Honed Concrete Outdoors
Grinding, honing and sealing external concrete
Honing and sealing external concrete by Ultimate Floors ensure’s slip safe surfaces. In fact, surface grip is equally important as the modern style. In fact, designing your outdoor living area to flow from indoors is a versatile way to have an indoor polished style outside.
Honed concrete outdoors is no doubt ideal for transforming plain concrete to a revealed aggregate finish without the sharp stones. Concrete is extremely strong, long lasting and an outstanding material to use as a design element. It also a way to design perfect outdoor areas around the home and public environments.
Honed concrete outdoors is perfect for a new concrete and also achieves great results to existing concrete as well. Ideal for both residential and commercial applications. Furthermore virtually any suitable on ground concrete pavement can receive our concrete honing process that is practical and looks great.
Our recommended honed concrete outdoors is also slip compliant, and most of all will not have no UV light effects the harsh Australian climate is renowned for. Also, the natural concrete patina maintains its look and colour.
While it has become a popular alternative over other outdoor surfaces, many clients that contact us about grinding, honing and sealing external concrete don’t know how it all works. There are few finishes therefore we’ll clarify external honed concrete outdoors and internal polished floor differences below.
Which sealer is best for honed concrete outdoors?
Honed Concrete outdoors refers to the level of surface refinement or surface texture created by cutting back the concrete top layer with resurfacing equipment.
For example, we will use a selection of metal bonded diamond abrasives to get the desired amount of stones. We can vary the amount of stone during the first grinding cut to some point. Of course concrete condition and quality of placement are factor and no doubt leads to additional preparation time
Home or business, we ensure your honed concrete is slip safe.
Slip rating is commonly over looked for most external finishes and therefore, it is highly recommended consideration on external decorative finishes such as concrete honing fall within; Standards Australia – AS/NZS 3661, 4586, 4663 guidelines to reduce the risk of injury from incompatible foot wear / surface finish.
Honing and sealing external concrete is quite often called polished concrete, grind and seal and external polished concrete by mistake. We will take this opportunity to clarify the points of difference.
Polished concrete is for internal floors
Ultimate Floors honed concrete outdoors has 2 or 3 grinding levels compared with 8, 10 or 12 refinement levels for Polished Concrete. Our concrete honing cut is typically completed at 60 grit minimum for inclines exceeding five degrees and to the most common 80 – 100 grit surface profile. Do keep in mind first, that honed concrete outdoors requires cleaning to ensure the surface is at the recommenced safe zone for foot traffic, especially when water wet.
Each job is different
When choosing Ultimate Floors – Grinding and Polishing for honing and sealing external concrete, in return we take your overall objectives to propose suitable options as well.
- Alfresco areas
- Shop fronts
- Pool surrounds
- Council footpaths
- Pool coping face
- Outdoor Dining
- Precast Walls
- Seating & benches
- Surface applied coatings, or
- Impregnating sealing system (non film-forming)
- Ease of resealing
- Grip when water wet
- Achieving overall slip rating
Our preferred and recommended method of sealing are impregnating sealers. They are very stable, have minimal long term effect from UV exposure, easily re-applied while allowing excellent slip ratings to be achieved.
Enhance or Natural
When choosing that natural concrete colour look, you can choose between water or solvent based and our most common selected colour enhancing impregnate sealing system that intensify the concrete colour.
Optional surface applied coatings are typically solvent acrylic for low key sheen or 2 part gloss,urethane coatings; provide excellent resistance to staining and are aesthetically pleasing.
Applied sealer grip additive
When selecting applied coating sealant, areas that are either exposed to the elements or standing water will required non-slip granules cast on the coating face for acceptable slip ratings.
IMPREGNATE SEALING ( Recommended )
- Water Based – Solvent Based – BIO Safe Technology
- Colour Enhancing System (Most Popular Choice)
- Water Repellent
- Protection from Salt Water
- Oil and Staining Repellent
TOP COAT PROTECTORS – UV Stable
- Water Based Acrylic (Fair Protection)
- Solvent Based Acrylic (Good Protection)
- 2 Part Polyurethane (Gloss and Satin)
- 2 Part Polyaspartic (Gloss, Quick Cure)