Polished concrete topping is a rapidly growing experience and its popularity is steadily increasingly in the topping market in warehouse, retail, and decorative facilities across the globe. Polished concrete has changed more than any other concrete trade in the last 10 years. It has grown from a fledgling industrial topping type into a drive in the architectural and retail world. The commercial and industrial topping communities have embraced polished concrete as the new standard when a combination of aesthetics, durability, reduced construction costs, and minimal environmental impact is desired.
Prior to polished concrete, terrazzo was also a popular topping choice, but the cost was often prohibitive. The introduction of diamond dust and diamond-impregnated discs shortened the time required to polish stone and increased the quality of the finish. Polished stone and tile could be mass produced, lowering the cost and making it more affordable for a growing middle-class population. Once systems were refined to permit the polishing of concrete to achieve the same attributes and aesthetic value as terrazzo and polished stone, the industry never looked back.
Polished concrete floors are considered low-maintenance, as they are more durable and easier to clean than many flooring options. Its high coefficient of friction can make it non-slippery. Polished concrete reduces dust mite and allergen problems, and does not support growth. Unreliable evidence suggests highly reflective polished concrete reduces lighting needs and can improve natural lighting. Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and will not chip or dent like softer surfaces such as timber and tiles. Polished concrete is easily maintained with the use of clean water or a neutral balance PH cleaner. There are also many cleaners designed for the proper maintenance of polished concrete available. There is never a need for wax to be added as it will only dull the finish. A concrete floor that has been hardened and polished will have an extremely long life expectancy compared to other flooring.
Concrete is a highly durable surface. One way to enhance its beauty and make it a truly decorative creation is by grinding, polishing and/or chemically treating the surface. The most common methods to produce decorative polished concrete include deeper grinding to expose more aggregate, dyeing the concrete and polishing the surface to a high shine or gloss level.
Concrete’s popularity for floors, counter tops, benches, sinks and beyond is growing. With advancements in techniques, equipment, and chemicals and dyes, contractors are taking these traditionally gray surfaces and transforming them into beautiful creations.
Xtreme Polishing Systems
2200 NW 32nd Street, Suite 700, Pompano Beach, FL 33069.
Phone: 877–958- 5264