Burnished Polished Concrete involves mechanically polishing the existing concrete substrate to the desired level of gloss (200 grit – 1500 grit), without exposing any stone or aggregate.
Generally burnished polished concrete is used in commercial and industrial applications where a functional floor finish is required that can perform well in high wear environments, although residential projects requiring an ‘industrial look’ will benefit from a burnished polished concrete floor finish due to its high durability and low maintenance qualities.
There is a specific criteria in achieving a successful burnished polished concrete floor, therefore it is recommended that burnished polished concrete is only used in new construction projects, and/or where a new concrete substrate is being installed.
The concrete substrate must be a high grade in order to achieve this finish (minimum 32mpa).
As the concrete substrate is generally not ‘ground down’ it is important the concrete is installed completely flat, no undulations (high or low spots) and no stone/aggregate is present at the surface of the concrete substrate (as this could possibly become exposed during the polishing process).
It is vital to use only an experienced and qualified concreter to carry out the concrete installation and finishing, as this will affect the overall outcome on the burnished polished concrete floor.