Polished concrete is a great way to enhance the durability of your concrete and the ambiance of your property. It is a great flooring solution for residential, industrial, and commercial properties.
If you are wondering if your existing concrete can be polished, the short answer is yes, as long as your concrete is structurally sound.
We recently had a 100-year-old concrete floor polished in Atlanta and it turned out great. The minor cracks and imperfections created from years of use, added a unique character and story to the floor.
However, before polishing your old concrete there are a couple of things that need to be considered.
Depending on how the concrete was poured, how was used, and what is the current condition, will determine if your concrete can be polished to a beautiful contemporary-looking floor.
The main challenge is removing years of glue, adhesives, dirt, grime, and thin-set off the concrete and then flattening and polishing the surface.
However, floors that are wavy, need extensive repairs, or are extremely porous, may not be a good candidate for polishing. If you have any doubts about your concrete floor, is best to consult with an experienced polished concrete expert.
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If your concrete floor is determined unsuitable for polishing, don't worry. You can always consider resurfacing your concrete floors with a decorative overlay. This is a great way to disguise any flaws such as cracks and stains. You can learn more about the difference between resurfacing and polishing here.