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What is Polished Concrete?

Polished concrete is a highly sustainable, long lasting flooring solution for homes and commercial businesses. This type of flooring can be used with the already existing concrete slab of the property, requiring no other tile or material. The concrete is ground, smoothed and taken to a shine with high-grit polishing tools, giving it a pleasant look. Some of the benefits of using polished concrete include: Long lasting: They can last for many years, often times 100+. Durable: They’re extremely difficult to scratch, dent or damage in any way. Clean: There aren’t mold problems with this kind of floor, and cleanup with soap and water is easy. Beautiful: The concrete mixture known as the “aggregate” can have many different elements and combinations to it. This gives the floor a unique appearance that is visually pleasing. Polished concrete can be done either by using the existing concrete directly, or using a layer of topping slab. For more information on how we can service you with concrete polishing, give us a call us at 949-215-0900 for a free...

How To Choose The Right Equipment For Concrete Surface Preparation

There are a number of factors that need to be considered when choosing equipment for the surface preparation of concrete prior to the floor system installation. Here’a an overview of the top five:  1) What is Being Removed? First, consider what type of material you are trying to remove. Are you working with unsound concrete, epoxy coatings, mastics, paint? This is key to determining the right process for effective removal. A rubbery elastomeric coatings, for example, will require scarification or grinding rather than shotblasting. Next, you need to consider the thickness of the material that needs to be removed. Parameters here can vary, however, a general rule of thumb is that thin film coatings can be removed using diamond grinders, while thick coatings and overlays will likely need to be shot blasted or scarified. 2) The Condition of the Concrete The condition of the concrete can dictate surface preparation steps as well. If concrete is delaminated or crumbling, you will probably need to use methods of scarification or a chipping hammer to get to sound concrete. 3) Surface Profile Once you have your concrete in the right condition, you must determine the surface profile that is necessary for the coatings to properly adhere. There are a few factors that play into this decision. The first is to consider what type of system will be used to coat the concrete. A stain or a thin coating will usually require only a light profiling while thick overlays and self leveling coatings will do best with a heavily texture surface that can only be achieved with a scarifier or shot blaster. Additionally,...

How To Maintain Your Polished Concrete

Even though polished concrete is constructed to have a substantial, yet durable surface, it will eventually wear down and start to lose its shine. This is why the surface needs to be maintained, so that it doesn’t lose its shine and conserves its magnifying exterior. Since polished concrete requires no waxing or sealers, it is much easier to maintain and take care of. Daily maintenance is necessary to keep floors looking clean and polished. This includes dust mopping, to avoid an accumulation of dirt and wet mopping, using a cleaner rather than water, for a more efficient clean. If these simple tasks were completed each day, the polished concrete floor will only continue to shine each day. The most recommended cleaner used for polished concrete floors are neutral-ph cleaners, which are offered through companies such as “Mr. Clean.” Neutral-ph cleaners are recommended because other cleaners contain substances that may deteriorate or dull the concrete floors. Floor pads are also recommended to prevent scratching and other damages. Traffic and usage of the floor also play a huge role in how often it needs to be maintained. Of course high-traffic will require a more consistent cleaning. Simple Tips when Maintaining Polished Concrete: Dust mop daily with a microfiber pad to avoid dirt particles that prevent shine. When wet mopping, make sure to use clean water and clean mops, as well as the neutral-ph cleaner. Clean spills and stains as quickly as possible, so that it does not absorb into the exterior. Give the cleaner time to soak in before wiping away, so that you will get a much more efficient clean....

Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete is becoming more popular everyday, and it doesn’t require waxing and sealing like other flooring exteriors do. It is much easier to maintain and convenient for all environments. Now that technology is improving, contractors have an easier time tearing down old flooring and replacing it with brand-new, polished smooth material. Because of the performance of concrete and its durable surface, people are resulting to polished concrete over marble, granite and tile. Since polishing requires a process, there are a variety of customs to choose from, for example, the level of polish, or shine. This flexibility of options makes polished concrete an optimal choice of material. It is important that the polished concrete installation is done by a professional, as it requires special prerequisite knowledge and requirements. They handle specialized heavy machinery and equipment, which needs prior knowledge and familiarity. By taking the execution of concrete and its durability into consideration, it is only conclusive why many consumers are resulting to polished concrete rather than marble, granite and tile. Both homeowners and office facilities are convinced that polished concrete is more efficient and convenient than any other flooring...

How To Enhance Concrete Floors

The smooth and lustrous surface of polished concrete is composed among a ravishing array of designs, from coloring and scoring to exemplifying grids, bands and borders. Today, the most popular designs used to enhance polished concrete flooring, include stains and dyes. Some examples of popular colors and patterns include the following: Stain: Stained concrete flooring amplifies a different shade of color to the existing flooring. The appearance of stained concrete provides a prominent and distinguished sense of durability, while also displaying an innocent and angelic look. Dye: Dyes offer a collection of vibrant colors, which can often be more powerful than chemical staining. This application is both convenient and essential. It is quick and easy, and the outcome looks absolutely exceptional. Plain Gray: Most people prefer a more traditional, simple and natural look in their home or offices. A nice polished gray gives a room a simplistic, yet professional and relaxing atmosphere. Scored or Patterned: In addition to coloring, polished concrete can display multiple and different customs. These customs include scoring, engraving and stenciling. These designs and patterns add a less simplistic value, but create an attractive and inviting environment. With more people wanting to improve their flooring, more contractors are taking advantage of the growing market by installing polished overlays, which are used to cover up problem floors to create a smoother texture. However, these installations are viewed as an economical...

How Concrete Floors Are Polished

When concrete floors are polished, they often tend to display a smooth glazed, reflective complexion. The design options for polished concrete are endless with different colors, patterns, cuts and engravings. There are also many different levels of glaze, or shine, to choose from as well.  Similar to the glaze level, reflectivity also has various levels to choose from. Office and commercial buildings are notorious for using polished concrete because it is so easy to maintain. To maintain polished concrete, it must be dust mopped regularly to avoid an accumulation of dirt and dust, especially with people walking around on it from time to time. It is also necessary to use a neutral-ph cleaner, which is more effective on polished flooring to preserve smoothness.  The Polishing Process: The polishing process begins by bonding coarse diamond segments in a metallic matrix. These segments help extract or remove minor imperfections, such as blemishes or stains from the floor in anticipation for the final smoothing. In order to reach the desired sheen, the next steps involve grinding the concrete surface using diamond fragments enclosed in plastic or resin matrix. Polishing disks and grits may also be used to intensify the glossy effect. Polishing crews apprehend how fine a grit needs to be, by simply observing the floor surface. The next step applies an internal impregnating sealer. This sealer then absorbs into the concrete protecting and densifying it. This makes coating unnecessary, which also makes it easier to perpetuate. Some contractors apply a commercial polishing composite to the surface to help intensify the sheen. This composite also helps to keep the surface clean. The...

Polished Concrete Overlays Are Fast, Effective And Beneficial

As contractors continue to produce polished concrete flooring, displaying a ravishing high-glaze finish with simplistic maintenance, more and more office and commercial buildings become attracted to and desire this ideal flooring image. Today, it seems like more contractors are installing polished overlays rather than polishing existing concrete floors. The disadvantages of polishing existing concrete slabs involve extensive patchwork, as well as limited custom and application preferences. Benefits of Polished Overlays: Polished overlays are often used to cover up imperfections of flooring, whether it’s a blemish, bubble or stain, smoothing it out, leaving a dazzling, glossy and reflective floor. However, consumers also use it to enhance their existing floor with fancy and decorative patterns and saw cuts. Many commercial buildings find it beneficial, when clients come into to a nice polished and professional setting. Other consumers are quite content with this quick installation. Most people are surprised with how fast this project takes. Contractors get in there, do their job and leave you with a lifetime of...