Polishing Concrete starts with grinding concrete with a rough diamond
grinder. This first step should rid the floor of any blemishes, stains, and
light coatings. Rough grinding also acts as a preparation for the final
smoothing techniques soon to take place. There are many color options
available after the rough grind process is complete. After the preferred
color is added, the crew will perform additional grindings to the floor
using finer diamonds on resin bond matrices, in order to get that
polished look and feel. As the fine grinding is completed, a densifier is
added to increase the hardness and abrasion resistance of the floor and
reduce the likeliness of everyday stains.

Polished Concrete, like any other floor has its advantages and
disadvantages. Over all, Polished Concrete is an inexpensive, low
maintenance, and durable floor that is perfect if you are looking for a
refined look in your home. Below is a table that illustrates the long term
costs for installing and maintaining a Polished Concrete floor, compared
to other flooring types.
Costs per
Square Foot
Installed
Cost
Annual
Maintainence
Average
Life in
Years
Replacement
Cost
Total
Expense 20
years
Cost
PSF/Year
Vinyl Sheet
Flooring
$2.72
$1.39
9
$3.43
$38.14
$1.91
Vinyl Tile
Flooring
$1.23
$1.47  
15
$1.60
$32.76
$1.64
Ceramic Mosaic
Tile
$6.48
$1.22
20
  $30.88
$1.54
Quarry Tile
$5.78
$0.58
20  
  $30.18
$1.51
Cement Terrazzo
$8.50
$0.46
20
  $20.10
$1.01
Granit-Glaze
$6.50
$0.46
20
  $15.70
$0.79
Polished
Concrete
$3.98*
$0.00
20
  $3.98
$0.19
Benefits and Disadvantages

Functional Benefits:
- Abrasion Resistance: Up to 400% greater
- Impact Strength: Up to 21% greater
- Light Reflectivity: Up to 30% greater
- Does not lift, peal or flake
- Dense surface helps protect against absorption of oil and contaminants
- Resists tire marks from fork trucks and other traffic
- More abrasion resistant than unfinished concrete
- No hydrostatic / vapor pressure issues
- Installation requires no cure schedule
- Typically meets/ exceeds OSHA recommends of a static coefficient friction
of 0.5
- Qualifies for the inclusion on Silver, Gold and Platinum Leed

Economical Benefits:
- No down time while chemical processes cure
- Lower initial costs compared to most other floor coverings
- One-time application with minimal maintenance
- Lower maintenance costs with less wear on cleaning equipment and
consumables
- Long life cycle

Environmental Benefits:
- Dry, dust-controlled equipment filters out 99.9% of all airborne dust
- Helpful in LEED projects
- No coating, urethane, waxes or topical coatings applied
- No slurry and no VOC’s
- No application odors

Some disadvantages towards polished concrete would be:
- Polished concrete is not good for a surface that has been severely
damaged or is very uneven.
- May stain easier than most other decorative concrete options.
- The concrete may not polish out evenly throughout. On some jobs the
concrete has a weaker bond to the aggregate and fine aggregate may
pullout during the entire process resulting in some areas that are not quite as
smooth and glossy as the rest.
*Comparative costs based on 10,000 square feet. Your costs may vary based on square footage,
preparation needs, coloring, etc
Polished Concrete
Concrete Polishing: Comparative Installation and Maintenance Costs for Polished Concrete Floors

Based on a survey conducted by the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, the information
below compares the cost per square foot of commonly used commercial flooring materials and
polished concrete floors. This recent examination of flooring costs over a 20 year span illustrates not
only some of the hidden costs involved in the purchase and installation of various materials, it also
illustrates the dramatic difference in the cost of these materials.
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Specialists in Decorative Concrete
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