*Polished Concrete* – A New Beautiful Flooring Option For Austin Homes
Whether it’s for your Austin home or a business, polished concrete it making its way to the top of the list as a beautiful, durable flooring option. Polished concrete floors offer astounding longevity if properly maintained – up to a century of service. Plus, the finish looks amazing.
If you are looking for an affordable flooring remedy, consider polished concrete as an alternative. Perhaps this option is right for you. When looking into them all, you’ll find that there are different ways to create a design underneath the polished surface.
Polished Concrete At New Home Builds
The best methods of coloring concrete are done during the pouring of the foundation. If you want polished concrete for a new home in Austin, call in our experts before you go further with the plans.
The powdered or liquid iron oxide pigment is added during the manufacturing process. The dry-shake color hardener method is cast over the concrete and worked into the surface just after it is freshly placed. These methods are best because the color lasts longer and is UV stable.
Acid-Staining & Polished Concrete
Acid staining before polishing is a method used to color existing concrete. The lime particles in the concrete will react and change when they come in contact with the acid stain or chemical stain. With acid staining followed by polishing, there is a limited range of colors to choose from.
Eco-Friendly Concrete Dyes
You can also choose a water or acetone based dye to color the concrete prior to polishing. The dye penetrates into the concrete, so the more porous it is the better.
One problem with this type of concrete process is that the color tends to be affected by UV light from the sun. And, they can be more susceptible to color fading when moisture is present. With this process, you will need to have a topical sealer applied to protect the surface from fading.
There are many sealers on the market for polished concrete floors, so don’t think that the only option is to apply a “layer of sealant” that film the surface.
Trust a pro like us to advise you on the best course of action when you are choosing polished concrete or other decorative concrete options. There are so many other options such as diamond etching and stamping, so get with our artificial turf and decorative concrete pros at SmartTurf today!