Different Types of Polished Concrete Finishes
Polished concrete floors offer a range of finishes that can be customized to suit different design preferences and applications. The most common types of polished concrete finishes include:
1. **Bronze**: This finish involves minimal grinding to expose the natural beauty of the concrete while maintaining a light, creamy appearance. Cream polish is often used in residential settings or areas where a more subtle, understated look is desired.
2. **Gold**: Also called ‘Salt and Pepper’ this finish is achieved by grinding the surface to reveal a moderate amount of aggregate, resulting in a speckled appearance. This finish is popular in commercial spaces and can add a touch of texture and visual interest to the floor.
3. **Silver**: This finish exposes more aggregate than the previous finishes and can be left with a matte or satin look. This finish is often chosen for Commercial settings as it provides a greater slip resistance while also revealing the variations of aggregate.
4. **Platinum**: The platinum finish gives the floor the best characteristics and is often opted for in a domestic situation. It involves more grinding steps than the other options, bringing the floor up to a 3,000 grit. The result is an unbeatable durable floor, with a highly reflective finish.
5. **External**: This finish is only used in outdoor settings as it provides the ultimate slip resistance for all weather conditions. Used for public spaces such as parks, colleges, bar smoking areas and walkways. In a residential environment, it can be used for the garden / patio areas.