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Concrete Polishing

A fully compiled list of all the articles about Polishing Concrete written by Concrete Decor magazine, the leading magazine about decorative concrete. Polished concrete is a multiple step process where a concrete substrate is ground to a smooth, often shiny surface. To achieve the refined look of polished concrete, multiple levels of bonded abrasives on grinding and polishing machines are used to gain the specified level of appearance.

Discussing Trends in Architectural Polished Concrete

Architect hand on a blueprint designWe all are aware of how important a role architects play in our industry. They are the ones advising municipalities and every type of building owner. As architects learn more about what we can do with a concrete surface they are becoming very intrigued with how much they can do.

How to Evaluate a Floor Before a Polished Concrete Bid

There are ways to evaluate a floor for polishing before quoting it. You will need to develop benchmarks There are ways to evaluate a floor for polishing before quoting it. You will need to develop benchmarks (on test floors you’re currently polishing) before you can accurately predict how a future floor will polish and what densifier to use on the floor.

Three-Headed Planetary Grinder Great For Small Jobs

Flex North America Inc., a tool manufacturer with a history dating back to 1922, has built a presence in the decorative concrete industry with its selection of German-made grinders, polishers, grinding discs and concrete mixers.Flex North America Inc., a tool manufacturer with a history dating back to 1922, has built a presence in the decorative concrete industry with its selection of German-made grinders, polishers, grinding discs and concrete mixers.

Fixing Finishes in Polished Concrete on the Front End

The substrate that is used in a work of art has a lot of control over the finished product. The substrate that is used in a work of art has a lot of control over the finished product. Polished concrete is no different. We have seen the beautiful pictures of floors that show fantastic color, reflectivity and clarity. What we don’t see are the shots of poorly finished column block-outs or spalled control joints that were cut with dull saw blades.

Creative Color Solutions at an Epic Concrete Polishing Job

Polished concrete at high school and epic concrete polishing job.Surfacing Solutions Inc., Temecula, Calif., got a refresher on one central principle of polished concrete as the company produced some 175,000 square feet of densified concrete floor surfaces at the glittering new San Marcos High School in Southern California.

Concrete Saw Cut Artistry - Precision is Paramount

Game of Millimeters: Precision is paramountIt’s a game of inches. That’s the cliché heard about baseball, and often about other sports as well. And why not? It’s a saying that rings true and also applies to decorative concrete and polished concrete, where precision matters down to the millimeter, let alone the inch.

Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular Microbrewery

Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular MicrobreweryThere’s a little bit of art and a little bit of science involved in the making of beer. And when the popular Sun King Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Ind., needed an upgrade to its floors, the local flooring contractor contacted to handle the job applied the same mixed approach.

Polishing Concrete and Dyes Are a Winning Combination

You lose a lot of the color in the final grinding and polishing with stainsWhile dyes have experienced an increase in market share in the colored concrete industry over the past few years, it's not unreasonable to say they've enjoyed an unmitigated bull market within the polished concrete arena.

Myth-Perceptions in Polished Concrete: Setting Up For Success or Failure

Microsoft campus in Washington state polished and colored with water-based dyes.The one universal truth about the polished concrete industry is that, sadly enough, there is no universal truth. We don’t agree about what defines polished concrete, what steps are important, or what is the best way to steer the industry.

Polishing Contractors Should Address Pour-Backs, Trenches and Cutouts

Measuring moisture on a polished slab.For both new construction and remodel projects, polishing contractors face similar issues when trying to get concrete not poured at the same time to aesthetically match. This is a major problem in the world of construction.

Concrete Overlay Tops Gypcrete at Jewelry Store

overlay a concrete floor over gypcreteThey wanted to polish the concrete floors at their new location on Weybosset Street, in Providence, R.I. One problem — the substrate in the building was gypcrete and not polishable. Typical overlay products won’t bond to gypcrete. A clear-cut job was becoming complex.

Historic Middle School Installs Polished Concrete to Restore Image

Middle school hallway lined with lockers and polished concrete floors.“As functional as it is beautiful,” was how Dr. Robert Feirsen, superintendent of Garden City, New York, schools, described the polished concrete used in the new addition and renovation of the city’s middle school.

