Polished Concrete Floors – The Way To Go

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Introduction: Polished Concrete Floors

A polished concrete floor is a foot traffic beauty with a glossy finish look for residential and commercial buildings. Modern polished concrete floors can be customized for coloring, you can create design patterns into the raw concrete, before it is polished, i.e., a company’s logo. You can also place specialized minerals into the concrete and control its reflection, depending on the different levels of polishing methods that are applied.

Methods for Polishing Concrete Floors

Polishing concrete floors requires two different methods – either the wet method or the dry process. Dry polishing is the more common method used, especially in commercial industries. Wet polishing calls for water to cool the diamond abrasives, because water reduces the friction that a grinding machine would use, plus it acts as a natural lubricant. With dry polishing, water is not used, instead a floor polishing machine is used that is connected to a dust elimination system that vacuums up dust, dirt, and other contaminants that are unseen by the human eye. Can both methods be used – yes, the dry method starts the process, then the wet method is used to smooth out the concrete surface.

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What Exactly is Concrete?

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Concrete is a material that is commonly used all over society. This substance is used to make roads and as a foundation for railroads and houses. Concrete is also used in warehouses and is often employed for making columns in buildings. When manufacturers make concrete they form this substance by combining specific ingredients such as water, aggregate and cement.

 

How is Concrete Created?

 

The cement that is used within concrete is created from powdered limestone and powered clay. Both of these substances are heated together inside of a rotary kiln until they produce a fine gray colored powder. Manufacturers then mix this powder with aggregate and water to make concrete. Aggregate material could consist of materials such as:

  • sand
  • crushed stone
  • gravel
  • slag

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