Exposed Aggregate Polished Concrete

Exposed Aggregate Polished Concrete Floors are perfect for anyone with a concrete floor wanting:

  • Naturally Decorative concrete floors
  • A polished floor that looks beautiful
  • A shiny floor that’s designed to last forever
  • A glass-like floor that’s waterproof
  • Nothing to peel, fade or damage

Glossy Floors has been exposing aggregate in polishing concrete floors in the Central United States since 1987. Be sure to have a look at our polished concrete image gallery. Give us a call at (888) 997-4463 and speak with a concrete polishing expert.

While exposed aggregate polished concrete is just that (polished concrete) it’s also so much more. It’s truly one of the only naturally decorative concrete floors available on the market.

Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about our exposed aggregate floors. If you have any additional questions about concrete polishing or the polished concrete process, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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Lots of colors in an exposed aggregate polished concrete floor

Polished concrete floors are already the Go-To floor for those looking for aesthetics, durability and cost savings. Polished concrete is the most durable floor in the world, hands down!

Looking for polished concrete pricing? Take a look at current pricing for polished concrete floors.

Exposed aggregate floors have become the perfect decorative concrete solution for interior floors because of its excellent value and what it delivers. As a result, it’s readily available for anyone with a concrete floor.

Commercial retail spaces have discovered that exposed aggregate floors add value to their customers. Because of this, it has become one of the most popular options for commercial retail spaces as well as restaurants, schools, and warehouses.

The picture below was taken during the concrete polishing process for a winery near San Antonio, Texas. You can see many different aggregates in the floor. As a result, this is what makes exposed aggregate polished concrete so beautiful and unique.

Close up of an exposed aggregate floor

What is Exposed Aggregate Polished Concrete?

Exposed aggregate polished concrete (just like a normal polished concrete floor) is very similar to sanding wood. We use large machines to mechanically grind and reveal the aggregate in a concrete floor. Once the level of aggregate desired is achieved, the floor can then be turned into honed, and eventually polished concrete. Just like wood, our machines can polish a concrete floor to a specified level of shine.

While most concrete floors need to sit for 28 days (ASTM Standard) before polishing, an exposed aggregate floor may begin wihin 7 days of the original pour.

The only reason for starting the polished concrete process sooner than the recommended ASTM standard is if the polish is going to expose aggregate. We recommend initial grinding within the first 7 days if exposed aggregate polished concrete is desired.

The benefit to starting before 28 days is the polishers ability to expose the aggregate evenly throughout the floor. It’s a necessity.

There are 3 classes of exposed aggregate floors.

  • Class 1 Cement Fines – 5-15% Fine Aggregate and 85-95 Cement Fines
  • Class 2 Fine Aggregate – 85-95 % Fine Aggregate 5-15 % Blend of Cement Fines and Coarse Aggregate
  • Class 3 Course Aggregate – 80-90 % Coarse Aggregate 10-20 % Blend of Cement Fines and Fine Aggregate

Aggregate exposure class denotes the surface exposure after grinding and polishing the floor. The density, size and distribution of the aggregates at the surface depends on the concrete mix design and placing and finishing. Floor flatness at the time of grinding and polishing is an important consideration in selecting the appropriate aggregate exposure class.

Surface exposure percentages are based on visual observation of the overall area of the polished floor

Benefits of Exposed Aggregate Polished Concrete Floors:

  • Uniqueness: Exposed aggregate floors are some of the most unique in the flooring industry.
  • Decorative: Unlike regular polished concrete floors, you have the ability to choose any aggregate you desire before the concrete is poured. As a result, you could have all black aggregate, all-white aggregate or any other type of cement medium.
  • Colors and designs: Exposed aggregate concrete can still be stained just like a regular polished concrete floor. Because of this, an exposed aggregate floor can be designed to match any existing theme.
  • Compared to Terrazzo: You can have the look of terrazzo without the cost of terrazzo. The cost comparison of exposed aggregate to terrazzo is huge. Terrazzo floors can range from $20 to $50 per square foot.
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Exposed Aggregate Polished Concrete Floors Are Versatile

Because regular floor polishing is a step-by-step process, commercial business owners and homeowners alike are able to choose the level of shine from satin to a very high gloss floor, whichever meets your maintenance and aesthetic requirements. This amount of versatility makes our concrete floors an excellent flooring option for a variety of places.

Some of the most common places you’ll find exposed aggregate floors include:

  • Warehouses
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Garage floors
  • Living Rooms
  • Schools
  • Pet Stores
  • Retail stores
  • Office buildings
  • Hospitals
  • Car dealership showrooms

Exposed Aggregate Polished Concrete

While we prefer to let our work speak for itself, we also like to have our previous customers speak for us as well. We can tell you how much we love polished concrete. We can also tell you that polished concrete flooring is the perfect flooring option. However, instead of us telling you how great it is, take a look at our customer reviews direct from Facebook. Please feel free to visit us on Facebook.

Is Exposed Aggregate Polished Concrete Slippery?

No. Exposed aggregate polished concrete is not slippery. This is one of the most common questions we get about polished concrete in general. It may, however, depending on who polished your concrete, look like an ice skating rink though. Polished concrete floors are, in fact, not slippery.

How Much Does Exposed Aggregate Polished Concrete Cost?

The cost for exposing aggregate for a polished concrete floor will vary by, square footage, the amount of preparation needed, and the complexity of the project as well as design options.

You can typically expect to pay between $7 and $18 per square foot. Residential pricing is slightly higher than commercial exposed concrete because of the need for smaller equipment and tighter spaces. To get a better idea of what pricing you can expect to have your concrete floors polished, see our polished concrete pricing article.

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Glossy Floors has been in the concrete industry since 1987
Our services include:

Polished Concrete Floors
Stained Polished Concrete Floors
Epoxy Flooring

Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, we service commercial, industrial and residential customers in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Texas.

Glossy Floors offers a 100% Price Match Guarantee. If one of our competitors is offering their services at a lower price for the same services, Glossy Floors will match that price. Just show us a written bid!

Some of our happy customers include: Bass Pro Shops, Ashley Furniture, Meeks, Orscheln, Price Cutter, Sav A Lot, U-Haul, Walmart, Sam’s Club, University of Arkansas, Sunbelt Rentals, Cabela’s, Keeling Company, John Brown University, Lyon College, Holiday Inn, Allstate, Starbucks, PODS, Lewis and Clark, Subway and literally hundreds of other customers turned friends. Let Glossy Floors be your concrete polishing company. Get the most durable floor on the planet with Glossy Floors.

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