What to Consider Before Polishing Your Concrete Floors

Polished concrete floors are one of the most popular flooring choices today and can be found in retail businesses, educational facilities, hospitality facilities and commercial real estate. It’s an affordable, low-maintenance flooring choice with a distinctive aesthetic appeal. If you’re considering polishing concrete floors, you might have questions. We have answers.

Does polishing work with any concrete flooring?
There are a few situations in which polishing new or existing concrete flooring isn’t recommended. You might need to avoid polishing if the concrete is lightweight or has been damaged by caustic chemicals. Polishing also might not be optimal with outdoor concrete. However, the majority of concrete floors can be polished.

How long will my floor be out of commission?
You might be surprised at how quickly you can enjoy your new floor! Our team can work around your needs, scheduling work during slow periods, downtime or off-hours. We use a special polishing procedure that keeps dust to a minimum and removes the resulting debris. If a wet-grind polish is needed, we’ll take care of the resulting sludge and dispose of it properly. Once we’re done, your space will be left neat, clean and worry free, completely ready to use.

What happens if there’s a spill?
The best way to manage spills or messes is to clean them up as quickly as possible. Concrete is a naturally porous material, so it can absorb stains. By polishing it, we can improve its ability to resist stains. The application of urethane or epoxy sealants can provide even greater stain-resistance for your new commercial concrete floors.

Will my new polished concrete floor be slippery?
When you opt for polishing concrete floors, your flooring will have a brilliant, highly reflective shine that makes it look slippery. However, the concrete itself retains quite a bit of friction. That means it’s actually less slippery than many other flooring options, which is why it’s so popular in corporate and factory settings.

Are commercial concrete floors environmentally friendly?
Polished concrete is one of the most eco-friendly flooring solution available! Concrete consists of rock and water, making it a natural material, and once it’s polished, it’s highly durable, which means that it lasts longer and results in less waste. Even better, concrete flooring can be recycled at the end of its lifespan, which lowers your overall carbon footprint. It is compliant with LEED standards and can help you save on energy costs.

About Blackrock Industrial

At Blackrock Industrial, we are committed to providing you with a quality experience. We offer affordable flooring with experienced installation, and we’re backed and certified by industry-leading product manufacturers. We’ve worked with clients throughout South Florida, including Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. As a veteran-owned company, we are committed to embodying “Service Above Self” and “Deeds not Words.” Our goal is to ensure each customer who walks through our door has the best experience possible and is 100 percent satisfied with our service. Blackrock Industrial is proud to offer continual training, OSHA training and certifications, and hands-on opportunities to learn, and we’re backed and certified by top manufacturers. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.