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Understanding The Basics of Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished concrete floorings are very popular in commercial places with heavy traffic because these are typically low maintenance floorings. You would normally find them in hotels, office reception areas and even hospitals. The floor has a polished glossy finish and with a little imagination, they can be made to resemble natural stones such as granite and marble. You can also use different colors to create different patterns and objects. Here are a few essentials that you ought to know about concrete flooring:

What is polished concrete:

Polished concrete floors are obtained by using polishing disks with coarse diamond segments to remove blemishes, stains, light coatings, and minor pits from the floors. Depending on the condition of the floor and the level of polishing required, rough grinding is done for about 3 to 4 times. This floor is then further polished using finer grits of polishing disk. Polishing is done to get the desired level of sheen, with contractors switching between different polishing disks in the process. Experienced polishers know when to switch grits just by observing the floor and the amount of material to be removed. At the final stage is the process of concrete sealing which is done applying a sealer that hardens the concrete. Some professionals apply commercial polishing agents to enhance the appeal.

What are the costs involved:

Polishing concrete floorings are definitely cheaper than natural stones such as granite and marble. Costs usually depend on the area to be covered, the complexity of the design, the desired sheen to be achieved, and the number of workmen involved. However, they depend from place to place. Also, the larger the place, lesser are the costs. Smaller rooms would need smaller equipments and the difficulty in getting into smaller space, and the difficulty in achieving consistency in the design.

Maintenance of the polished concrete flooring:

Contrary to popular belief, polished concrete floorings are easy to maintain as they do not require regular waxing or other sealers. Dust moping and wet moping (with some cleaning solution) can remove the dust and grime, and also ensure that the floor looks shiny. Soil and other particles can act as abrasives and hence it’s important that you mop it with microfiber pads. Also, when wet mopping, make sure that the cleaner does not dry on the surface (although give it some time to absorb the dust and grime), as it might leave an ugly mark on the surface.

The Beauty of Stamped Concrete Patios

The Beauty of Stamped Concrete Patios – Stamped concrete involves creating textures and patterns on ordinary concrete thereby transforming ordinary patios, drive ways and sidewalks. In fact, stamped concrete patios have become very popular among those looking to add some style and class to their outdoor space. Here are some benefits associated with installing stamped concrete floorings.

  • Cost Effective: When compared to installing natural stones, cobble stones, bricks and other conventional flooring concrete is cost effective. The job isn’t as labor intensive as the others, and all that is required to be done, is to pour in concrete and create patterns. To install a 2,000 square foot stamped concrete driveway it takes just 5 days, as opposed to the 10 -12 days of work that takes for installing natural stones or pavers. Unlike tile and other materials that will have to cut, you don’t have to worry about wastage in odd shaped surfaces. You can use different textures, designs, and colors to replicate the look of wood, natural stones, bricks, cobblestone, flagstone and other commonly used surface material.
  • Easy Maintenance: The textures and patterns that are created on stamped concrete are superficial and do not go deep. Brick and other surfaces often have weeds growing between the tiles; you’ll have to ensure that their weeded out regularly. This isn’t a problem in stamped concrete patios. They also don’t break or chip away like brick pavers. Even if a crack appears, this can be taken care of by pouring concrete on the affected area. Thus, maintenance is easy and effective. To maintain its natural sheen, you will have to reseal it every 2-3 years. These are UV protected and can minimize the effect of sunlight exposure, protect from moisture penetration, freeze-thaw conditions, and abrasions. The stains are easy to remove as well.
  • Stamped concrete patios, driveways, sidewalks, swimming pool decks and other surfaces add style to your house, and are sure to contribute to the overall value of the property.
  • Easy customization: They are often used in offices and other commercial centers as they allow easy and effective customization. You can add monograms, crests, logos, and other personalization to these. This however is not possible with natural stone or asphalt.
  • Longevity: Stamped concrete can last a long time and withstand a lot of pressure. It can also withstand harsh winters with minimal maintenance.
    The next time you’re thinking about redoing your patio surface, don’t think beyond stamped concrete.