Polished concrete is the go-to choice for a wide range of commercial flooring endeavors. You can find it under your feet at hospitals, schools, department stores, and just about any location seeking a near-permanent flooring solution and attractive shine. In fact, it’s not uncommon in today’s world to see many homeowners or home builders going the polished concrete route for the main level of a modern home.
Polished concrete comes with many benefits and few pitfalls. If you’re wondering whether polished concrete is the best choice for your concrete surfaces, it may help you to know the following vital factors.
1. Nearly Any Concrete Floor Can Be Polished
That’s right. Few things will get in your way when it comes to polishing concrete. So, if you pull up old flooring and want to start your surface preparation process, there are only a few matters that may prevent you from getting started on polishing.
Are there significant cracks in the concrete? If your floor is beyond repair, you shouldn’t jump the gun and start polishing. The same goes for concrete that is especially porous or very thin. Thinly layered concrete may not hold up to the grinding process as you work to smooth out your floor prior to polishing. That said, most concrete floors may be polished after adequate preparation.
2. Polished Concrete Floors Are No More Slippery Than Other Polished Surfaces
Unless you spill water on it, like any polished or otherwise smooth surface, polished concrete is not a naturally slippery surface. In many cases, your polished concrete floor is less slip resistant than the concrete alone. But for those looking for good measure in preventing an accident, there are concrete coating additives available that will create traction for your flooring. This added traction is especially beneficial to work industries that see a lot of spillage and heavy foot traffic.
3. Polished Concrete Has the Potential to Last a Lifetime
While there’s technically no such thing as a product that is fully permanent, when you polish your concrete floors, your floor should be good for the long haul. The only things preventing your polished concrete from lasting a lifetime are heavy traffic, serious wear and tear, and everyday scrapes and movement. Of course, these factors are quite common in industries like manufacturing. But with the right amount of TLC and occasional maintenance, there’s no reason your polished concrete floor shouldn’t last for decades to come.
4. The Benefits of Polished Concrete Floors Are Numerous
Here are some benefits to polishing your concrete floor, just to name a few:
- Cleanliness: Polished floors don’t easily retain oils and other liquids, making them easy to maintain and keep clean. And if your floor does happen to suffer a stain, there are ways to restore polished concrete to its former appearance.
- Cost-efficiency: You’re less likely to spend an exorbitant amount of money polishing a concrete floor because the material (that is, the concrete) already exists and will only need to be prepared and polished.
- Color and design: When polishing concrete, your opportunities for dyes and designs are numerous and, with the retention that naturally comes with concrete polishing, your colors are likely to last as long as the floors themselves.
- Lifespan: As previously mentioned, the life of your polished concrete floor can be decades upon decades.
- Stain resistance: In the vein of lifespan and color retention, your polished concrete floor will repel oils, water, and other liquids that may otherwise threaten to penetrate your floor’s surface.
- Low chance of operational interruptions: If your floor serves commercial purposes, note that the process of polishing your concrete should not involve an extensive shutdown of your working operations. That is, operations may continue almost immediately upon finishing the job.
5. Polished Concrete Still Requires Some Maintenance
Few things will ruin your beautiful polished concrete floors like ignoring upkeep. Ensure that you, or the owner of the space, make regular efforts to keep the floors clean from acidic liquids and other potentially harmful liquids and materials. Sweep and mop floors daily, and use cleaner that will not cause the polish to deteriorate. Remember also to use floor mats when possible to prevent foot traffic and unnecessary oils and acids from eating away the surface.
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At Runyon Surface Prep, we provide equipment, materials, and machinery for surface preparation needs across multiple industries. We’re dedicated to building positive customer relationships that last a lifetime.
Whether you’re a contractor or you’re here on behalf of a business, we can help steer you in the right direction for your surface preparation needs. We also offer rental services. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you get started with your project.