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POLISHED CONCRETE VS GRIND AND SEAL …. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Almost everyone who calls us or visits our showroom is looking for ‘polished concrete’ and can be forgiven for referring to almost every concrete flooring finish as that. It is one of the most misused industry terms. The differences are quite significant in process, duration and cost and we offer both…
Most people who ask for ‘polished concrete’ see a floor with a high gloss sealer on a ground concrete slab and assume this is polished concrete – and it is not. What they have seen is usually a grind and seal.
A grind and seal is exactly what the name implies. The concrete substrate is ground back dependent on the look you are after and then coated with a topical coating.
Some benefits of a grind and seal over polished concrete are:
- Much less labor intensive (cheaper)
- Higher abrasion resistance (Good for warehouses/storage/retail floors)
- More cost effective – often half the price
- Low maintenance (dependent on the sealer used)
- A completely non-porous surface – will not harbor bacteria
It is important that you know the differences and do your research prior to your slab being poured, and if opting for a mechanical polish, ensure your builder and concreter know the differences also and can plan and pour to cater for your desired finish.
And when getting quotes, for a grind and seal, it is very important to compare apple with apples as there are many variables to compare – machinery used, number of passes, experience of contractor, type and quality of coating material used and how many microns thickness.
We use only top-quality machinery, we have experienced staff and only use quality materials. Although we can usually work to any budget, But remember “you only get what you pay for”.
HIPERFLOOR® Premium finish fully exposes the
concrete aggregate and has the most aesthetic
appeal. Floor flatness, reflectivity and shine
are of the highest primary concern. In addition,
functionality, ease of cleaning and low maintenance
cost are some of the many added benefits of the
HIPERFLOOR® Premium Finish system.
-Reflective and decorative finish
-Extremely high quality and durability
-Hygenic and easy to clean
-Exceptionally resistant to abrasion
A N Concrete Polishing can advise you during your design stages of your project. We can give you the answers to some of the question you may not even know to ask yet.