If you’re like many people, you love the look of polished concrete, and who could blame you? Polished concrete is beautiful, durable, and easy to maintain. However, there’s another option in the form of grind and seal floors that could be even better for your situation. This type of flooring provides the same great look as polished concrete but has some unique benefits.
Keep reading to learn more about why grinding and sealing concrete could make your flooring dreams come true.
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What Are Grind and Seal Floors?
Before we jump into the benefits, let’s quickly go over exactly what grind and seal floors are.
Grind and seal is a type of concrete flooring with a similar look as polished concrete. However, rather than the concrete be mechanically polished until it shines, its ground to a 60 or 80 grit then coated with an epoxy coating.
This seal not only makes your concrete shine but it also provides other numerous benefits.
Benefits of Grinding and Sealing Concrete
Let’s go over just five of the many advantages you gain when you choose grind and seal concrete flooring over polished concrete.
1. Less Expensive
Although not always the case, grind and seal flooring can often be cheaper from the beginning and in the long run. The reason for this is that polished concrete requires multiple steps of grinding to achieve a high shine (7-9 steps actually). This preparation is an added labor cost that you won’t have to worry about with grinded concrete floors.
Grind and seal flooring can also save you money in the long run. This type of floor is extremely durable so you won’t have to repair or replace it for many years, when used in residential or moderate traffic flooring. It’s also low-maintenance so there’s no need for costly upkeep.
2. Faster Installation
Between the extensive prep work and the process itself, polished concrete can take seven to ten days to install. Grind and seal concrete, on the other hand, typically only takes two to three days.
3. Stain Resistant Flooring
The most common locations for concrete flooring are basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. What these places also have in common is water, food stains and urine. Polished concrete is a bad candidate for areas where you will have these liquids not being cleaned up for hours. Grinded and sealed concrete floors won’t allow for any penetration of chemicals and liquids over time, since we use a urethane sealer which is not breathable.
Since water can damage many types of flooring, you’ll rest easy knowing grind and seal flooring is watertight. That means you won’t have water or other biohazardous liquids getting into the floor itself or seeping into your walls.
For many, the appeal of polished concrete is the shine. You can get the same look with grind and seal flooring so you don’t have to compromise appearance for any of these other benefits. We can also install a satin finish as well.
5. Slip Resistant
You don’t want to be one of the 8 million people visiting the emergency room because of a slip and fall accident. Grind and seal concrete is slip resistant which helps protect you and your family members from being injured.
Ready to Get Grind and Seal Floors?
Now you know five reasons you may want to get grind and seal floors instead of going with polished concrete. As you can see, there are many benefits to this option.
What is a grind and seal floor?
It is when you grind a concrete floor and then apply a clear coating of either wb epoxy and urethane or just epoxy depending on your budget and aesthetic needs. Grind and seals mimic the look of polished concrete.
Are grind and seal floors cheaper than polished concrete?
In almost all cases this will be the cheaper option. Polished concrete requires up to 12 steps of cutting a floor which is timely. Grind and seals only require 1 to 2 steps to grind and then can be sealed much faster. Companies are willing to charge less for grind and seal because of the time they save on cutting the floor.
How much does a grind and seal floor costs?
They cost $5.00-$12.00. Depending on the size of your project the grind and seal could cost closer to the $5.00 range if your project was over 3,000 sq ft. If your project is smaller and residential size you can be paying closer to $12.00 a sq ft depending on the company.
If you’re ready to have this solution solve your concrete flooring problems, contact us today. We’d be more than happy to provide you with a free estimate so you can make your dream floors a reality.