Las Vegas Concrete Artisans is a decorative concrete company that offers concrete polishing solutions for both residential and commercial locations in the Las Vegas, Nevada. Concrete is more than just a base material now, thanks to several innovations in the concrete industry.
Concrete is not really a popular option for those looking for an aesthetic flooring material. Some think its color is just not as attractive as one would want it to be. Also, concrete does not dry to a plain gray hue all the time. Sometimes, the color depends on how the concrete was mixed and the condition of the area where the slab was poured. Polished concrete aims to change all that. Now, concrete can be as stunning as an expensive marble floor. It can be as stylish as any modern flooring material. It can be as desirable as any other flooring materials. All these at an affordable cost.
Polished Concrete: An Overview
Think of polished concrete as sanding concrete surfaces. Wood, when sanded, reveals a fresh surface that looks almost good as new. Concrete, when polished, looks shiny and smooth. Waxing floors can achieve this but think about how much time, effort, and wax it would take to maintain the polished look. Concrete polishing is an application where an old concrete surface is ground with a series of segments or disks that have grits of concrete polishing diamonds. The grits range from coarse to finer, depending on the smoothness and shine that a customer requires.
Concrete Polishing Process
The process of floor polishing can get quite messy as bits of the concrete slab are carefully removed little by little. It is important to let a professional contractor deal with concrete polishing. They are experienced and they have the appropriate equipment needed, such as a concrete polishing machine. Here is a brief look at how concrete polished floors come about:
Step 1: The floor is first evaluated to check for any deep damage as well as any existing sealer or coating. Not all concrete floors can be polished, especially newly poured floors and those with tremendous damage that reach deep within the slab.
Step 2: If any coating or sealer is present, it must be ground off with coarse diamond abrasive or a tool made specifically for removing coatings.
Step 3: Surface damage, such as minor cracks and joints, are sealed or patched.
Step 4: The series of concrete grinding begins, starting with a coarse diamond grit then progressing to a finer one. Pros are trained to determine if the concrete floor is ready for a finer grit.
Step 5: A chemical hardener is applied to densify the concrete and keep it from weakening.
Step 6: Polishing grits are now used to add shine to the concrete surface. Customers can choose a level of sheen from satin to high-gloss.
Step 7: A concrete sealer is applied on the polished concrete to seal its pores, keeping dirt and moisture from penetrating the surface.
Polished Concrete Floor Cost
Just like most flooring solutions, polished concrete floor cost is dependent on several factors. The amount of grinding levels needed to acquire a spceific polished level as well as any decorative additions requested by the customer can greatly influence the total cost. Oddly, a larger area will have a lower polished concrete floor cost per square foot than that if a small area. The reason behind is that it is easier to work on wider spaces and smaller spaces require smaller equipment, extending the time period and effort needed to complete the job.
Customizing Commercial and Residential Concrete Polished Floors
While a shiny gray concrete floor is just as attractive, especially for those who love the look of modern, industrial concrete surfaces, there are other design options like stained flooring. Some design ideas include:
Colored Polished Concrete Floor- Since concrete polished floors are still made of concrete, it is eligible to be colored. Customers can choose acid or water-stained stains or concrete dyes, whichever they find more suitable to their needs.
Scoring & Engraving – Residential and commercial polished concrete floors can both be customized with patterns. Custom scoring and engraving makes plain concrete floors more interesting plus the grooves add to slip-resistance.
Cleaning & Maintaining a Polished Concrete Floor
Although concrete polished floors are not maintenance-free, it only requires minimal cleaning and no waxing whatsoever. Use a dust mop daily to prevent dirt from building up and hardening as this can make the floor dull. Wet mop every week or every two weeks to remove stubborn dirt or anything that might have accumulated on the surface. Never use a chemical or acid-based floor cleaner. If you must use a cleaner, choose one that contains neutral ingredients. Wipe off spills immediately to keep it from breaking down the protective sealer and penetrating the concrete slab.
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Why settle for expensive flooring materials when you can acquire great aesthetics and durability with polished concrete? We at Las Vegas Concrete Artisans take pride in our work. Our team of installers is trained in polishing concrete floors to a shine suitable to the customer’s preferences. We pay great attention to detail, so you can rest assured that every inch of the concrete floor will be polished impeccably.
Embrace your plain concrete floors and make it a shiny, durable surface without wax! Call us for a free in-home consultation and quote.