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Hi everyone. Kym Dowling here from Dowling Homes. I thought I’d spend a couple of moments just to explain what is now becoming a very popular floor finish for owners who are doing building or renovation work, and that is polished concrete.
Now polished concrete is a fairly new surface to be made available to the general public and through recent technology and improvements in materials, polished concrete is now available in a myriad of colours. And this job we’re doing at Mile End is one of those examples.
The concrete itself is not standard concrete. It has a colouring in the concrete itself and the aggregate – the stone material within the concrete, is also predetermined – whether you want browns or blues or greens – there are hundreds of choices when it comes to polished concrete.
This is the raw product that you see on the ground here that looks fairly plain and boring, just like normal concrete really. But what the process begins from this point is that the machinery that you see over here that our contractors are working on the floor at the moment is a special grinding machine that actually skims the surface of the concrete.
Now the amount of grinding that happens on the slab depends on the amount of feature you want in the concrete. If you’re after just the salt and pepper sort of look, then a very fine grinding application occurs. A medium is what we’re doing here and I’ll show you that in a tick, or a heavy grind, which will take probably 6mm or 7mm off the surface of the concrete to reveal the whole stone material that lies within.
So this has had its first treatment. It has a subsequent treatment and then a sealer over the top and I’ll just show you what the end result can look like. This has had one treatment. When the sealer goes on you will see this lovely stone appearance come through the concrete and that is the result of a finished product. Once the sealer’s on, the true colour comes out of the concrete and it looks stunning. Added to that, with the concrete surfaces you can also put underfloor heating underneath as well, so it doesn’t give you that cold, hard surface feel. You can combine the underfloor heating with the polished concrete to give you that year-round comfort level.
Another example of polished concrete is at our job at Malvern that we’re just at the hand-over stages of this job and those of you who may have been following the previous videos that we’ve taken of this job may remember right at the very beginning we showcased the polished concrete right when it had been ground, and what you see here now is the finished product. The owners have chosen a fine grind or salt and pepper look, which looks absolutely beautiful and we’re really happy with the end result. This is the natural grey finish but once again there are lots and lots of colours to choose from.
So that’s basically explaining concrete and what we can do with it, polishing and grinding, so feel free to hop on our website or visit our Facebook and YouTube for more information. There’s lots to be had, particularly on our website, and feel free to give us a call if you need any more info.
I’m Kym Dowling from Dowling Homes. Bye for now.
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