The different types of polished concrete floors are designed so you can have more than just a glossy floor. From a cream finish to a heavy exposed finish, polished concrete is by far one of the most beautiful floors in the world.
Not only is it durable, but it can literally last a lifetime.
There’s more to a polished concrete floor than just a beautiful glossy floor. Aside from stained polished concrete, you can also choose the type of polished concrete finish you want. If you’re wanting a specific type of aggregate (Glass, metal, big rocks, etc.), you may want to read our mix design for polished concrete floors.
There are 4 common aggregate choices when it comes to polished concrete floors. While there are different variations of each (Such as color), these are still the most common.
If you would like to see how your floor would look with polished concrete, visualize your polished concrete with our polished concrete visualization tool.
The Cream Polished Concrete Floor:
The cream look requires very little surface cut depth and has a very small amount of aggregate exposure. This particular cream finished concrete has been stained a very light color.
The cream finished polished concrete floor can be stained any color with no expectation of color loss because of its cut depth.
A finish like this may decrease the overall price of the polished concrete but, depending on the original state of the concrete, it can leave behind stains and scratches that might otherwise be ground down with a salt and pepper or a medium aggregate polish. This is an extremely popular polished concrete style.
The Salt and Pepper Polished Concrete Floor:
The salt and pepper look requires approximately 1/16-inch surface cut depth and has fine aggregate exposure with little or no medium aggregate exposure in random locations.
Depending on the mix of the concrete, this type of finish is easily obtained with polished concrete. The consistency of this type of exposed aggregate is largely dependent on the original concrete finishers ability to get the concrete level. If the concrete isn’t very level, the aggregate that becomes exposed may be larger in some areas and smaller in others.
Medium Aggregate Polished Concrete Floor:
The medium aggregate profile requires approximately 1/8-inch surface cut depth and has a medium aggregate exposure with little or no large aggregate exposure at random locations.
When polishing a concrete floor to expose a medium aggregate like the picture to the left, the ideal time to start the polishing process is within 7 days after the concrete slab has been poured. Grinding within 7 days of pouring the concrete slab will help in exposing just the right amount of aggregate. A small layer of the concrete is ground down, exposing just enough aggregate to suit your desire.
Large Aggregate Polished Concrete Floor:
The large aggregate requires a 1/4-inch surface cut depth and has a large aggregate exposure with little or no fine aggregate exposure at random locations.
When polishing a concrete floor to expose a heavy aggregate like the picture to the left, the ideal time to start the polishing process is almost immediately after a concrete slab has been poured. Within 3 days of pouring the concrete, a small layer of the concrete is ground down, exposing just enough aggregate to suit your desire.
For existing concrete slabs, Glossy Floors may need to use additional grinding methods in order to get to the aggregate.This type of large aggregate polished concrete is some of the most beautiful polished concrete there is. Adding a stain to this type of floor can greatly enhance its appeal!
There are quite a number of options with polished concrete floors and the amount of aggregate that can be seen. While each concrete slab is going to be different, it’s also important to note that each concrete slab is going to produce different results.
Depending on the original concrete company responsible for laying the floors, it may or may not be level enough to produce a perfectly uniform polish. If the floor isn’t very flat, the amount of exposed aggregate will vary in those sections.
No matter which type of polished concrete floor you choose, you still can’t go wrong with what Glossy Floors considers to be the most durable flooring option in the world!
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