The term ‘polished concrete’ is perhaps the most misused term in the industry and hence can create confusion and an unrealized expectation. A grind and seal differs in many ways to a ‘mechanical polish (refer to the polished concrete finish section), in quality, durability, process, appearance, suitability, upkeep, and price.
Our Urban Warehouse finish is a rustic, warehouse look. It is typically used on older slabs that have a character that you want to retain and enhance, complete with cracks and other imperfections. Working with an existing slab, we are limited by the age and quality of your slab, how it was poured, what is already in the slab, the level and distribution of the stones in your slab. Quite often, it is only when we commence the job that the characteristics, and quality of the slab unfolds! We typically grind back 5mm for more exposure, less for a minimal exposure, however we will discuss this with you first as the price does vary the deeper we grind.
However, not every grind and seal is considered equal, so if you are comparing quotes, it is important that you compare apples with apples!
There can be many variations, for instance:
The number of passes of the grind;
The quality of the sealant used;
The number of coats applied and
The experience of the installer
Grind And Seal Concrete Floor
We can use a variety of sealers; acrylic, epoxy or polyurethane, and can create your desired finish in either gloss or matte.
An older, more weathered slab, usually doesn’t have the necessary strength to polish and an Urban Warehouse finish is just the finish to complement its character. This finish can and does look awesome and has a real urban feel!
Again, it is important to discuss your project and budget with our flooring specialist and do your research before deciding on the right finish for you. It is important when choosing this type of finish that you understand that we can only achieve what the slab allows us to! If you are happy to let the slab unfold as we work, then it can and does look awesome!