Birmingham: Polished Concrete Floor

Polished Concrete Floor Alcester Birmingham. We recently completed this floor transformation for a luxury food supplier in Alcester near Birmingham. We removed the original epoxy coating which was poorly installed and had started to delaminate from the surface. After grinding away the surface with our dust free equipment we hardened the surface and polished through to a low gloss finish which is both hygienic and easily maintained.

The cold experienced in this meat storage room has caused the epoxy to fail and polished concrete has been chosen as a replacement
The cold experienced in this meat storage room has caused the epoxy to fail and polished concrete has been chosen as a replacement

Given that the room was a cold storage room, it was highly important to ensure all of the chemicals used were both food safe and suitable for the low temperatures that go hand in hand with refrigeration. The inherent hard wearing surface of concrete flooring was an important attribute. The ease of cleaning a polished concrete floor would also be of great benefit to the end clients.

A solution was needed for this floor and polished concrete flooring was the hygienic answer
A solution was needed for this floor and polished concrete flooring was the hygienic answer

Our Concrete Polishing Process

CARRcrete design our own diamond abrasive tools for the task at hand. With this polished concrete flooring project in Birmingham we ground away the epoxy coating using our wet grinding tools. These tools a special abrasive matrix to quickly and efficiently clean the surface down to the bare concrete. This allowed us to refine the surface with further finer grades of diamonds, filling aeration holes, cracks and imperfections with our bespoke grouting solutions.

Not only is the polished concrete floor more hygenic it also looks far more professional
Not only is the polished concrete floor more hygenic it also looks far more professional

Other competitors who had tendered for the project had offered a dry grinding system, which we can also offer. But because there was an advanced and delicate air conditioning unit, we chose to use the completely dust free wet grinding system.

Polished concrete flooring Alcester Birmingham
No more horrible paint and epoxy coating, only smooth clean concrete flooring

Process Used On This Polished Concrete Floor Alcester Birmingham

  1. Coarse diamond grinding to remove the epoxy paint
  2. Honing of the surface with finer metal bond diamond tools
  3. Application of our advanced silicate chemical densifier
  4. Smoothing out of the concrete surface with fine abrasives
  5. Application of an impregnating, food safe sealer
A much cleaner and more easily maintained surface from polished concrete flooring
A much cleaner and more easily maintained surface from polished concrete flooring

The Benefits Of Using Polished Concrete On This Project

Polished concrete flooring was chosen for this cold storage room because of the following characteristics: hygienic, easy to clean, very hard wearing and high abrasion resistance. No surface layers to peel away and delaminate. Environmentally friendly with no harsh smells that could taint produce in others areas of the facility.

Dave Carr’s Thoughts

This project was very interesting, it’s not very often you get to work inside a huge refrigerator. Aside from the low temperatures we had a lot of fun grinding away all the failing paint. It was great to see the difference a smooth polished concrete surface made to the storage room. Once some had gloss developed, the room looked much larger due to the increased light available.

Site Information

  • Mohs Hardness: 7
  • Schmidt Impact Hammer: 40 MPA C40
  • Power floated surface: Yes
  • Perimeter Joint: Yes
  • Porosity: Low
  • Colour: Tan
  • Installation Score: 6

Accept no substitutes always choose CARRcrete the professionals in polished concrete flooring. Feel free to contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff today.

Polished Concrete Floor Alcester Birmingham