If you are wondering what polished concrete is, it's simply a concrete floor with a chemical densifier added to fill the pores to give a dense, durable matrix. The surface is then ground down with various diamond polishing tools to achieve the required level of smoothness, shine and finish specified.
But what sets polished concrete apart from other flooring is the incredible durability, ease of keeping the floor clean, the hypoallergenic and thermal properties and the luxurious feel to the floor.
At Epoxy Flooring San Antonio, we can turn any structurally sound concrete into a beautiful polished concrete floor.
Polished concrete is excellent for San Antonio residential, commercial and industrial properties. Their modern look can elevate any warehouse, home, bar, hotel, restaurant, retail shop, big box store or office to a luxury finish.
Polished concrete can be put into service immediately after the process is complete. In addition, due to the cleanliness of the process and the lack of toxic or hazardous chemicals, floors can often be commissioned as soon as the project is completed, making it ideal for San Antonio industrial and commercial facilities that cannot afford to shut down for an extended period.
Compared to concrete sealing, polished concrete hardens the concrete for increased hardwearing and durability. It creates more stone exposure with a glass like smooth surface, for a more decorative and light reflective finish.
The process of polishing the concrete aims to create a more denser and more durable surface. The floor becomes less vulnerable to damage than other floors and does not need replacing.
It can withstand heavy foot traffic, forklifts, light vehicle traffic or heavy machinery without the need for waxing or replacing.
Except for the initial cost of installing the floor, polished concrete requires minimum maintenance. It also does not require replacing, making it a more cost effective and environmentally friendly flooring option.
If your property runs on artificial lighting, polished concrete with its light reflective properties can help you save on your energy bills while improving safety and creating a bright, clean, and professional image for your facility.
The weather-regulating properties of the concrete slab are increased when the slab is in direct contact with the ground… otherwise known as earth coupling. This allows your polished concrete flooring to draw significant heat loads away from the surface, leaving your floor nice and cool in a hot and humid climate.
Almost any concrete floor that is structurally sound, regardless of how old it is, can be polished. In addition, after 28 days, freshly constructed concrete floors can be polished.
We begin by grinding the concrete floor mechanically until all grit, filth, oil, glue, paint, and stains have been eliminated. We also want to expose any stones in the concrete slab at this point.
We patch up all of the floor's holes and cracks after the concrete has been fully ground. The finished floor gains additional appeal by having the holes and cracks repaired while yet maintaining its structural integrity.
Once the concrete slab is prepared, and the stones are visible, we use a range of diamond grits to make numerous passes over the floor. After using concrete grout to patch up any remaining divots and cracks, the first phase is completed with a concrete hardener and left to cure overnight.
After the concrete hardener has dried, we switch to resin pads and start polishing the concrete with progressively finer grits until the required sheen is achieved. Cleaning the floor, applying a stain guard, and burnishing it are the last steps.
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