Benefits of Polished Concrete
Concrete polishing can make any space look open and inviting. Businesses, warehouses, and offices have noticed the many benefits of polished concrete, which is why polished concrete has become more popular than ever!
Polished concrete has seen numerous applications in:
Manufacturing & Industrial Facilities
The Concrete Polishing Process
Many people don’t know that concrete is desirable in retail, office, and industrial spaces. They usually assume concrete is naturally drab and dull.
Little do they know, the secret lies just beneath the surface of the concrete. By cutting into the cap of the slab and polishing using the proper steps, a professional polisher can make the ordinary look extraordinary. The steps taken on a polish install can bring out the beauty hidden in existing or newly poured concrete.
The most noticeable aspect of polished concrete is the beautiful luster the concrete takes on once its surface is ground and refined—the concrete gains a reflective property, which is desirable in many business and retail spaces.
This reflective quality is known as Distinction of Image (DOI). It refers to the grade of gloss in the polished concrete, determined by how shiny it is, how apparent the reflection is, and the level of haze around the flooring. A higher DOI can be more desirable, as it makes an area feel more open.
Benefits of Polished Concrete
There are many surprising benefits to concrete polishing. Many people are not aware of these benefits, as they assume concrete is a dull, rough surface. Polished concrete has proven that concrete is a malleable material that can take on various looks when installed by a Master Craftsman.
Polished concrete has been used as an industrial flooring option for decade. Its polished finish and resistance to chemicals and abrasion make polished concrete popular among commercial property manager, industrial facility owners, and general contractors.
Polished concrete is aesthetically appealing and an extremely safe option for flooring in many public spaces. People are less likely to trip or fall on polished concrete floors thanks to polished concrete’s delicate texture and natural look.
The benefits of polished concrete are clear. It’s easier to clean, more affordable than other high-end finishes, comfortable underfoot, highly resistant to slips and falls, environmentally friendly, and easy to maintain over time.
At Pro Concrete Design, we have had years of experience polishing concrete floors and surfaces. We’ve decided to share some of the top benefits of installing polished concrete floors in a commercial or industrial space.
These benefits include:
1. The Floor Is Beautiful
One of the benefits of concrete polishing is that it dramatically enhances new or existing concrete by increasing the reflectance, or the shine of the concrete, producing a brilliant marble-like luster.
This feature is immediately noticeable, and it gives an indoor space a professional, open look. Polished concrete is desirable in many retail areas because it provides a polished, refined look with minimal maintenance costs.
2. The Floor Is Strengthened
Concrete grinding, densification, and polishing increase the wear resistance of concrete surfaces. The refinement of the floor makes it virtually impossible to scratch; it also tightens the pores in the concrete adding stain protective properties, which can be enhanced by adding penetrating stain protecting products.
With proper maintenance and upkeep, the floor can have a lengthy lifespan. Maintenance also keeps the floor durable, even if it has been years since installation.
3. Concrete Becomes Healthier
Concrete polishing and grinding can help correct slabs that were not poured correctly or have other problems such as waviness or other imperfections.
4. The Floor Can Breathe
The number one cause of concrete coatings failure is hydrostatic pressure building up under the layer. Polished concrete breathes, allowing moisture to escape while not allowing salts or efflorescence to form and increasing surface spill resistance.
This flow is necessary to ensure that the polished concrete lasts for a long time. Unlike unpolished concrete, it will not crack due to interior moisture buildup. The release of hydrostatic pressure ensures that a polished concrete surface lasts a long time and continues to look amazing.
5. Installation is Cost-Effective
Generally, installation costs for polished concrete are less than the cost of other concrete coating systems, but that’s not where the savings end.
Concrete coating systems can potentially fail due to delamination, cracking, fading, staining, yellowing, and wear through, resulting in upkeep. The actual value of a polished concrete floor comes from its strength, beauty, and long-term floor maintenance savings.
The cost-effective aspect of polished concrete installation comes from the durability of the floor. These floors are easy to maintain and have a high lifespan, making them useful for various commercial, retail, and industrial situations.
6. It’s Environmentally Friendly
Odorless, non-flammable, and non-toxic, installing and refining concrete flooring is eco-friendly! Maintaining properly polished concrete can be as simple as passing over the floor with a damp mop or a dust mop. Passive Energy solutions are another eco-friendly component of polished concrete, as polished floors help increase lighting, keep buildings warm in the winter and cool in the summer, decreasing a building’s overall energy consumption.
The polished look of polished concrete can give any facility a polished, professional appearance that is unmatched by other flooring options such as ceramic tile or carpeting. This difference in appearance alone may be enough to entice facility managers with the idea of polished concrete floors. The polished sheen of polished concrete floors can reflect light in such a way that increases the brightness and ‘openness’ of any space – increasing natural lighting within your building.
8. Slip-resistant Surface
A polished slab can serve as a slip-resistant surface. This helps to reduce the risk of injury for those who work in industrial or commercial buildings where polished floors are typical. It also helps prevent injuries such as slips and falls that typically occur at home (when polishing is not standard).
9. Easier to Clean
Polished concrete is much easier to clean than other flooring surfaces. There’s no need for abrasive cleaners; soap and water will do! Because polished concrete is much smoother than other flooring surfaces, it becomes less likely that dirt and debris will stick to polished concrete.
10. New DOI Guidelines
DOI or Distinction of Image (DOI): A measure of how a reflective image will appear on a reflective surface. There are several measurements taken to determine the steps taken by the concrete polish installer. Knowing these measurements and understanding how to meet them is a critical component in the future for large polished installations.
Contact Pro Concrete Design
If you’re looking for quality concrete polishing services, then look no further than Pro Concrete Design. We offer quality commercial and polished industrial concrete and resin flooring to our clients.
Our Project Managers have over 30 years combined experience encompassing polished concrete, sealed and decorative concrete, resin floor installation, resin coating systems, and decorative resinous flooring systems. We have been driving our business throughout the Midwest since we opened in 2005.
We have invested in the best equipment to increase productivity and decrease the time spent on the job site. We want to make sure you’ll be walking on your newly polished floor as soon as possible!
We would love to bring our superior craft to your polished concrete project. If you have any questions or are interested in our services, please call us at 913-302-0660 or email us. We look forward to helping bring your polished concrete project to life!