Frequently Asked Questions
Is polished concrete flooring durable?
Yes, extremely durable due to the application of liquid silicate hardeners/densifiers used during the polished concrete process. These products fill the micro pores in the concrete surface thereby eliminating dusting & other problems associated with untreated concrete. In most cases, a stain guard product is applied. as the last step, to the polished concrete surface & burnished in with a burnishing machine. I hope this was helpful & informative.
Is concrete polishing expensive?
When compared with high-end floor coverings, such as ceramic tile, slate and marble, decorative concrete is often an economical alternative. Plus, skilled concrete artisans can duplicate the look of these pricier materials. The life expectancy of a concrete floor will also far surpass that of low- to mid-priced floor coverings, such as carpeting, vinyl tile and wood laminates. That means in the long run you can save money because you'll never need to rip out and replace worn or damaged flooring.
What is concrete polishing?
Concrete polishing is a mechanical process of diamond tools underneath a concrete grinding/polishing machine. Starting with course grit diamonds, you work your way up thru finer & finer diamond tooling, each removing scratches left by previous grit. The concrete polishing process will usually entail 9-10 different grits.
Is concrete polishing dusty?
A: No, the polished concrete process can be done either wet or dry. When done wet, the water controls the dust & you have a slurry to clean up. When the polished concrete process is done dry, vacuums are attached to the machines which collect 99+% of dust generated. A typical concrete polishing job will generate about 1 lb. of dry dust/ SqFt.
Concrete polish maintenance?
While concrete floors are relatively easy to maintain, compared with other types of floor surfaces, they aren't completely maintenance free. How much maintenance your floor will need largely depends on the amount of traffic it receives. The maintenance needs of a residential floor will be much different than those for a floor in a high-traffic commercial or retail environment.
In most cases, residential floors experience light foot traffic, and a simple cleaning regimen of occasional sweeping and damp mopping will keep concrete floors looking like new for many years. Protecting concrete floors with a good sealer and a coat of floor finish or wax will make them even more resistant to stains, chemicals and abrasion. In areas of heavy traffic, such as entrances and foyers, you can reduce maintenance and wear and tear by using floor mats, both inside and outside of the entryways.
How does the diamond polishing process compare to a "grind and seal" job?
First of all, we actually polish the concrete itself, so that it is smooth and shiny. This smooth surface is less likely to catch dirt and has a vastly superior look and feel.
If concrete is merely ground, and a topical sealer such as epoxy, or urethane is applied on top to make it shiny, it won't have the look of actual polished concrete, nor will it have the feel. Think about it: would you varnish your granite? That is what you have, if you coat concrete with epoxy, or urenthane.
In addition, epoxies and urethanes can delaminate, yellow, or fog, especially of they are subject to moisture coming up through the concrete.