Polished concrete floors are the result of heavy duty machines that are used to gradually grind down a concrete surface to the preferred degree of luster and levelness. It is most commonly used in large warehouses and warehouse outlets, auto showrooms, commercial office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and even private residences. This type of concrete design is highly affordable, not as vulnerable to damages, and extremely easy to clean. Polished concrete floors are more resistant to foot traffic and machinery than traditional concrete. In addition, the floors last a long time with minimal maintenance necessary.
A grind and seal, or topical polish, is the term for concrete that has a clear coating system installed into the concrete. These systems finish your plain concrete floors, achieving a similar result to polished concrete, but with far less steps. Unlike coatings that are applied on top of the floor, in this instance the product is applied to the substrate itself.
A striking benefit of grind and seals is that they make the concrete resistant to extreme abrasion and wear and tear. The concrete is non-porous, so there won’t be accumulation of bacteria, and it won’t stain from heavy oil spills easily.
Appearance-wise, matte polish floors are hazy and have minimal reflection. This is because the process follows almost the same steps as polished concrete, however there is less grinding and refining, since the desired outcome is matte.
A matte polish floor gives a level of refinement more suitable to interior design applications over a traditional full polish.