Concrete Floor Polishing in Chicago
Polished concrete flooring is fast becoming the ultimate no-wax flooring material. With the superior durability and performance of polished concrete, it’s no wonder why more retail, warehouse and office facilities are choosing polished concrete flooring as an alternative to marble, granite, tile, linoleum or coated concrete. With our equipment, techniques, and training, CustomCrete can grind your new or old concrete to a high gloss finish that never needs waxing or coating.
Polishing is a multi-step process that allows you to choose the level of sheen. From satin to high-gloss, CustomCrete can meet your maintenance and aesthetic requirements and provide your business with new custom concrete polishing in Chicago.
The Polished Concrete Flooring Process begins with the use of coarse diamond segments bonded in a metallic matrix. These segments are coarse enough to remove minor pits, blemishes, stains, or light coatings from the floor in preparation for final smoothing. Depending on the condition of the concrete, this initial rough grinding is generally a three- to four-step process. The next steps involve the fine grinding of the concrete surface using diamond abrasives embedded in a plastic or resin matrix. Crews use ever-finer grits of polishing disks (a process called lapping) until the floor has the desired sheen. For an extremely high-gloss finish, a final grit of 1500 or finer may be used. During the polishing process, an internal impregnating sealer is applied. The sealer sinks into the concrete and is invisible to the naked eye. It not only protects the concrete from the inside out, but 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).
Some contractors spread a commercial polishing compound onto the surface during the final polishing step, to give your polished concrete flooring a bit more sheen. These compounds also help clean any residue remaining on the surface from the polishing process and leave a dirt-resistant finish. You can achieve a polished concrete flooring using wet or dry methods. Although each has its advantages, dry polishing is the method most commonly used in the industry today because it’s faster, more convenient, and environmentally friendly. Wet polishing a polished concrete floor uses water to cool the diamond abrasives and eliminate grinding dust. Because the water reduces friction and acts as a lubricant, it increases the life of the polishing abrasives. The chief disadvantage of this method is the cleanup. Wet polishing a polished concrete flooring creates a tremendous amount of slurry that crews must collect and dispose of in an environmentally sound manner. With dry polishing, no water is required. Instead, the floor polisher is hooked up to a dust-containment system that vacuums up virtually all of the mess.
Our polished concrete specialists will give you the floor you deserve. Call CustomCrete today for polished concrete floors in Chicago.
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