Cement transforms into polished concrete when we grind down the upper layer and then smooth out the remaining surface areas. After grinding away your cement to an even, flat work area, we use chemical hardeners and specialized buffing tools.
We begin with repairing any spots that show damage, as well as a thorough cleaning before grinding. Otherwise, your floors will retain trapped dirt, dust, and debris, leading to inferior results and possible structural concerns.
Once we finish your job, your new polished concrete floors will retain their sheen for a long time. We may also utilize various dyes, stains, and other cosmetic additives depending on the scope of your project.
The process is similar to how rock tumblers work. They take an ordinary pebble and leave it shiny. We buff away the topmost surface edges to keep the floor looking like an entirely new surface for years.
Among the reasons driving more homeowners to discover the benefits of polished concrete flooring is how long these systems last. When you have an experienced installation contractor, like our team, they can last at least 20 years.
When you compare that lifespan to that of carpet flooring, tile and grout, or wood surfaces, the choice is obvious. However, going for this home upgrade only makes sense when you choose a reputable installation team for the best results.
Too often, people attempt to upgrade their garage floors, driveways, and other areas without the experience and knowledge to do it well. When they don’t know to repair trouble areas first, or they apply wrong buffing grits, it soon leads to disaster.
We always recommend leaving your project to the experts to keep your installation costs low and your quality high. Choosing us means getting the results you need without spending more than you should.
Some people aren’t aware of why they should choose concrete polishing, leaving them to think it’s not worth the effort. However, they could not be more wrong about the lasting durability and beauty polished concrete floors can give you.
Unlike traditional flooring materials, concrete polishing does more than leave your surfaces shinier. It enhances its natural, durable properties. Your floors will remain resistant to scratches, scuffs, and impacts, all without replacing panels or worrying about fraying fabric edges.
Carpet fibers can take damage from heat, stains from food and beverages, and tears. Tiles and wood panels crack. Choosing polished concrete for your home’s flooring system offers far more benefits over traditional surfaces, including:
- Longer Lifespan
- Brighter Interior
- Enhanced Appearances
- Low Installation Costs
- No Additional Materials
- Holds Up To Heavy Use
- Won’t Fade in Sunlight
- Little or No Maintenance
- Year-Round Cooler Temperatures
- Unique to You
- Less Disruptive Service Needs
- Endless Options
- Can Install Virtually Anywhere
- And many more benefits to enjoy.
Even the most careful homeowner will eventually see their concrete surfaces show signs of aging and damage. The number one cement problem is cracks that reach down to the bottom of the foundation slab.
Nearly every concrete area will have superficial cracks along the surface that stay relatively harmless without cause for concern. Deeper blemishes, however, not only weaken the structure but also trap moisture for longer.
Once the collected water freezes, it forces the cement to pull away from itself, widening the gap and worsening it. Or, if it gets too hot, it will evaporate which is just as harmful to concrete.
That is why, before we begin any advanced flooring work, we always take time to correct issues first. Otherwise, a cement section that already has started falling apart will remain a problem whether we make it look beautiful or not.
One of the other primary reasons why more homeowners make the switch to polished concrete is how virtually maintenance-free it is. Other than frequent sweeping or dust mopping, your new cement floors require almost nothing from you to stay beautiful.
Barring some significant external damage, they will remain in great shape for decades without worry. Carpets require replacing, and tile and grout can yellow, but polished concrete stays performing at its best for many years.
When a homeowner first hears about the possibility of polishing their boring gray cement, they may think it isn’t true. They don’t realize that we take your primary, dull surfaces, and breathe new life into them with many color options.
Although traditional poured concrete systems do remain the same uniform gray color as the rest, we can stain them differently. We can help you achieve a look and feel that mimics other building materials, or provide you with something unique.
Another great reason why more people are choosing polished concrete is that it can work virtually anywhere in your home. If the area already has poured cement, such as in your garage or your back patio, we can enhance it.
While most polished concrete and similar installation methods are for interior flooring, other exterior options exist too. Choosing St. Paul Epoxy Flooring as your preferred contractor means polishing more cement surfaces than with anyone else in town.
Nearly every poured concrete surface is going to have at least some surface stains, usually mechanical fluids and automotive oils. While polishing these areas doesn’t provide complete, deep stain removal, it can eliminate minor spots as we grind the surface.
While we can’t guarantee the process will remove all your stains, it will help improve the results. And St. Paul Epoxy Flooring cleans the worksite first before applications.