Stamped concrete, commonly referred to as patterned concrete or imprinted concrete, is concrete that is
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Due to the wide array of concrete patterns and concrete colors, and the cost of stamped concrete in relation
to the materials it is a substitute for, the choice of stamped concrete is becoming more popular and frequent.
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Benefits of Polished Concrete
Like most of our decorative flooring systems, Polished Concrete can be colored in a variety of ways. Acid Stains can be applied
to provide a beautiful mottled effect. Color Dyes are also used to provide a unique appearance and are available in a wide
range of colors. On new floors an integral color can be selected and various decorative aggregates can be seeded into the
surface during the pour to create custom one-of-a-kind designs.
Elimination of Dusting from Efflorescence
In ordinary unpolished concrete, tiny particles of dust are pushed to the surface through an upward force called hydrostatic
pressure, resulting in efflorescence. Efflorescence leads to dusting, which forces epoxies off of the surface of concrete floors, and
can make maintenance a costly priority.
By densifying and sealing the surface, polished concrete transforms a porous concrete floor into a tightened floor that is dense
enough to repel water, oil, and other contaminants, preventing them from penetrating the surface.
Improved Reflectivity and Ambient Lighting
The reflective properties of a polished concrete floor increases the lighting in facilities. Increased ambient lighting will reduce the
energy bill as well as look beautiful.
Increased Slip Resistance
Polished concrete, though quite shiny, does not create a slippery floor. In fact, the benefits of mechanically grinding and flattening
the floor will increase the coefficient of friction when compared to ordinary concrete. Polished concrete often exceeds OSHA
standards for floors.
(ASTM C 1028)
Most floor systems, including tile and linoleum, require aggressive scrubbing to maintain a clean environment and nice
appearance. Polished concrete surfaces are tightly compacted, reducing stains, and do not require any waxing or stripping to
maintain the sheen.
Polished concrete will reduce energy and maintenance costs significantly through reflectivity and ambient lighting, reduction in
upkeep (such as waxing), and reduced tire wear.
Polished concrete not only utilizes existing concrete surfaces, eliminating additional materials such as coverings/coatings and
moving towards sustainable building, it typically contains no noticeable VOC’s, making it friendly for any USBG LEED project.
Improved condition for old floors
As concrete ages, surface stress, delamination, curled cold joints, and other problems can arise. Mechanically grinding the floor will
remove the top surface of the old concrete and polishing will then strengthen it, increasing it's impact and abrasion resistance.
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