PacWest Polishing & Coatings has concrete polishing services for government, military, commercial, and industrial customers.
Growing in popularity due to its rich look, durable surface, and low maintenance cost. Polishing is a “green” method of densifying concrete to a high luster. Unlike most commercial flooring such as VCT, carpet, tile, its overall cost to maintain is much less per square foot. Polished concrete also has a longer life than traditional commercial flooring. We can also color or stain your concrete floor to match your existing color scheme. Because our polishing method uses no volatile organic compounds (VOC), it is classified as a purely “green” material.
Polished concrete vs. traditional commercial flooring:
- Polished concrete requires no waxing or other costly routine maintenance.
- Polished concrete has no unsanitary or unsightly grout lines.
- The surface of polished concrete is more stable and slip resistant.
- Polished concrete is stain and scratch resistant.
- Polished concrete strengthens the floor.
Polished Concrete vs. Epoxy:
Think about the difference between a granite vs. a laminate countertops. The same applies to polished concrete. Polished concrete has the following characteristics:
- Polished concrete will not turn yellow with age.
- No “dry” time means that polished concrete is ready for immediate use.
- Polished concrete is stain resistant.
- Polished concrete will not peel up.
- Polished concrete is moisture resistant – it breathes and will not trap water or bubble.
- Polished concrete is a green product – no hazardous waste during preparation or application.
Polished Concrete Sheen Levels:
Depending on the diamond grit you use to polish a concrete floor, you can achieve different ranges of aggregate exposure and different levels of sheen, from matte to a glassy mirror-like finish. The Concrete Polishing Association of America classifies finished gloss levels in ranges from 1 through 4 and aggregate exposures as A, B, C or D, depending on the degree of exposure. For coarse grinding, you’ll generally start out using diamonds embedded in a metal matrix. As you begin to polish the floor in successive passes, you’ll typically switch to finer diamond abrasives bonded in a resin diamond to achieve higher degrees of shine. Here are the four levels of polishing and the degree of shine you can expect to achieve at each level.
Level 1 (flat)
A level 1 ground polish usually can be obtained by stopping below the100-grit resin bond. When you look directly down at the floor, it will appear somewhat hazy with little if any clarity or reflection.
Level 2 (satin)
A level 2 honed polish is obtained by stopping at the 400-grit resin bond, producing a low-sheen finish. When you look directly down at the finished floor and at a distance of roughly 100 feet, you can start to see a slight overhead reflection. This grit level produces a low-luster matte finish.
Level 3 (semi-polished)
A level 3 polish is achieved by going up to an 800-grit or higher diamond abrasive. The surface will have a much higher sheen than that of level 2 finish, and you’ll start to see good light reflectivity.
Level 4 (highly polished)
This level of polish produces a high degree of shine, so that when standing directly over the surface, you can see your reflection with total clarity. Also, the floor appears to be wet when viewed from different vantage points. A level 4 polish is obtained by going up to a 1500 to 3,000-grit resin-bond diamond or by burnishing the floor with a high-speed burnisher outfitted with specialty buffing pads.
The most common is Level 3 then 2