A high quality, beautiful floor is easy to achieve with the right materials. Knowing the materials and the correct method to prepare, install and finish, will help you professionally produce the high quality floors your client is looking for. Besides considering only the finished product, the underlayment and resurfacing is just as important. Polished concrete, the desired finishing today, is now a growing part of the flooring industry. Polished concrete involves changing a concrete floor surface, with or without aggregate exposure, to achieve a specified level of gloss. Floors can be polished using bonded abrasive polished concrete, burnished polished concrete, or hybrid polished concrete techniques.
Many facility owners and managers are seeing the long term benefits of polished concrete, such as ease and lower cost of maintenance. Another benefit often overlooked is slip coefficient. Polished concrete, when properly processed, will meet or exceed the national standards for slip coefficient, which measures the resistance accidents that happen from slipping on floors. The right concrete for resurfacing and underlayment is essential to a smooth, level floor and is the foundation for a beautiful, polished floor.
With their ease of maintenance and beautiful high-gloss finish, polished concrete floors are becoming the new superstars of the decorative flooring world, especially in high-profile retail and commercial settings. Although most existing concrete slabs can be polished, some have major flaws, such as spalled areas, carpet tack holes and extensive patchwork, which would still show through after polishing. And in terms of decorative options, existing polished floors are limited to the application of topical color.
Why floor owners like polished overlays
In most cases, polished overlays are used to cover up problem floors and achieve a perfectly smooth, seam-free surface. In other cases, the owner wants to enhance an existing floor with decorative sawcuts or get a terrazzo-like finish by seeding the overlay with colored aggregate.
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