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Polished Concrete – Wrexham, Wales

Polished Concrete – Wrexham, Wales

Our client had acquired a barn conversion. And was potentially thinking of choosing the flooring option of Polished Concrete at their project in Wrexham, Wales.

They were looking for a flooring option that was in keeping with the character of the barn.  As well as keeping it modern and stylish. They, therefore, opted for a mechanically ground polished concrete option with a Rustic Style Finish. The main part of the conversion was to be open plan.  With the property being all on one level they were looking at polished concrete extending throughout.

 

 

A contractor installed the underfloor heating, the slab was placed and finished to a power trowelled standard. Due to the client wanting a Rustic Style finish a deep grind was not necessary. Contractors, therefore, carried out lighter grinding on the area. This, therefore, magnifies the movements of the power trowelling, which in turn gives you the rustic yet modern characteristics of this type of finish. Due to the polished concrete being throughout the property it was vital that the floor was resistant to stains as well as slip. After mechanically grinding and polishing the floor, the contractor applied a concrete sealer, this aided with the clients main objective of slip and stain resistance.

 

Polished Concrete Wrexham Wales

 

The entire process for this polished concrete floor was carried out using the Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR® System.

 

 

As you can see this polished concrete floor Wrexham, Wales looks truly exceptional. We believe a modern touch has been added, yet the character is still very much present. This has no doubt been one of our favourite residential projects to date.

 

Location: Wrexham, Wales

Setting: Residential

Finish: Rustic Style Finish

System Used: Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR®

 

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Commercial Polished Concrete

Commercial Polished Concrete 

Why “real” Polished Concrete is the way forward for your flooring option.  

Is “real” polished concrete flooring the way forward for commercial flooring? We say yes, and this is why.

It has always been so that in commercial flooring spaces such as retail, restaurants, cafés and office spaces, overlays and micro cement have always been the preferred choice. Both coatings when applied to an existing surface including tiles or wood. It imitates actual concrete.

As time has progressed it appears Architects and Designers are becoming more familiar with the concept of “real” polished concrete. Than opposed to overlays and micro cement. They are ever increasingly looking st cost-effective and “green” flooring options. These therefore, are just 2 of the reasons why a commercial polished concrete floor is the way forward when choosing your commercial flooring.

Overlays and Micro Cement

We will always find many commercial premises where an overlay or micro cement is more suited. Where access is minimal for example. This type of concrete finish will always hold its own within the flooring industry. However, it is soon becoming apparent that “real” polished concrete will be here for the duration of time.

When considering the durability of a concrete floor, it is a commercial polished concrete floor that contractors will have refined using a mechanical diamond process that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.

Using, Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR® it can be guaranteed that the functionality of the floor and aesthetics are not compromised over long periods of time. The contractor cannot guarantee functionality with other flooring options.

Many larger outfits are now looking to polished concrete for a commercial flooring option. These include car showrooms, office space, restaurants and cafes. They are finding that polished concrete is economically the wisest choice, is resistant to wear and spillages. Environmentally friendly. And therefore easily maintained at a low cost, just to name a few benefits. All important contributing factors when deciding on a flooring option.

 

Restaurant After Polishing Polished Concrete Classic Car Showroom

 

If you are looking for a flooring option that offers:

  • Durability
  • Resistant to wear and tear
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Cost-effective
  • Aesthetically pleasing

Then a “real” polished concrete floor is undoubtedly the best commercial flooring option!

If you have any queries regarding your project and are thinking polished concrete would be the best option then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01691 655 755 or info@concretepolishing.co.uk

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Commercial Polished Concrete Chester

Commercial Polished Concrete Chester

We had been approached by a client that had recently purchased commercial premises in Chester, who was wanting a polished concrete floor. The building was formerly a bank. The floor was in a poor state of repair. Therefore, needing full restoration for this to become a fully functional floor.

 

 

The client was wanting to make the premises into a Cafe. The intentions were to have the premises glass fronted with timber cladding added. Therefore, in keeping with this style the client requested a Variable Style polished concrete floor. With a low gloss finish where the aggregate exposed is variable.

 

 

In order to achieve a Variable style polished concrete floor, we restored the floor fully. Grinding, repairing, joint rebuilding and mechanical diamond polishing took place. Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR® system, to polish the floor.

The commercial polished concrete floor in Chester, extensively repaired using specialist joint rebuilding products. Before this process, the contractors lightly ground. Joints were rebuilt then and filled. The Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR® diamond polishing system was therefore carried out. The contractor applied the sealer. The sealer prevents stains from penetrating into the surface and aids slip resistance on the commercial polished concrete floor in Chester. Lastly, the team lightly burnished the polished concrete floor before remaining furniture added.

