One of the most revolutionary movements in flooring has come in the form of concrete. No longer is this durable material just for garages and basements—it’s becoming a popular interior flooring option due to it’s durability and clean, modern look. More businesses and homeowners are investing in it due to its low maintenance and classic look, as well as the variety of design options.
Concrete polishing is a process that involves grinding concrete down and using a hardener to create a smooth, shiny surface. It can be done with many patterns and colors. At Alpha Concrete Coatings, we specialize in concrete polishing, as well as overlays and epoxy flooring. If you live in the Salt Lake City, Ogden, Park City, or Provo areas, contact us to find out more about our pricing and design options.
Benefits of Concrete Polishing
Concrete is incredibly durable, and most warehouses and retailers are making the switch due to its affordability and long lifespan. Once it’s polished, the waxing and upkeep is minimal, making it cost-effective. In addition, it’s extremely easy to clean and maintain.
Concrete is incredibly versatile—it can be polished with a muted tone, or with a high gloss finish. Either option provides class and elegance, as well as working with a multitude of spaces. For those looking for a more classic option, it can be stained to resemble tile and stone, and looks like more traditional flooring.
There are numerous stain options. Customers can opt for a one-toned color, ranging from muted to more vibrant. They can easily match it to a specific color scheme, making it flow nicely in any interior space. Multiple colors can be mixed, creating more depth and dimension. This opens up the possibilities for patterns, graphics, and designs.
It’s also possible to change the amount of gloss, or sheen, that goes onto the surface. Some customers opt for a muted palette, while others choose a more reflective and shiny option. As such, concrete polishing can be a technique that is used in modern, traditional, and industrial spaces.
One of the biggest advantages of concrete polishing is that you can implement saw cuts into the design. This can create the look of individual tiles, as well as allowing for the opportunity to make elaborate designs. Since saw cuts don’t have to be straight, you can create curved images into the concrete. Coloring them differently allows you to make unique patterns that are sure to make your space pop.
The Polishing Process
If you’re building a new space, either commercial or residential, and you’re interested in concrete polishing, the process can easily be done by our expert professionals. Together, you’ll decide on sheen or gloss, as well as a color scheme. For new concrete floors, there is a slight waiting period, which allows the concrete to have time to cure and set. Once it is poured, you may have to wait up to a month before the concrete polishing can be completed.
If you plan on polishing and changing the look of an existing floor, then it will need to be thoroughly cleaned before the polish is applied, so none of the oil, grease, or dust particles show through. Our Utah based experts can remove any dust or debris, as well as deep cleaning any stains that might exist on the floor. Though this seems like a trivial step, it’s crucial to the outcome of the flooring.
Before polish is applied, the concrete must be given texture with a grinding machine. This texture holds onto the polish, allowing it to fill the gaps and create a longer lasting sheen. While it is being grinded, a polish, or hardener is being applied simultaneously.
The grinding machine can be adjusted to different levels –stronger levels will create a smoother, glossier sheen. With the grinder, a sealant is also put into place on the top of the concrete. This eliminates the need for a coating on top, but still gives it the shiny, reflective result. It creates a durable, watertight seal that will keep your floors sparkling for years to come.
Concrete polishing comes with one disadvantage—it creates a large amount of dust throughout the process. However, the industry mostly utilizes dry polishing, allowing them to simply vacuum up the mess as they go, leaving your space, and your floors, sparkling.
If you live in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Park City, or Provo, and you’re interested in concrete polishing for a residential or commercial space, give us a call today. Our experts can guide you through the entire process and come to inspect your space, ensuring it’s a good candidate.