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1. First and foremost, whenever we bid a job, large or small, we MUST do a “Mock-Up” floor so we know the concretes hardness, depth of aggregate, staining or contaminants, among many other things. (Typically, about 10×10)
2. You must understand the “type” of concrete you are on. For example, was it “engineered” concrete? What type of re-enforcements were used? Are there isolation pads? Are there joints/cracks to address? Are there anchor bolts to grind? Does the floor need to be planed? Etc.
3. After the floor is “safe” to work on and all obstacles are addressed, start with the most aggressive diamonds and work your way up to the desired level of aggregate exposure and shine.
4. During our grinding process, we will add “grout” to the floor. This is a mechanical bonding agent that will fill in the major majority of the floor’s “pin-holes,” caused from stone pops,etc. This will add to the floor’s overall smoothness as well as add shine and longer life to the floor and also create a lower maintenance floor.
5. As our grinding diamond numbers go up, we will “Densify” the concrete. This not only makes the concrete considerably harder but it will also help add luster and sheen to the floor again helping make it easy to maintain as well as add longevity to the surface.
6. Finer and finer diamond-tipped grinders are run over the concrete in successive stages. This gives the concrete the desired surface gloss, which will vary according to customer needs.
7. The final step is to do a high speed burnish on the surface (If this is what the customer wants). This will add depth and luster to the overall floor.
Appearance & Ambient Light Enhancement:
Polished concrete can be aesthetic like a granite floor. In industrial/commercial interiors or residential settings, polished concrete looks clean, vibrant and professional. You also have the option to color the concrete for additional style and elegance.
Ambient lighting will also be enhanced by up to 100%. What does this mean for businesses and home owners? Greater energy efficiency (lower electrical costs), fewer lights, and better overall lighting in any given space. This is all possible on a very low maintenance floor.
Cost Savings & Life Cycle:
As noted above, concrete polishing is a long term, cost-effective solution for any setting or environment. With relatively similar costs to epoxy floors and other treatments, polished concrete is a very practical solution.
Polished concrete’s life cycle is roughly 7 to 10 years before it requires refinishing (Some exceptions to this, see sales rep) Epoxy floor coatings, by comparison, last two to five years, while an industrial sealer will have to be re-applied to a concrete floor every six to twelve months on average. (Again, see the sales rep for details on options.)
Safety (Slip Coefficient):
Static co-efficient of Friction (SCOF) is the measure of a floor’s slip resistance, taken from a resting position also called slip coefficient. This is important to industrial and commercial businesses who want to increase worker safety. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends flat surfaces have a 0.50 SCOF. Polished concrete meets and exceeds that number, making it an incredibly safe alternative to other flooring systems. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) also sets 0.50 SCOF, or higher, as its benchmark for safe flooring.
Concrete Floor Polishing is an eco-friendly solution in industrial/commercial as well as residential settings.
It very rarely needs any surface refurbishment or replacement and features Low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) materials. This makes it both good for workplace and home breathing as well as better for the environment.
Classical technology — concrete always works:
As environmental laws increase and more projects call for green technology, people within the construction industry are searching for new solutions. Fortunately, you don’t have to search too hard to find a reputable material that meets the demands of most green buildings.
Environmentally Friendly — meet green construction requirements:
Made of all-natural materials, concrete is the most frequently used material on earth other than water. Manufacturing plants use exact-batch technologies that ensure minimal factory waste. Consistent, precise fabrication conditions allow for lower water to cement rations than other materials. Using precast products reduces construction debris on site.
Made from Recycled Content — and recyclable!
Industrial byproducts including fly ash, slag, and silica fume can replace a portion of the cement used in precast concrete. Most steel used as reinforcement is recycled as well. Concrete can be recycled as aggregate in new batches of concrete, reused when buildings are renovated or used in roadbeds or shoreline protection.
An Important Element in Green Building Certification — LEED points!
The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System awards points for sustainability in various categories; projects require 26 points or more to be LEED certified.