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What Is Polished Concrete

An Introduction to Polished Concrete

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Polished concrete is a high-gloss finish attained by using special floor polishers fitted with diamond-impregnated abrasive disks (similar to sandpaper) to grind down surfaces to the desired degree of shine and smoothness. The resulting surface is very low-maintenance and can be stained to replicate the look of polished stone.

Pictures of Polished Concrete
To get a better idea of what kind of looks polished concrete offers, visit the photo gallery. Polished concrete can be colored in a variety of hues, and has various levels of sheen. It is a good alternative for homeowners and businesses that can’t afford marble or granite floors, but want the same brilliant, mirror-like finish.

Video: Why Polished Concrete?
Why are more homeowners, retailers, architects and engineers choosing polished concrete as their finished floor of choice? Here, Bob Harris, president of The Decorative Concrete Institute, tells us the reasons why polished concrete is becoming one of the most sought-after hard surfaces, including aesthetics, uniqueness, ease of maintenance and light reflectivity.