Polished concrete is developing into a new trend. With the appropriate equipment and experience, we can grind and polish new or old concrete floors to a high-gloss industrial floor without requiring a film-forming coating.
No wonder more and more retail, commercial, warehouses, offices and even property owners are taking advantage of this smooth polished surface.
This article provides a complete overview of polished concrete floors, including benefits, uses and requirements.
What is polished concrete?
Large concrete surfaces are grinded and polished by our special BECOSAN® machines with increasingly finer diamond discs to the desired shine and smoothness, similar to wood grinding.
Where is polished concrete used?
A BECOSAN® floor prepares industrial properties for multiple use. The system is suitable for almost every industry. Textiles, pharmaceuticals, logistics, production, food processing, clean rooms and many more. After the treatment, the property can be used by any company regardless of its activity.
Advantages of polished concrete
It is not necessary to use environmentally harmful materials such as epoxy. The combination of grinding, polishing and the application of impregnations results in an abrasion-resistant, dust-free and very low-maintenance surface. Polished concrete is very easy to clean and has an impressive aesthetics.
Cost savings: It is not necessary to lay an additional floor. The existing concrete floor can be grinded and polished.
Longer life span
Polished floors are not sensitive to damage, this extends its life span.
Easy to clean
Polished concrete is dustproof and water repellent. This facilitates daily cleaning and reduces maintenance costs. Tire marks from forklift trucks or oil and grease stains are very easy to remove during daily cleaning.
Resistant to moisture
Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe and eliminates problems associated with other floor coverings, such as tiles, epoxy resin, etc
High light reflectivity
A bright and clean floor is important for warehouses and logistics centres. This saves energy costs in the long term, as the need for artificial lighting is reduced.
Sustainable alternative to floor coatings
Polished concrete requires no environmentally harmful coatings, cleaning agents or adhesives.
Can all concrete floors be polished?
Almost any concrete floor, old or new, can be polished with the right preparation.
What are the design options for polished concrete?
The smooth, reflective surface of polished concrete invites a variety of possibilities such as floor markings, edges, company logos and other motifs to be colored without being worn out or detached from the floor. Glazes are the most popular application for coloued markings on polished concrete.
Concrete polishing is a multi-stage process, you can choose from matt to high gloss finishings, depending on the application. This versatility makes polished concrete an ideal flooring solution for a variety of applications and suitable for any industrial activity.
How much does polished concrete cost?
The cost of polished concrete varies depending on the size, condition and finishing chosen. Prices for residential customers are slightly higher than those for commercial customers, as smaller equipment for narrower spaces are required.
How does polished concrete compare to floor coatings?
Polished concrete offers a number of advantages that other floor coverings do not offer, particularly in terms of durability, performance and sustainability.
Are polished concrete floors difficult to maintain?
Polished concrete floors are dustproof throughout their life and very easy to clean. In general, it is easier to maintain than other floors. Regular maintenance serves to keep the floor free of dust and dirt.
Are polished concrete floors slippery?
Polished concrete floors may look smooth, but they are absolutely non-slip because the non-slip properties are not changed during polishing.
Is concrete polishing considered a good construction project?
Note that the process of polishing concrete floors requires vast expertise and the use of special polishing machines equipped with diamond discs. The surface is grinded and polished to the desired gloss and smoothness. Therefore, always contact a specialist company with sufficient experience.
Wet or dry polishing?
Concrete can be polished wet or dry, but we usually use a combination of both.
Wet polishing uses water to cool the diamond discs and better absorb concrete slurry. Water reduces friction and acts as a lubricant, it increases the life span of the diamond discs. The entire polishing process is dust-free.
If floor preparation works are necessary, the grinding process is carried out dry.
For dry polishing, machines with dust protection and vacuum cleaners are used.