Using your concrete as your flooring can provide a durable, natural looking surface. Concrete can be sanitary, and give you a very stunning space that is easy to clean and maintain.
Things to consider before having you have your concrete grind and seal, or grind and polish.
Grind and seal is a term used for the system of grinding the concrete surface and then applying a clear protective sealer to the concrete floor. This process is less expensive than grind and polish system. The grind and seal process consist of grinding the concrete surface to remove impurities or scratches of the concrete, then a sealer is applied. The sealer applied will depend on the look and the durability you are looking for.
Concrete polishing has more steps involved in the process to achieve the outcome. The finish is the look of the floor which consist of a cream finish, salt and pepper, or exposed aggregate look.
Concrete Polishing floors can offer several advantages:
1. Determine the finish- this is the look you want to achieve, but this can vary depending on the flatness of the concrete floor.
2. Determine the gloss-
3. The process-
Determine the hardness
Clean the floor
Begin the grinding process
Repairing chips, spalls, and cracks
Cleaning & filling joints
Continue the grinding process (the finish will determine the extent of metal bond grinding)
Begin the honing and polishing process
Apply guard (sealer)
Concrete floors are incredibly hard and durable floors. You must also remember that concrete is a porous surface, so it needs to be cleaned and/or sealed to protect the surface so it can maintain its luster. You can add color to concrete floors and make a fashion statement, with dyes, or acid etching. Concrete floors are low maintenance and are easy to care for, but you do need to do proper care thru dust mopping and damp mopping. Polished concrete and regular concrete floors can be restored through the appropriate maintenance methods after and evaluation of you floor.