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’ 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, and some other customers want to create this look on a new slab.
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, and the depth and distribution of the aggregate (stones). Quite often, it is only when we commence the job that the characteristics, and quality of the slab unfolds! We typically grind back 3mm and if more exposure is required, we will discuss this with you first as the price can 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 on a number of variables.
We can use a variety of sealers; acrylic, epoxy or polyurethane, based on the project specifications and requirements and can create your desired finish in either gloss, satin 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, as we only grind what’s there. If you are happy to let the slab unfold as we work, then it can and does look awesome!
Disclaimer: Images and examples are indicative only. Each slab and result is unique and the result we can obtain is only as good as your existing slab allows.