Benefits of Polished Concrete
Polished concrete is considered a good sustainable design flooring option because it makes use of the materials already present. Most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab; polishing the exposed concrete eliminates the energy and material consumed by applying a floor covering.
Polished concrete floors main advantage is that it is a low-maintenance, as tit is more durable and easier to clean than many other flooring options. Its relatively high coefficient of friction makes it a non-slippery surface to walk on. Polished Concrete reduces dust mite and allergen problems that carpets carry, and does not support mold growth. Previous work suggests that highly reflective polished concrete reduces lighting needs and improves natural lighting, cutting power bills down.
Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and will not chip or dent like softer surfaces such as timber and tiles, mopping with warm soapy water once a week is the only maintenance required to keep the floor looking brand new.
These benefits can only be achieved if a high quality finish is achieved through tried and tested methods and machinery. If you don’t get your concrete to shine like we do, it won’t possess all of the above benefits. At Policrete, we have been around long enough to know what we are doing.
Cleaning and Maintenance
All floors can be kept clean and tidy with minimal amounts of work. Environmentally friendly cleaning compounds are used on all flooring surfaces. All you need for cleaning is a soft soap. By following a regular recommended maintenance regime you lower the cost of cleaning and are guaranteed a floor that keeps its shine and finish for a very long time. Any wine or oil spills should be wiped up straight away to avoid staining, well polished concrete does give you ample time to clean up spills.
Be Aware and Do Your Research
There are many options for concrete flooring and you should use the information on this website as well as others on the net to educate yourself so that you know what you can expect from your floor. We have seen many customers from other contractors come to us unhappy that they did not get what they were expecting. There is especially some confusion between a proper polish and a grind and seal, many contractors that do not have the equipment or the level of skill and experience to polish will sell their services as polished concrete. We have taken a number of coatings off and polished he concrete on floors in Melbourne where customers were sold epoxy coatings as polished concrete. Safe yourself the grief and do the proper research before handing over your money, our site is a good start for you to understand the variety of concrete floor options, there advantages and disadvantages and finally email us to get an idea of what price you should pay for a top quality finish.
Finally, if you are after a high quality finish then be weary of the polished concrete advertisements starting from very low prices. Some of these services don’t even start with a grind but sim ply a sandpaper and coating. Concrete is not timber and does not cut away with sand paper. Premium quality diamond tools are needed to grind away concrete evenly. Good jobs cannot be done quickly and there is a process where no shortcuts can be taken to achieve the best possible finish on your concrete floor. The policrete process of polishing concrete involves no skipping of steps ever and we will take as long as it takes to achieve our consistent level of high quality finishes.
Do it yourself / Machine hire
Many handymen out there feel that they can do their own concrete polishing with a hire machine and a long weekend. For a simple grind and seal that doesn’t need to be finished 100% you might get away with it, but for a high quality, long lasting finish it simply cannot be done without appropriate training. Even with the correct training methods, hire equipment is far from state of the art. We carry a large range of machines, vacuums and edge grinders and an even larger variety of diamond tool accessories. Without good quality dust extraction, you’ll make more mess than progress. So unless its a floor with little significance, you should seriously reconsider doing your own concrete polishing, we see bad jobs all the time by handymen and some also from so called professionals.
If your handy with a roller and brush, you can save yourself a few dollars by installing the coating yourself. Most of the coatings we use are as easy as following the instructions on the can. This is probably the only area you can do yourself confidently, a first time polish is a recipe for disaster.