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Concrete Polishing Tips & Basic Guide to Selecting the Most Suitable Polished Concrete System

1. Be Informed

As the popularity of concrete floor polishing has grown, has the industry in general done enough to provide a holistic approach to expand on the education process? While the availability of concrete floor polishing providers has had a spike in numbers this has also lead to inability to provide market consistency. One contractor may suit your needs more so than others and suggest attention to documentation provided be part of the selection process. How do I determine the most suitable polishing system, which service provider is right for me? Ask as many questions that you can possibly put together relating to your requirements. This will be helpful to both you as the end user and how the contractor guides you through the what is a realistic outcome with all the variables considered.

2. Limitations

As with all floor coverings and finishes, concrete flooring has variable limitations. Your design criteria may need to be altered in accordance to the concrete floors condition. Existing floor coverings and / or adhesive may contribute to some form of surface colour variation. Light preparation may not remove sufficient surface depth, determining an appropriate system can only be quantified with an on-site consultation. Ensure there is a detailed specification description of the proposed process with all product types listed… this will help for future reference more so with applied coating finishes. Huge variables in pricing, buyer be aware!

3. Techniques

Techniques, equipment and products vary from contractor to contractor or service provider. Equipment and products used along with experience, combined with the necessary requirements for the proposed installation environment need to be discussed with your service provider. Site conditions and expectations vary; no two situations are the same, literally.

4. Comparing Costs

Polishing Costs Versus Traditional Floor Coverings

Comparing concrete polishing cost to traditional floor coverings. Costs to professionally craft a polished concrete floor is not like purchasing a room of carpet of boxes of tiles. There are many points considered when estimating a project. These may include project type, size, age, features, hand tool processing, repairs, and technical components such as stairs, vertical faces and the overall designed process to suit. For new construction, traditional floor coverings have material, installation and surface preparation costs. Removing these floor coverings, re-preparing for new coverings plus disposing of excavated waste can be costly. Sure there are many cheaper alternatives, but are they in the long term.

5. Trade Qualification & Licensing

Trade Qualification & Licensing…

5. Polished Concrete Industry is in the midst of a dilemma. Unfortunately clever marketing doesn’t necessarily mean you will receive the genuine experience promoted, again buy be aware. Marketing hype and selling points such as a 10 year warranty would be a draw card, however how many years of concrete treatment and industry experience does one require too offer a warranty period… if they have floors still in service up to 10 years great! Another common point is experience claims, checking their flooring industry credibility is recommended. There is also a lot of hype and promises with-in the industry that harms the reputation of contractors who have the wellbeing and growth of mechanical polished concrete firmly on their agenda. Comparing on dollars, not the scope of works is a no win for all…the integrity of the service provider and industry then is questionable?

6. New & Existing Construction Slabs

6. Use of construction slab to be the floor finish offers genuine saving. Applied coatings and floor coverings require minimum floor tolerances and installations standards which add surface rectification and preparation costs, these requirements are quite often excluded and usually become an additional cost. Removal of existing coatings and floor coverings then the required preparation adds another cost that can blow out the original floor finish budget. Concrete polishing tips Ultimate Floors provides is a regular thing because we simply care. Another point we will quickly high light is clear coating and existing concrete. Certain clear concrete coatings may enhance surface colour variations known as ghosting so ensure this covered by your contractor. For improved aesthetics, considering a true mechanical polished concrete process will in most cases reduce these features visual impact. Costs – Ultimate Floors price points are job specific, larger the floor area the more attractive the saving will be your project budget.

7. Consider Your Options
In addition to the above concrete polishing tips and guide lines, below are 7 points we recommend our clients and those interested in these applications take into consideration when selecting a concrete polishing process, contractor and scope of works.

1. What is my desired result and look?
2. Can the finish be re-furbished with minimal disruption and cost,
3. How do I expect my polished concrete flooring to perform,
4. Do I have the ability to maintain my chosen finish,
5. What type of environment is it to be, and is it new concrete or a refurbishment application
6. Ensure there is a specification clearly detailing the process in its entirety.
7. Clear understanding of maintenance requirements and warranties

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