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Defining Concrete Polishing and How it's Used
Concrete is a staple material in the building industry. In years past, most builders have done everything they can to conceal concrete from everyday view. This would include wrapping it in sheetrock, painting it, tiling over it, or the like. Today, more and more homeowners and businesses are opting to leave the material in plain sight as industrial style accents. This has been more popular among business owners, but homeowners are now following suit. So what exactly is involved when someone chooses to finish concrete and leave it in view?
You may or may not know, but you can't really leave concrete in its raw state. The reason being is that it's rough to the touch and accumulates dust easily from natural erosion. You may have experienced this in your own garage if you have concrete floors. Have you ever wondered why there always seems to be so much dust in your garage all the time? Well, that is the concrete sloughing off bit by bit. There is a process involved in finishing and polishing concrete surfaces. The process isn't exactly difficult, but it does require some knowledge, chemical, and tool know-how. This is why many people turn to us for their concrete polishing needs.
The process includes grinding the surface down multiple times to cut the concrete with various grits. A chemical agent is often used to act as a hardener that also helps the concrete remain dust-free. Just like with sanding wood, the polishing starts with a rougher grit and gets more fine through the process. Some customizations can be done, such as color, patterning, and various finishes that result in unique styles.
Advantages of Working With Concrete
Polished concrete is easy to care for when compared to other materials. Simple cleaning with a damp mop and water is usually all that is needed to keep these floors looking brilliant. We suggest weekly sweeping/swiffering to keep the floors free of debris as this can wear them down faster. Also, avoid using any soapy cleaners as these leave residue on the floors that can make them slippery or tacky. You also won't need any acidic cleaners as they will damage the floors. Spot cleaning is simple, and we suggest doing those as soon as possible to avoid any staining. There is no need for regular polishing, staining, or special cleaning for these types of floors.
Homeowners and business owners love how they can customize their concrete projects with us. You don't have to settle with the raw grey or beige concrete color. We can add color mixes to achieve various stone colors to match your home. Concrete is somewhat like a chameleon; it will take on all kinds of colors and patterning if you desire. If you want your concrete to look like limestone, we can do that. If you want the color to look like Italian marble, we can do that as well. We will also ask you about texture and patterns. We can stamp concrete and polish it to achieve the right brilliance. Some homeowners want a more matt finish to their floors while others seek a high gloss look. Chances are, with your direction and visual aids, we can deliver whatever you hand us.
If you have ever had vinyl, wood, tile, or stonework in your home, you are likely familiar with the care involved with these materials. Concrete will be a completely new experience as these floors are designed to take a decent amount of abuse. While not indestructible, you'll find it challenging to damage your floors. Luckily, this goes for your children as well. You will actually spend more time making sure nothing falls on your floors because concrete is unforgiving, and can break items that fall on them. You will also appreciate that concrete will keep your home low moisture, so long as they were installed correctly.
When stacked against other materials, concrete is a smart option for those on a budget. This is especially true if you want to mimic the look of higher-end materials like stone and marble. While nothing is like the real thing, installing limestone (and similar materials) can be a pricey endeavor. While we can't quote specifics on cost without knowing more about your project, most fall between $3-$10 per square foot. The price will rise when the level of customization is applied. We invite you to call us to learn more about what is possible and to get you a quote quickly.
For our eco-minded friends, you'll be happy to know that concrete projects are mostly eco-friendly. While there are energy costs associated with the product on the front end, the durability gives it an incredible lifespan. Even when these floors are ready for replacement, concrete can be ground up and reused in various ways, making it friendly for our environment. The ease of care is also an eco-factor with this material. Since you won't be painting or using harsh chemicals to care for your concrete floors, there will be fewer chemical compounds released in your home making it a healthier option all around.
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We like to say, "it's all in how the floors are installed at the start." The factors that matter in the longevity of your floors depends on installation, the age, and your maintenance plan. Polished concrete needs to be done correctly from the beginning so they can last the full two (or more) decades they should. Without the proper installation, you risk the floors cracking, or not holding up to everyday wear and tear. Your regular care of keeping the floors clean and free of debris will also go a long way in how long the polished concrete floors last.
We can polish damaged concrete, but you will likely see a shorter lifespan from your floors. However, if you're not as worried about this factor, using this technique can help your floors look great if they are suffering from minor damage. If you have major cracking and deterioration, chances are the floors won't be able to be polished, and it would be a waste of your money to do this anyway. It's far easier to start from scratch, despite that it will take longer to do the project.
Homeowners today are asking for all kinds of customizations. Naturally, we can do the basics like adjusting the color, but we can also add some patterning and stamping for additional visual appeal. If you love the look of stonework, we may be able to mimic that with the use of color, stamping, or textured finishes.