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Protect Your Concrete Surfaces Before Polishing Starts

If you are going to polish a concrete surface, I cannot stress enough how important it is to protect the surface from damage or the contamination generated by subsequent tradesmen with products such as gypsum plaster, paint, varnish or their tea and coffee breaks, traffic and scratches from unwanted abrasion. And let us not forget the muddy clay covered floors from building site footfall; always a recipe for disaster. Continue reading Protect Your Concrete Surfaces Before Polishing Starts

How To Get The Contemporary No Stone Polished Concrete Floor

CARRcrete InfinityFloor Cream floors are all the rage at the moment, so how do you get a feature polished concrete floor in your home or commercial premises? How do you achieve this look? The finish you are after is the contemporary cloudy, swirly concrete floors that are all the fashion in architects brochures and interior design magazines; full on industrial chic! Continue reading How To Get The Contemporary No Stone Polished Concrete Floor

Is A Polished Concrete Floor Expensive?

We are often asked ‘Is a polished concrete floor expensive?’ The short answer to this question is ‘no more than any other premium floor finish’. Expect diamond grinding and polishing of existing/newly laid floors to be around £50 per square metre, the application of a concrete overlay is around £120 per square metre, dependant on geographic location, floor size and substrate condition. If you are getting substantially lower prices than these then I’d be worried about their skill level and process. The lifespan and overall maintenance costs of a concrete floor are however far less than other finishes, *if correctly maintained. Continue reading Is A Polished Concrete Floor Expensive?

Diamond Abrasives For Concrete – You Are What You Eat!

CARRcrete Diamond Quality Comparison
Cheap tool versus CARRcrete Diamond Tool

For years we have known and heard the phrases “You are what you eat” and “My body is a temple”, phrases that have inspired multitudes of people to look more careful at what they eat and drink, reducing the fat, sugar and salt in their diets. Now after having a rather in-depth discussion (disagreement) on this topic recently with the mother of my son; I couldn’t help but draw a direct line between junk foods and the junk diamond abrasives used for polished concrete. Continue reading Diamond Abrasives For Concrete – You Are What You Eat!

Concrete Diamonds – One Size Does Not Suit All

There seems to be a common misconception that as long a diamond abrasive tool fits on a concrete grinder or concrete polishing machine that said tool will work efficiently. Unfortunately that simply isn’t the case, there are many factors that need to be considered (point pressure, surface area of abrasive medium, rpm range, M/s tool path and temperature profiles to name but a few) *most decent manufacturer of machines will have their tools made to work at optimal levels to ensure a greater chance of success on a project and more cynically to generate repeat orders for their diamond tooling. *Most doesn’t mean all. Continue reading Concrete Diamonds – One Size Does Not Suit All

Correct Mix For Polished Concrete Flooring Over Underfloor Heating?

Concrete Laid Over Underfloor Heating Pipes
Concrete Laid Over Underfloor Heating Pipes

Selecting the correct grade of concrete and slab thickness to cover underfloor heating is of utmost importance for determining the quality of finish, durability and longevity of a polished floor. Poorly mixed, thin and/or over watered slabs yield poor results. Continue reading Correct Mix For Polished Concrete Flooring Over Underfloor Heating?

Removing Carpet Tiles To Polish Concrete Floor

Polished Concrete Floor Beneath Carpet Tiles
Polished Concrete Floor Beneath Carpet Tiles

Corinne recently left this question on the CARRcrete website.

Hi,
I have just bought a second floor commercial office and plan to turn it into a 2 bed flat.
Under the carpet tiles are some rotten, sticky floor tiles that once painstakingly removed have exposed a solid concrete floor as I expected.
I wondered if it is possible to polish this existing concrete as it is? It appears to be in good condition (apart from the old black adhesive from the tiles).
Many thanks
Corinne

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