This page is intended as a quick introduction to the beauty, benefits and styles achievable using our polished concrete flooring services:
Our passion is polished concrete floors and it shows. Here at Refined Polished Concrete Specialists Ltd we pride ourselves on providing the best premium polished concrete flooring services in the UK, in terms of both quality of work and customer service.
In addition to the stunning beauty that’s possible with polished concrete benefits include:
The best way to explain each of these finishes would be to consider how much sand and stone inside the concrete base becomes exposed after treatment. Each concrete base consists of a unique mixture of cement, sand and stone which combine together to influence the final appearance of your polished concrete floor.
For a cream finish the surface of the slab will be polished to deliver you a subtle finish of textures and colours derived from a predominantly cement-based surface. The process behind achieving Salt and Pepper and Full Aggregate finishes is very different and involves layers of the concrete surface being progressively removed, initially revealing the finer sands and stones (for Salt and Pepper), before reaching the larger stone below (for a Full Aggregate finish).
The cream finish is undeniably beautiful with all its textures and shades, but the nature of the finish is often misunderstood. The name it is given reflects the style as opposed to the colour, which can indeed be cream in colour, but not always. The colour actually varies according to the pre-existing concrete mix. A subtle blend of textures and colours will emerge, influenced by the constituent materials within the slab surface.
The first thing to mention when aiming for a cream finish is that in the current market place, it is often not possible to deliver this type of finish from domestically laid concrete. A successful outcome relies on the pre-existing condition and consistency of the concrete floor. In order to achieve a cream finish we must be able to work on the concrete surface without exposing any of the stones in the concrete mix. This means it’s essential to avoid grinding away any of the surface material. This is often not possible when the concrete is either too soft, or too uneven. The problem with either of these situations is that a grinding process is required to achieve a consistent, level, durable finish. And as soon as a grinding process is needed we inevitably begin exposing the finer sands and stones. Which in turn prevents a cream finish from being achieved. That said, if your concrete is not suitable but your heart is set upon achieving that cream look, we do offer Micro-Cement installations as an alternative solution, a 3mm ultra high strength mix which comes in a rnage of styles including cream.
The salt and pepper finish draws out the finer sands and aggregates within the concrete to produce a generally speckled look.
A salt and pepper finish is achieved by carefully removing approximately 1mm from the surface using a grinding process, to expose the finer sands and aggregates within. Once this initial grinding process is complete a set of progressively finer abrasives will be applied to the surface to hone the look until the desired level of clarity shine and smoothness is achieved.
An advanced grout will be applied to fill aeration holes. During this process, the condition of the concrete is assessed and chemicals applied as needed, such as powerful densifiers, in order to secure, the hardest, most durable of floors. Once the desired look is achieved, the work is sealed using advanced sealers.
A high-quality pre-existing concrete mix is essential to a successful outcome due to the fact only 1mm is being removed from the surface.
A full aggregate finish reveals the larger stones contained in the concrete slab, so it’s the stoniest looking finish of all polished concrete finishes.
The Full Aggregate finish is achieved by grinding through more concrete than other finishes to reveal more of the larger materials contained in the concrete base. This is achieved first by grinding approximately 3mm from the surface to expose the larger stones within the concrete. After grinding a set of progressively finer abrasives will be applied to the surface to hone the look until the desired level of clarity, shine and smoothness is achieved.
The condition of the concrete is assessed and chemicals applied, as needed, such as powerful densifiers, in order to secure the hardest, most durable of floors. Once the desired look is achieved, the work is sealed using advanced sealers. The softer the floor the more chemicals are required.
Matte, satin or gloss shines are available with all finishes.
If your concrete is already in place:
My concrete slab has not been installed:
As the quality of the concrete is critical to a successful outcome, we provide concrete specification guides and necessary information for your installation. We specialise in diamond polishing and not installing concrete, which we see as another specialised skill, please do your checks on the installers so the finishing and curing is done correctly and we can work our magic. With the right process these floors are truly stunning and worth the effort.
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