Polished Concrete | September 20, 2018
Diamond Tooling’s Role in Mechanical Polished Concrete
Polished concrete is a craft that tends to be misunderstood. Often when people hear about polished concrete, they assume it is achieved through the application of a topical product or that it defines a cleaning process that makes the floor appear shiny. However, neither of these accurately describe the process of mechanically refined polished concrete. Polished concrete is a detailed, labor and skill-intensive process that requires highly specialized tooling and training to produce. One of the numerous tools required in this process is a grinder outfitted with diamond tooling.
What is Diamond Grinding
Grinding concrete with diamond tooling is a mechanical process that renews worn or irregular concrete surfaces. It uses specialized tooling to produce a smoother surface and reduce concrete failures such as joint faults, warped slabs, and traffic wear. Due to the power needed to grind concrete, the diamond tools can quickly overheat during a wet grind process. Overheating is prevented by cooling the machine with water. However, this means a slurry is produced from the grinding and water excreted but the slurry is removed and disposed of. Dry grinding is also done with an air-cooled system. Both options can achieve the same desired result. (Erin, I’m not entirely certain of this final sentence, can you confirm?)
How It Is Used for Polishing
Contrary to popular belief, polished concrete is not a look created by a topical product. Its created through a physical grinding of several progressions of tooling. The final look of polished concrete can differ when grinding to different depths with results in varying aggregate exposure levels. The more aggressive the grinding the larger the aggregate exposure will be. This does not mean the floor will not be smooth, it just means rocks and sand will be more visible. And because each concrete slab is unique, the final look will be entirely unique as well.
Why Choose Polished Concrete
Polished concrete has numerous benefits, which is why it has become so popular as a flooring choice for businesses, warehouses, government, and municipal buildings. Its durability, cost-effectiveness, and quality is nearly unbeatable. Polished concrete is one of the safest floor options due to its higher coefficient of friction (slip resistance) than unpolished concrete. It is also one of the lower maintenance options over the lifetime of the floor. Another major benefit of polished concrete is the cost savings it can provide. The reflective properties of polished concrete can naturally increase ambient lighting which means fewer lights and lower wattages can be used. Some polished concrete owners have reported up to 30% savings on their utility bill.
Beauty, durability, and safety are just a few of the many benefits of choosing polished concrete. As polished concrete experts, we have seen time and time again how polished concrete has exceeded quality expectations. Royale Concrete also offers other concrete services such as surface preparation, terrazzo polishing, repair, maintenance, and coatings. Visit our website for more information about our services, to view our recent work, or to submit a work request.