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Specifying the right polished concrete floor

by Madelein
Specifying the right polished concrete floor

Polished concrete floors are increasingly being specified on projects ranging from warehouses and retail centres to busy, upmarket office spaces. With the right tools and equipment, a polished concrete floor can have varying looks based on the level of aggregate exposure that needs to be achieved.

Grades of finish
Diamond Products has a guideline for grades of finish depending on your client’s requirements:

Grade I (cream finish)
None of the coarse aggregate is exposed while grinding, resulting in a very consistent tone. A more polished finish can be achieved with sealers and densifiers, thereby resulting in a hard-wearing floor.

Grade II (salt-n-pepper)
This grade requires a bit more grinding, which results in some exposed aggregate – hence the salt and pepper name. This system is ideal for convenience stores and exterior walkways.

Grade-III (aggregate finish)
As the name suggests, this grade of floor requires a little extra grinding to expose the aggregate resulting in a terrazzo-like finish. This is a great system for projects where the ascetics of the natural stone in the concrete are required.

Levels of polish
There are also different levels of polish that can be chosen based on the client’s requirements, namely low reflectivity, medium reflectivity and high reflectivity. Get in touch with Diamond Products to help bring your client’s vision to life.

For more information, contact Diamond Products on +27 (11) 552 8310 or via www.diamondpc.co.za.

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