As Australia’s leading surface care provider, Surface Masters® specializes in restoring and maintaining all types of natural and man-made surfaces throughout the country. We are the go-to choice for any concrete refinishing needs, such as grinding, sealing, and polishing, for residential or commercial spaces like kitchens, lounges, bars, restaurants, shops, and factory floors.
Polished concrete is becoming increasingly popular due to its sleek, modern appearance and various benefits such as cost-effectiveness, sustainability, durability and health. Our technicians at Surface Masters® have extensive experience polishing both new and existing concrete using state-of-the-art equipment to suit your specific needs.
At Surface Masters®, our team of experienced technicians use cutting-edge equipment to polish both new and existing concrete to meet your needs and take advantage of the aesthetic appeal, cost-effectiveness, sustainability, durability and health benefits of polished concrete.
Although concrete is not typically thought of as an attractive and visually appealing material, it is widely used in construction. For centuries, the Romans used concrete to build some of their most impressive structures, such as the Pantheon in Rome, which is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. Many aqueducts, drainage systems and amphitheatres built using concrete thousands of years ago can still be found in the Mediterranean. It wasn’t until the 1990s that concrete was found to be a versatile and durable material, creating the polished concrete surfaces that are popular today.
Traditionally, concrete has been used primarily as a sub-floor and covered with flooring materials such as carpet, hardwood, vinyl or ceramic tile. However, by polishing concrete, it eliminates the need for overlayments, which are expensive to install, maintain and replace. Instead, it transforms the existing concrete into an economical, durable and low maintenance surface with stunning visual appeal.
Polishing concrete is a cost-effective way to transform existing concrete surfaces into smooth, sleek and durable floors. By using diamond-abrasive disks, technicians can grind down the surface layer of concrete to create a smooth, level finish that is resistant to wear, scratches, and stains. The process involves using progressively finer diamond abrasives to reveal or expose the aggregate within the slab. Additionally, sodium silicate is applied to the concrete to harden and strengthen the material. This multi-step process allows for a range of finishes, from satin to high-gloss, making polished concrete a versatile option for a variety of applications.
Our technicians begin the process of creating a smooth and glossy surface by utilizing grinding machines with diamond-abrasive heads that rotate, to remove the top layer of concrete and level the floor, eliminating any deep scratches. Subsequently, increasingly finer diamond-abrasives are employed (typically starting at 40 grit and moving up to 3,000 grit) to expose the aggregate within the slab, whether it be new or pre-existing.
Typically, concrete that has been ground to a grit level of 400 or less is referred to as honed concrete. Polished concrete, on the other hand, is typically finished at grit levels of 800, 1500, or 3000, depending on the desired level of shine and reflection. The grade of polished concrete is determined by the size of exposed aggregate, with higher grades revealing larger aggregate. Additionally, the finish level of polished concrete is directly related to its shine, with higher finishes producing a shinier surface.
During the grinding process, a solution of sodium silicate is applied to the concrete to enhance its density and make it harder. This solution permeates the concrete, filling in its pores. The chemical reaction that takes place with the calcium hydroxide in the concrete further fortifies and crystallizes the material.
By continuing to use increasingly fine diamond abrasives during the grinding process, the surface of the concrete becomes smooth and glossy. This not only enhances the appearance of the floor, but also causes light to be reflected off of it, rather than being absorbed into pits and imperfections.
As polishing involves multiple stages, the level of shine can be adjusted to suit maintenance and appearance needs. This flexibility makes polished concrete an ideal choice for various types of settings.
Surface Masters Australia provides an extensive array of concrete polishing solutions and stands as the premier concrete polishing contractor in Australia. Concrete polishing proves to be a cost-effective method for readying surfaces for new flooring installation while efficiently removing existing coatings. The preparation required for a concrete floor can vary significantly in terms of time and effort. The extent and nature of this preparation hinge upon factors like the concrete’s condition, exposure level, and the desired final outcome for the concrete slab. Our advantage lies in the seamless attachment of our grinding machines, be they hand-held or remote, to dust extractors, ensuring minimal to no airborne dust.
If you’re searching for a concrete polishing contractor near your location, be sure to reach out to us.
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