Gloss Levels

Gloss Levels

There are a few different types and finishes when it comes to polished concrete. The best way to go about it would be to browse through our services page and to pick one that looks the most appealing to you. Once you have found a style which you fancy, we will then try to offer that service for you providing that the conditions of the concrete slab allow. Below are the 3 steps that we follow when providing a polished concrete service.

There are a few different types of styles and finishes when it comes to polished concrete. The best way to go about it would be to browse through our services page and to pick one that looks the most appealing to you. Once you have found a style which you fancy, we will then try to offer that service for you providing that the conditions of the concrete slab allow us. Below are the 3 steps that we follow when providing a polished concrete service.

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Step 1 :

Decide which method of polished concrete you want – Either a Mechanically Polished Concrete (MPC) or a Grind & Seal.
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Step 2

Decide how much aggregate/stone exposure you want to see showing through your concrete slab – You can choose from a Nil Exposure (minimal to no aggregate/stone), Minimal Exposure (salt & pepper/hit & miss finish) or a Full Exposure (maximum amount of aggregate/stone). Click here for our Levels of Aggregate/Stone page for better understanding.
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Step 3

Decide how shiny you want your concrete floor to be – Basically you can choose the level of sheen between a matte, semi-gloss or a high gloss finish.
1

Step 1 :

Decide which method of polished concrete you want – Either a Mechanically Polished Concrete (MPC) or a Grind & Seal.
2

Step 2

Decide how much aggregate/stone exposure you want to see showing through your concrete slab – You can choose from a Nil Exposure (minimal to no aggregate/stone), Minimal Exposure (salt & pepper/hit & miss finish) or a Full Exposure (maximum amount of aggregate/stone). Click here for our Levels of Aggregate/Stone page for better understanding.
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Step 3

Decide how shiny you want your concrete floor to be – Basically you can choose the level of sheen between a matte, semi-gloss or a high gloss finish.

Preparing the gloss level is towards the end of the service. Most of our clients look to us for advice when choosing the level of sheen but at the end of the day it really is a personal choice. Not every one has the same taste which is why we provide a number of different polished concrete services as well as providing different gloss levels to these services. Having said this though, we still inform you of the pros and cons of each level of sheen, which gloss level is easier to maintain and what is most popular as a trend in shops, cafés, homes and other large commercial areas.

The matte finish is the easiest to maintain especially with high traffic areas. It will not scratch and scuff as easily because the sealer is a penetrating sealer, not a topical sealer. Great for wear and tear and it won’t show up as much dust and imperfections as a whole. The matte finish is a very common amongst cafés, industrial spaces and outdoor areas.

The semi-gloss (satin finish) is the most popular choice. The upkeep is minimal compared to a high-gloss simply because the floor is not as refined and reflective as the high-gloss. The high-gloss is a floor which is so refined that it almost looks identical to a high polished marble floor and has a shiny mirror-like finish. The semi-gloss is most popular in residential homes, whereas the high-gloss is most common with big-name department stores, airports and shopping centres experiencing large volumes of traffic. Keep in mind that the higher the gloss level is, the higher the maintenance will be. The lower the gloss level is, the lower the maintenance and the easier it is to hide imperfections.

The price changes between the Mechanically Polished Concrete (MPC) and the Grind & Seal. If you have selected the Grind & Seal polished concrete service then your price will not vary between a matte, semi-gloss or a high gloss finish. However, if you have selected the Mechanically Polished Concrete (MPC) service then there will be a slight price increase between each stage from matte to semi-gloss and from semi-gloss to high gloss. The price increase is simply due to the extra steps and materials we go through to polish the floor to a higher gloss level. Every step involves more diamond resin pads which give that higher shine and of course the extra labour that’s involved from polishing the whole floor multiple times to reach that higher level of gloss. These extra polishing and labour steps mean our job process takes longer.

Preparing the gloss level is towards the end of the service. Most of our clients look to us for advice when choosing the level of sheen but at the end of the day it really is a personal choice. Not every one has the same taste which is why we provide a number of different polished concrete services as well as providing different gloss levels to these services. Having said this though, we still inform you of the pros and cons of each level of sheen, which gloss level is easier to maintain and what is most popular as a trend in shops, cafés, homes and other large commercial areas.

The matte finish is the easiest to maintain especially with high traffic areas. It will not scratch and scuff as easily because the sealer is a penetrating sealer, not a topical sealer. Great for wear and tear and it won’t show up as much dust and imperfections as a whole. The matte finish is a very common amongst cafés, industrial spaces and outdoor areas.

The semi-gloss (satin finish) is the most popular choice. The upkeep is minimal compared to a high-gloss simply because the floor is not as refined and reflective as the high-gloss. The high-gloss is a floor which is so refined that it almost looks identical to a high polished marble floor and has a shiny mirror-like finish. The semi-gloss is most popular in residential homes, whereas the high-gloss is most common with big-name department stores, airports and shopping centres experiencing large volumes of traffic. Keep in mind that the higher the gloss level is, the higher the maintenance will be. The lower the gloss level is, the lower the maintenance and the easier it is to hide imperfections.

The price changes between the Mechanically Polished Concrete (MPC) and the Grind & Seal. If you have selected the Grind & Seal polished concrete service then your price will not vary between a matte, semi-gloss or a high gloss finish. However, if you have selected the Mechanically Polished Concrete (MPC) service then there will be a slight price increase between each stage from matte to semi-gloss and from semi-gloss to high gloss. The price increase is simply due to the extra steps and materials we go through to polish the floor to a higher gloss level. Every step involves more diamond resin pads which give that higher shine and of course the extra labour that’s involved from polishing the whole floor multiple times to reach that higher level of gloss. These extra polishing and labour steps mean our job process takes longer.

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