Concrete is thought of as utilitarian and dull, more suited to the flooring of garages than as a beautiful element of a store or household. But polished concrete is rapidly changing the game. The durability and versatility of concrete has gained the attention of both commercial buildings, offices, and even homeowners in South Ontario, GTA and beyond.
If you want polished concrete floors, then you need professionals who know how to make it shine. Our concrete polishing service is comprehensive—we don’t cut any corners or leave out any important steps. That way, you know your concrete floors will retain their luster for many years with proper upkeep.
What is Polished Concrete?
Fundamentally, polished concrete is exactly what it sounds like: concrete that has been burnished to such a degree that it is smooth and shiny.
Designing and Maintaining Polished Concrete
There are hundreds of ways to customize your concrete flooring while having it polished. When you decide on concrete polishing by Marble Guys, you are given options, such as the color and scoring. During the process, the technicians can add radial lines, borders, bands, grids, and many other designs. And if you already have polished concrete, there are dyes and stains available that can completely alter the look of your floors.
Concrete polishing requires several steps, but, while this may seem complicated, it gives you a chance to get the flooring you have always dreamed about. For instance, you can select the sheen—such as high-gloss or satin. If you need ideas for your polished concrete flooring, just ask our friendly team for advice.
Best Places for Polished Concrete
The most common applications for polished concrete include:
- Retail buildings and shopping outlets
- Automobile showrooms
- Residential households
- Office buildings
Basically, any place that has high foot traffic is the ideal place for polished concrete.
Polished Concrete FAQs
We have received a lot of questions from our customers over the years about our concrete polishing services, so we decided to make an FAQ section of the most common ones.
Can any type of concrete be polished?
Yes, most of the time. There are only a few situations in which polish cannot be applied or would not be ideal, such as:
- Concrete that has been damaged by chemicals
- Concrete made for outdoors that was treated with a freeze/thaw mixture
- Lightweight concrete that can break easily
Is polished concrete eco-friendly?
Yes! In fact, polished concrete is arguably one of the most environmentally friendly types of flooring around. Like many other types of flooring, concrete is made mostly from rock and water, and it can even be recycled. Polished concrete is also very durable, so it will last much longer than other kinds of flooring. Additionally, the reflective surface is compliant with LEED standards.
Will your concrete polishing service disrupt business? How long does cleanup take?
Not to worry. Installation can be done around your schedule, even during off hours for a business. The Marble Guys are professionals; we will leave your space as it was originally found—with enhanced flooring, that is. The entire process depends on the size of the space we will be working on, so contact us if you have concerns. Otherwise, the entire service and cleanup won’t take long at all, and then you can enjoy your new polished concrete floors.
Is polished concrete slippery?
The surface might look slippery because it is so smooth and reflective, but you don’t need to worry. Concrete is still porous, even when polished, and those microscopic pores provide a high friction coefficient. In fact, that is what makes polished concrete such a marvelous addition to office building vestibules, hotel lobbies, and foyers—even when wet, it’s far less slippery than many other flooring types.
Looking for gorgeous flooring that is stain-resistant and customizable? Consider polished concrete.
Not sure if our concrete polishing service is right for you?
Give us a call or fill out the contact form. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.
Here are more benefits of polished concrete:
- Budget-friendly materials
- Polished concrete is less vulnerable to damages
- Doesn’t harbor allergens, such as dust, dander, and pollen
- Resistant to wear and tear from high foot traffic
- Less maintenance required than other materials
- Resistant to staining
- Reflective—reduces need for artificial lighting
- Less moisture transmission
- Highly sustainable and eco-friendly