Three Benefits of Polished Concrete
Polished concrete is one of the most popular flooring options on the commercial market, due to its durability in high foot traffic areas and low level maintenance. Its incredibly strong molecular structure makes it suitable for industrial and business flooring applications, especially if heavy equipment will be driven across it, such as forklifts. But, what if it could be enhanced to have an aesthetically appealing appearance, much like marble floors? Concrete polishing is the answer. Concrete polishing is the process of grinding down the bare surface with various blade sizes, much like sanding a piece of wood. This blade will pass along the concrete surface which will slowly chip away the top layer or layers, the fine polishing will produce an incredibly smooth surface. Then a liquid densifier may be applied to create a glossy or sheen and add strength to the porous concrete.
Because polishing is a multi-step process, business owners can choose the level of sheen from stain to high-gloss that meets their maintenance and aesthetic requirements. This versatility makes polished concrete an ideal flooring material for a variety of applications. With new dying and staining techniques you can add a real pop of color, even a detailed design, or just a simple hue to brighten up any workspace. Since concrete dyes are usually available in water or solvent based formulas, the ending look can be anywhere from translucent, to opaque, or even marbled. Stains, on the other hand, engrain the surface of the concrete as opposed to penetrating it leaving a mottled, kaleidoscopic finish.
Polished floors are also easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping. They eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. The glossy surface of polished concrete resists the marks of forklift truck tires and staining from oil and chemical spills.
Polished concrete, though quite shiny, does not create a slippery floor. In fact, the benefits of mechanically grinding and flattening the floor will increase the coefficient of friction when compared to ordinary concrete. Polished concrete often exceeds OSHA standards for floors.
With the numerous benefits polished concrete flooring has to offer, it has emerged as a popular choice for many companies. A floor that has been polished and maintained can be expected to last a hundred years or more. Call the professionals at The Floor Care Company to see if polished concrete flooring is right for you.
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