The final results were exceptional, to say the condition of the floor at the beginning of the project.

Concrete Polishing UK transformed the commercial polished concrete floor into a functional floor as requested by the client, the programme, the budget were adhered to. All in all, therefore a successful restoration with excellent results!

 

 

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Setting: Commercial, Cafe

Finish: Variable Style Finish, Low Gloss

System used: Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR®

 

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Polished Concrete West Midlands

Polished Concrete West Midlands.

Concrete Polishing UK is an award-winning company. We are excited to offer concrete installation and polished concrete West Midlands, and Birmingham.

We specialize in the installation of concrete flooring and polished concrete flooring. If it’s a Residential project. Commercial property. Or a large Industrial Warehouse.  Therefore, we are confident that we can, fulfil all expectations cost-effectively. And above all within the designated timescale.

 

Polished Concrete Industrial Warehouse.

A client approached our company wanting to restore a large warehouse concrete floor, in the West Midlands area. Into a functional therefore dust-free, and aesthetically pleasing polished concrete floor. A polished concrete project of this type was very suited to our company. Concrete Polishing UK.

The floor had been laid by a different contractor. The floor needed a full restoration. This, therefore, included grinding, repairs, and joint rebuilding. Our team then used the Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR®System

 

The initial grinding stages were aggressive. We could then progress onto rebuilding the concrete floor joints and fill. The team then carried out The full Husqvarna Hiperfloor system on the large industrial warehouse floor. The contractor then applied a sealer to protect and aid with slip resistance. A full burnish then carried out on the floor.

Concrete Polishing UK transformed the Industrial warehouse concrete floor into a fully functional flooring option, dust-free. Aesthetically pleasing polished concrete floor in the West Midlands. The results were exceptional!

Polished concrete, Final result

 

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Polished Concrete Flooring – Cheshire

Polished Concrete Flooring – Cheshire

We were approached by a client wanting Polished Concrete Flooring in Cheshire. They were in the process of extending their family home. They were looking for a polished concrete flooring option. The specifics that needed to be included were for instance minimal maintenance. The client had children; Therefore the floor needed to be stain-resistant. And of course, aesthetically pleasing. And, most importantly cost-effective. After, having spoken with Martin in-depth, our clients were extremely satisfied that a polished concrete flooring option ticked all the boxes. Therefore, making polished concrete the most subtitle flooring option for them.

The Client was needing us to supply, and also lay the concrete as well as polish. The desired finish that was chosen was our Rustic Style Finish in Silver Grey. The concrete was carefully was placed over the underfloor heating system. The most important part of the laying process is that the concrete is laid and power troweled to a high standard, for this type of finish to be achieved.

This polished concrete flooring Cheshire was achieved using the Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR® system. A deep initial grind is not crucial when wanting to achieve this specific type of finish. Therefore, instead, a series of lighter grinding steps are carried out. This, in turn, enhances the characteristics created by the power trowels. The concrete sealer is then applied to aid with the protection of the surface against your typical wear and tear. And, most importantly, one of the client’s objectives, stain resistance.

Polished concrete flooring Cheshire

A stylish, modern and minimalistic polished concrete floor was produced.

The end result exceeded our customer’s expectations!

 

Location: Warrington, Cheshire.

Setting: Residential, Newly laid floor, Lounge Area.

Colour: Silver Grey.

Finish: Rustic Style Finish.

System used: Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR®.

 

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Industrial Concrete Polishing – The smartest flooring option.

Industrial Concrete Polishing – The smartest flooring option. 

Whether it’s a large warehouse floor, factory, or logistics centre, Industrial Concrete Polishing is the smartest choice for Industrial flooring.

In an Industrial setting, floors will have a life span. Over time, they can deteriorate due to some factors. Some being dusting and the high traffic traveling over the floor. So these are just some factors that will add to a floor becoming no longer fit for purpose.

 

Aesthetics

Aesthetically polished concrete is by far the most impressive. The Aesthetics of an industrial polished concrete floor is not compromised either. First impressions can count for a lot. It also bodes well for productivity and morale within the staff.

An Industrial polished concrete floor will have essential floor demarcations. Walkways, and zebra crossings, to name a few.

This is crucial for the safety of staff. Also, the visiting public. An industrial polished concrete floor has a high coefficient of friction. It is also slip-resistant. Polished concrete reduces the amount of dusting. This is a huge factor in the deterioration of an industrial floor. Evidence suggested that Industrial polished concrete floors reflectivness reduces lighting needs and improves natural light.

