Not only are most people oblivious to the fact that polished concrete exists, but they are mostly unaware of the tremendous benefits that polished concrete provides over various other classic flooring and decorative materials.
So let’s explore. First thing’s first, what is polished concretes?
Polished concrete is a type of concrete that’s been specially processed, chemically treated and then ground with specialist grinding tools. Usually, the grinding tools involve use of progressive grits of diamond grinding, cup wheels and polishing pads to help to achieve an aesthetically pleasing mirror-like surface finish ideal for any luxury or high-end installation.
In technical terms, concrete is usually not considered polished before 400 grit, and it is normally finished to either the 800, 1500, or 3000 grit level.
To enhance the look of the polish concrete, stains and dyes are often applied.
More benefits to speak of…
Due to it’s extremely durable nature and how easily the new surface is to clean in comparison to many flooring options, polished concretes require less maintenance and are a lot less slippery and therefore less accident prone than many other surface areas, especially high-end luxury floors such as granite or marble that have a high-gloss look but tend to be quite slippery.
Polished concrete can even help reduce the presence of dust mites and allergen problems when installed in residential properties coupled by the fact that they do not support mold growth. Additionally, evidence shows that, highly reflective polished concrete also helps to reduce the need for over lighting within particular spaces as it is very reflective so natural light is often enough to help create the impression of an expansive bright and airy room.
Polished concrete provides truly sustainable possibilities when it comes to flooring design options. The reason for this being that the concrete polish process uses naturally appearing materials present in nature. Additionally, when considered in terms of building or modernising a facility of property in favour of a greener solution, it is notable that polishing concrete helps to reduce the levels of wasted energy and material consumed by applying a floor covering.
Another plus is that polished concrete flooring is extremely durable and will not chip or dent like softer surfaces. It requires minimal maintenance such as regular mopping or industrial cleaning which for any facilities can be extremely costly year in and year out. With polished concrete floors you get a long-lasting solution to your flooring needs that will give your space a fresh contemporary look and feel.
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