How Lakeside Painting Transforms Your Concrete Floors in Five Steps

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Dull and drab concrete floors are a thing of the past. Thanks to technological innovations, experts can achieve a sheen in concrete floor finishes similar to that of marble. Producing polished concrete finishes is not a simple task, and such a project should not be undertaken by a novice but left to the professionals. Find out how Lakeside Painting transforms your concrete floors in five steps. Our professional painters have both the knowledge and necessary equipment to create polished concrete floors that you can be proud of for years to come.

#1 Prepare the surface.

As with most things in life, preparation is the first step in ensuring success. Before polishing the floor, you will need to determine the hardness of the floor with a MOHS Concrete Hardness Tester. You will then need to eliminate any existing sealers or coatings, such as an epoxy floor coating. It is also important to repair and fill in any existing surface cracks. If the cracks are small and the coatings are light, you can skip this step and move on to the initial grinding process.

#2 Begin polishing the surface.

After thoroughly prepping the floor, you can start the initial grinding process. Metal bond diamond abrasives are typically used in this initial phase. This step in the process makes it so that the floor achieves a high level of gloss and will never require waxes or coatings.

#3 Densify the concrete.

After the initial grinding, a liquid chemical hardener is typically added to the concrete. This helps to solidify the surface and make it denser. The hardener also provides added protection from water penetration and staining. Denser concrete also results in polished cement floors with higher levels of sheen.

#4 Final Polish

Each pass of the diamond abrasives buffs out the scratches from the previous pass. The professionals at Lakeside Painting have the experience to know when to switch to a finer grit level by observing the surface of the floor and the amount of material removed with each consecutive pass.

#5 Protect the polished concrete floor.

Once you achieve the level of gloss you’re after, you can protect the concrete by applying a stain-guard product. This is particularly important if the floor will be exposed to grease, oil, and other harsh chemicals. These stain-guard products penetrate the surface of the floor, making it more resistant to stain absorption and dirt.

There are many advantages to having polished concrete floors. Besides being beautiful, concrete floors are great reflectors of light. This means that existing natural light will be amplified, reducing the need for artificial lighting and, consequently, lowering your electric bill. While polishing a concrete floor is not a project for DIYers, Lakeside Painting is more than capable of transforming your concrete floors in five steps.

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