Higher Ground Floors have been providing professional polished concrete services for over a decade, including all aspects of grinding, polishing and sealing. Polished concrete is essentially the result of progressively grounding concrete with a range of grinding/polishing tools and techniques, before adding chemical agents, such as concrete sealers, epoxies and densifiers, that combine to harden and protect the upper layer of concrete against impact, damage and moisture. We also use a range of concrete stains, dyes and specialised products designed to enhance the final finish, as well refined techniques such as scoring, creating radial lines, grids, bands and borders to create that extra dimension to a beautifully polished concrete floor.
Polished concrete is considered to be a modern and stylised finish whilst also being a long lasting and low maintenance floor. Traditionally used and associated with more industrial buildings such as processing plants, factories and manufacturing, polished concrete floors imbue a contemporary industrial quality. Being hard wearing, easy to clean and non porous, they're used extensively in commercial kitchens, interior and exterior living areas, bathrooms, garages, high-end retail and showrooms. Polished Concrete is also a sustainable and resourceful option where an existing concrete slab exists, making use of materials already present.
There are several processes involved in rendering a beautifully polished concrete floor. The first step requires grinding the concrete back to an even and smooth surface, exposing the stone elements and aggregate within the concrete. We then grout the surface, filling in any cracks, holes and blemishes before adding a densifier to harden the top surface against impact and wear. Lastly we polish and seal to a desired 'grit', texture or smoothness including non-slip, matt and gloss.
The benefits and features of polished concrete are many, including being low-maintenance, durable, stain resistant and easier to clean, meaning less dust mites, bacteria and airborne allergens typically associated with carpets and to a lesser extent floor boards. Polished concrete is also less prone to moisture related problems, such as mould and unpleasant odours. Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and will not chip or dent like softer surfaces. The occasional clean using a warm soapy disinfectant is the only recommended maintenance. A hardened and polished concrete floor has an extremely long life expectancy when compared to other flooring types, with the potential to out live many occupancies when properly maintained.