Polished concrete is a very versatile and customizable material, with an appearance that can vary significantly by the colors, quartz, and aggregates used. Polished concrete is used in both commercial buildings and residential homes.
The very first thing you should notice about polished concrete is the reflective surface that it creates, which means it can really add to the look for a number of different projects. While polished concrete is still predominantly used on interior flooring, it can also be used for patio floors, walls, and exterior panels.
How Is Polished Concrete Created?
Polished concrete is created in a number of different ways, but the cheapest and most common way is to use the ‘grind and seal’ method, which creates honed concrete stamping and a penetrating sealer to create a surface that is as reflective as possible.
One reason why polished concrete is often used as interior flooring is because the durability and longevity of it means that it can easily last under foot traffic. To ensure this, a chemical hardener will be applied that densifies the porous concrete, and then grinds it into the desired smoothness that you would like.
In addition, the concrete can be further grounded to an eight hundred, fifteen hundred, or three thousand grit level to further bring the glossiness to your desired level.
Why Is Polished Concrete Popular?
Besides the smooth and glossy hard surface that is very appealing, one of the biggest reasons why polished concrete is so popular is because it is incredibly simply to maintain. It’s also very durable (as we discussed previously) and difficult to damage, which means it can be a good investment and last for a long time.
Furthermore, also as was previously mentioned polished concrete is very versatile and customizable as a result of the very wide variety of finishes that are available, and the different cement colors and aggregates that you can select from as well. You can use polished concrete to either mimc other materials such as ceramic tiles, or you can use it to create an entirely original and unique design. We’ll be able to do either option for you.
The number of color options for polished cement is also virtually endless, so there’s no shortage of options in regards to how you would like your finished product to look like.
How Sustainable Is Polished Concrete?
Polished concrete is very sustainable thanks to its intrinsic durability as well as the fact that it is a ‘green’ material that utilizes existing floor slab without needing extra materials. Polished concrete will also act as a thermal mass, by retaining heat in the summer while being relatively cool in the winter.
Overall, the process of polishing concrete is very similar to that of sanding wood. We use polishing machines equipped with progressive fine grits of diamond segments to grind down the surface of the cement to the exact degree of smoothness and glossiness that you would like.