Polished concrete is a versatile material that is easily customizable in its appearance, using stunning aggregates, quartz, and colors to create a sense of industrial sophistication in both homes and commercial buildings.
While still mainly used as a material for interior flooring, architects have been pushing the limits of polished concrete for years, using it for feature walls, patio floors and even large exterior panels.
Reflective surface creates an evocative quality under light, which can be suitable for a variety of floorings.
Polished concrete can be created in a variety of ways, from the least expensive «grind and seal» method to honed concrete, which uses a penetrating sealer to create a reflective surface.
With the proper floor grinding equipment and experience, concrete polishing contractors can grind concrete surfaces, whether new or old, to a high-gloss finish.
In terms of sustainability, polished concrete can be seen as a “green” material as it makes use of the existing floor slab without the use of any extra material. It also works as an effective thermal mass, retaining heat in summer and keeping cool in winter.
The most common places polished concrete is used include:
Large warehouses and warehouse outlets
Hotels and restaurants
Because polishing is a multistep process, you can choose the level of sheen — from satin to high-gloss — that meets your maintenance and aesthetic requirements. This versatility makes polished concrete an ideal flooring material for a variety of applications.
Fresh concrete floors can be installed on top of any condensed substrate.
One of the most effective ways to dress up polished concrete is to apply dye. Concrete dyes are available in a color palette.
- High durability
- Low maintenance
- Polished concrete can withstand extreme industrial environments
- Polished concrete can be easily cleaned by water or neutral cleaners
- High abrasive resistance and scratch resistance
- Creates non-slippery surface as it has a high coefficient of friction
The smooth, reflective surface of polished concrete invites a stunning array of options for coloring, scoring, and creating radial lines, grids, bands, borders and other designs. Stains and dyes are the most popular application for enhancing already existing polished concrete.