An increasingly popular trend when it comes to the configuration of the interior spaces of contemporary designed homes is the choice of polished concrete floors.
What is polished concrete?
As we have commented in previous articles, concrete is a material composed of water, cement and aggregates, mainly sand and gravel, to which in this case a special finishing technique is applied consisting of polishing and a specific treatment of the surface with a functional, aesthetic and mostly decorative.
What is the process of applying polished concrete?
Firstly, we will prepare the work surface by conditioning the base of the pavement and carry out the formwork and placement of the reinforcement.
Next, we will carefully pour, spread and level the concrete.
Once the previous step has been completed, you must wait for the concrete to begin to set. This aspect depends on different factors such as humidity, temperature, etc…
Once the optimal setting moment has been reached, the execution phase of polishing the pavement begins. It is extremely important that this task be carried out by personnel specialized in this work, since if it is not carried out properly the quality of the pavement created will be compromised.
Finally, we will make a series of expansions to avoid potential cracks and we will apply a water-repellent treatment or protective varnish, depending on the particular circumstances of each action.
It is vital to consider that the process of applying polished concrete is complicated and requires the involvement of an expert team with extensive experience in the field as well as the use of specific professional machinery.
- Offers a very modern and industrial aesthetic, it is a very versatile finish that fits perfectly with various decorative finishes and is especially well combined with natural elements such as wood, exposed concrete, glass and stone.
- Polished concrete is a very solid and durable material. It is not only resistant to weight and impacts without damaging its surface, but also to the wear and tear that sunlight creates on other types of floors.
- Has a good quality-price ratio since it is not a particularly expensive material and offers an elegant and functional finish.
- Maintenance of polished concrete surfaces is very simple. It stays spotless with simple cleaning with soap and water.
- Due to its shiny finish, polished concrete optimally reflects natural light, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness typical of open-plan spaces.
- Polished concrete is also useful in outdoor spaces such as terraces, gardens, gazebos and open garages, providing them with elegance and personality.