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What is Polished Concrete?

Polished concrete is the process of grinding down the surface of concrete, much like sanding wood, to get a very smooth finish. When you grind enough of the concrete surface, you reveal the natural elements in the concrete called aggregate, or the stones and gravel used in the cement.  The variation of aggregate makes for a unique floor, no two polished concrete will ever look exactly the same.  While traditional stained concrete covers your existing concrete with harmful epoxies, polished concrete reveals the natural beauty from within and thus creates a lasting product without needing reapplications of products as you would with unpolished stained concrete.

 

 

 

Flooring Comparison Chart

VALUE, the main reason to choose polished concrete and we all want our money’s worth in these tough economic times. Polished concrete will save you time, money and our environment over other flooring options. Isn’t it time you took a stand and start expecting more from your investments?

 

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Diamonds to Polish Concrete

The power of diamonds is not only its beauty, but its strength. The equipment we use involves various parts with microscopic sized diamonds to grind the concrete to desired levels without the need of harmful chemicals. We use specialized resin diamond equipment in various levels or grit to ultimately produce the finished polished surface.

It’s Not Just Stained Concrete

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There are many ways to stain or color concrete, but the key difference is how you prepare the concrete prior to adding colorants, so that you have a better finished product. Much like using a primer before you add your paint to walls or cars, if you don't prep the surface, the final outcome may not last very long.

 

Polished concrete is the finished look you get from grinding the concrete with multiple levels of grinds that will not only make applying stains and dyes adhere better, but can make your concrete floor shine beautifully in its natural state without adding color. Dyes and stains can be applied to polished and unpolished concrete. However, concrete floors that are acid stained and dyed without being polished require much more maintenance and ongoing costs. A sealer must be used to protect the concrete. Once this sealer wears off, usually between 6 months to a year, it must be quickly reapplied to avoid damage to the floor or the finish. If a sealer is not used on these unpolished floors, then a floor maintenance schedule must be followed which could include stripping and waxing the floor multiple times a year or as needed.On the other hand, when a floor is polished and dyed, a hardener can be added if needed to the concrete to increase strength and fill any remaining pores.

Concrete Make-Up

Concrete is a man made material used for construction since ancient times. Concrete is made up of natural ingredients such as sand, stone, water and gravel and can be recycled for other uses. The make-up of cement and its uses has not changed much over time, but technology has changed how the finished product of cement can be changed. The dull grey surface can now be changed to have a very smooth and shiny surface in any color. This is accomplished with new equipment and processes that changes the texture and appearance of the concrete, permanently. We are not talking about adding an epoxy coating; we are talking about polished concrete!

Acid Stained vs. Concrete Dyes

You may have heard of stained concrete more than polished concrete and while the final product may look similar, the methods to achieve them are very different. There are two main methods to coloring concrete and they are reactive and non-reactive methods. Only one method is considered reactive which is acid based staining.

  • Acid Stain: Stained concrete is sometimes referred to as acid etching, which is the process of a chemical solution penetrating the surface of the concrete in order to change the coloring. Acid staining is not a topical coating like paint, but a chemical process where the stain and concrete react to form a bond.
  • Colored Coatings or sealants: like painting walls, non-reactive coloring or staining involves a topical application that adheres to the concrete. The mechanical nature of covering the surface of the concrete requires some prep work such as an acid wash and maintenance is a must to prevent flaking and fading.
  • Dyes: dyes are translucent, penetrating color solutions. Unlike acid-based stains, they do not react chemically with concrete. Instead, they contain very fine coloring agents that penetrate into the concrete surface and color concrete mechanically. The advantage of dyes used in polished concrete is that no harmful chemicals are used and low maintenance needs.

Polished & Stained VS. Stained Only

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