What types of polished concrete are on offer in the market?
Polished concrete floors are a great choice for different applications. They can be used on commercial floors, driveways, homes and industrial grade garage floors.
There is a wide range of polished concrete finishes to choose from, with a greater appearance, durability as well as ease of maintenance. They include cream polish, salt, and pepper polish, and aggregate polish. It is important to note that based on the diamond grit used during the polishing process, various finishes such as sturdy matte, lovely sheen, and a glossy mirror finish can be achieved.
– Cream Polish: This is the most consistent and smoothest finish, which can be obtained from polished concrete floors. It is easy to achieve colored concrete finishes using a cream polish, since it accepts stains and dyes readily and with a greater consistency.
– Salt and pepper polish: This is one of the most widely used forms of polished concrete, due to its ease of application. This finish also accepts stains while giving your floor a nice shine. You might observe some little cracks or small holes in certain areas of the floor on the finished product
– Aggregate polish: When compared to the above two, this is the least used form of polished concrete. This can be attributed to high costs need for installation. However, when installed by professionals, it can give your house a wonderful look. In addition, it can be applied in various settings
What differences are there between mechanically polished and honed?
Once you have settled on concrete as your preferred flooring material, the next step is choosing the type of finish. The two most common types of finishing are mechanically polishing and honing.
When the concrete is honed, the surface is not as refined as when the surface is mechanically polished. However, honing provides a reliable alternative to polishing, especially in outdoor areas.
Honed concrete is mainly ground using 60 or 120 grit. This makes it slip resistant. In addition, a penetrating sealer is applied, which helps to protect the concrete surface.
The sealer used can be invisible, which means no color change to the concrete’s surface. A color-enhanced sealer can also be used, which darkens or enhances the concrete.
On the other hand, mechanically polishing concrete is an intensive process that involves hardening or densifying the concrete, followed by application of resins, which give the surface a shine.
With mechanical polishing, you can achieve a matte finish or a semi or high-gloss finish. It all depends on how you want the surface to appear.
How can Polished Floors be Cleaned?
Despite their extreme durability due to the polishing and densification process, polished concrete floors will lose their beautiful shine eventually, if not maintained properly.
High traffic areas are most affected. However, although concrete floors require some maintenance, it is easy to keep them in pristine condition as compared to other types of concrete decorative floors.
Routine maintenance of these floors is necessary. Daily dust mopping removes grime and dirt accumulation, which can abrade the surface.
Polished concrete floors also require frequent wet mopping. JK Concrete recommends using clean water during wet mopping. However, you can also use a floor cleaner, which suspends the dirt particles for easy removal.
We recommend using only neutral-ph cleaners for polished concrete. Any cleaner, that is too alkaline or acidic, will eventually deteriorate the surface, and make it dull. When cleaning the floors, only use very soft pads to prevent any form of surface damage.
What options of color are available in polished concrete and what
are their advantages?
For many businesses and homes, the main advantage of polished concrete is their versatility. Concrete floors can be stained or colored to match any hue that you prefer. They can also be colored to resemble slate, marble or tile. It is hard to come across a flooring material that offers such a wide range of design opportunities and options. Brown concrete floors are among the most popular. They give your premises a warm look that resembles a wooden floor, which is easy to maintain.
In addition, you can obtain an infinite number of shades in the brown color spectrum. Grey is another common choice, especially for restaurants, businesses, and modern homes. Apart from the natural gray of cement, the floors can also be colored, to create a perfect gray. You can also obtain multicolored concrete floors. Different colors can be combined together to create a pattern or a mottled effect.
How Much does Polished Concrete Cost?
When approximating the cost of polished concrete floors, many variables come into play. Some of the factors affecting the cost of polished concrete include the condition of the concrete, level of grinding required, the floor area, and the complexity of the designs and staining.
– The condition of the concrete: If the current concrete surface is cracked, then the cracks require filling using epoxy or a semi-rigid filler. Sealing is also needed at joints. Although the filler or the epoxy is not expensive, labor costs will be involved, which will affect the overall cost of the project. Surface repair costs around $2 per square foot
– The level of grinding required: The grinding level determines the sheen on the finished surface. This is one of the main factors affecting the project cost. Your contractor will give you a quotation, based on the amount of times he believe he will grind your floor, to achieve the desired finish
– You can obtain the cost of polished concrete floors, by simply measuring the floor span. The orientation of the area will also determine the costs. Large floor areas are generally easier to grind and less costly, as compared to smaller ones.
– The intricacy of the designs: Just like other forms of flooring, the more complex your design is, the higher the cost.
What are the benefits of polished concrete?
The only disadvantages associated with the polished concrete result from poor installation and lack of regular maintenance. Here are some convincing reasons why you should consider polished concrete as your flooring material. Polished concrete is easy to maintain, longevity and eco-friendly, cost-effective, versatile and it can withstand mold and moisture damage.
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