This polish has the same steps as a full mechanical polish, however there is less grinding and refining since the final look is matte. A matte finish will appear soft and hazy with minimal clarity or reflection.
This is a shorter process that requires less grinding, honing, and polishing steps because the gloss is achieved from a topical sealer. When compared to a full polish, polished concrete has a longer lifetime expectancy and is more durable, particularly in industrial settings or areas with high traffic. Sealed concrete is typically an affordable alternative to polished concrete.
This is the mechanical process of polishing the surface of an existing concrete slab by using industrial floor grinders fitted with diamonds. During this process, the concrete is polished using progressively finer grits of diamond abrasives until the floor reaches the desired level of shine.
A polished concrete floor usually has a glossy, mirror-like finish that is achieved by multiple steps of grinding down concrete. We start the process by using coarse diamond segments to remove blemishes, stains, or light coatings from the concrete.
Depending on the state of the concrete, this process may be repeated 3-4 times until the surface is smooth enough for the next step. Next, we use diamond abrasives to finely grind down the concrete until the floor has the desired sheen.
Our crew is experienced enough to know exactly when to switch grits to achieve the desired gloss. Throughout this process, we apply an internal impregnating sealer that sinks into the concrete, eliminating the need for a topical coating (such as epoxy).
This invisible sealer hardens and densifies the concrete, giving it long lasting durability and protection. There are multiple dye and stain options that can be added to this process, to alter the color or hue of the concrete.
Polished concrete floors look professional and are most popular in larger industrial areas due to the low cost per square foot.