Polished concrete has recently become one of the most popular flooring solutions in recent years mainly because of its cost effectiveness, efficiency, and cleanliness. Polished concrete works exceptionally well both in the industrial and commercial environment by providing a durable and long-lasting floor that can withstand the high traffic and constant wear of an industrial factory while at the same time maintaining a modern, sleek, and pleasing aesthetic. Similar to polishing granite or marble, polished concrete does not rely on a top coat to produce its shine and smoothness. This gives polished floors an advantage in durability over top coated floors as it is more wear resistant with a longer life while remaining easy to clean.
Polished Concrete is a sheen level finish, ranging from 200 sheen to 3,000 sheen level. This multi-step process allows you to select your desired sheen level:
Level 1 / dye hard: Flat (below 100 grit) - none to very slight diffused reflection visible
Level 2: Satin (100 - 400 grit) - Matte, with or without slight diffused reflection visible
Level 3: (800 + grit) - Semi-Polished, objects being reflected are not quite sharp and crisp but can be easily identified
Level 4: (3,000 grit) - High-Polished; objects being reflected are sharp and crisp as would be in a mirror-like reflection
One of the most effective ways to dress up polished concrete is to apply dye. Concrete dyes are available in a much broader color palette than acid stains, and unlike stains, dyes are not chemically reactive with concrete, so the effects tend to be more predictable and less mottled. They also offer more control during application, allowing you to create a more intricate graphic design. Composed of extremely fine, organic pigment, dyes penetrate into concrete surfaces to create translucent color effects. You can use dyes alone as a primary, coloring agent or conjunction with acid stains or integral color as an accent shade. Most dyes are compatible with each other and can be blended to create an unlimited range of color variations. You can also achieve interesting decorate effects by applying multiple colors of dye and using faux finishing techniques.