Polishing Concrete With Industrial Floor Applications

Concrete polishing is the industrial flooring process of grinding, polishing and treating concrete floors to supply strength and abrasion resistance to the surface. Compared to some other floor treatments, it is relatively inexpensive. It is also easy to install, extremely hygienic, and quite simple to clean and otherwise maintain. Polished concrete is ideal for high-traffic and industrial flooring areas in manufacturing plants, storage facilities, food production facilities, commercial retail stores, etc. We've recently installed polished concrete flooring systems at Generac's Whitewater location. The flooring system also has applications in residential, institutional, and government markets. 

Below, we discuss several benefits of concrete floor polishing.

Concrete floor polishing is an easy to install, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective solution for your commercial or industrial facility's floor. Idea for high-traffic areas, polished concretes also makes facilities look beautiful. 

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  • industrial flooring concrete polishing after

Appearance & Ambient Light Enhancement

Polished concrete can be exceptional beautiful and aesthetic like a granite or marble floor. Through a glossy veneer you can see the aggregate of concrete mix below. In residential property, coupled with the right interior design, it can bring either a minimal or highly modernist look to the space. In industrial and commercial interiors, polished concrete looks clean and professional. In both situations, combined with a well-thought out lighting scheme, the floor while have a brilliant, hihgly attractive appearance. And, if so desired, the polished concrete can be colored for additional style and elegance. 

Ambient lighting will also be enhanced by up to 100%. What does this mean for businesses and home/condo owners? Greater energy efficiency (lower electrical costs), less lights, and better overall lighting in any given space. What is more, polished concrete will keep its looks for years to come with very little upkeep (discussed below in more detail). 

Cost Savings & Life Cycle

As noted above, concrete polishing is a long term cost-effective soultion for your facility. Compared to other floor treatments, its costs are more practical, especially when extended maintenance costs are considered. It should be noted, however, that the installation costs are about the same as most epoxy coatings. Concrete Polishing is easy, clean, and safe to install, and Lakeside Painting has a separate division that concentrates exclusively on this flooring system.  

Polished concrete's life cycle is roughly 5 to 10 years before it requires refinishing. Epoxy floor coatings, by comparison, last two to five years, while an industrial sealer will have to be re-applied to a concrete floor every six to twelve months on average.

Safety (Slip Coefficient)

Static co-efficient of Friction (SCOF) is the measure of a floor's slip resistance, taken from a resting position. Also called slip coefficient. This is important to industrial and commercial businesses who want to increase worker safety. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends flat surfaces have a 0.50 SCOF. Polished concrete meets and exceeds that number, making it an incredibly safe alternative to other flooring systems. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) also set 0.50 SCOF or higher as its benchmark for safe flooring. 

How Concrete Floor Polishing Works

1. We first grind the concrete floors to achieve the proper flatness and aggregate exposure. 

2. Surface imperfections (gouges, bubbles, chips, etc.) are filled with a latex grout to achieve a uniformly flat surface. 

3. We then densify the suface. That is, a water-based concrete hardener is applied to the concrete. This also helps render the floor dust-free. Bonus!

4. Finer and finer diamond-tipped grinders are run over the concrete in successive stages. This gives the concrete the desired surface gloss, which will vary according to customer needs. 

5. In the final step, the surface is impregnated to ensure water and stain resistance. 

After this step-by-step process is over, we do a final inspection with our industrial or commercial customers. One thing to keep in mind with polished concrete is that it will be relatively easy to keep its luster and appearance. It will also be easy to clean; which, again, makes for a safer workplace.

Environmentally Friendly

Concrete Floor Polishing is an eco-friendly industrial and commercial flooring solution on a number of fronts. For one, it doesn't require a ton of wattage to install, which is not often a consideration. It very rarely needs any surface refurbishment/replacement, and features Low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) materials. This makes it both good for workplace breathing, but also better for the exterior environment. 

Not only is it great for the environment, it looks beautiful as well. And flatter, shinier concrete floors also make for more illuminated spaces; which can cut down the amount of electricity used to power industrial and commercial lighting fixtures. Also good for the environment, but it also reduces overhead. 

Lakeside Painting is an Industrial and Commercial Painting Company serving Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin. Vigilant about safety and dedicated to quality, we understand the complex needs of active businesses. At Lakeside, we adapt to provide you excellent, individualized blast cleaning and painting services.

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