Polished Concrete, a Durable and Attractive Floor Option.
If you are looking for concrete that is more attractive than traditional concrete for your home improvement job, check out polished concrete. It is concrete that has been ground and treated with a chemical densifier. They use grinding tools with progressive grits to polish it.
What Can You Do With It?
Stains may be applied to it or dyes are applied to enhance the appearance. There may be scoring of lines on it, bands, borders and other patterns and designs. It is a good long lasting option because it makes use of materials that already present. Polished concrete is a good sustainable building option because of this. In fact, most of the modern buildings today are built on a slab of concrete. If you polish the exposed concrete then you get rid of the need of applying a floor covering.
Floors made of Polished concrete are low-maintenance, and are more sturdy, long lasting, durable and easier to clean than many other flooring options available on the market today. Its great for not slipping in the floor because it has a high coefficient of friction. It also reduces problems in those with serious allergies. It reduces dust mites and doesn't support the growing of mold. It qlso reduces the need for a lot of lighting because the polish is highly reflective. Because of this, it also enhances natural lighting.
It has benefits of not being as likely to chip or dent like wood does which is a much softer surface by comparison. You can mop it with soap and water once a week and it will stay clean. Using fancy floor cleaners on it will only dull the finish. A floor made of concrete will have a lot longer life expectancy compared to other types of flooring. A vague example would be a tile floor will last you 10-20 years with no maintaining it. Using a floor made of polished concrete floor that has been hardened and polished will have a considerably longer life expectancy. When it is properly maintained, it is not unheard of to last over 100 years.
How Is it Made
It is a lot like sanding wood. You use extremely heavy duty machine that polish the concrete. They polish the concrete to the level of shine and smoothness that you want. It is similar to polished marble in the process in which it's made. You can polish both existing floors of concrete and brand new floors.