Industrial Diamond Concrete Floor Polishing
What is Concrete Floor Polishing and What Types can be polished?
Polished concrete is a high gloss flooring finish that is achieved by using special diamond concrete grinding equipment. Diamond polishing (Polissage de béton) for concrete is a relatively recent concept in the construction industry. Polishing is suitable for refurbishing old concrete flooring or producing new durable, low-maintenance, high gloss installations. This process provides cost-effective flooring option that can accommodate tight budgets and creative design. Mechanically polished floors last longer than conventional concrete floors, cost less and are a better looking eco-friendly alternative to old-fashioned waxing, vinyl or urethane paint. Concrete Polishing and Sealing Ltd. is the only licensed applicator of the Induroshine™ polishing system in Eastern Ontario.
Nearly all types of concrete flooring can be polished. Our concrete polishing services are available for both new and old concrete floors as long as the floor is determined to be structurally sound. Generally, new concrete floors must cured and hardened for a certain number of days prior to polishing. Additionally, old and existing concrete may need to be cleaned using concrete grinding or shot blasting prior to concrete polishing. We provide all these services.
Induroshine™ or RetroPlate™ have the following benefits:
- Polished concrete is harder and more durable than any other floor finish.
- Polished concrete resists tire marks from cars, trucks and forklifts.
- The concrete surface is up to 53% more wear resistant than untreated concrete.
- Induroshine™ and RetroPlate™ provide dramatic visual appearance with great reflection saving lighting costs- an average of 30% savings.
- Polished concrete has minimal maintenance costs.
- Improves risk management by providing an ADA & OSHA compliant surface resulting in less slippage.
- Contains no solvents with no off-gassing.
- There is a long restoration cycle - average of 8 to 12 years for industrial applications.
The methods of changing a concrete floor surface are as follows:
• Bonded abrasive polished concrete - The multi-step operation of mechanically grinding, honing, and polishing a concrete ﬂoor surface with bonded abrasives to cut a concrete ﬂoor surface and to reﬁne each cut to the maximum potential to achieve a speciﬁed level of ﬁnished gloss. This yields the most durable ﬁnish and requires the least maintenance.
• Burnished polished concrete - The multi-step operation of mechanical friction-rubbing a concrete ﬂoor surface with or without waxes or resins to achieve a speciﬁed level of ﬁnished gloss. This operation yields a less durable ﬁnish and requires more maintenance than bonded abrasive polished concrete.
• Hybrid polished concrete - A multi-step operation, using either standard grinding / polishing equipment, lightweight equipment, high speed burnishing equipment, or a combination of, to combine the mechanical grinding, honing, and polishing process with the friction rubbing process by utilizing bonded abrasives, abrasive pads, or a combination of, to achieve the speciﬁed level of ﬁnished gloss.
Aggregate Exposure and Finished Gloss Charts
One of our skilled operators checks a polishing disc on our grinder machine.
Concrete floor polishing at Home Depot in Ottawa.
The finished product - a beautifully polished, durable and light reflective concrete floor.