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Is Polished Concrete Waterproof?

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Is Polished Concrete Waterproof?

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Is polished concrete waterproof?

Generally, concrete is a flooring material associated with longevity and strength. When it is polished concrete, you get not only longevity and strength but also design options and beauty. This is why polished concrete has grown to become one of the most preferred flooring options in homes today. Installing polished concrete flooring with giving your floors an eye-catching finish.

One of the most common concerns for people living in wet areas is finding a waterproof flooring solution.  Polished concrete floors are the best choice for wet areas because of their high resistance to moisture and liquids. They are installed with a process that seals the concrete underneath and thus protects it from contact with water.

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Without the polished top coating, concrete is porous in nature. As it cures after installation, a chemical reaction generates air bubbles that settle on the slab’s surface. Most of these bubbles remain trapped after the slab is completely set, making the concrete slab highly susceptible to water. When exposed to moisture over a long period, concrete cracks, weakens and becomes a breeding ground for fungus. This damage can be prevented by sealing the concrete slab with a waterproof layer. 

Polished concrete floors are installed using a grind and seal process that gives it a protective, shiny, and reflective surface. This surface is resistant to moisture, and this makes the flooring waterproof and makes it last longer. This is why polished concrete is famous in regions that experience rain often.

Polished concrete is also an ideal flooring option for the deck area and other outdoor settings. It makes it possible for you to have an outdoor space that is not fully covered. Unlike wood and vinyl flooring types, polished concrete does not discolor. The layer used to seal the concrete floor from moisture damage is child and pet friendly. After it is properly installed, this flooring type is slip-resistant and leaves no chemical residue.

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The shiny, water-resistant surface makes polished concrete floors easy to clean. On a day to day basis, you can use a dry mop or broom to clean it. Once a week, one can use a damp rag or duster to remove any smudges or residue and retain the shine. Installing polished concrete floors in indoor setups prevents the possibility of indoor mold growth and decay, which is common with wood flooring in wet regions. They are also scratch-resistant, which ensures they remain attractive and shiny throughout their lifetime. See more about the cost here.

If you are looking for a flooring solution that will serve you for many generations, polished concrete floors come with a lifetime guarantee. They can serve you for more than 100 years. This makes them a highly budget-friendly option if you prefer not to change or redo your flooring every few years. This longevity is also why polished concrete floors are common for high traffic areas and manufacturing plants that use heavy machinery.

Polished concrete floors are the perfect choice for wet areas or places that need a long-term flooring solution. They can be installed in offices, industries and homes.

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If you are looking for flooring ideas or a new concrete design, a polished floor provides a smoothness surface that transforms a porous concrete floor into a tightened floor. Contact us today, your polished concrete experts for superior flooring solutions.