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Concrete Inspiration

From D+D, January 2014

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Polishing contractors offer these glimpses into the state of their art....
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Tagged categories: Butterfield Color; Case History; Concrete polishing; H&C Concrete Products; Lythic Solutions; Prosoco Inc.; W.R. Meadows Inc.

Comment from Warren Brand, (3/31/2014, 6:18 AM)

How durable are these types of floors? Is the concrete completely sealed? Does it resist staining? Can it be used outdoors? Does it resist oil? Does the work come with a warranty?

Comment from Gary Henry, (3/31/2014, 9:34 AM)

Hi Warren, The short answer to your questions is “it depends.” Appearance and performance of these floors depend on many factors, not the least of which is what the client requests. Like most construction projects, installers, applications, conditions and the products involved vary, so generalizations aren’t possible. Also like most projects, installation of polished concrete floors should include careful planning and assessment. Our best advice is to discuss each project in advance with a reputable installer or other polished concrete expert to determine what’s possible and what’s required for any given floor and service environment.

Comment from peter gibson, (3/31/2014, 1:53 PM)

A general answer to Warren's questions would have helped us all. We were not expecting specifics. Stating the obvious, does little to inform us.

Comment from web stokes, (4/1/2014, 8:24 AM)

General answer - it depends. There are various chemistries of guard or sealer that can provide more stain resistance than others. As far as durability goes, again, it depends - it depends on your intended use of the floor. When you mechanically polish and densify a concrete slab it becomes much more durable than an unprocessed slab. We have sections of our warehouse floor that we have polished and are abused daily (forklifts, pallets dropped and dragged across them, material dragged across them, carpet cut on them, adhesive spilled on them, and all manner of other odd things that can happen in a warehouse). These areas still look great, the get cleaned once a week with an autoscrubber and water and if we are having visitors we will hit them with a burnisher. If you want a yes or no, it's not going to happen (if someone gives you a general yes or no, run). Every slab is different and polishing is a process, not a commodity.

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