How are concrete polished floors completed?
Diamond discs are mounted to a 600 lb. Grinder. These rough grits remove imperfections while flattening the floor. Then finer grits are used to create a marble like shine. The process is usually an 8-step process beginning with 30 grit diamonds and ending with 3000 grit diamonds.
How long will concrete polished floors last?
This is a permanent process. There’s no wax, epoxy, acrylic, or any other shiny coverings applied that will eventually fail. When our company is finished the result is a bare concrete floor that has been permanently polished. In heavy industrial, commercial or institutional use, an inexpensive re-polish may be needed years down the road (depending on your maintenance).
What maintenance is required of concrete polished floors?
Just routine mopping or a “walk behind” scrubber…nothing unusual.
Are concrete polished floors slippery?
No. The National Floor Safety Institute has awarded our floor a “high traction” rating, SCOF, of .60 or better, wet or dry.
What is the cost associated with concrete polished floors?
Price varies on size and condition of the concrete. Here are 3 typical examples:
- 30,000 s.f. Warehouse, new construction, wide open area, good concrete job. $2.50/s.f.
- 20,000 s.f. Warehouse, 20-year-old concrete, cracks, pitting, paint and epoxy, just plain horrible. $3.50 – $4.50/s.f.
Are there any harmful Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?
No. This process is completely eco-friendly and perfect for green construction projects.
Where are people using concrete polished floors?
Warehouses, Restaurants, Schools, Retail Stores, Manufacturing, Residential, Auto Showroom and Service Areas, etc.
What about stains on a concrete polished floor?
Cleaning is easy. Just mop up the mess. Some oily stains if ignored will soak into the pores but will come back out over time.
Do forklift tires mess up the polished floors?
No. Marks wipe off easily.
What about 75-year-old concrete that is pitted, well worn, or has had coatings applied?
No problem. When we’re finished, your floor will be gorgeous.
Can the shine of the polished floors be destroyed?
Yes, but it is not easy. If you pour muriatic acid on the floor, it will etch. Strong acids will destroy the shine. Etched areas are easily repaired…we can show you how to do it yourself.
During construction when should it be done?
It depends. Edge work costs money. Sometimes it pays to do 6 of the 8 steps before the “build out” and then do the final 2 steps just before completion. Edge work controls the timing of our service.
Are concrete polished floor great in schools?
It’s the perfect solution. It’s beautiful yet it’s durable and easily maintained.
Where do you not recommend concrete polished floors in a school?
Offices and music rooms because of acoustics, and bathrooms because of the potential of urine etching.
If a re-polish is needed in 5 or 10 years, what is the cost?
When you are polishing the floors, does it produce a lot of dust?
No. Our state of the art equipment makes the process almost dust free.
How far will Cincinnati Concrete Polishing travel to polish concrete?
All of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.
What’s the #1 reason people polish concrete?
- Commercial & Retail…for its trendy upscale look.
- Institutional…for its reduced maintenance.
- Green Construction…because it is eco-friendly.
Are all concrete polishers the same?
Absolutely not. If corners are cut, your floor will not look good 5 to 10 years from now. “Fly by Nights” are entering this business every day and damaging the industry by taking shortcuts and delivering disappointment.
Can rain-damaged or carbonated concrete be polished?
Will we work on a union job?
Yes, but the price may go up. All our pricing is based on non-union work.
Do you apply a sealer?
No and Yes. We don’t apply an encapsulating sealer but we do apply a hardener that stops concrete dusting and helps the floor shine last longer.