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Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.

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4 Certain Steps to Polished Concrete Floors

by Regina Barnett

You're no doubt familiar with concrete as that hard, grey mixture of water, sand and cement used to build anything from the hulking government buildings of the former Soviet Union to modern highways. If you're interested in interior design and architecture, you'll also have noticed polished concrete coming to the fore as a flooring choice in its own right—and for good reason.

Polished concrete offers an affordable, versatile and eminently stylish flooring choice for domestic and commercial applications, and, from new builds to renovations, homeowners are rushing to incorporate it into their designs.

So why are polished concrete floors so popular? There are many reasons.

  1. They're durable. Because polished concrete is so resistant to damage from furniture, footwear and even vehicles and aggressive chemicals, you'll find polished concrete floors gracing anything from commercial spaces such as automotive showrooms to living spaces. Polished concrete is not only much hardier than the unpolished variety, but it can't rot, rust or burn, and it needs only a quick sweep and mop to keep it looking fresh for many years to come.

  2. They suit commitment-phobes. Polished concrete floors offer a low cost opportunity to dabble in interior design. If your tastes change, or if you decide to use your property in a new way, changing to another flooring material is as simple as laying it over the top of the concrete.

  3. They are versatile. Polished concrete floors can be finished in a range of colours and patterns, limited only by your imagination. For this reason, polished concrete floors are suited to almost any design style or setting.

So how do you create a polished concrete floor? It all comes down to the grinding.

Whether you decide to strip back those tired old tiles or floorboards or begin with a freshly poured slab, your journey towards a contemporary and dazzling floor starts with concrete grinding.

  1. Before grinding begins, the floor must be cleaned and any cracks filled.

  2. Professionals then use dedicated grinding machines, known as helicopters, which employ abrasive discs of diamonds of varying levels of coarseness to transform the floor from rough to smooth.

  3. Once your concrete has been ground smooth, a chemical "densifier" is applied to fill in any smaller holes or cracks and protect the floor from scratches and water damage, before the concrete is ground again to achieve a fine finish.

  4. Finally, a coat of polish is applied, protecting the floor and delivering that glossy shine you're after.

Concrete grinding can be done wet or dry, and the grinding process itself allows the application of colours, patterns and even varying levels of reflection. So, get creative, live it up and enjoy that new floor.

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