Concrete Polishing Warehouse Northwich Cheshire Factory Joint Repair   

 

A sustainable choice

Industrial polished concrete is a sustainable flooring option.

This is because polished concrete uses the natural materials already present. So, polished concrete has no topical coating applied to the surface. It is a “green” flooring option, and LEED approved, unlike epoxy. Polished Concrete will transform an old industrial floor into an environmentally friendly, easily maintained floor.

Mechanic's Workshop Before PolishingMechanic's Workshop After Polishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Span 

Industrial polished concrete is hard-wearing so it has a life expectancy if maintained correctly in excess of 25 years. In comparison to an epoxy of 1-5 years.

Polished concrete offers small lifetime costs, is aesthetically pleasing, functional, and environmentally friendly.

 

Our promise to you

There are many requirements to consider when choosing a flooring option. And what positive impact they can have on your business. So a new polished concrete floor can improve productivity and in turn improve your business,

We are confident here at Concrete Polishing.co.uk using the most advanced Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR® system we can meet all the desired requirements, on time and cost-effectively. We believe an Industrial concrete polished floor is the smartest option for your business!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Industrial polished concrete

Industrial polished concrete

An Industrial polished concrete project carried out by Concrete Polishing UK. In Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. The project was 1000 m2. It was an old concrete floor. It was in need of desperate repair. Because the floor was in such a poor condition full restoration was carried out. So, grinding, repairing, joint rebuilding and the mechanical diamond polishing were all carried out. The floor could be restored.

We used Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR® concrete polishing system. To achieve the industrial concrete polishing. Images can be found in our gallery.

The factory floor was given a series of grinding stages, this was aggressively done. Repairs were made to the floor, concrete joints were rebuilt, filling of joints were carried out. Mechanical Diamond polishing was then done. A protective sealer and burnish applied.

Industrial polished concrete floor restoration

We offer concrete floor restoration in many different types of places. These include factories, logistic centers, warehouses, car storage, supermarkets, airports and agricultural buildings. For larger concrete floors that need polishing a ride on trowel polishing system used.

Polished concrete floors have many benefits. Especially in a forklift environment. The floor has longevity and is low maintenance. These benefits help towards maintaining a low cost. Because of the 3-phase Husqvarna concrete grinders and polishers. So, they transform an old deteriorating concrete factory floor. An aesthetically pleasing and functional floor. This is good for forklifts to use safely.

We offer concrete polishing services across the UK. Previous cities we have carried out projects in include Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle upon Tyne and Bristol and many more. Concrete crack repairs, and concrete joint repairs are also a part of the process. This offers a smooth surface for forklift trucks. A robust floor in high traffic areas. Colours, logos and line marking (demarcation lines) can also be added. Specialist concrete colour dyes will offer a permanent solution.

We have worked with major brands. These include Arla, Tetrosyl, Ecolab, Akzo Nobel and many more. We take Health and Safety seriously. So, dust control. We use specialist vacuums to control the dust. Remote control machines used to mechanically polish the floors. No risk to people injuring whilst transporting the machines. All equipment electrically checked. So this equipment checked regularly and inspected. All carried out by a professional. Risk assessments are all carried out. This is before a project starts.  Full training of the Husqvarna HIPERFLOOR® system is given to all people that work on site. Certificates are provided.

 

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Is Polished Concrete Environmentally Friendly?

Including a polished concrete floor in a building is an environmentally friendly decision. Some people have criticized concrete recently, citing negative impacts on the environment. This impact is largely the result of concrete being such a versatile and useful material. The scale at which we produce concrete can seem overwhelming. It is the cornerstone of homes, airports, skyscrapers tunnels, dams and almost every other infrastructure project. When looking at the scale of global concrete production it is clear that large amounts of CO2 are released in the manufacturing process.

Reducing Material and Transport

It may seem odd to claim that a polished concrete floor has a positive environmental impact. However, even those advocating for a reduction in concrete use will usually agree that there is no substitute for concrete as a foundation. While we can replace walls with SIPs and use environmentally friendly cladding and roofing options, there is no realistic substitute for concrete at ground level. By polishing existing concrete, we can negate the requirement for additional resources.

Unlike other flooring options, such as epoxy or tiles, polished concrete does not require any further material to be added to the project. It is a structural aspect of the building which performs a necessary task. By polishing the floor there is need for VOCs (volatile organic compounds) to be introduced. Nor is there any requirement for additional CO2 emissions from the production of new flooring materials. This extends to the reduced need for transport and packaging.

