What is polished concrete ?
Polished Concrete is the process of refining the concrete to a mechanical smooth finish, adding chemicals to harden the surface and chemicals to give protection against stains.
It is not coating the floor with a coating.
How is this achieved?
Diamonds that are placed into segments that are bonded onto shoes for the grinder are used to cut the floor to expose the natural stone or to clean only the top layer ready for polishing.
Think of these steps like sanding a floor. You start off with course grit and work your way to the finer grades.
The polishing process slowly refines the floor until it has reached 3000 grit in finish. A concrete floor is said to be polished once the floor has reached 800 grit.
We at Floorcoat NZ get the cement and the natural stone to be at the exact same gloss level. This means that in the process we have pit filled any air holes or cracks and then increased the cement density to be the same as the stone with special chemicals. We remove the “rash” from the look of the concrete so in all light conditions and viewable angles the floor takes on a “glass” like appearance.
A stain protection system is then used for the newly polised concrete floor. This provides protection against stains, liquids, foods and even oil. Different systems are available depending on your needs and cost.
What should you look for in your polished concrete?
The contractors ability to transform the concrete into stone and to polish the floor to a glass like finish without scratches. High detail to edges has to be given. Combine all this and you have a floor that is as exceptional in quality. It will not loose its gloss value and will give high stain protections from those accidental spills.
Benefits of polishing concrete.
– Thermal gains.
– Scratch resistant – handles for lifts, cars etc.
– Long life cycle.
– Reflects light so rooms and spaces look brighter and warmer.
– Pleasing to the eye.
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