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Understanding The Various Bluestone Finishes

Many homeowners have fallen in love with bluestone – it is any wonder when you realize how attractive and versatile this wonderful material is? – and use it in many areas around the home. It can range in colour from almost black to a very light grey, which only adds to its versatility and the multitude of uses that it can be put to. If you have opted to install bluestone somewhere around your home, there are a number of finishes that you can choose from.

Polished

When bluestone has been polished, its surface will shine in a way that almost resembles a mirror. Only the best quality stones can be treated with this finish, as the poorer materials simply do not hold up to the shine. It is an extremely popular choice for foyers, lobbies, kitchens, bathrooms and cladding. Whilst this finish causes bluestone to be extremely resistant to water absorption and salt attack, its polished surface can become quite slippery (especially when wet).

Honed

When bluestone has been honed, it is left with a dark grey to a black surface that has almost a velvet appearance. It is the perfect choice for indoor applications, both on the floor and the wall. When treated with a honed finish, the bluestone will be extremely resistant against wear and tear. This makes it the perfect choice for the dining room, kitchen, living room, hallway and wall cladding. This treatment does ensure plenty of grip, even when wet.

Flamed

When bluestone has been flamed, its surface will be left with a soft, leathery appearance that provides plenty of traction. It is a very popular choice for outdoor applications (such as patios, driveways, pathways and pool surrounds) and has also been put to use in many commercial areas, such as cafes and restaurants. Bluestone is such a popular outdoor paver choice because it is extremely resistant to salt attack and water absorption.

Natural

When bluestone has been left in its natural split form, it will possess more of a dark grey to a black colouring and its surface will be quite rough to the touch. It is another very popular choice for outdoor applications (such as driveways and paths) because it provides good grip and doesn’t show up dirt or tyre marks. It is, however, suitable for use indoors (but usually in a cladding capacity, as the uneven bluestone can be difficult to walk on).

When choosing a finish for your bluestone, just make sure that you take into account the area that it will be installed and the application that it will be expected to perform; this will ensure that you choose the most appropriate finish for your home.

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.