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Polished Concrete – What is it?

What’s Polished Concrete?

Polished concrete includes a construction material which most often is utilized as flooring for Home Decorating. It’s created as regular concrete is ground down then polished. A few advantages of polished concrete are that it’s fairly low-cost, is durable, requires little maintenance, and possesses a unique look. Its shortcomings are that it may be uncomfortable to stand on for lengthy time periods, may make a room feel cooler and may make louder sounds while walked on than additional types of flooring. Polished concrete may be discovered in government buildings, office buildings, retail stores, warehouses, and other venues.

How is Polished Concrete Done?

Concrete traditionally is polished with a special machine. The machine will rub diamond-containing segments or disks against the concrete in order to wear it down. Diamonds are utilized because their hardness assists in grinding concrete more effectively. Polishing and grinding are performed in multiple steps. At first, segments with a rougher or coarser grit are used, and though the quantity of grinding required at this phase varies, rough grinding typically is done 3 – 4 times. After this, a hardener will be applied to the concrete in order to fill its pores in. Disks that have a finer diamond grit then are utilized to again grind the concrete down. The fine grinding, referred to as polishing, also is performed multiple times and continues on until the floor accomplished the desired finish. At last, a sealant may be — yet isn’t always — applied to the concrete.

Polished Concrete Requires Little Maintenance

Polished concrete floors for Home Decorating will require little maintenance. Sometimes, it requires mopping, yet other than this, it’ll require little routine maintenance or cleaning. How often it requires mopping depends upon the quantity of traffic upon the floor and the kind of use. Such flooring doesn’t have to be waxed, because of the hardening solution that is applied to it while grinding. Also, it’ll resist stains, scuff marks, and other regular signs of wear. It’s durable and doesn’t have to be replaced as often as other types of flooring, therefore it’s considered to be eco-friendly. However, polished concrete does have to be refinished every 5 to ten years. Polished concrete will have a distinctive Home Decorating appearance. It’s very smooth and possesses a glassy look, because it’ll reflect a substantial quantity of light. The concrete aggregate sometimes will be exposed.

Not all polished concrete floors are identical, though. It may be decorated in various ways. Those variations may include changing the texture or color of the concrete. For instance, polished concrete may be stamped, painted, stained or patterned.

For more information on our Home Decorating, contact Jenco Companies today at (209) 931- 8129.

Bob Jennison

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The Differences Between Polished Concrete Floors

You may not be aware that there are two different types of “polished concrete” floors.

There is a process that is a topical coating and there is a process that is a mechanical polishing.

Let me explain the differences between polished concrete floors and why you want a true mechanical polished floor.

A Topical Coating is a Poor Mans Polish

While a concrete polishing with a topical coating may seem like the way to go because of the original price comparison with a true mechanical polish, but you really need to take a closer look.

A topical coating seems so easy and there are many salesman who will paint a pretty picture, but you will begin a maintenance nightmare. It works out well for the salesman because you will have to continue buying his equipment and product to maintain it.

Topical Clear Coat
This method applies a chemical or coating to the surface of the concrete. Then, it’s sealed or buffed to produce a sheen. While this method can be cost-effective, it lasts only a year or two; eventually, the Topical Sealer will chip, crack, or peel. Remember, nothing you can put on your concrete floor is harder than the concrete itself.

You will continually have to re-coat the high traffic areas while trying not to overload the rest of your floor. Saving a few dollars on the original outlay may be tempting, but you will pay for it for years.

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Topical coating failure

Why Mechanical Polishing is Superior

When you install a true mechanical polish you will have the lowest maintenance floor possible. You can polish it to 800 grit and just auto scrub or mop it for years (imagine the floors you see in chain stores like Lowes and Home Depot).

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You may never have to touch it with a polisher again – NO JOKE!

If you want a high sheen you can polish it to a 3000 grit and get a very high sheen that actually comes from the sand in the concrete. When the sand is polished with diamonds it makes it shine like glass because the sand is actually melted (think of a glass blower making a vase).  The true shine is not from a chemical, it is inherent in the concrete, so it will never wear off.

Concrete Floor Polishing Industrial

If you have any questions about how the process works, come by our Design Workshop full of examples of the various options.

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