Versatility. With it’s understated elegance, concrete can complement a range of settings ranging from vintage and french provincial to modern, industrial and eclectic styles.
It’s personal. Because each piece is hand-cast, you can make it your own by choosing what goes into the mix (see below)!
It’s environmentally friendly. It’s actually kinder to mother nature. We like to go one step further and use recycled glass, timber and metals in our products, which means less waste. In the disposable society that we live in, our concrete products are strong, durable and if properly maintained, will never need replacing.
It’s healthier. Mechanically polished concrete does NOT support the growth of moulds or dust mites, because there are no tiny cracks or crevices to collect dirt and debris, which can be a common breeding ground for all the little nasties! So all you asthma and allergy sufferers get on board.
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Difference Between Polished and Honed?
Honed concrete is a finish which is not quite as refined as mechanically polished concrete, but it is an alternative to Mechanically Polished Concrete for outdoor areas. Honed concrete is usually ground to 60 or 120 grit so that it is slip resistant and it has a penetrating sealer applied to protect the concrete – this can be done in an invisible sealer (no change to colour of the concrete) or a colour enhanced sealer (which will enhance/darken the concrete). Mechanically Polished Concrete on the other hand is a more involved process that involves densifying and hardening the concrete and then applying resins to polish it up until it shines. This process however can be stopped at a matte finish, or you can continue to polish up to a semi or high gloss. Please see example images below of the two finishes.
Will polished concrete fade or discolour over time?
One of the biggest advantages of Honed concrete and Mechanically Polished Concrete is that it will not fade and with proper care will not discolour. However, grind and seals or any sealers that don’t have a UV stable coating on the surface will over time discolour and may lift, crack or peel.
What is the difference between mechanically polished concrete (MPC) and a grind and seal (G&S)?
Mechanically polished concrete is for indoors only – it is the true form of polished concrete as it is the concrete itself that is polished and buffed until it shines – there is no topical coating and therefore there is nothing to wear away over time, and it will last you many years.
With floors that are mechanically polished like a HiPERFLOOR, the concrete is hardened and densified to up to 10 times its natural strength so it is much less likely to crack. The concrete is also grouted, which is a process that fills in the small pin holes and cracks on the surface, leaving the top smooth and very refined – so if you run your finger across the floor it looks and feels like glass. Then the floor undergoes a series of polishes using resins which make the floor smooth, shiny and glossy. you can finish the procedure after just a few polishes so that you end up with a matte finish – or you can continue to polish up to a very high grit for the semi or high gloss finish.
A Grind and Seal can be used for indoor or outdoor. It is a cheaper alternative to the authentic polished concrete and very popular in cafes and restaurants as well as outdoor areas, garages, driveways and homes. This procedure involves grinding the concrete to prepare it for a clear coating of a sealer like a polyurethane or epoxy. The clear coating will protect your concrete and if desired we can use a special grit in the top layer in order to make floors non-slip (ideal for around pools, and any wet areas). The final product still looks similar to the mechanically polished concrete however it is the sealer that gives the floor an artificial shine – and so like any topical coating, over time this will start to wear and eventually need to be sanded back and re-applied. Sealers will generally last 2-7 years depending on traffic and they are available in a matte, semi-gloss or a high gloss finish.