With the recent advancements in equipment, materials and techniques, polished concrete is becoming more popular and economical alternative to tile, marble, granite, linoleum, or even coated concrete. You can achieve various levels of finishes in concrete flooring including satin, smooth and high-gloss, which can also be stained to replicate the look of a polished stone. In addition, there are various design options available with concrete polishing. They include coloring with stains and dyes, stenciled graphics, decorative engraving and faux-finishing techniques. This versatility in polishing, offers a wide choice for different applications. This flooring provides for more durability and high performance and needs minimum maintenance. It also does not require any waxing.
The concrete floor surfaces require basic preparation before polishing to achieve good results. The polishing process uses various specialized and expensive heavy-duty polishing machines. You also need a great deal of expertise and skills. Some concrete floors may not be good for polishing. In view of the heavy investment and higher level of skills, concrete polishing cannot be taken as a DIY project. You will need to hire a professional polishing contractor to do this work.
Concrete polishing is similar to sanding wood. It involves a multi-step process with the use of proper tools such as diamond-impregnated discs to grind and polish the surface. You start with a coarser-grit and gradually move to finer-grit abrasives to achieve the desired level of smoothness and shine.
Both wet and dry processes are used. Each has its own advantages. In wet polishing, water is used for cooling and removing abrasive dust. The main advantage is no dust in the environment and more tool life. But, you need to clean the silt. You get a better finish with wet polishing. In dry polishing, a lot of dust is generated and dust collector is used. The tool life is low.
The basic steps in a typical concrete polishing process can be summarized as:
-Removing existing coatings with 16 or 20-grit abrasive to clean the surface.
-Sealing joints and cracks: These are filled with epoxy or semi-rigid filler.
-Grinding in steps with 40-grit, 80, 150 grit metal-bonded diamond discs.
-Applying a hardener (chemical) to make the ground concrete surface dense.
-Polishing in steps with100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000 -grit resin-bond diamond discs depending on your required level of sheen.
- Applying a stain guard that will help protect the polish and easy maintenance.
You can get your concrete floor polished,easily clean and maintain the polished floor and improve its slip-resistance using simple methods.
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