Unpolished concrete is a durable material that’s been used for flooring in industrial plants and warehouses for a long time. Although conventional concrete is tough, it also comes with several disadvantages that can end up costing more money to maintain in the long-term. Polished concrete is a cost-effective alternative that provides a number of advantages over unpolished concrete.
The surface is smooth, dust-free and very easy to keep clean. In porous, unpolished concrete, tiny dust particles from within push through to the top, leaving a fine dust on the surface of the floor called efflorescence. The dust is not only messy to walk on, but it can also damage the existing epoxy coating on a floor, leading to costly re-coating or repairs. Dust from unpolished concrete flooring is difficult to clean and the dust settles on everything in the room, not only the floor itself. Dust accumulation can cause equipment and machinery to malfunction.
Reduce Future Maintenance Costs
The hard surface resists damage and staining from heavy machinery, tires and foot traffic, saving money on floor maintenance and repairs. The reflective surface of the concrete creates improved lighting in a room and prevents the need for additional light sources. Additionally, the smooth surface is non-abrasive and won’t damage the tires of a car, or aerial lift. The concrete doesn’t require the ongoing reapplication of sealers and waxes either, which reduces long-term upkeep costs for the floor. Unpolished concrete requires periodic stripping of the old wax and sealer for re-coating. Conventional concrete is also very abrasive surface, which causes damage to tires on lifts and vehicles.
Polished concrete is beautifully smooth and often mistaken for marble. The sleek look makes it a versatile choice in a number of settings including homes, offices, schools, retail stores and industrial factories or warehouses. The concrete is also a popular material for walls and counter tops in a kitchen, not only flooring. Unpolished concrete is rough, non-shiny, very hard to keep clean and lacks the marble-like beauty of a polished surface.
Designs and Colors
Whether you’re it commercially, or in a residential home, there are many concrete design ideas and color options to choose from. Through acid-based staining, or concrete dye, a homeowner can totally customize the concrete to mimic granite, terrazzo, marble and even natural wood. The most popular choice for a home is the marble look. While the material is used a lot in industrial plants, it’s also frequently installed in bathrooms, kitchens and pool areas. With conventional, unpolished concrete, there aren’t any color options, which means you’re stuck with the drab, ugly gray color. Conventional concrete is typically used only in industrial settings and warehouses.
Although the surface of polished concrete is smooth, it isn’t slippery. In fact, polished flooring meets OSHA safety standards for commercial use. For added slip protection though, it is possible to treat polished flooring with special anti-slip conditioners to make the concrete even safer. The anti-slip conditioner improves traction when the concrete is wet.