Contrary to what most people know, polishing and resurfacing mean two different things, even when it comes to transforming concrete. Firstly, concrete polishing involves the use of a machine with diamond-abrasives that grind on the surface of the material to make it look glossy and polished. It can be done either wet or dry. In this process, the concrete is ground against until the desired shine is seen. A downside of this process is that this takes a certain amount of time to be achieved. The upside is that polished concrete is easier to clean and maintain than textured floors, which appear when it is resurfaced.
Concrete polishing also offers a simpler, no-fuss process. A non-professional could perform this task given that he or she has the appropriate tools for the job. Visit Westside Concrete Polishing if you want more information about this service.
With resurfacing, the ground is resurfaced to look much more different than the original look. In these cases, the ground cannot be polished anymore due to a large amount of damage present on the floor.
Unlike with polishing where friction is the one causing the ground to level out, overlays are put down to smooth out unlevelled areas when resurfacing is done. Cement and or cement-based toppings are examples of resurfacing materials put over cracks or holes. These are any type of overlays (micro toppings, stampable, multipurpose and self-levelling). The finished look would be like that of coarse materials.
Due to the intricate process of resurfacing, it is done better by professionals and those that are in the construction industry long enough to know which works and what doesn’t. Since it requires slow and steady preparation, if not done properly, the outcome would either be a hit or miss. When this happens, the whole overlaying process would be repeated.
Whether you’re deciding to refurbish your home or planning to set up a business and need a major makeover of your place, knowing which method to apply is crucial since both produce a plethora of colours and designs.
The best thing about these two methods is that either way, you’re going to get elaborate-looking floors because of the combination of the two processes.