Polished concrete utilizes advanced, high powered industrial dust particulate extraction equipment and polishing machines, coupled with diamond infused metal and resin honing and polishing pads to create a high quality concrete floor of varying aggregate exposure and mechanical shine. This process can be custom tailored to each project to both achieve the desired look and luster of the concrete floor, as well as to reach the price point of your project’s budget. With a varying degree of mechanical shine ranging from 200-3000 grit, and level of concrete aggregate exposure ranging from Cream finish to full aggregate exposure, polished concrete has grown in momentum in both the commercial and custom residential market as the application of choice for decorative personal and business showroom floors.
The process begins with the use of coarse diamond impregnated metal discs which are used to remove minor pits, blemishes, stains, or light coatings and to remove the top layer of concrete to achieve flatness and expose the underlying concrete aggregate to the level desired. This initial rough grinding is generally a three to four step process.
Next, we use a transitional set of diamond impregnated designed to feather out the coarse scratches left behind by the metal bonded pads, and completes the slab flattening process,helping to achieve a perfectly flat, consistent finish. During this process a chemical concrete hardener or densifier is applied to the concrete floor which densifies the concrete surface. Combined with grouting, this level in the process is instrumental in creating an impervious, dust-free, hardened, industrial grade concrete floor that is able to withstand the abuse of high level traffic areas while retaining its quality of look for years to come with very minimal maintenance required.
The third step while polishing concrete includes the use of the diamond impregnated resin pads known as ‘resins’. These pads vary from 100 grit to 3000 grit and are the method of achieving the final degree of mechanical shine to a true mechanically polished concrete floor. This step will determine whether the floor will have a satin-like finish which reflects light with a soft glow perfect for residential modern custom setting, or an ultra-reflective showroom type floor found in dealerships and hangers around the world.
Polished surface options:
Why Polish Concrete?
One of The greatest benefits of a polished concrete floor is its cost factor. Many times, polished concrete floors are able to eliminate several steps in the project’s schedule by providing the building’s complete structural support, as well as provide a completely finished floor in just several steps. In addition to saving time and expense, polished concrete floors boast of a much higher payload than traditional wood framed floors and allow for much more freedom of creativity while designing one’s interior living space. Aquariums, interior water-features, concrete planters, and bold modern furniture designs are all possible features in today’s homes and businesses utilizing the strength and elegance of today’s polished concrete floors.
Why Polish Concrete?
The greatest benefit of a polished concrete floor is the cost factor. Polished concrete is less expensive per square foot than carpeting, tiles, linoleum or any other forms of floor covering.
Ease of maintenance is another key decision factor for many public and private facilities. Not only are polished floors easy to clean, they hold up extremely well to heavy foot traffic.
Or.concrete,Inc. Works hand in hand with several hand-picked epoxy floor contractors in the Central Oregon area and is happy to take the guesswork out of epoxy and to help with your epoxy needs!