Diamond polished concrete is extremely durable. It can endure a tremendous amount of abuse by everything from foot traffic, grocery carts, industrial machinery, cars, trucks to forklifts. Making full use of highly durable, low-maintenance materials, such as concrete, polishing extends the useful life cycle of a sustainable structure and reduces maintenance and replacement costs.
Incorporating polished concrete into your home or business flooring design will give that modern appeal. It's a healthy and hygienic flooring option as the surface inhibits the growth of mold and doesn't retain allergens like carpet and tile. It is a great alternative for anyone suffering from allergies, asthma or other respiratory issues.
It's easy to clean and requires little to no maintenance. Since the concrete is polished, the floor isn't porous and nothing can get inside.
Polished concrete enhances the lighting in any room or building due to the reflective quality of the surface.
It's a much more cost effective flooring option than tile or concrete due to little to no maintenance costs, no replacement costs and concrete is a more efficient option because it helps keep energy cost down as well by staying cool in the hotter months and warmer in the cool months.
Polished Concrete Basics
Simply put, polishing concrete is similar to sanding wood. Heavy-duty polishing machines equipped with progressively finer grits of diamond-impregnated segments or disks (akin to sandpaper) are used to gradually grind down surfaces to the desired degree of shine and smoothness.
During the polishing process an internal impregnating sealer, or densifier is applied. The densifier sinks into the concrete and is invisible to the naked eye. It not only protects the concrete from the inside out, it also hardens and densifies the concrete. This eliminates the need for a topical coating, which reduces maintenance significantly (versus if you had a coating on it).
At Performance CFC we bring your old dull concrete or a new slab of concrete to the desired degree of polish you prefer- never needing to apply a topical coating or wax. Waxing the surface would be defeating the purpose of a polished floor because the concrete floor itself is already shining, so there is no need to put something on the floor that would then need to be maintained.