04 Jan Why you should consider concrete finishes as a polished plaster solution for your commercial property
- Polished concrete is low maintenance and hard-wearing. Some mixes also have a low friction coefficient, making them non-slippery.
Polished concrete is a more durable material than polished plaster. This makes it a better candidate for floors in commercial buildings. You will also find that polished concrete has a remarkably different look and finish to polished plaster. Many people prefer the look, which is cold, industrial and undeniably alluring.
Commercial buildings would benefit from polished concrete wherever there’s a desire to create a feeling of openness and spaciousness. That’s because polished concrete reflects light like glass, adding another dimension to any room or walkway.
Some existing concrete floors can be polished. However, the level of polish that can be achieved depends on the thickness of the sand in the concrete. Larger grains of sand mean a higher level of polish. If a concrete floor has smaller grains of sand, then the finish won’t appear as glossy as you might like. In this case, we would recommend resurfacing the floor with a special concrete mix that’s formulated for polishing.
Also suitable for walls
Walls are also good candidates for polished concrete, although it is floors where most applications exist since these are often already made from concrete. If you have concrete walls in your commercial building, it may be possible to polish them to a high gloss. This will eradicate the need for any plastering.
For a top-grade finish, most walls will need a new surface though, using a high-quality polishing concrete that is applied by an expert.
As with floors, the level of polish that can be achieved depends on the thickness of the sand in the concrete. If you are unsure about this, it is best to call a specialist to advise. Sometimes, existing concrete may not be suitable for high-level polishing. If this is the case, then it will need resurfacing with a special type of concrete.
Polished concrete walls have a unique character. They are industrial, contemporary, yet utterly timeless in their aesthetic appearance. They have real depth and change colour and tone depending on the light source. They are perfect for many types of commercial building, especially those that welcome customers through their doors.