Concrete polishing is a service that’s grown in popularity over the past few years for both commercial and residential properties. With concrete being a readily available flooring solution, polishing offers a simple and affordable option to properly finish it.

But does concrete polishing just make it look shiny?

Don’t let the name fool you. There are many advantages to polishing your concrete floor. But before we get into that, let’s take a closer look at how the process works.

How Polished Concrete Works

The process of polishing concrete isn’t so different from sanding wood. The idea is that you grind and buff it down until you have a smooth, attractive finish.

It starts with using a professional-grade grinder machine that uses diamond abrasive pads (similar to, but much more powerful than sandpaper). Over the polishing process, different grits are cycled through, starting with coarser, metal-bonded pads to remove pits, scuffs, and rough patches.

Once that’s been done, a chemical hardener is applied to densify the concrete. At this point, resin-bonded diamond pads are used to polish and smooth-out the surface. A concrete stain can also be applied to add a more distinct look.

Advantages of Polished Concrete

The most noticeable advantage is appearance. Polished concrete floors look beautiful. But beauty isn’t the only reason why you should consider polishing your concrete.

Polished concrete is very easy to clean. With the pits, cracks, and rough surface removed, polished concrete just needs some light sweeping and the occasional damp mop. No coating or waxing is needed to keep up appearances. That means less mess and fewer chemicals.

Because of its simplicity, it’s also very affordable.

Best of all, polished concrete is more durable and will last longer.

Making Your Concrete Floor Better

Polishing concrete is a great option for many, but it’s not the only option. That’s why Select Flooring’s general contractors offer an extensive range of concrete finishing services. If you want your concrete to look it’s best while lasting longer, contact us today.