Frequently Asked Questions
The price for polishing concrete is basically dependent upon how many levels of grinding will be required to get the floor to be a suitable smooth surface. The cost for polished concrete can go up from there depending upon any decorative effects that are applied such as staining or scoring, etc. Polished concrete cost tends to be more economical with large spaces.
Are Polished Concrete floors Slippery?
- Polished concrete floors may look as smooth as glass, but they are completely safe to walk on when kept clean and dry. They tend to be less slippery than waxed linoleum or polished marble. In public facilities with heavy foot traffic, however, preventing slip-and-fall accidents is a top priority.
- Here are some tips for the slip-resistance of polished concrete floors:
- Keep polished floors free of oil, grease and standing water. Follow a routine maintenance program, and clean spills and stains from the floor as soon as possible.
- Apply an anti-slip conditioner. These products contain special additives designed to improve traction and make wet surfaces safer. They must be reapplied periodically, but they can simply be mopped on during routine cleaning.
- Apply a sealer coat to polished concrete that contains an anti-slip grit additive. These products are simply mixed into the sealer before applying to increase traction without taking away from the appearance of the polished surface.
- Used polished concrete flooring in display areas or zones of low traffic, supplemented by rubber mats or area rugs in high-traffic entryways.
Can All Concrete Be Polished?
Almost any concrete floor that is structurally sound, whether new or old, can be polished. But there are a few exceptions. For new floors, no special mix is required to achieve good results. However, the floor should be in place for at least 28 days before the polishing process to ensure proper curing. Floors that have already been in place for an extensive amount of time will most likely need surface preparation prior to polishing to remove dirt, grease, coatings, or blemishes. However, Floors that have been damaged, wavy, extremely porous or in need of patching may not be good candidates for the polishing process, An experienced contractor can usually determine if a floor is in good enough condition to polish.
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