Benefits of Concrete Polishing
- July 3, 2019
As with the majority of popular flooring solutions – polished concrete comes well equipped of benefits and pros that have turned it into an extremely popular flooring choice for commercial and manufacturing facilities, processing plants, frequented shops and production floors, general communal areas, as well as other high traffic environments. Some of them are way more important than others:
Getting rid of typical dusting from efflorescence – In ordinary unpolished concrete, small particles of dust are pushed to the surface due to hydrostatic pressure, which results in efflorescence. Efflorescence is the main way to dusting, making general maintenance a costly solution and even a priority.
Stain-Resistant – By densifying and sealing the surface, concrete polishing transforms a porous concrete floor into a tightened floor that is dense enough to repel water, oil and other contaminants, preventing them from penetrating the surface.
Acts like reflectivity enhancer and lighting improver – The reflective properties that are characteristic for polished concrete floor increase the average lighting in facilities. Increased ambient lighting will cut the energy bill and will improve general natural visibility.
Enhanced Slip Resistance Features – Although it is quite shiny, polished concrete does not create a slippery floor. As a matter of fact, the process of mechanically grinding and flattening the floor increases the friction ratio when compared to ordinary concrete and it often surpasses OSHA standards for floors.
Less Maintenance – Widely used floor systems, including tile and linoleum, include some heavy scrubbing in order to provide both a tidy environment and pleasant appearance. On the other hand, polished concrete systems reduce stains damages and do not require any prior waxing or stripping to maintain the gloss.
Cost-Effective – It significantly cuts energy and maintenance costs by providing better reflectivity and ambient lighting, reductions in upkeep (such as waxing) and lessened tire wear. Reference this home page.
LEED Friendly – Using polished concrete eliminates additional materials such as coverings/coatings and it is considered as a step forward towards sustainable building, it typically contains no noticeable VOC’s, making it friendly for any USBG LEED project.
Improved old floors condition – As concrete ages, the surface can get strained, delaminated or show some other more or less visible problems. Mechanically grinding the floor gets rid of the top surface of the old concrete and the polishing after it will then strengthen the floor, increasing its impact and abrasion resistance.
Reduced Tire Wear – Natural concrete comes with rough, uneven texture that causes tires to abrade, adding to their wear. A polished concrete floor system will level the joints and make the entire surface smooth, preventing this abrasion.
No Production/Plant Shutdowns – Dry-Mechanically polished concrete can be up and running right after the process is finished, while the lack of toxic or hazardous chemicals, polished floors can often be serviced without plant shutdown.