We are your local Polished Concrete expert serving Jacksonville, Orlando, Gainesville Florida and many other cities in North and Central Florida for over 30 years with the highest integrity and workmanship standards! We are specialized in installing attractive and high quality concrete polishing, concrete dying, concrete staining, and concrete sealing flooring systems for INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS. Advance Industrial Coatings offers different types of flooring systems, products lines and solutions to meet your special application environment needs.
More retail, restaurant, warehouse, fleet management and office facilities are opting for polished concrete flooring as an alternative to marble, granite, tile, vct, wood, linoleum, or coated concrete. Even homeowners are catching on to the appeal of these smooth, high-luster floors, which can be stained to replicate the look of polished stone.
What is Polished Concrete?
Polished concrete is concrete that has been processed through a series of mechanically ground “polishing/grinding” steps utilizing professional equipment designed for concrete polishing. This process also includes the use of concrete densifier/hardener which penetrates into the concrete and creates a chemical reaction to help harden and dust proof the surface. During concrete polishing the surface is processed through a series of steps (in general a minimum of 6-8 grinding steps of processing is considered polished concrete) utilizing progressively finer grinding tools. The grinding tools are progressive grits of industrial diamonds in a bonded material such as metal/hybrid/resin often referred to as diamond polishing pads.
Concrete is not considered polished before 800 grit, and it is normally finished to either the 800, 1500, or 3000 grit level. Dyes designed for concrete polishing are often applied to add color to polished concrete as well as other options such as scoring, creating radial lines, grids, bands, borders, and other designs.
Why Choose Polished Concrete Flooring?
Simply put, a polished concrete floor system transforms a porous concrete floor into a tightened surface, dense enough to keep water, oil, and other contaminants from penetrating the surface.
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Dyed Concrete are the latest buzz in the decorative concrete community. Concrete Dyes can be defined as a coloring material for imparting a particular hue to a surface. Dyes are a great way to color existing slabs of concrete. Their ease of use, extensive palette, and vibrancy of color (which can be more intense than chemical stains) are creating a wave of popularity that is gaining momentum.
The raw form of a dye is a super fine powder that can be dispersed in a solvent or water. Typical concrete dyes are not UV stable. Some special ‘exterior dyes’ or pigments come in vibrant colors as well and are UV stable.”
Unlike stains, which react chemically with the calcium hydroxide in concrete, dyes are non-reactive and impart color by penetrating concrete or other porous cementitious surfaces. Dyes are much smaller in particle size than chemical stains or acrylic stains, thus allowing for easier penetration and color saturation while leaving less residue on the surface.
The system is highly customizable with an extensive color palette and variable application thicknesses. Final surface options include: integral cove base, and variable surface texture to produce a range of slip-resistant finishes.
Stained concrete has a unique beauty that’s brought to life by different finishing and coloring techniques. There’s no predetermined color palette to limit designs.
Acid-based concrete stains are made up of inorganic metallic salts dissolved in an acid and water solution. They penetrate into the surface and react chemically with the concrete to form a permanent bond. Rather than produce a solid, cloudy effect like paint, stains permeate the concrete to fill it with luminous, translucent tones. The finish color is related to the substrate they are applied to and the application methods used.
A concrete floor sealer will enhance and protect your floor. No decorative concrete floor installation is complete without the application of a sealer. Sealing brings out the beauty of a concrete floor by enhancing the color and adding sheen. Sealing also preserves the decorative treatment by protecting the floor surface from abrasions and stains. Some floor sealers form a protective film on the surface of the concrete, while others penetrate into the floor.
Sealed Concrete is also called “Grind and Seal Flooring“, which is a term used for the system of applying a clear, protective coating to diamond grinded concrete floors.
The grinding refers to the removal of any impurities or scratches in the substrate surface layer. This is completed using special concrete grinders that quickly and efficiently remove existing surface materials, open concrete pores and create enough surface profile.
After grinding, a clear, or colored concrete sealer is applied to protect the concrete. These sealing coats are usually made of epoxy, acrylic, or urethane.
Although this process is commonly referred to as “polished concrete,” there is a big difference between “grind and seal” and “grind and polish.” Polished Concrete is hardened with a densifier and refined to a much higher level to create the shine. This densifier then reacts to the cement to harden the top layers. It’s then sealed with a polish guard sealer to avoid any water, bacteria, or stains. Polished Concrete systems tend to be more expensive but more durable.