Polished & Burnished Concrete

home with burnished and polished concrete floor

What is
Polished Concrete?

Polished concrete is one of the most popular flooring options on the market right now, as it adds a great deal of appeal and characteristic to a room or space.

Polished concrete is achieved by running a variety of polishing and grinding processes. We use many industrial-grade tools and materials that allow us to achieve the desired results. In the end, you are left with stunning and custom polished concrete floors for your home or office space, allowing you to enjoy durable, and charismatic floors.

Today, concrete flooring is considered a sophisticated yet cost-effective option, and we take this one step level further by offering you a polished custom flooring design.

Benefits of Polished Concrete

There are many benefits to choosing polished concrete as your flooring option. As we will be using part of an already existing foundation, this eliminates a lot of extra material, energy and costs. Meaning we can create these remarkable floors while cutting down on our environmental impact. The help you understand better, we have listed some more of the benefits you could get by installing polished concrete.

There are a range of other advantages for polished concrete, such as:

  • One of the biggest reasons people may choose to go for polished concrete is the fact it is a low maintenance solution. Moreover, the flooring is perfect for allergy-sensitive individuals and allows you to keep a clean and efficient space.
  • The seamless means that there’s no grouting to clean, messes are easily wiped up and cleaned. The concrete floors we offer are completely sealed and polished, meaning you only need to lightly mop every so often to keep it looking its best.
  • Another reason why polished concrete is chosen for heavy foot traffic areas is that it can take on a great deal of wear and tear. It is not like other types of flooring that can easily be damaged or chipped. Polished concrete floors are designed for longevity and will be with your property for many years to come.
  • Despite being a polished and smooth floor, polished concrete offers a non-slip surface. Allowing you to enjoy the beauty, without having to worry about accidents. We ensure that it is up to our high standards of safety, so you do not have to worry.
  • The best thing about polished concrete is that it is not vulnerable to moisture damage. This allows you to use it in any space without having to worry about water damage. Moreover, they do not carry any allergins and are natural defenders against mould and other issues that can arise with various flooring options.

Polished and Burnished Concrete

There are a multitude of uses for Polished and Burnished concrete, it is a versatile material that could be implemented in a wide variety of settings, homes and businesses. We take a look at just some of the installs we can provides:

Get that polished look that makes commercial spaces appear high-end right in your living room. Polished concrete exudes an unmatched beauty. It combines the smoothness of silk and the hardness of a rock. Easy cleaning, low-maintenance, and hypoallergenic – all these benefits in one flooring solution.

Polished concrete has always been one of the best choices for retail stores, restaurants, and hotels. Its glow undeniably transforms dull flooring into attention-grabbing space.

Who does not want to make their office look appealing, not only to the clients and visitors but the staff as well? Polished and burnished concrete are two of the main options for those who wish to turn the entire workspace into a strikingly gorgeous area.

Whether you have a large warehouse or an outlet, burnished and polished concrete will elevate the space into a site where workers love to work. Warehouses may not be the room you envision to be stylish, but our concrete options are more than just about the looks. Both burnished and polished concrete solutions promise to deliver long-lasting results. Even if large and heavy vehicles come and go, you do not have to worry about the sturdiness of your flooring.

office with polished concrete floor

The most significant difference between these two forms of decorative concrete, polished and burnished concrete, is on the post-installation procedure. After concrete is installed, a burnished surface is worked by specific methods, including trowelling. The area remains uncured during this time. Typically, burnishing is performed after the first or second hour of pouring. The result is a smooth and durable surface.

Meanwhile, polished concrete involves polishing the surface after it is cured. It takes about one or two days of curing before polishing takes place. This way, it will look smoother and more fascinating. For some people, polished concrete appears more appealing. However, burnished has a more compacted upper layer, making it more hard-wearing.

Despite the dissimilarity, you can trust that polished and burnished concrete will enhance the look of your property. They offer great value, both aesthetically and in functionality.

Polished and Burnished Concrete FAQs

What are the Differences Between Polished and Burnished Concrete?

Burnished and polished are both types of finishes that result in a smooth surface with some glaze or shine. They are similar but have specific characteristics that make them distinct from each other and other finishes. With burnishing, a smoothed and hardened surface is produced. While polishing the surface results in a shiny finish, it would be dull without the burnishing process.

Burnishers heat, melt, and rub a topical coating or a wax-based product into the new surface. A densifier product may be used, as well. Burnishing is often done after pouring, and polishing is performed after curing.

What Does the Burnishing Process Involve?

It’s essential to do everything correctly from start to finish. The concrete slab should be poured perfectly. It must be clean and with the right finish before the burnishing process. Before burnishing, a power trowel may be used to achieve a sheen that’s almost the same as other types of concrete. This procedure is necessary to remove blemishes like footprints right before concrete sets.

After pouring and processing, a sealer will be applied to protect the new floor. This step is required to ensure the floor will not be vulnerable to spills, sawdust, and stains. No grinding is involved, so floor protection may be needed to protect the surface against damage.

Can You Polish Already Burnished Concrete?

If the burnished concrete is structurally sound, it can be polished just like any other concrete. There are a few exceptions, however. For instance, if you have a newly burnished floor, you may not want to polish it right away. It’s always a good idea to wait at least 28 days before you start polishing the surface. That ensures that the floor has cured adequately.

Polishing after placement is not a bad thing, but it’s important to make sure the concrete surface is smooth and has no flaws. Otherwise, the polishing process will be much more demanding and will take a longer time to finish.

How Long Do Burnished and Polished Concrete Last?

Polished and burnished concrete can serve many generations. It comes with several years’ warranty and even a lifetime guarantee. If taken care of properly, the concrete floor can stay functional and in perfect condition for more than 100 years. Of course, it’s only possible if you follow the guidelines in maintaining the flooring, especially in sealing the concrete.

So, if you need a long-term flooring solution, pick burnished and polished concrete.

Is Burnished or Polished Concrete Waterproof?

Everyone nowadays wants a waterproof flooring solution. Burnished and polished concrete will give you precisely what you’re looking for, provided that they are sealed properly. It is one reason why households love burnished, polished concrete, even for wet areas, such as bathrooms. These concrete options are known for their high resistance to liquid spills and moisture.

Make sure that the concreter that you have hired knows how important it is for you to ensure that the surface is waterproof. The sealing process guarantees that the concrete underneath will not come in contact with water.

What Maintenance Do Burnished and Polished Concrete Floors Require?

Maintenance is absolutely low stress with polished and burnished concrete floors. However, it does not mean you should not clean the flooring on a daily basis. You will need a dust mop, and it’s highly recommended that you dry mop the surface every day. It helps remove dust and debris, which can cause any abrasions on the decorative concrete.

Every six months or whatever is advised by the contractor, you will need to reseal the polished surface. It ensures that the shiny floor maintains its sheen, strength, and other properties like water resistance. Read our concrete cleaning guide to learn more.

Why Should You Choose Polished Concrete for Commercial and Retail Spaces?

Commercial and retail spaces require hard-wearing flooring. They should also be nonslip and water-resistant with minimal maintenance needs. These qualities define burnished and polished concrete floors. Polishing concrete gives a protective and reflective flooring that can make the facility stand out from the crowd. It’s safe, too, which is a huge concern if there are people walking around every day. A wet surface is easy to clean – just wipe to remove the liquid spill. Daily cleaning is required, but you can simply use a dry mop or broom.

Aside from slip and water resistance, the surface does not leave a chemical residue. Still, the shine remains for several years.

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