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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.

Contractors Strike Gold Polishing Driveways

Polishing concrete driveways is a great way to get extra cash.

Polishing contractors take note: There may be a future in grinding and sealing concrete driveways.

Basic Building Blocks of Polishing Concrete

Polished Concrete floor high gloss reflecting a drumset.Identifying some of the basic building blocks of polishing and examine them in terms of “myth” or “accurate perception.”

Basic Facts About Colloidal Silica Densifier

Colloidal silica densifier on concreteColloidal silica was introduced as a concrete densifier many years ago, and it has proven itself a reliable tool for concrete polishers and others needing to harden or densify cured concrete surfaces. However, there is widespread confusion about what it is, and this confusion can lead to misinformation. This article attempts to bring some clarification.

How to Keep Punch Lists from Pulverizing Your Profits

The final checklist graphicA “punch list” is the final review of a project. It is usually completed by the project architect and is most often completed after the project has reached a milestone called “substantial completion.” And for a decorative concrete contractor, the punch list is probably the single largest money-losing piece of a project.

What is the Best System for Polished Concrete Maintenance?

Conducting tests on the polished concrete.On a regular basis, many of us are asked: “What is the best way to maintain polished concrete?” Is there one method proven to be superior?

In this article, we’ll explore some field testing reviews and compare traditional DIPs (diamond-impregnated pads) to a newer floor maintenance system involving composite resin abrasives (CRAs).

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.

Concrete Grinding and Polishing Tips: Rotation, Presoaking and Play Sand

Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.

Polished Floor Maintenance Made Easy with a Three-Stage Plan

Polished Floor Maintenance Made Easy with a Three-Stage PlanWithin the concrete industry there is a common misconception that polished concrete means no maintenance, when in reality keeping up a polished floor simply requires low maintenance.

Replace Old Vinyl Composite Tile with Polished and Dyed Concrete

A concrete floor that was polished after the vinyl composite tile was removed.The Harley dealership is a leader in sales and rider satisfaction for the entire Mid-Atlantic region, and its headquarters reflects its ethics. The 31,000-square-foot facility boasts a modern industrial theme, with cathedral 25-foot ceilings and marblesque floors.

J.C. Penney Chooses Polished Concrete Over Other Flooring Options

A huge national remodeling project for the department store chain has kept concrete polishing contractors busy this year.A huge national remodeling project for the department store chain has kept concrete polishing contractors busy this year.

How the Polished Concrete Market is Shifting

grey polished concrete in warehouseOver the last few years, I’ve noticed a shift in the polished concrete market. As the industry has grown, there has always been three sizes of contractors.

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?

A Look at Diamond-Polished Concrete

Adding metal machine gears to a concrete slab prior to polishing can reveal amazing effects in the final polished concrete floor project.Polishing colored concrete creates an easy-care, lustrous floor.

The Rundown on Concrete Polishing Machines

Polishing a floor requires the right tool for the job.In this Tooling section, Concrete Decor magazine focused on walk-behind models, handheld models, edgers and other tools that can be helpful to decorative contractors on small and medium-sized jobs.

Cold-Weather Concrete Pours and Early Polishes

Pouring concrete in cold weatherAs we come out of the winter, I always deal with multiple polishing projects where the concrete was placed during cold temperatures. Although there are ACI standards for cold-weather placements, I still experience quite a few slabs that have issues related to cold weather.

A Closer Look at Arizona's Biggest Polished Concrete Company

Decorative concrete work by Yezco Concrete PolishingAt 31, Joe Yezzi was a construction guy trapped in the body of a cellular-phone tycoon. After he finished high school, Yezzi started a pager company that grew into a chain of 23 stores selling wireless phones and services from all the major brands. “I had a street-smart education,” he says.

When it Comes to Polished Concrete, Maintenance is a Must to Ensure a Long Life

Like many in the restaurant industry, we have converted our dining room floors over to polished concrete. Many people believe that a correctly installed polished floor is a one-time thing. It’s concrete, right? It’ll last forever.

Chemical Surfactants Can Cut Steps in Concrete Polishing

Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco's Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution's Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco’s Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution’s Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.

Critiquing Polishable Self-leveling Cementitious Toppings

Concrete construction team inspects quality of a polishable cementitious self-leveling overlay.Four manufacturers of concrete resurfacing and repair products took on the challenge presented by the Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association (OPCMIA) Local 528 last July in Seattle.

Propane Equipment Use Takes Off as Concrete Polishing Industry Grows

 In particular, polished concrete is undergoing a transformation from equipment formerly reliant on three-phase power (either 208 or 480) to pro¬≠pane power for both grinders and vacuums.The construction industry has witnessed a “purging of the plug.” In particular, polished concrete is undergoing a transformation from equipment formerly reliant on three-phase power (either 208 or 480) to propane power for both grinders and vacuums.

The Importance of Managing Expectations in Polished Concrete

An ipad and a piece of paper tracking business progress.Possibly one of the most-discussed topics in the concrete polishing industry today is managing the customer’s expectations. Many an instance has occurred in which the floor has been ground, honed and polished within a hair’s thickness of perfection in the contractor’s eyes, only for him to be informed at collection time that it isn’t what the customer had in mind.

Pricing a Polished Concrete Job

Two people doing paperwork at a desk with computersPricing a polished concrete job is hardly cut and dried. There are many things to consider. There are more obvious factors, such as labor, fuel (diesel will probably be your largest expense next to labor), tooling, and travel expenses. There are also various factors about the floor itself that must be considered.

Concrete Artisan Finds Decorative Concrete After "Fourth" Retirement

Decorative concrete by Jim Vermillion - Concrete DecorIn his 68 years, Jim Vermillion has mastered many skills: military officer, airline pilot, inventor, seagoing kayak adventurer, business owner.

But he hasn’t been able to get the hang of retirement.

Understanding Measurements for Ground and Polished Concrete

What is the difference between polished and ground concrete? How to know what is the clarity and gloss measurement.What is ground and polished concrete? How do we determine the difference between a topical-polished floor, in which a product has been applied to the floor to seal it, and a mechanical polish with bonded abrasives?

Prepping For The Future of Polished Concrete

prepping for the future graphicThe best way to predict the future is to learn from history. However, the polished concrete industry is a very young industry. One cannot look to the history of polished concrete to make predictions about its future. One has to look instead at the histories of the established flooring industries and other related industries.

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