The next time you attend a restaurant grand opening, tour a newly built office space, or take a walk through an art gallery; keep your eyes on the floor. Chances are least one or more of these buildings contain polished concrete flooring. A key aspect to the architectural design of many new and remodeled buildings is concrete polishing.
Advances in concrete polishing tools and techniques have made adding a sleek and sophisticated finish possible to any surface. From countertops to flooring architects and designers all over love the endless possibilities of concrete floors. Polished concrete has been used as viable replacement for stone, tile, laminate and granite floors in commercial spaces everywhere. Even many homeowners are cashing in on the polished concrete craze and opting for an expert concrete polisher over a hardwood subcontractor in a variety of urban and suburban environments.
Factor in the durability and strength of concrete and it’s easy to see why concrete flooring is an attractive alternative to many contractors and homeowners today. In fact, polished concrete is quickly becoming the top wax free flooring choice on the market.
A quality and professional polished look can be obtained on new or old concrete floors. The process works by polishing the concrete surface with sanding pads and a floor grinder until a smooth and high gloss surface remains.
Even old concrete floors can be refinished to look like new. The process for polishing older concrete floors is virtually the same as it is for freshly poured concrete. However, old concrete will likely require a hardness test prior to refinishing and could also need hardening chemicals to strengthen the surface. The chemical treatments work by reacting with the composite make up of the concrete resulting in a hardened crystalline core. Once treated, the old flooring will be strong enough to handle the polishing process and will maintain its color and finish for years to come.
When hiring a concrete flooring contractor there is no substitute for experience. Look for a contractor with years of experience in the field and one that has worked with concrete polishing and refinishing before. Every job is unique and only your contractor will be able to tell you if your old concrete floors need treatment before polishing, and provide you with an estimate. In the end, with a combination of the right tools and right level of experienced a polished concrete floor can create a look that rivals even the most expensive floors.