW MAINTAINENCE FLOOR

A polished concrete floor does not require the stripping and waxing of a tile floor.  Forktrucktires don't leave black marks on the floor the way they do with regular concrete, epoxy and tile floors.  The floor is a low maintenance floor and not a no-maintenance floor.  Annual reapplication of the Guard product is recommended  and routine removal of any dust build up is very important for keeping the floor safe.

NO DRY TIME

Concrete polishing is a great choice for facilities that never shut down.  All paints and coatings require some dry time after application before they can be put back in service.  Multiple coat epoxies can take over 5 days before they can cure enough to be put back in service.  Polished Concrete Floors can be put back in service immediately after completion.  We have even had some floors remain in service while we are actively polishing the floor.