Polished Concrete FAQ

Polished Concrete FAQ

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Can you have coloured polished concrete floor?

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Yes! If you are laying a new slab, there is different cement colour to choose from, which you will need to discuss with your concrete supplier.

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Can I choose the aggregate for a new concrete slab?

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Yes! If you are laying a new concrete slab, you can select different cement colours in the concrete, there are also various aggregate colours, types, sizes and minerals to choose for the topping mix. You will need to discuss these options with your concrete supplier.

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Is there an alternative to the exposed aggregate look?

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Yes! The depth of the grind can give different levels of stone/aggregate exposure showing in the final finish. A non-exposed aggregate finish can be achieved.

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Can you polish an existing concrete slab?

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Yes, if you are tired of the old look of carpet and floor boards and you want a fresh new look we can polish the concrete underneath providing a new, contemporary, low maintenance floor. The overall look will depend upon the type of concrete MPA of the slab, the aggregate density and the state and level of damage to the concrete floor.

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What about 75-year-old concrete that is pitted, well-worn or has had coatings applied?

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No problem. When we’re finished, your floor will look like a marble finish.

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When should I liaise with a concrete polisher?

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At the very earliest planning stage is best and can provide cost benefits to the client

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Are there any harmful VOC’s?

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No. This process is completed eco-friendly and perfect for green construction projects.

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Is a polished concrete floor slippery for outdoors?

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No, the surface can be made non slip, e.g. pool and outdoor entertaining areas.

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Do forklift tires mess it up?

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No. Marks wipe off easily.

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How is it done?

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Diamond discs are mounted to a 200+ kilo grinder. These rough grits remove imperfections while flattening the floor. Then finer grits are used to create a marble like shine. The process is usually a 14-step process beginning with 30 grit diamond shoes and ending with 3000 grit resin diamonds pads.

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How long will it last?

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This is a permanent process. There’s no wax, epoxy, acrylic, or any other shiny coverings applied that will eventually fail. When our company is finished the result is a bare concrete floor that has been permanently polished. In heavy industrial, commercial or institutional use, an inexpensive re-polish may be needed years down the road (depending on your maintenance).

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Can the shine be destroyed?

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Yes, but it’s not easy. If you pour muriatic acid on the floor, it will etch. Strong acids will destroy the shine. Etched areas are easily repaired.

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Is the process dusty or messy?

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No. Our state of the art equipment makes the process almost dust free.

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Where is Polished Concrete found?

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Warehouses, Restaurants, Schools, Retail Stores, Manufacturing, Residential, Showrooms and many more.