Why is concrete polishing so beneficial?
Concrete polishing is a new trend that has been discovered and widely used among homeowners and businesses across the country. There are several reasons why concrete polishing is a fantastic option for new construction, existing property, and renovation projects. So why is concrete polishing suddenly desirable? The answer can be found below. Read on to learn about the various benefits and some information related to polishing and maintaining concrete for residential or commercial properties.
Everyone can imagine what a concrete slab looks like; sun, gray and dull. With the new concrete polishing technique, this appearance can be a thing of the past in just a few months. Concrete is used as a base for new construction, residential and commercial; but now, it is being used as a floor. The use of polished concrete as a floor really makes it an interesting feature of a house or building. Let’s talk about this further.
Concrete is a practical and inexpensive option for floors; especially on carpet, linoleum, tile, or hardwood. Though never considered a potential interior asset, polished concrete is certainly making a comeback. So what does polished concrete look like, and why is it a great choice for residential and commercial flooring? The first answer is durability. Concrete is durable; that is why it is used so diversely between new construction and foundation developments. Once it is polished, it appears shiny, shiny and smooth. It’s a luxurious looking floor that costs very little to install, treat and polish. It does not require much care, maintenance, replacement, restoration or maintenance; as well as the use of disinfectant chemical treatments, and more. It can also be customized with layouts, patterns, grids, and anything else. They can even be colored to look like marble, tile, or polished stone.
This new technology allows general contractors and homeowners to produce bright, beautiful floors at a cost anyone can afford. They achieve this shiny, polished concrete finish by first grinding the surface of the concrete to remove any irregularities and create a smooth finish. They do it with the help of a polishing machine. It is a process similar to sanding wood. These machines are remarkable pieces of equipment; using blades and discs made of broken diamonds to grind solid surfaces. This high-tech sandpaper-like technique is what creates these flawless and smooth polished concrete finishes. Along with polishing the concrete, a new technique called acid staining is being experimented with. Acid staining is a technique that allows even more intricate designs and colors to be added to concrete floors.
If a concrete floor was recently installed, it most likely will not require sanding prior to the polishing process; however, it will require a 30 day lead time before you can start working on it. If the concrete floor has existed, either bare or under carpet, it will need to be sanded, degreased, cleaned, dusted, and additionally prepared. If the concrete floor is very porous or uneven, it will need to be resurfaced before it can be sanded. The benefits of polished concrete floors include:
- dirt resistant
- Easy to clean
- Store-bought materials
- DIY potential
- No lining or waxing required.
- Also for countertops
- And more!