Abstract: Polished concrete is a solid floor, chemically treated and polished on asmooth, shiny surface with chemically thindiamonds. Polishing process is divided in to three parts. Those are grinding,horning, and polishing. In this research consider those steps specially thosesteps separately. This research focussed on investigate the use of concretepolishing in industrial flooring systems and present an evaluation on the existingflooring systems in the industry. And design new polishing plans for thevarious places by considering the suitability.
The research is to be carry outto different kind of polishing plans by experimentation from checking differentratios of densifiers, different types of colouring, various polishing stepsetc. Keywords: grinding;densifying; horning; gloss level; polishing; colouring; 1. IntroductionPolished concrete, discovered about 14years ago and has taken its path to history as a sustainable andlow-maintenance paving option in almost all market segments. We have all walkedon a polished concrete surface in recent years. It is such a popular andfast-growing sector that, in many cases, is outperforming consumers andcontractors with new technologies and new methods. This rapid growth has putthe industry in a very volatile state, leaving consumers confused about what isand what is not polished and what aspects of performance to expect. (Burns, 2015)The Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA) was formed inNovember 2009 to create standards for concrete processing with a glossy finishand help define these processes so that architects, designers and consumers canbetter understand the selection process. CPAA’s leadership consists of manufacturersand contractors to provide continuity in the creation of these standards andprocedures.
The CPAA defined polished concrete as;”The act of changing a concrete floor surface, with or without additionalexposure, to achieve the desired level of glossy finish”. There are threebasic versions of polished cement according to the CPAA. They are abrasivepolishes bonded to concrete, burnished polished concrete and topically polishedconcrete. The”polishing process” can divided into three sections.
Those are grinding,densifying and polishing. (wine, n.d.)There are many flooring systems in themarket and big competition also there. So, evaluation and made modificationshould need to polished concrete for survive in industry. 2.1 Grinding Whenconsidering floor restoration, that not all types of flooring will be similarto glass.
Concrete grinding occurs before the polishing process, making it asimpler option and one that takes less time when ultra-bright surfaces are notrequired. The resulting grinding texture is a gritty abrasive that is halfwaybetween an opaque appearance and a low-level gloss, a classic appearance ofsteps or exterior surfaces.The rectified cement can also besealed with a urethane sealant to achieve a finish similar to cement smoothedin fewer steps.
In fact, a floor sealed with urethane can work better in manyenvironments than a polished floor. Since concrete processing is a series of steps, thelevel of resistance, durability and brightness improves as much as you cut andremodels the concrete. This is the reason why the ground cement is not asbright as its polished counterparts; polishing requires a significantly higherproduction. Both, however, offer a professional look, so the type of concretewe choose depends entirely on our preferences. (O’Shannessy, 2015)