What is Surface Prep?

Surface preparation ("prep") is the demolition of existing coating or flooring systems and preparation of the underlying concrete surface through mechanical abrasion for installation of a new flooring system. Whenever an industrial or commercial building is being remodeled or renovated, it's likely that the flooring will need to be at least repaired and in many cases it must be completely replaced.

Polished Concrete Industrial Flooring In Florida

Polished Concrete Floors, LLC is the premier provider of large and small scale commercial and industrial polished concrete flooring services in Florida and the southeastern United States.

Polished Concrete Floors, LLC specializes in the expert installation of stunning and beautifully polished concrete flooring systems on new concrete and the resurfacing and surface preparation of existing concrete flooring and new polished concrete finishing.

CPAA Certified

CPAA

The Concrete Polishers Association of America (CPAA) is the industry's leading professional association and certifies the professionals in the industry that meet their standards of excellence. We are proud to have undergone the intensive certification process to become CPAA Craftsman Certified concrete polishers and Polished Concrete Floors, LLC is one of only a few Florida-based installers who holds the Certified Craftsman Level designation as issued by the CPAA.

IPCI Certified

The International Polished Concrete Institute (IPCI) is one of the world leaders in concrete polishing training, education and resources. We are proud to have undergone the in-depth, technique-driven training and certification process to become IPCI Craftsman Certified concrete polishers.

So, when it comes time to do your polished concrete job, we are highly certified industry leaders with an expert crew that does amazing work. We have a inventory of high-end industrial equipment to choose from, so we will always bring the best in equipment and experience to every job we do and we take great pride in every job we do. So, now that we've looked at why you should hire us to install your polished concrete floor, let's take a look at exactly why a polished concrete floor may be the right flooring solution for your site.

Concrete Polishing, Sealing and Staining

Concrete polishing and burnishing is a great alternative to epoxy or urethane for flooring, especially when a decorative, low maintenance solution is desirable or required for heavy-use industrial areas such as a warehouses, show rooms, retail premises or schools.

The process of concrete polishing not only provides a high gloss, attractive surface but also actually strengthens the concrete, making it more durable and adding years to its life. Concrete polishing makes the floor highly abrasion and chemical resistant, while also being able to withstand the highest traffic and still look attractive. The process therefore both protects your concrete floor while also enhancing its appearance.

For more information on Polished Concrete view this PDF file by the CPPA... Polished Concrete Defined

The Concrete Polishing Process - Diamonds Are A Concrete Floors Best Friend

Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, so it's no surprise that the process of polishing concrete involves first literally polishing the floor with coarse, metal-bond diamonds in order to remove all the major and minor imperfections and get the concrete down to a completely smooth, unmarked surface. Next, a liquid densifier is applied to the concrete, which hardens and strengthens it, while also absorbing the dust produced during polishing. The floor is then polished again with progressively finer grit, resin-bond diamonds to develop shine.

The number assigned to the resin grit correlates to the shine, so for example, while a #400 to #800 grit polish is a traditional warehouse retail floor like Home Depot or Lowe's, a typical glossy-finish polished floor is anywhere from #1500 up to #6000 grit. After the second polishing, the liquid densifier can then be reapplied and the floor re-polished until the required level of shine is achieved. Polished Concrete Floors uses superior lithium densifying liquid for results of the highest standard.

If you want a floor with color, there is a wide variety of standard and some actually stunning colors that will be sure to suit your building and application, which can be added as a dye or stain that is applied to the concrete with the densifier. Finally, a protective sealant layer is applied to the floor and this is burnished into the concrete, providing maximal protection against chemicals and abrasions. This entire process results in a floor that is both functional and attractive and that will last for years to come with minimal maintenance.

Is Polished Concrete Safe?

Although it may seem that a polished concrete floor could be slippery and dangerous for employees and clients, it is actually no more slippery than dry, clean concrete surface. In fact, polished concrete flooring is even more slip-resistant than many of the popular top-coatings available for concrete floors. If you do need extra protection, an anti-slip concrete conditioner can be applied as a final step of the installation. However, even without this, a regular polished concrete floor still meets anti-slip requirements laid out by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Polished Concrete Is The "Green" Concrete Flooring

Another big advantage in installing a polished concrete floor, is that it is an extremely environmentally friendly process. This makes polished concrete flooring a great choice for sites wishing to use more "green" processes during construction, such as schools where children will be in contact with the surface. The application process is entirely odor-free and releases no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the environment, so it is completely safe for employees, customers or even children to be in the building while the process is taking place.

Concrete polishing systems can be fully accredited by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the internationally-recognized mark of environmentally-friendly excellence. You can therefore choose concrete polishing for your building, safe in the knowledge that you are harming neither the environment nor the health of those around you through your industrial flooring choice. Also, because our polishing system is accredited by LEED, you can obtain various credit points toward your building's LEED certification if that is what you are working toward.

Features and Benefits of Polished Concrete Floors

So, let's sum up the main features and benefits of polished concrete to see why you would want to choose polished concrete for your floor.

  • Polished concrete is "Green" flooring and totally environmentally friendly
  • Polished concrete is durable and holds its "New" look
  • Polished concrete is low maintenance and easily cared for
  • Polished concrete comes in a variety of beautiful colors and styles to choose from
  • Polished concrete is affordable
  • Polished concrete is outstanding in high-traffic, heavy use areas
  • Polished concrete is safe and provides excellent protection against slipping

Polished Concrete Floors' Premier Partners in Concrete Polishing

Polished Concrete Floors is proud to use state-of-the-art concrete polishing systems by leading companies including Ameripolish, Retro Plate, L.M. Scofield, PROSOCO, Euclid and Ashford Formula. As just one example, PROSOCO has been in business since 1939 and is a recognized industry leader in concrete polishing technology, with a wide variety of different protective concrete treatments and dyes. We choose to use products from these highly regarded companies because we are dedicated to offering our clients the highest quality concrete polishing systems available.

Contact Polished Concrete Floors today at: 407-378-2955 for more information on concrete polishing and how it can benefit your business. Our experienced consultants will be happy to advise you on the most suitable system for your building and industrial application.