When setting up floors for professional installations, several questions arise, as varied as the durability of the surface, the aesthetics of the chosen solution, its ease of maintenance and, of course, its cost!
Faced with these various problems, the creation of floor spaces in polished and smooth concrete appears to be a very advantageous solution for many professionals. A review of the most common uses, and the advantages of implementing such solutions.
Polished concrete and smooth concrete: the characteristics
Used for several years now, polished concrete floors and its cousin smooth concrete are paving systems which have the particularity of not requiring any coating.
Used during the construction of a site but also applicable on already created floors, polished concrete stands out by its polished surface, as its name indicates. To achieve this, the surface is polished and smoothed in order to obtain a fine texture with a minimum of roughness. To achieve this, in a final stage of construction, a so-called concrete sealer is applied. There are two types of sealants, surface sealant and penetrating sealant.
The result is a surface with many advantages for professional installations:
- A smooth and uniform surface that easily withstands the impact of heavy machinery, without generating vibrations for the equipment.
- An extremely hard, and obviously very resistant surface, which is suitable for a multitude of business uses.
- A surface that is easy to maintain, thanks in particular to its extremely low roughness.
- From an aesthetic point of view, a surface that is pleasing to the eye and has a high gloss, it is also known as “mirror concrete”.
In the end, all the advantages of traditional concrete can be found without the constraints!
The differences between polished concrete and smooth concrete are mainly found in the finishes. Thus, even if the two surfaces are close, their difference lies in the trowel finish, which generally follows the “brushed concrete” phase. Once the concrete has been smoothed, the polishing phase can begin.
Polished concrete: a wide variety of uses for professionals
As we have just seen, polished concrete has many advantages for professionals, who can now consider this type of floor for a wide variety of uses.
Some of the most frequent uses include :
- Industrial buildings, car parks and logistics centres: in these cases, the smooth appearance of the surface is an advantage sought after by professionals in charge of construction, particularly in the case of repeated passage of machines and vehicles.
- Warehouses, shopping centres, exhibition halls: here, professionals particularly appreciate the ease of maintenance of the surface, which is particularly suitable for large numbers of visitors.
- Commercial buildings, shops, hotels and restaurants: in these examples, in addition to the advantages mentioned above, it is the aesthetic aspect of the surface that plays a key role in the choice of this solution.
As can be seen, polished concrete therefore has real advantages for a wide variety of professionals, and therefore for a large number of different activities. This is what makes it so successful today, in addition to being an affordable solution in terms of budget.