Energy Efficiency and Life Span

Concrete is also a highly efficient thermal mass; it can store a large amount of heat. Polished concrete will store heat when exposed to direct sunlight. This effect is more noticeable in a south facing room. With energy efficient underfloor heating, a polished concrete floor can effectively release the heat generated. Adding any other flooring to the concrete will act as a barrier and make the heating less efficient.

The other major benefit of polished concrete is its longevity, which is certainly unsurpassed in modern flooring methods. Other flooring options will break down and need to be replaced, while a concrete floor can last for the lifetime of the building.

There is a growing awareness of the need for greater sustainability in construction. We should all take this seriously and look for solutions which balance the demands of the building and its inhabitants with the need for low environmental impact. Polished concrete offers:

  • No additional natural resources
  • High thermal mass
  • Extremely high life-span
  • Light reflective surface can reduce the need for artificial lighting
  • Improved interior air quality, due to no retention of mould or dust mites
  • No VOCs

 

If you are interested in having a concrete floor polished, please contact us, so we can help to make the right decisions for your project.

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Gold Crack Concrete Repair on Polished Concrete

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramic wear. The craftsman would fix the broken pot or cup by filling the cracks with sap resin and gold powder. Inspired by Kintsugi, we recently created a gold crack concrete repair on a polished concrete floor. This has had the effect turning a flaw into a unique feature.

Gold Crack Concrete Repair

The philosophy behind kintsugi (golden joinery) is to accept damage as part of the history of an object, instead of treating it as a problem to be hidden. The same approach can be taken to polished concrete. This floor developed cracks over time. Instead of trying to match the colour of the floor the owner chose to have them filled with gold. However close to the floor colour a repair is, it will always remain visible to some degree.

Concrete is made from natural materials, including sand, aggregate and water, so its makeup changes over time as the water is released. Methods such as mesh, fibres and control joints can be used to reduce the chance of cracks forming, but it remains a risk. Normally we would use a filler to conceal the cracks as much as possible. The kintsugi style repairs are an option for customers who want to opt for a more dramatic statement. It works especially well in uncluttered spaces where the floor contributes significantly to the room’s appearance.

A gold crack concrete repair will look striking on any floor. Here we have installed the repairs on a floor with a rustic finish, so they introduced a sharp contrast to the rest of the room. On a variable or fully exposed concrete floor the effect would be quite different. We are enthusiastic about concrete. It is exciting to find new techniques we can use to develop both new and existing floors.

While cracked concrete may be seen as a problem, it is a part of the floor. Whether you wish to conceal cracks or whether you see them as a part of the story of your floor, Concrete Polishing can help.

 

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What is Polished Concrete?

Polished concrete floors are now a feature in homes across the UK. Ideal for contemporary homes, classic interiors can also benefit from the introduction of polished concrete. Many people, however, are unclear about how the polished effect is achieved.

Polished Concrete Floor Meifod Office

Concrete is mixture of sand, cement, aggregate and water. The reaction between the water and the cement creates the dense, hard substance present in almost every building. Using a specialist grinding and polishing machine concrete can be refined. The process is similar to sanding wood, where finer grit sandpaper is used to develop a smooth finish.

Instead of sandpaper, diamond grit is used to grind and polish the concrete. Diamond grit is a by-product from the jewellery industry, hard enough to refine concrete. Once the grinding stage is complete, a densifying agent is spread across the floor. This reacts with the concrete, making the surface harder. When the floor has been densified, the concrete is strong enough to be polished. This process again uses diamond grit to improve the surface. Each pass uses a finer grit to create a flat, gloss finish.

Once the desired level of shine has been achieved the floor can be sealed. On properly prepared polished concrete, it is the refining of the floor which creates the shine. A sealer is applied to protect the floor against liquids and dirt.

Why Do Some Concrete Floors Look So Different to Others?

The appearance of a polished concrete floor can vary a great deal. The biggest choice is how much grinding is performed. Grinding deeper into the floor will expose the aggregates in the concrete. The deeper the grind, the larger the area of the aggregates exposed will be. With little to no grinding, a rustic finish can be achieved. This is often seen in new builds, extensions and contemporary interiors. Existing concrete floors can be polished, or new floors can be placed specifically for polishing.

How Much Does Polished Concrete Cost?

Once the mechanics of concrete polishing are explained, this is normally the next question. Both polishing and placing concrete is highly dependent on the details of the project. Costs need to be calculated on a case-by-case basis. If you are considering polished concrete in your home or business, you can use the form at the bottom of the page to request a quote. This is a free service and will not place you under any obligation. Alternatively, you can call or email us to discuss your project in greater detail.

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