Polished concrete is a multi-step process where a concrete floor is mechanically ground, honed, and polished with bonded abrasives in order to cut a concrete floor’s surface. It is then refined with each cut to achieve a specified level of appearance. This process also includes the use of a penetrant chemical known as a hardener. The concrete densifier/hardener penetrates the concrete and creates a chemical reaction to help harden and dust-proof the surface.
Decorative concrete is the use of concrete as not simply a utilitarian medium for construction but as an aesthetic enhancement to a structure, while still serving its function as an integral part of the building itself such as floors, walls, driveways, and patios. The transformation of concrete into decorative concrete is achieved using a variety of materials that may be applied during the pouring process or after the concrete is cured, these materials and/or systems include but are not limited to stamped concrete, acid staining, decorative overlays, polished concrete, concrete countertops, vertical overlays and more.