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VISUAL ASPECTS

There are four visual facets of Polished Concrete Aggregate Exposure, Clarity of Reflection, Color and Existing and Planed Characteristics.

1. Aggregate Exposure

  • Surface Cream
  • Fine Aggregate
  • Medium Aggregate
  • Large Aggregate

The goal is to refine "to" and remain "within" the desired layer and make it as consistent as possible throughout the entire area being processed. These layers can vary in thickness throughout the surface and the area of the slab being processed.

The Surface Cream layers are distinguished by color variations. There are several layers within the cream.

The Fine Aggregate layer is distinguished by aggregate that is the size of sand grains to 1/16 of an inch. This layer is the purest, the most consistent in color and has the most imperfections removed before exposing medium aggregate. This is the preferred processing layer for an aggregate free or as close to an aggregate free floor as possible.

Large exposed aggregates

2. CLARITY OF REFLECTION

Clarity of reflection refers to how defined, crisp and clear the reflection of objects are in the new concrete surface. There is a difference between a crisp and clear reflection and a muffled one.

Clarity of reflection refers to how defined, crisp and clear the reflection of objects is in the concrete surface.

  • Ground
  • Honed
  • Semi Polished
  • Highly Polished

Ground concrete has a flat appearance with no reflection.

Honed concrete will have a well-refined and even appearance to the finish with a muffled shine lacking clarity of reflection but does have a clean and refined appearance. A honed finish stops at 200 or 400 grit.

Semi Polish concrete will have greater reflection with a crisp appearance. A semi polished finish stops at 800 grit.

Highly Polished concrete will have depth and clarity of reflection like a mirror. A highly polished finish stops at 1,500 or 3,000 grit.

Diamond Concrete Polishing in progress

3. COLORING

There are 6 ways concrete is colored:

  • Integral - Performed at the time of pour and is considered environmentally friendly.
  • Integral by seeding a cement/pigment mixture in the top region during power trowel finishing
  • Penetrating Water Based Dyes - Performed during the polishing process and is considered environmentally friendly.
  • Penetrating Solvent Based Dyes - Performed during the polishing process and is not considered environmentally friendly.
  • Penetrating Acid Stain - Performed during the polishing process and is not considered environmentally friendly.
  • Colored penetrating surface sealers which are also filmforming and thus produce a more solid color - Considered environmentally friendly

Colored Diamond Polish Concrete

4. EXISTING AND PLANNED CHARACTERISTICS

Concrete contains multiple variations like a piece of wood. Each piece of concrete has its own character.

PLANNED CHARACTERICS

  • Metal Strips
  • Stained 
  • Exposed Aggregate

EXISTING CHARACTERISTICS

  • Impurities in concrete mixture
  • Bad installation
  • Bad finishing

 

So there is a very simple conclusion: every piece of concrete is really unique. And the way the grinding / polishing will be performed will either stress these caracteristiques or will be aimed to minimilize the visual aspects of the unwanted.

To further explore Diamond Polished Concrete follow links below:

- Benefits
- Visual Aspects
- The polishing Proces
Residential application
- Commercial or Industrial Application
- Expectations and Limitations

Or test your polished concrete designing skills and play around in the DESIGNER ...