Polished Concrete is one of the best discoveries in the last 25 years in the decorative concrete flooring trade! One can easily SEE WHY - polished concrete floors are natural, beautiful, hypoallergenic, low-maintenance, and can be colored, ground, honed or polished, producing custom looks for any setting!
Polished Concrete is a multi-step process where a concrete floor can either be mechanically ground, honed and polished with metal, ceramic, and resin-bonded diamond abrasives in order to cut, refine and polish a concrete floor’s surface. Inspired by natural stone polishing which began in Italy at the turn of the last century (believe it or not), polished concrete floors have revolutionized the flooring industry making the most out of a surface we used to tragically cover up...CONCRETE!
We classify polished concrete floors by 4 classes of concrete (aggregate) exposure and 4 different levels of sheen appearance. Many hybrid systems and unique approaches are made based on concrete hardness, density, current conditions and appearances. In Texas, we find many different concrete conditions, however it’s very rare that a slab can’t be honed or polished out. If that's the case, then a self-leveling cement or topping can be poured to achieve a polished concrete floor.
Polished Concrete + Large Aggregate
cream polished concrete floors with little to no sand
some cream removed, finer sands exposed
some grinding exposing small to medium to large aggregates
polished concrete floors with consistent large aggregate exposure throughout
polished concrete floors with stains, dyes or color
polished concrete floor toppings + self-leveling cements
Polishing Concrete is an extremely highly skilled installation. It takes years to become a qualified installer, one who reads concrete conditions well and adjusts according to the surface needs of any project while maintaining install integrity & quality craftsmanship! Here, at FloorRescue, that will always be our AIM! We treat each concrete slab or surface uniquely & respectively, knowing concrete has limitations, defects & challenges.
Any polished concrete or decorative concrete project is ALWAYS approached from two main influences:
1. Current Concrete Conditions already in place
2. What we want our Floors to look like or resemble
ALL CONCRETE IS NOT THE SAME!!
Many variables such as hardness, age, natural shades, etc contribute to the overall look and feel of any concrete polishing project. Today, polished concrete can be colored, stained, or dyed as well. We have integral color options for new concrete & cement toppings, too. Repairs can be color matched, joints filled, cracks disguised, and pinholes can be grout coated to name a few modern methods of making a polished concrete project turn out beautiful. Having the right equipment and team is essential for all things to line up and come together in the end. Details define a beautiful polished concrete floor every time.
As is just about anything, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We are simply guides, here to serve you and walk you through the process protecting you (by our experience) and lead you (by our care).
One of the great beauties of polishing concrete is the differences. We define polished concrete by both aggregate exposure (seen below) and sheen levels. Sheen levels are gloss, high gloss and wet look. Anything below a gloss finish is defined as a honed concrete floor. As the term polished, by nature, refers to shine, we break down shine or sheen levels to meet everyone's design need. Also, just because its shiny, doesn't mean its slippery either. Slippery floors have everything to do with the top finish not the appearance. However, just about any floor with puddles on it will be slippery. Penetrating sealers and polished concrete guards meet all slip ratings of today's market standards to keep everyone safe.