Decorative Diamond Concrete Floor Polishing
When do I need Decorative Diamond Polishing?
Decorative diamond polishing (Polissage de béton) for concrete is a relatively recent concept in the construction industry. Polishing is suitable for refurbishing old concrete flooring or producing new durable, low-maintenance, high gloss concrete installations. This process provides a cost-effective flooring option that can accommodate tight budgets and creative design.
Walk-behind grinding machines with rotating diamond-abrasive heads remove the surface layer of the concrete and achieve a fine polish.
Resin Bonded Diamonds Provide the Sheen.
Progressively finer diamond-abrasive segments are used, starting with very coarse grinding abrasives that remove thickness quickly, then moving to metal-bonded diamond heads. From there, resin-bonded diamonds achieve various degrees of polishing up to a highly reflective sheen. At some point in the grinding process, sodium silicate (or a related siliconate) is applied to the floor to densify, or harden, the concrete. The solution is absorbed into the concrete matrix, filling the pores. Chemically, the silicate reacts with the calcium hydroxide in the concrete to produce calcium silicate hydrate. Potassium silicate, lithium silicate, and various siliconates are also used in other proprietary formulations.
Dust Repellent, Chemical Resistant and Water Tight.
After the silicate infuses into the concrete it crystallizes in place. Then, the polishing continues. Colours of various shades can be impregnated into the surface providing vibrant and unique translucent tones. Finally, concrete enhancement is applied to the surface. Hybrid inorganic / organic Nano lithium surface treatments are the latest trend today. Concrete enhancers additionally seal concrete floors, producing a very hard, dust repellent, chemical resistant and water tight surface.
Comparison of Polished Concrete vs. Tiles vs. Epoxy
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The Benefits of Polished Concrete
Elimination of dusting from efflorescence (typically a white crystalline deposit appearing on the surface of concrete caused by soluble salts
carried through or onto the surface by moisture).
Increase in Concrete Density
Transformation of porous concrete into a dense surface that inhibits water, oil and other contaminants from penetrating the surface.
Better Abrasion and Impact Resistance
Increased strength for old, deteriorating, weak concrete finishes, with more abrasion resistance (ASTM C779) and an increase in impact
resistance (ASTM C805-97).
Reduction in Lighting Cost
Increased ambient lighting which will naturally enhance the beauty of your floor and reduce the cost of lighting..
Better Levels of Friction Co-efficient
Higher levels of friction co-efficient than any coating on the market. Wet or dry, our polished concrete floor surfaces meet, and most often
exceed OSHA standards.
Eliminates Tire Marks
Elimination of tire marks from fork trucks, vehicles and industrial type hoppers and parts baskets.
Decrease In Fork Truck Tire Wear
Decrease in overall fork truck tire wire and tear (due to the smoothness of the floor and leveled “curling” joints).
Decrease in floor maintenance and less drag on cleaning equipment; making brushes, pads and mops last longer.
Polished areas can be put into service immediately after the process is complete.