Polishing Concrete By Design
We offer extensive experience and expertise in the process of mechanical diamond grinding and resin polishing of concrete floors. Our superior craftsmanship produces the ultimate showroom quality diamond polished concrete flooring for retail, commercial, industrial as well as residential living spaces or radiant heated concrete slabs.
With each newly crafted diamond polished concrete floor we create, you can expect a stunning contemporary custom floor that posses elegance and will compliment virtually any commercial or residential décor. Whether you wish to create the “industrial look” or contemporary showroom finish, Concrete Art-FX will transform your concrete into the desired concrete floor finish you will come to love.
Natural Eco-friendly Flooring
The ultimate alternative to the traditional hard surface flooring materials as polished concrete floors will outperform any commercial or residential floor coverings. There are other numerous benefits of polishing concrete floors such as increase in natural light reflectivity that helps cut energy cost of lighting, and low maintenance easy to clean hygienic floor surface. The nice seamless Eco-friendly non-patterned texture of a finished polished concrete surface can sometimes take on the appearance of a granite floor, or often of a natural polished or honed stone finish, or can be ground deeply to create the look of an expensive terrazzo floor finish, for just for a small fraction of the cost of installing these flooring materials.
What Is Diamond Grinding and Polishing Process?
It is a multi step process consisting of grinding from coarse to finer diamond/metal grit. After the grinding and special surface treatment is completed, and then a multi step polishing process begins, again from coarse to fine diamond/resin polishing tools are used to produce a natural polished concrete floor finish that will last a lifetime.
What’s The Cost To Grind and Polish Concrete?
Our proven methodology of 9 to 13 step process involving mechanical diamond grinding, and resin polishing concrete is labour intensive, highly technical and skilled job, yet the cost to grind and polish concrete is relatively low when comparing to any other hard surface floor options available. Polished concrete longevity will outlast any other type of floor in the market hands down. Find out for yourself and Request a free
Why Should You Consider Polishing?
Polished concrete designs vary as much as a granite or marble slabs do. As with granite or marble, seldom will one find any 2 diamond polished concrete floors that look exactly alike, which is why naturally diamond and resin polished concrete floors are so desired and cherished for it’s character, seamless clean look, low maintenance, durability, and it’s uniqueness.
Can Any Concrete Floor Be Polished?
Not every concrete floor is a suitable candidate for grinding and polishing process as described above. Badly damaged concrete would require to be repaired and/or resurfaced with a 1/4 to 1/2″ layer of special polishable floor top self-leveling concrete products prior to grinding and polishing process can begin. For badly damaged concrete,
All structural concrete floors when originally poured by the contractor to form the floor foundation, contains aggregate content (usually white, black, grey in colour) embedded in the concrete floor.
Each concrete mix company has slightly unique concrete formulation of aggregate colours, sizes, and the composition. Colour of the cured concrete will vary as result of the minor variation in concrete pouring formulation. As such, each finished polished concrete slab has it’s own unique beautiful look.
However our process allows to control the amount of the aggregate we expose during the grinding process (prior polishing) and we can offer you low to high sheen level as described below.
Below are the three most common types of grinding and polishing finishes. The biggest difference between the finishes is the depth of aggregate exposure(the more aggregate exposure is desired, the more aggressive grinding and more time is involved in grinding before polishing stage). The second major factor is the level of sheen that is desired of the floor, from low to high can be obtained from polishing the concrete.
A. Cream Polished (Minimal aggregate)
This is the most basic form of polishing concrete. It is a one or two step grinding process (minimal surface cream removal) with majority of time is emphasized on polishing the concrete with minimal with virtually no aggregate exposure.. (typical finish for industrial facilities and box stores, lofts, or over freshly cured self-leveling cement overlay products.)
B. Small Aggregate Exposure
Often referred to as the “salt and pepper” look because the final finish has small amounts of aggregate exposed throughout and is the more common type of grinding and polishing finish clients request the most. Usually this a 10 to 12 step diamond grinding and resin polishing process.
C. Large aggregate Exposure
This type of polished finish highly resembles the look of terrazzo floor (as seen on right side) or even granite sometimes. The level of diamond grinding required, is about three to four times longer to grind to expose medium to large amount of aggregate prior to the polishing of the concrete slab. Therefore the high aggregate exposed finish you see on the left, is the most expensive type of polished finish.
2. Add Colour to Floor Finish:
Specifically designed dyes for polished concrete penetrate into the surface after diamond grinding the concrete to produce a translucent but deep rich colour luster that will not fade with foot traffic prior to commencing the concrete polishing process. There are more than 12 colour dyes to choose from and more shades of colours can be produced by blending the colour dyes in combination.
We own and operate the finest quality American and European made concrete grinding/polishing equipment technology and the process we use called the HTC SUPERFLOOR system is a time tested and proven floor polishing system. This manufacturer developed process along with our own tweaks and premium tooling produces superior high definition floor finishes with various grades from low to high reflective sheen.
Additional Polishing Facts And Information:
– Learn why polishing concrete is the better choice. Click here.
– Learn about the benefits of having concrete slab polished instead of installing other types of flooring
– Learn why grinding and polishing concrete is good for the environment and how it earns maximum LEED credits in renovation and new construction.
– Learn about the real low cost to polished concrete and how it can save money for many years to come.