To properly grind, hone and polish concrete and obtain the maximum "clarity of reflection" and "durability", a proper grit sequence must be used that allows for full refinement of the concrete surface. Not performing full refinement from one progressively finer grit to the next will not allow the floor to reach its maximum durability and will cause the surface to prematurely wear.
Light reflecting polished concrete floors combines the positive properties of concrete (strength, low maintenance, sustainability) with the property of retroreflection. Retroreflective surfaces precisely reflect incident light (sunlight or artificial light) back towards the light source.
More restrictive regulations are requiring low volatile organic compounds (VOC) in construction materials such as paint and coatings applications. It is important to know the characteristics of concrete flooring sealers, which can vary from very high VOC (more than 400 grams per liter) to very low VOC (less than 100 grams per liter).
ESD, electrostatic discharge, is the sudden spontaneous transfer of electric current. Copy machines, computers, medical and communications equipment are all susceptible to ESD. In facilities with constant heavy loads and high traffic, epoxies are the most practical static control flooring material.
Epoxy and polyurethane are great for protecting concrete floor against stains, damage, chemicals, oils, and wear. They are both light reflective, easy to clean, and long-lasting. There is a third player in this space, Polyaspartic coatings.
Many buildings that meet the Net Zero and LEED standards have concrete flooring and for good reason. First and Foremost, Concrete is Sustainable. Increasingly, concrete is being recognized for its strong environmental benefits in sustainable development.
A beautifully finished decorative concrete floor must go through a fairly involved process to achieve the intended outcome. From the "pure" pour through the glossy finish, concrete needs to be chemically altered before a floor is ready for prime time. Densifiers and sealers are applied to decorative concrete flooring at different stages and serve different purposes.
As the first urban in-fill commercial building that received Living Building certification, the Bullitt Center is pushing the leading edge of performance-based design. Net-zero energy, net-zero water, onsite treatment of sewage and exclusion of many common “Red List” materials are just some reasons the Bullitt Center is innovative.
Decorative concrete overlays are sometimes viewed as a lesser choice to polished or stained concrete flooring. Whether giving existing concrete floors a total makeover or as an option to new concrete floors, decorative concrete overlays offer beauty, strength and unlimited design options.
Custom Concrete Prep and Polish is proud to be a certified applicator of the RetroPlate Concrete Polishing System®. The RetroPlate™ System allows our production teams to combine the effects of diamond grinding and polishing with a one-application densifying sealer.
OSHA estimates that about two million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in over 600,000 workplaces. Custom Concrete Prep and Polish meets OSHA Crystalline Silica Rule guidelines.