Concrete Polishing is a cost effective way to finish your concrete floor and is relativity inexpensive to maintain. We really like this as an option for Industrial Warehousing as well as for Retail stores. Polishing takes place after the concrete has been ground with metal bonded diamonds. We like to classify this into five phases; First phase is the metal bonded diamond phase; second phase is the low resin bonded (honing) phase; third phase is the densifier phase; fourth phase is the actual polishing phase; and the fifth phase is the sealer phase. The metal bonded diamond grinding phase of polishing (phase one) is the most important and most time consuming portion of the process. This phase can consist of as little as two passes, or a many as four. This all depends upon the condition of the concrete. If there are coatings or sealers that have to be removed, there will be more steps. The low resin bonded phase (phase two) is crucial to smooth out the scratches left from the metal bonded phase. We can also stain or dye the floor to give it some color. The industry standard finishes that we offer are as follows:
- Level 1 : Matte Finish
- Level 2 : Low Sheen
- Level 3 : High Sheen
- Level 4 : Gloss Shine
The big advantage of this system low cost maintenance, which we also offer.
Concrete Dyes and Stains
Concrete stain can be installed to your existing concrete or we can install a cementatious overlay. Reactive stains are stains that have an active element, usually acid, that reacts with the concrete. Acid stains will drive the pigment into the concrete by reacting with the free alkali in the cement. Clear sealers are applied to protect the stain. Sealers vary from water based curing agents to epoxies: they can be glossy or satin finish.
Concrete dyes are typically added to polished concrete floor systems. Unlike reactive stains, dyes are a little more vibrant. These use either water or a solvent, like acetone, as the media to deliver the pigment into the concrete.
Resinous Floor Systems
Broadcast Floors: These can vary from vinyl chips to color quartz media, broadcast by hand or with the use of equipment. We install the decorative media into the following resinous flooring systems; Epoxy, Methyl Methacrylalate (MMA), or Urethane Mortars. Each of the resinous systems has advantages and disadvantages. We can help find the right system for your application.
Coatings: Within the coating category, we have epoxies with metallic pigments, which can give a 3D effect. For a stain floor with out a stain and quick turnaround, we can install Dur-A-Flex Cryl-A-Stain. This has a one hour cure time. It is more durable than a typical stain and sealer application.
Troweled & Self Levelling Systems: Epoxies, Methyl Methacylate (MMA), and Urethane Mortars can be installed. Systems will range in thickness from 1/4" inch (250mils) to 3/8" (375 mils).