Polished concrete is the process of grinding and honing a concrete surface with planetary concrete grinders using diamond impregnated tooling.This process can be accomplished by either wet grinding which requires the floor to be flooded with water or dry grinding with large vacuum systems attached to the grinders. Starting with 30/40 grit metal bond diamond tooling to cut the floor and expose the desired amount of aggregate. Then moving to 60/80 and 120 grit metal bond diamonds to hone and remove the aggressive scratches. Typically a water based Lithium, Sodium, or Potassium hardener also known as densifier is applied after these steps, densifiers are used to fill in the pours of the concrete which have been exposed by the removal of the top layer of concrete. Densifiers harden the concrete surface, to insure the concrete surface does not loose its shine and serviceability. After the application of densifier, 50 and 100 grit resin pads are used to remove the last of the scratches caused by the metal steps and prepare the concrete for the polishing steps. Polishing steps consist of 200, 400, 800, 1500, and 3,000 grit resin pads. After the desired polishing step is reached a concrete sealer or guard is then applied to protect the surface of the concrete from contaminants and staining
If you are considering a polished concrete flooring system for your business here are a few of the Benefits.
Functional Benefits of Polished Concrete: - Harder and stronger than other floor finishes - Does not lift, peal or flake - Dense surface helps protect against absorption of oil and contaminants - Resists tire marks from fork trucks and other traffic - More abrasion resistant than unfinished concrete - No hydrostatic / vapor pressure issues - Installation requires no cure schedule - Flatter, more level surface - Typically meets/ exceeds OSHA recommends of a static coefficient friction of 0.5
Economical Benefits of Polished Concrete: - No down time while chemical processes cure - Lower initial costs compared to most other floor coverings - One-time application with minimal maintenance - Lower maintenance costs with less wear on cleaning equipment and consumables - Long life cycle
Environmental Benefits of Polished Concrete: - Dry, dust-controlled equipment filters out 99.9% of all airborne dust - Helpful in LEED projects - No coating, urethane, waxes or topical coatings applied - No slurry and no VOC’s - No application odors
We match our services to your taste. Whether you are looking for a functional shop space, or a warm and inviting den, we have options that make that space yours.
Developing professional and personal relationships with the general contractors we work for is a top priority for Solid Ground Concrete. We know that there are plenty of other great polishing companies that you can do business with. It is important for us to provide all our GC's with not just the highest quality flooring systems, but the best communication and accountability possible. We take pride in our ability to work well with others and understand that we are just one part of an entire process going on around us. Planning and preparation are key to keeping your schedule.
Our Business Process
Our most valuable assets at Solid Ground Concrete are our people and experience. Years of working with the products, working through preparation, acquiring equipment and skills are directly reflected in our process and approach. Adherence to proven process ensures that you get what you need in a predictable high quality product.
Work with you and your team to understand your needs, concerns, risk. Prepare plans for the protection of floors, walls, or assets you need to protect during our installation.
Ask questions about floor loading, cleaning frequency and method, aesthetic needs, current floor deficiencies.
Survey your site from a perspective of your goals and our experience.
Identify preparation requirements, work required, and protection requirements.
Evaluate how we can minimize down time, or production impact to your customers and workers.
Discuss any variances we have uncovered that will impede our ability to achieve your goals.
Provide several options (Approach and/or Products Solutions) and discuss pros and cons of each including ballpark costs.
Prepare a bid for the agreed upon work.
This bid will not be exceeded unless there is a change in scope and you are informed and agree to that change.
The bid will discuss warranties and exclusions and responsibilities of both parties.
If you are still undecided, additional options or approaches can be explored.
The safety of your employees and our employees is very important to us and a critical part of our planning and preparation.
A safety plan will be put into place to ensure that your employees and customers are kept a safe distance from the work in progress.
Noise and dust will be proactively minimized.
The coating market of today has a wide array of systems available. Depending on what your needs are we can help you find the right product for your flooring requirements.
Thin Mil Coatings are high performance floor products that offer excellent abrasion resistance and adhesion, making them ideal for hundreds of applications. They are noted for their attractive appearance, chemical resistance and are easy to clean.
Electric Static Dissipative Floor Systems are designed to protect against the transfer of static electricity to sensitive components or in sensitive areas
High Build Coatings offer impact, strength and abrasion resistance while hiding surface imperfections and pitted concrete. The products cure to an extremely hard and durable surface, which can be smooth, textured or made into a non-slip floor surface.
Chemical Resistant epoxies with Novolac chemistry enable mid to high performance in chemical exposure situations with the ability to contain high concentrations of acids and even some chlorinated solvents.
Whether you are looking for a suitable substrate or a beautiful decorative topping, there is a product available to fit your needs. In order for a self leveler installation to be successful certain well executed steps need to be taken long before the material is placed on the floor. We don't base a successful installation just on looks we want our customers floors to be able to withstand the structural load being placed on them for many years to come! We know the questions to ask and how to listen, to ensure you get what you need, and how to provide the highest quality installations with the most predictable outcome.