Flooring Systems

Grind & Seal versus Grind & Polish.

OId System versus New System.

Polished Concrete” is a generic term widely used to define a style of concrete grinding to achieve a decorative finish to the surface of concrete.

There are two different grinding methods to achieve a Polished Concrete Floor. These two different grinding methods are commonly known in the trade as “Grind and Seal” and “Grind and Polish”. They are both commonly referred to as “Polished Concrete”.

Grind & Seal

The Grind and Seal system is very common and widely used. However this system it is not a true “Polished Concrete Floor”. It is a cheaper version.

The Grind and Seal system is when the concrete is ground back to achieve the desired stone exposure level. After the grinding process has been completed the concrete is sealed with a high build, clear coat sealer such as an epoxy, acrylic or urethane. This system is generally more cost effective in the short term. However this system is more prone to scratching of the sealer coating, can discolour from UV and delaminate from the concrete surface. Hence there are more long term recoating costs.

Grind & Polish

The Grind and Polish system (also referred to as “Diamond Polished Concrete”) is created by grinding the concrete back to achieve the desired stone exposure levels (same as in the Grind and Seal system). After the grinding process the concrete is hardened with a densifier that reacts with the cement, hardens and increases the surface strength of the concrete. The densified surface is then “Honed” or “Polished” to achieve the desired sheen or gloss level. The honed or polished concrete is then sealed with a penetrating sealer to protect it form stains and migration of water into the surface of the concrete. After sealing, the surface is Burnished to remove any surface contamination.

The Grind and Polish system is becoming more widely used and accepted as a far superior system to the Grind and Seal system.

Polished Concrete Floors are the ideal application for residential or commercial floors. The neutral colour of concrete is a great back drop for retail displays. The floors are easily cleaned and offer low ongoing maintenance costs. Floors can be ground back to expose the stone to achieve a decorative finish with character. Alternatively the plain concrete can be highly polished to achieve a blank canvas with interest. Concrete polishing will bring your floors to life

Grind & Polish

The Grind and Polish system (also referred to as “Diamond Polished Concrete”) is created by grinding the concrete back to achieve the desired stone exposure levels (same as in the Grind and Seal system). After the grinding process the concrete is hardened with a densifier that reacts with the cement, hardens and increases the surface strength of the concrete. The densified surface is then “Honed” or “Polished” to achieve the desired sheen or gloss level. The honed or polished concrete is then sealed with a penetrating sealer to protect it form stains and migration of water into the surface of the concrete. After sealing, the surface is Burnished to remove any surface contamination.

The Grind and Polish system is becoming more widely used and accepted as a far superior system to the Grind and Seal system.

Polished Concrete Floors are the ideal application for residential or commercial floors. The neutral colour of concrete is a great back drop for retail displays. The floors are easily cleaned and offer low ongoing maintenance costs. Floors can be ground back to expose the stone to achieve a decorative finish with character. Alternatively the plain concrete can be highly polished to achieve a blank canvas with interest. Concrete polishing will bring your floors to life

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