If you’ve never heard much about concrete grinding, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. It’s just a way to prepare a concrete floor, right? And really, what’s so exciting about a concrete floor? The thought of concrete brings to mind grey, dull and uniform playgrounds, driveways or warehouse floors. To most people’s minds, concrete is a bland and dull material that you find everywhere in the world – that’s if you even notice it at all.
If you think that a concrete floor is hardly worth your attention or notice, you’re not alone. But there you’d be wrong – especially when it comes to concrete grinding. Far from the boring slab of mundane grey flatness that you might be expecting, concrete grinding is a delightful surprise.
First, how exactly does concrete grinding change your floor?
Concrete grinding essentially removes (or grinds away) the top surface of a concrete floor. This has a number of effects:
- Removes substances and coatings on the floor (such as paint, glue, sealers, membranes and dirt) to restore it to a clean condition
- Levels an uneven surface or a surface that has lifted due to soil expansion, growth of tree roots or similar issues
- Smooths and shines the concrete to give it a modern and fresh finish
- Can expose the aggregates to improve the aesthetic look of the flooring
Concrete grinding restores old or damaged concrete surfaces (which, let’s face it, are likely to look extremely boring) to not just their former glory, but better than their former glory. The process removes the inconsistencies and imperfections in the concrete surface, leaving you with a smoother, shinier and much better-looking floor.
Concrete grinding looks much better than concrete
Concrete usually looks grey, dull, rough and extremely uninteresting – and that’s where concrete grinding comes into its own. It can transform a boring concrete floor into a smooth, shiny, fresh and attractive one – and without the need to replace the surface material, making it a much cheaper alternative. Concrete grinding gives a sophisticated and sleek look to a room that you just can’t get with concrete. It provides a smooth, glossy and finely densified flooring surface that’s perfect in a wide range of situations.
Concrete grinding gives you far more choice than concrete
Traditional concrete doesn’t give you much choice – in reality, if you’ve seen one concrete floor, you’ve seen them all. Concrete is extremely recognisable – anyone could point out a concrete structure if asked to, as they all tend to look very similar. In contrast, concrete grinding gives you options when it comes to the look of your floor.
Depending on how much concrete is removed by the grinding process, you can expose the aggregates in the concrete to give the floor a unique and interesting look that is light years away from the traditional look of concrete. Aggregates are granular materials contained within the concrete mix, such as gravel, sand or crushed stone. Exposing the aggregates in a concrete surface changes it from bland and dull to unique, interesting and far more sophisticated. No two concrete floors with exposed aggregates will ever look the same, as the mix that goes into making each batch of concrete is different from any other. Plus, you have the choice to expose the aggregates minimally or fully to give the floor an entirely different look.
Concrete grinding allows you to have your cake and eat it too
Traditional concrete may not be the most interesting surface, but there’s a reason why it’s so widely used – its performance characteristics. Concrete is a wonderful performer and has some outstanding qualities. It’s long-lasting, durable, tough and easy to maintain, and can withstand large amounts of traffic, harsh weather and direct impacts without a problem.
With concrete grinding, you can get all the wonderful performance characteristics of concrete – at a look that’s much more luxurious. You don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics to get a functional and hard-wearing floor. You can have both – that’s really the beauty of concrete grinding – and at a price that won’t cost you the earth, either.
Consider concrete grinding for your floor
So, there you have it – concrete grinding is the perfect way to convert a boring, tired concrete surface into an attractive, glossy and sophisticated one. Get in contact today to talk to the experts about your concrete grinding needs.