Polished Concrete Articles

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What is Polished Concrete?

Polished concrete is a mechanical grinding & polishing process that utilizes industrial diamonds to grind the concrete surface down, impregnating hardeners and sealers to level, densify, polish and seal the concrete floor from within the interior of the floor's concrete surface.
 

Understanding Concrete Polishing Methods

Retroplate Topical

Retroplate uses a hardening and sealing agent 45 days days after the concrete has been cured. Some specifications call for Cure and Seal Hardener - that is a checmically reactive penetrating hardener that seals by densifying the floor.

In some specifications calls for initial application prior to walls being up and final application at least 10 days prior to racking.

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Sustainability of Polished Concrete

Finishing the floor by simply polishing the existing concrete material substantially decreases the environmental footprint of the project, and saves on everything from natural resources to the pollution and costs associated with shipping.

Understanding Your Concrete Flooring Solutions

Polished Concrete is a relatively new idea that was born out of traditional stone and terrazzo polishing technology. Since coming to market, many manufacturers have produced chemical, topical-based products that can also produce a polished concrete look. The scope of work associated with these products ranges from a densifier and mechanical polish, to a topical polish with a burnishing step to provide a sheen. It is important that clients and owners wishing to use polished concrete flooring in their buildings understand which scope of work will be completed in their facilty, as the longevity, abrasion resistance, and environmental benefits can vary based on the product and process.

What are the Benefits of Polished Concrete?

  1. Elimination of dusting from efflorescence. In unpolished concrete floors, tiny particles of dust are pushed to the surface through an upward force commonly called dusting. Dusting forces epoxies off of the surface of concrete floors, and can make maintenance a costly priority.
  2. Transformation of porous concrete into a dense surface that inhibits water, oil and other contaminants from penetrating the concrete's surface.