POLISHED CONCRETE – DURABLE AND ECO-FRIENDLY
Over the last few decades, the polished concrete floor London has undergone a significant transformation. It began in warehouses and factories in the industrial sector, then spread to offices and retail malls in the commercial sector. Today, it is the preferred flooring material for high-end residential spaces that are built across London. Polished concrete is without a doubt the current popular flooring, and designers are always coming up with new ways to use it.
The polished concrete floor’s high gloss appearance has been enhanced by the rapid development of grinding and polishing machinery. It is made beautiful by the use of diamond studded concrete polishing pads. This gives it a contemporary urban elegance that matches the mood of the times.
Polished concrete flooring is also appropriate for the twenty-first century because it is both long-lasting and eco-friendly. While carpet and vinyl require chemical cleaning agents and frequent repairs, a well-maintained concrete floor will last a lifetime and is simple to clean.
What Is The Process Of Concrete Polishing In London?
Delta Profloor UK expert concrete polishers transform a concrete slab into a highly durable and long-lasting flooring that has been polished to your chosen finish. How are we going to do it? To begin, we remove up to 3mm of the concrete’s surface to disclose as much or as little aggregate in the concrete beneath as needed. The surface is then hardened and sealed before diamond concrete polishing pads are used. It is to achieve a matt or high gloss finish.
Polishing Existing Concrete Slabs
We are frequently asked if a pre-existing concrete floor can be ground and polished to a high standard. Because there are so many variables, there is no straightforward answer. However, for concrete to be acceptable for polishing, three conditions must be met:
The concrete slab must be a strong blend of aggregate, sand, cement, and water in order to obtain a high-quality polish.
Tamped concrete is ridged to increase strength. But this finish prevents it from being polished. The concrete should ideally have been bull or power floated to compact it and produce a flat surface.
A conventional screed mix of 4:1 sand to cement cannot be polished. We can build a 10-12mm topping over an existing concrete slab. So, it is later polished if it is not suited for polishing.
Types Of Concrete Polishing For London Clients
When most people think of polished concrete, they think of the high-gloss surface that has become a signature look. There are plenty of options, and each one delivers eye-catching feature flooring that looks great at home or in a commercial setting.
1. Polished Bronze Concrete
You may also see this finish referred to as ‘Cream.’ It’s the only one of our finishes that doesn’t have the surface paste ground back. Instead, the use of diamond pads helps in achieving a creamy gloss finish. It brings out and accentuates your concrete floor’s unique blend of tones and colours.
2. Silver or Full Aggregate Finish
The surface paste must be ground back to a depth of 1-3mm for this polishing operation. It reveals the larger stones on the concrete aggregate. This deep grind’s unique patterning is extremely durable, and the matt surface finish perfectly complements its minimalist elegance.
3. Polished Concrete in Gold
The surface paste is removed by 1mm with grinding machines, exposing the sands and aggregates. The machine helps to polish it to a spectacular high gloss finish.
4. Platinum Finish
This finish, like Silver, requires a deep grind of up to 3mm to expose the ballast in the concrete slab. The exposed aggregate stones have a wonderful lustre to them. This produces a durable, long-lasting floor which also ensures to bring a wow effect to any situation. The platinum polish surface reflects natural and artificial light, creating a glow that is distinctive to this flooring.