With the use of heavy-duty machinery any concrete flooring, new or old, can be grinded down leaving a glossy non-slip finish. Having this type of service saves time and money which offers long lasting product, an easier to clean surface and is less likely to be damaged. Not only does it shine and give that “new” feel, it also is able to give other designing options like coloring or even creating patterns to engrave in the concrete. This type of service can be done with the option of a wet or dry method of polishing. The variety and benefits of polishing concrete is what makes this extremely popular in today’s society.
Stained Polished Concrete
When wanting to add coloring to polished concrete, staining is one way to create that beautiful elegant look. There are two main ways that can create stained polished flooring which is acid- stains and water-based stains. Acid-stains are used with a mixture of water and hydrochloric acid which seeps into the surface creating a chemical reaction. Acid staining is more limited to earth tone such as greens, blues, tans, and browns. Water-based stains are also a great way of staining concrete. This type includes a blend of acrylic, polymers and pigments. Using this kind of stain offers more coloring options such as white, black and even can produce metallic colors.
Engraving Polished Concrete
Using the correct tools such as stencils, polishing machines, multiple grinding disks, and an heavy duty machinery known as a shot blaster, you can obtain any design imagined. Precision is needed and using a stencil which will leave an outline will help create perfect lines. A shot blaster is used to engrave the design into the concrete itself. Once the design is sketched into the cement, the polish goes on next creating and smooth sleek finish. Multiple patterns and colors can be used making any concrete look unique.
Polished Concrete Overlays
Polished Concrete Overlays are one solution to any imperfect concrete flooring. These thin coatings can work on any new or old surface. Using an overlay Is great if you have stains, patches or even uneven flooring. Any color can be added into the overlay making any concrete decorative. Unlike polishing concrete, there are different instructions and tools to polishing concrete overlays. Special diamond disks are used which is why you hire professionals.
Levels of Concrete Polishing
Different levels of concrete polishing can leave you with a variety of exposures and levels of sheen which includes matte and a glossy finish. Going back and forth with different diamond abrasives you can easily obtain higher degrees of shine. The variety of levels go from one to four, four being the highest level of polish. One usually appears as a blurry polish obtaining little reflection. Two is used to get that matte finish look while three has more reflection and gloss polish. Four is the highest level of total gloss and shine which will have a lot of light reflectivity when lights are turned on. Not only can you control the gloss you can also control how much aggregate exposure wanted as well.