Why Polished Concrete?
Concrete polishing has become today’s most popular flooring option on the market. Sometimes mistaken for marble or granite as it has unique characteristics especially with exposed stones and added dyes.
Additionally, with the movement towards green products, a polished concrete floor creates a natural, low-maintenance surface. Most of the large retail warehouses use polished concrete in their facilities because of its ability to keep clean and LEED credits as it reflects up to 23% more light.
Concrete polishing is a multi-step process, depending on the quality of the surface. The process uses diamond grinders to smooth the concrete, similar to the process of sanding wood. Each step utilizes of different grit increments to create a more reflective, smoother floor depending on desired finish. With the use of industrial hepa vacuums, polishing can be a dry, dust-free process, which saves time and cost on clean up.
EnVision PoLished CoNcrete utilizes Ameripolish/Ghostshield products, as they are the best options in concrete dyes, sealers, and cleaners in today’s industry.
Polished Concrete Main Points:
- Elimination of Dusting from Efflorescence
- Stain Resistant
- Slip Resistant, Safer
- Environmentally friendly
- Less Maintenance
- Longest-lasting cost effective
Types Of Polished Concrete Finishes
- Cream Finish– typically exposing only the sand particles in the concrete floor.
- Salt & Pepper Finish– typically exposing a spattering of fine aggregate in the concrete floor.
- Medium Aggregate Finish– typically exposes the greatest amount of medium aggregate in the concrete floor.
- Large Aggregate Finish– typically exposing the greatest amount of larger aggregate in the concrete floor.
- Level 1 (Flat / Ground) – usually can be obtained by stopping below the 100-grit resin bond. When you look directly down at the floor, it will appear somewhat hazy with little if any clarity or reflection.
- Level 2 (Satin / Honed) – is obtained by stopping at the 400-grit resin bond, producing a low-sheen finish. When you look directly down at the finished floor and at a distance of roughly 100 feet, you can start to see a slight overhead reflection.
- Level 3 (Semi-polished) – is achieved by going up to an 800-grit or higher diamond abrasive. The surface will have a much higher sheen than that of level 2 finish, and you’ll start to see good light reflectivity.
- Level 4 (Highly Polished) – produces a high degree of shine, so that when standing directly over the surface, you can see your reflection with total clarity. Also, the floor appears to be wet when viewed from different vantage points.
Dyes- Penetrating dyes from ameripolish