Concrete Polishing

Concrete Polishing

A polished concrete floor is an excellent finished flooring option given its low-maintenance and high durability characteristics. Finishing techniques offer a variety of color and style options that will complement the design of the space.

Polished concrete is also considered a sustainable flooring option, because of its long lifespan, and it is often already a part of the space, since buildings are typically built on a concrete slab. It also eliminates the need for materials and energy that would go into manufacturing another finished floor that would be installed over the concrete that is there to begin with. It is a good option to look at if being green is a project consideration.

The act of changing a concrete surface by means of a multi-step mechanical process that involves cutting and/or refining the surface to the maximum potential with a bonded abrasive medium where each step cuts progressively finer microscopic peaks and valleys. Each step must be refined to its maximum potential in which the abrasive no longer cuts or cuts very little under its current weight. Below are some considerations to help decide what finish is right for the job.


Grinding a concrete surface with bonded abrasives, in as many abrasive grits necessity, to achieve one of the following:

ClassNameSurface Cut DepthAppearance
ACreamNONESome fine aggregate exposure at random locations
BFine Aggregate (Salt and Pepper)Very LittleFine aggregate exposure w/medium to large aggregate exposure at random locations
CLarge AggregateMinimum of 1/8in.Large aggregate exposure w/little or no aggregate exposure


Before application of a polish guard, polishing a concrete surface with the minimum number of bonded abrasives as indicated to achieve one of the following:

LevelNameReflective ClarityReflective SheenGRIT RANGEMin. # of Abrasives
1GroundFlat appearance with none to very slight diffused reflectionNone to very lowBelow 1004
2HonedMatte appearance with or without slight diffused reflectionLow to medium10-4005
3Semi-PolishedObjects being reflected are not quite sharp and crisp but can be easily identifiedMedium to high800 & Higher6
4Highly PolishedObjects being reflected are sharp and crisp; would be seen in a mirror like a reflectionHigh to highest800 & Higher7

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