Concrete polishing can be created in a variety of ways, from the least expensive grind and seal method to honed concrete, which uses a penetrating sealer to create a reflective surface. Mechanically polished concrete is the type usually used in commercial projects, as it is long-lasting and more durable under heavy foot traffic. It is created by applying a chemical hardener that densifies the porous concrete, and then grinding it to the desired gloss and smoothness.
Using a series of progressively fine tools, the concrete can be ground to 800, 1500 or 3000 grit level. Another consideration is the concrete’s exposure level -that is, the amount of the original surface which is ground away and thus how much of the aggregate material is exposed.
One of the main selling points of polished concrete is how easy it is to maintain. Its smooth, hard surface makes it easy to clean, as well as durable and hard to damage. Although concrete can be prone to cracking through moisture and the building settling, patching materials can disguise these cracks.
The Importance of a Trustworthy Concrete Polishing Contractor
Unfortunately, we see some people in our industry selling concrete polishing services that are actually not the real deal – they’ll only do one or two steps, then put a clear sealer on to make the floor appear glossier than it actually is. The sealer typically wears off within six months to a year, and the underlying floor lacks not only the lustre of a truly polished floor but doesn’t have the hardness or cleanliness of real polished concrete, either.
Contractors who do only a partial method often don’t disclose that that’s what they are doing, so it’s important to be familiar with the real polishing process.
Western Canada Coatings offers polished concrete flooring across Vancouver. Concrete polishing services are offered for residential, commercial and industrial premises. From small domestic polished concrete floors to large industrial warehouses.
Our Gallery displays a selection of our concrete polishing and portfolio which includes residential properties, restaurants, car showrooms, retail spaces, large industrial and external polished concrete.