Concrete Polishing FAQs
Do you have questions about concrete polishing? Our FAQ page has answers to commonly asked questions about concrete coatings to help you make an informed decision.
What is Concrete Polishing?
Concrete polishing is the process of grinding and sealing concrete to create a smooth, shiny surface. The process can be done by hand or with a machine, and it can be used on both new and old concrete. This type of coating is ideal for high-traffic areas because it is easy to clean and maintain. Concrete that is polished also has a more sophisticated look than plain concrete.
How Much Does Concrete Polishing Cost?
The cost of concrete polishing varies depending on the size of the area and the complexity of the project. For a small area, such as a kitchen countertop, the cost can be as low as $600, while a large project, such as a commercial floor, can cost upwards of $10,000. The best way to get an accurate estimate is to contact one of our dedicated concrete polishing professionals.
What Are the Benefits of Concrete Polishing?
There are numerous benefits to concrete polishing for both residential and commercial applications. Polished concrete is easy to clean and maintain, and it can also resist staining and fading. In addition, polished concrete has a sophisticated look that can elevate the aesthetic of any space. Most importantly, polished concrete is a sustainable flooring option that can last for decades with proper care.
What Are the Steps involved in Concrete Polishing?
The steps involved in concrete polishing vary depending on the condition of the concrete and the desired outcome. In general, however, the process involves grinding the concrete with progressively finer grits of diamond abrasives until the desired level of shine is achieved. Once the desired level of shine is achieved, a sealer is applied to protect the surface.
What Type of Sealer Should I Use?
There are several types of sealers that can be used on polished concrete, and the best type of sealer for your project will depend on the desired outcome. For example, if you want a high-gloss finish, you would use a different type of sealer than if you were looking for a more natural look. Our concrete polishing professionals can help you choose the right type of sealer for your project.
How Do I Maintain My Polished Concrete Floor?
Polished concrete floors are easy to maintain with regular sweeping and mopping. For tougher stains, such as oil or grease, you may need to use a mild detergent or degreaser. You should also avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners that could damage the surface of the floor. Some of the best products for cleaning polished concrete are simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner and Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Floor Cleaner.
Can Polished Concrete Be Used in Wet Areas?
Yes, polished concrete can be used in wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. However, it is important to note that polished concrete is not slip-resistant. If you are using polished concrete in a wet area, we recommend adding a non-slip additive to the sealer to increase the safety of the surface. Many of our customers also choose to add a non-slip floor mat in high-traffic areas for additional safety.
What Are the Most Common Uses for Polished Concrete?
Polished concrete is most commonly used in commercial applications such as retail stores, office buildings, and restaurants. However, it is also popular for residential floors, countertops, and even shower surrounds. Many of the most popular uses for polished concrete include residential settings like bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Industrial applications like warehouses and factories are also popular choices for polished concrete.
Can Polished Concrete Be Used Outside?
Yes, polished concrete can be used outside. However, it is important to note that polished concrete is not UV-resistant and can fade in direct sunlight. If you are using polished concrete outdoors, we recommend sealing it with a UV-resistant sealer to help protect the surface.
How Long Does Polished Concrete Last?
Polished concrete is a very durable flooring option that can last for many years with proper care and maintenance. However, the lifespan of polished concrete will vary depending on the amount of traffic and wear it receives. For example, a polished concrete floor in a retail store may need to be refinished every few years, while a polished concrete floor in a residential home may last for decades.
If you still have questions about polished concrete, please contact our team, and we would be happy to help. Our staff of concrete polishing experts has years of experience and can provide you with the information you need to make the best decision for your project.