Concrete Polishing is a multi-step process that, in the end, will provide a concrete surface that is denser, sealed from dust and features a glossy luster. Polishing the concrete will not fail or peel off like a floor coating could.
TECC Painting utilizes different applications for polished concrete and it is likely that you have been on a polished surface without realizing you were in fact just walking on concrete. Many large grocery store chains use polished concrete as well as many big box retailers. Do you remember the last time you were at a Lowes Home Improvement or a Home Depot? Their floors are typically polished to a very low shine simply because it creates an easy to clean flooring solution.
Typically the concrete surface would be ground with a polisher, and then a densifier would be applied to close the pores of the concrete. After the densifier is applied, our craftsmen can apply and acetone dye color to change the concrete’s color. The next step is to polish to the desired shine level, first it is sealed and then burnished to that final shine level. Concrete polishing is an easy solution which can add longevity to any concrete surface provided the floor is maintained and cleaned regularly to keep the shine intact. For example, the floors at Lowes and Home Depot are polished at between a 200 and 400 level – pretty low on the light reflectance spectrum. Imagine a 1500 or 3000 level, it is like glass!
Concrete floors can be polished to a very low shine simply to keep them easy to clean or they could be polished to a mirror like surface that will reflect light and truly create a beautiful sight. Concrete polishing is not only for commercial or industrial use, many homeowners are catching onto the appeal of polished concrete which can receive dye to look like a natural stone. Polished floors are the ultimate no-wax flooring material. Easy to maintain, low cost, limitless options and superior durability.
Is a polished concrete floor something you are considering? Please contact TECC Painting, we can answer questions that can help your planning decision.