STEPS OF THE CONCRETE POLISHING PROCESS

STEPS OF THE CONCRETE POLISHING PROCESS

What exactly is polished concrete? It’s not polished marble or granite. Yet, polished concrete floors have a similar polished look and feel to polished stone. A polished concrete floor has a glossy, mirror-like finish. The design options for polished concrete are vast. You can choose nearly any color, create patterns with saw cuts, or embed aggregates or interesting objects into the concrete prior to polishing.

Process

The polished look is created by using polished aggregates or polished stone, then sealing it with a coat of resin. The polished aggregate particles are typically about .25″ in diameter. A typical polished concrete floor has an average depth of 1/4″.

The cost difference between polished concrete and polished stone is usually minimal. The cost of polished concrete can even be less than polished stone because polished concrete doesn’t require the use of skilled labor for installation or reapplication of sealers, as polished stones often do.

The reflective qualities of polished concrete are due to the polished tumbled aggregate that is used in the mix design. Typically, polished concrete has an average reflectivity of 80 to 85%, which means polished concrete is not the best material for areas where you need high visibility. For example, polished concrete is not recommended for restaurants or lobbies unless they are dimly lit places because polished concrete absorbs too much light and can create dark spots.

The polished design options for polished concrete are vast. You can choose nearly any color, create patterns with saw cuts, or embed aggregates or interesting objects into the concrete prior to polishing.

The polished look is created by using polished aggregates or polished stone, then sealing it with a coat of resin. The polished aggregate particles are typically about .25″ in diameter. A typical polished concrete floor has an average depth of 1/4″.

The cost difference between polished concrete and polished stone is usually minimal. The cost of polished concrete can even be less than polished stone because polished concrete doesn’t require the use of skilled labor for installation or reapplication of sealers, as polished stones often do.   

You can choose nearly any color, create patterns with saw cuts, embed aggregates or interesting objects into polished concrete before polishing.

The polished look is created by using polished aggregates or polished stone, then sealing it with a coat of resin. The polished aggregate particles are typically about .25″ in diameter. A typical polished concrete floor has an average depth of 1/4″.

The cost difference between polished concrete and polished stone is usually minimal. The cost of polished concrete can even be less than polished stone because polished concrete doesn’t require the use of skilled labor for installation or reapplication of sealers, as polished stones often do.

A typical polished concrete floor has an average depth of 1/4″. The cost difference between polished concrete and polished stone is usually minimal. The cost of polished concrete can even be less than polished stone because polished concrete doesn’t require the use of skilled labor for installation or reapplication of sealers, as polished stones often do.

The reflective qualities of polished concrete are due to the polished tumbled aggregate that is used in the mix design. Typically, polished concrete has an average reflectivity of 80 to 85%, which means polished concrete is not the best material for areas where you need high visibility. For example, polished concrete is not recommended for restaurants or lobbies unless they are dimly lit places because polished concrete absorbs too much light and can create dark spots.