Polished Concrete vs. Smooth Finish Concrete Floor

NJ is home to many large warehouse floors. In most of these buildings, there are large concrete floors with forklifts and other heavy equipment running on them all day, everyday. A smooth finish concrete floor, while it may seem smooth, is really like 100 grit sandpaper tearing up those very pricy lift truck tires, creating a lot of black dust. This black dust is unattractive to have lying around on your floor. One of the best ways to solve this dust and tire destruction problem is to polish the floor, making it smooth and dense. This densified polished concrete floor is easy to keep clean, will not deteriorate like an unpolished floor, and will keep looking great for years to come. 

Dry Densified System vs. Wet Ultra Densified Polish System

Every commercial and industrial flooring contractor that polishes concrete will use diamonds in one form or another. Most use a dry system where they start with a rough grind to open up the floor and then apply densifier and polish with 2 or 3 finer diamonds. This is known as a dry polish system. We can do this, but we prefer our wet ultra densified polish system. We start with a rough grind, but then we use a wet diamond filled solution and clay tooling to polish. Then we add concrete densifier not once, but twice to provide a super hard polished finish. This new polish system is not only beats our competitors’ old system by creating a denser concrete floor, but it is also faster. 

When to Epoxy

In fact, the only part of your warehouse floor that needs to have epoxy applied would be the charging station where you may have dripping battery acid. Even a polished floor is no match for battery acid. However, a good acid resistant novalac epoxy system will protect your concrete from the acid! 

Safety yellow epoxy pathway lines with clear UV epoxy top coat in a warehouse

Close up of stripe on epoxy warehouse floor – New Jersey

We would be happy to price out your next concrete polished floor project.