How Asbestos Abatement Affects Polished Concrete

Asbestos is very dangerous when found in tiles and glue on concrete and needs to be professionally abated.Asbestos is very dangerous when found in tiles and glue on concrete and needs to be professionally abated.

Recipe: Floral Floors with Polishing

For this collection of concrete recipes, we checked in with a few veteran polishers and asked them for creative techniques that add an aesthetic counterpoint to polished concrete floors. From a simple (and highly effective!) antiquing technique to a stained, stenciled and etched method for intricate pattern work, this batch of recipes is sure to have something to fire up your imagination.The technique has been created to add a delicate pattern to an already beautiful floor with the use of stencils.

New Uses for Ice, Pool Noodles and Kitty Litter with Concrete

Ice, pool noodles and kitty litter can be used in decorative concrete work! Our article shares an expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.An expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.

Dos and Don'ts of Polishing Self-Leveling Overlays

An overlay installation starts with the product in powder form being mixed with a specific amount of cold water. Right after it's poured or pumped onto the floor you use a gauge rake to set the thickness you want the self-leveling overlay to be.Self-leveling overlays that are polishable have been around for about years now, but only recently have they really gained traction in the retail and residential markets.

Transforming Poorly Polished Concrete Floors for Profit

How to update poorly polished concrete floors.All concrete polishers are aware of the many subpar polished floors out there that are giving polished concrete a bad name. I get several calls each week asking how to fix a bad floor, so I am sure that you are dealing with this as well.

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Vertical Polished Concrete Condo Touted to be World's Largest

Florida's Miami Beach is a part of the country known for its high real estate prices, but the penthouse condominium sales price of $60 million for the Faena House Saxony Condo set a new high. Florida’s Miami Beach is a part of the country known for its high real estate prices, but the penthouse condominium sales price of $60 million for the Faena House Saxony Condo set a new high.

Patching Polished Concrete and the Art of Camouflage

A patch should be unobtrusive, not reaching out for your attention. What is your customer's first impression of the project you just spent three months on when the first thing that draws their eyes is a patch, a cold sore on your floor? A patch should be unobtrusive, not reaching out for your attention. What is your customer’s first impression of the project you just spent three months on when the first thing that draws their eyes is a patch, a cold sore on your floor?

Using Everyday Items as Decorative Concrete Tools

Using bar soap with concreteRegular househousld items can be essential tooks when polishing concrete. Check out some of these tips from an expert to make your next job that much better.

Recipe: Easy Antiquing on Polished Floors

Using this easy antiquing technique is a sure fire way to upgrade any space.Ideal for distressed floors with lots of cracks, pits, chips or gouges, this versatile technique can be used to turn a fixer-upper into a masterpiece.

A Guide to Removing Built-Up Residue from Polishing Concrete

Removing Built-Up Residue from ConcreteSurface preparation is the crucial beginning stage of any concrete polishing process. It is especially important in old office buildings, warehouses or department stores where tile or carpeting once covered the flooring, leaving behind residue that must be removed before applying an overlay or polishing. Photo courtesy of Stoops Freightliner

Integrally Colored Concrete in Today's Economy

Outdoor patio that was colored with integrally colored concrete.The first decade of the 21st century has been pretty huge for integral color. For one thing, decorative concrete as a whole has taken huge strides in terms of market share, and more decorative concrete means more integral color.

Recognize and Respect the Value of a Good Concrete Worker

Keep a good concrete crew going - Between the money you dole out each week on wages, payroll taxes, insurance and worker's comp, you spend more on employees than all your other assets combined. Even though this is a fact, most contractors have a hard time recognizing employees as assets. Why is this and how can you remedy that situation?Between the money you dole out each week on wages, payroll taxes, insurance and worker’s comp, you spend more on employees than all your other assets combined. Even though this is a fact, most contractors have a hard time recognizing employees as assets. Why is this and how can you remedy that situation?

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