Polished Concrete Contractors Tampa
Polished concrete is the process of being treated with a chemical densifier and ground with progressively finer grinding tools. The grinding tools are usually progressive grits of diamond grinding cup wheels and diamond polishing pads.
The Process of Polished Concrete
The concrete polishing process is similar to sanding wood but on a much larger scale. The initial grinding stages remove any dirt or coatings from the floor and remove the surface paste to expose the stronger concrete that lies beneath. The next grinding stages of finer grits refine the rough floor to a flat, level surface to ensure a consistent polish. And finally, the higher grit resin polishing diamonds are used to progressively bring the floor to a durable, high-gloss (or low-gloss if you prefer) finish. A densifier, which increases the strength and abrasion resistance, and a penetrating sealer, which acts as a stain shield, are applied to the floor at various stages throughout the process.
Concrete polishing is quickly becoming one of the most widely used flooring options for environmentally conscious architects, owners, and builders, and a top flooring option for LEED accredited projects. Its green benefits include:
All products meet or exceed LEED VOC content requirements
Uses the original building foundation – no excess materials, nothing to remove
No environmentally hazardous coatings, toppings or adhesives
No harsh chemicals can be used for cleaning – only green, PH neutral soaps and/or water
Increases ambient light reflectivity – reduces the necessary amount of lighting and electricity use
25+ year life expectancy with proper care and maintenance
Here are other great reasons why polished concrete is both cost-effective and environmentally-friendly:
Polished concrete is easy to clean and resists spills and stains. That means less need for janitorial services or toxic cleaning supplies.
Polished concrete is very durable. Less damage means lower restoration costs.
The reflective nature of polished concrete reduces the need for more lighting.
The thermal mass polished concrete holds reduce heating and cooling bills.
Polished concrete floors are 100% fire resistant.
Polishing an existing concrete floor is cheaper and creates a smaller environmental impact than the demolition and reconstruction of a new floor.