Concrete polishing has changed the perspective of property owners regarding the aesthetics of concrete. As if it is not versatile enough to make it work with other materials, it can also be enhanced on its own. The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think of polishing is the application of a special wax and tedious buffing. Although this process creates shiny and smooth concrete surfaces, it also requires tremendous cleaning and upkeep. Fortunately, there is an alternative that produces low-maintenance polished surfaces at a more affordable cost.
Polished concrete involves the use of a grinding equipment that sands the slab’s surface with abrasive pads that range from coarse to fine. The pads are replaced until the desired shine and smoothness is achieved. Stained concrete surfaces can also be polished. The sanded slab is then topped off with a sealer that protects the slab, maintains the shine, and makes it easier to clean.
Notable Benefits of Polishing Concrete Surfaces
Concrete polishing may not seem like something you would immediately choose in a heartbeat. But once you get to know how much benefits it provides, it would surely be a game-changer. Here is a list of the most noteworthy perks of a polished floor:
Any concrete slab can be polished. Whether it is done on the original, utilitarian surface that it is or on a stained flooring, the results are impressively stunning.
Concrete is as durable as time itself and polishing it does not affect its durability at all. In fact, it may extend the lifespan especially if the surface is sealed.
Restoring a concrete slab is a great way of minimizing the need to manufacture cement products, which causes an increase in carbon footprint. Also, the need to dispose of concrete waste is taken out of the equation.
Because it does not require any additional material, it is a more affordable option. It makes use of the existing slab and the process only requires minimal labor, thus, keeping costs low.
- Easy Upkeep
A polished surface is very easy to clean and maintain, especially with the layer of sealer on top. Regular sweeping and dry mopping will keep it clean and shiny. Occasional wet mopping can help remove stubborn dirt.
The shine on the polished surface is quite effective in reflecting light, making the space appear brighter than it really is, without the addition of light sources. This, in a way, helps minimize energy consumption.
- Easy Installation
The polishing process only requires a few days to complete and be ready for use, unlike slab replacement which needs a month or so for the slab to be removed, the new pour to be installed, and for everything to dry and cure.
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