Concrete Polishing FAQ’s

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Concrete Polishing FAQ’s2019-03-06T04:54:00+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process for concrete polishing?
With a professionally installed concrete floor, you will have a glossy glass-like floor that can be designed to reflect your individuality. There is a typical process to polish concrete, however, each situation is different, and your process may not look like someone else:
  • The inspection is first, to note and fix any broken, chipped, missing, or cracked sections.
  • The diamond grinding is next, typically synthetic diamonds embedded in binders that will help bring your polished concrete to life.
  • Once the grinding has finished, polishing chemicals are used to achieve the glass-like gloss polished concrete floors are known for. The chemical reactions that take place create a less permeable surface that will last for many more years than an unprotected concrete surface
  • Coloring options are also available and should be discussed with your contractor before installation begins
How long can a polished concrete floor last?
Polished concrete floors have created a reputation for themselves with their long lifespans. With proper attention, your floors can save you money for over 20 years after installation. Each floor is different and exposure to different environments can either shorten or elongate that average number. Regardless, these floors will last longer than any traditional flooring option.
What are the benefits of polished concrete floors?
Polished concrete floors have become one of the hottest trends for commercial and residential properties because of their many affordable benefits. Below are only some of the pros a concrete polished floor will offer you:
  • Affordability through less maintenance and less material costs. Your polished concrete floors are utilizing the materials already available in your space, therefore, reducing material and labor costs.
  • With longer lifespans, concrete polished floors reduce repair and replacement costs for as long as 20 or more years.
  • Easy maintenance is a popular benefit because less money and time is spent on products and cleaners.
  • Aesthetically pleasing floors are always popular. When you have the ability to design your floors to reflect your personality, you can truly make your home or business one of a kind.
Why does concrete crack?
There are a number of reasons why concrete floors crack, so it is difficult to pinpoint one reason for all; however, some of the most common reasons have to do with poor installation. If you’ve considered laying your own concrete down, don’t. One mistake can cost you hundreds of dollars to rip up and redo a concrete floor. Below are some of the most commonly reported reasons why concrete would crack:
  • Excess water in the concrete mix will reduce your concretes strength causing it to crack shortly after being poured.
  • Drying your concrete too quickly will cause your concrete to crack because it will hinder the chemical reaction process. This process takes place as your concrete dries from a liquid to a solid state and continues for many days after your concrete has been poured.
  • Improper installation is an easily avoidable mishap, hire a licensed professional.
  • Concrete poured on a ground that is too cold or left to the mercy of the cold have been reported to crack more than concrete that has been heated during those cold months.
What kind of maintenance is associated with polished concrete floors?
Maintenance for a polished concrete floor is minimal, to say the least. The kind of environment you are having your polished floors installed plays a bigger role in how many times it is cleaned. Furthermore, polished concrete floors are the easiest floors to keep up with, compared to more traditional flooring options:
  • Daily mops and sweeps. Light and gentle routine cleans will minimize dust, debris, and particles that are bad for hygienic purposes and for your concretes surface.
  • Never scrub too harshly to reduce the chances of damaging your concretes shine.
  • Do not use acidic soaps that could eat away at your concrete polished surface.
  • Always speak to a professional if you have any questions about unusual marks, stains, or gloss questions.
Can concrete polishing remove oil stains?
The grinding process of concrete polishing removes damages and deformations from your concretes surface. The best course of action is to ensure you clean any spills on your floors immediately after they happen. For more information on whether your specific stain can be removed, call a licensed professional contractor to assess your situation.
Why should I polish my concrete?
There are many benefits to a polished concrete floor, especially for residential and commercial properties. Polishing your concrete floors allows you to go about your day without thinking or worrying about how your floors are doing. And if a peace of mind isn’t enough, polished concrete flooring is far more resistant to damages that traditional unprotected concrete floors. The affordability aspect of a polished concrete floor isn’t so bad either.
Can you add color to a polished concrete floor?
Designing your polished concrete floor with colors and patterns is not uncommon. When hiring a professional it is important to disclose your intentions with your floors prior to the beginning of installation. It is important to have your floors reflect your individual style and personality so to have a beautifully eye catching floor, call a professional to get started.
Can you polish a damaged concrete floor?
Polishing damaged concrete floors depends on the extent of the damage. There are cases where your concrete is beyond the scope of polishing fix and another course of action needs to take place; however, polishing can fix cracks, chips, and broken parts, with a professional contractor. Give a professional a call to determine what kind of shape your specific concrete floor is in.