Concrete Surfaces – Polished Concrete

Could you name at least one of the most common construction materials used today? Well, if you’re still thinking of the answer, let me give you one item – concrete! Yes according to one of my favorite concrete suppliers,  concrete is defined as a material that is made up of both fine and coarse aggregates that are mixed or bonded together with water, cement and other additives (and cures over time).  Concrete can also be polished, of which we will talk about it in this article.  

Why Polished Concrete is Fast becoming the Flooring Material of Choice Today

For those who are looking to have durable, high-gloss flooring, polished concrete is fast becoming the flooring material of choice today. With the use of appropriate floor-grinding tools and equipment, contractors and workers can bring that classy, high-gloss and high-luster finish to new or old concrete surfaces.

Polished concrete is often used when building structures like hotels and restaurants (where a classy, high-luster finish is most desired), retail outlets, malls, showrooms, private homes, office buildings and other high-end residential developments.

What are the Perks of Polished Concrete?

Perhaps the main benefit of attaining a high-polished concrete appearance and look is that it adds a classy, decorative touch to the establishment’s interiors. The polished floors also add to the establishment’s aesthetic and overall value.

The other perks of polished concrete flooring include cost savings, as conventional floor coverings are not required when the slab is used as the finished floor surface. A polished floor will also not be as prone to damage as compared to using other materials, and will not need replacing for years to come.

Polished concrete floors are also quite easy to clean and maintain, as they will not easily harbor or be pestered with dirt, dust, grime and allergens. These are also readily available in home depot stores in a wide assortment of colors and designs.

The commercial and retail perks are also aplenty. For example, polished premixed concrete  floors

fare well in high traffic areas like malls, hotels, restaurants, office buildings and residential homes.  They also afford a longer service life and require lesser upkeep, since they’re easy to clean (and only require the occasional damp mopping).

Polished concrete floors also do not require the use of messy, slippery coatings or waxes, thereby saving establishment owners the added labor costs. These are also resistant to marks caused by truck or forklift tires, as well as from stains brought forth by oil or chemical spills.

These types of flooring are also very resistant to moisture issues, as they enable the floor to breathe, and reduce all the issues which arise with using other flooring materials like tiles. And, for office buildings, malls, showrooms and high-end residential units, polished concrete floors offer higher light reflectivity too (and they also reduce the need to use artificial lighting).

But, can all concrete flooring be polished? Well, before you place a new order for new concrete delivery, remember that old and new floors can be polished with adequate preparation (and as long as the floor is structurally sound). This means that you save more money in the long run!