Concrete has been used as a building material since the days of the Roman Empire. It has many different uses and is a very popular material to use in construction. One of the ways that people are using concrete is for flooring and for countertops. The concrete that is used for buildings may not look like something that people would want for their floor or countertop, but with a little work and the right equipment, it becomes something that looks and feels great.
The key to using concrete in these ways is polishing the concrete. The process of polishing concrete leaves a surface that is smooth and glossy. The only way to achieve the desired result is through the use of a concrete polishing machine. The steps for polishing concrete are fairly basic.
- Step 1 – Diamond grinding with an abrasive pad that is place on the bottom of the polishing machine. It is important that the concrete is ground in the same direction throughout the surface.
- Step 2 – Densification of the concrete involves applying a concrete densifier to the floor.
- Step 3 – Polishing the floor. During this stage a polishing resin is used with the polishing machine. The grit level of the polish will determine how shiny the floor is. This stage requires going through several grit layers until the finish that is desired is accomplished.
There are not a lot of steps to polishing concrete and it is very similar to sanding down wood floors and restoring them. It could be something for a do it yourself project, but it is important to make sure that the right concrete polishing equipment is being used. While it is possible to lease the equipment, it does also take time to learn how to use the equipment properly.
Professionals that have the experience using these machines know how to do the job right. It does not take much for the machine to go slightly out of control and damage the concrete to a point where it cannot be fixed. Besides the experience with the machines, the professionals also have access to the right abrasive materials to do the job quickly and correctly.
The end result of concrete polishing is truly amazing. If it is used on a countertop, people will have a hard time believing the material used is concrete. The look can easily resemble many other hard stones that are popular for countertops. Floors with concrete can be stained, stamped and polished and will provide a great floor that will last a long time. It is just another use for a very versatile material.
[July 7, 2014]