Planned & Existing Characteristics

There are a number of characteristics to be considered when polishing your concrete floor. Like wood or other natural materials, there is multiple variations in concrete. Each piece of concrete has its own character, and it will always differ from place to place and could from pour to pour. Below is a list of some of the characteristics that can be planned, and unplanned. We try our best to work with our clients and contractors in advance to help reduce the variations and set the right expectation for all our projects.

Planned Characteristics

– Metal strips for aesthetic purposes

– Stained and exposed aggregate

– Imbedded recycled glass or other aggregates

– Integral coloring added to concrete

Existing Characteristics

– Different mixes separated by a joint causing difference in color and aggregate exposure

– Patched cracks or filled expansion joints

– Surface crazing created by improper curing or a mix with too much water

– Debris imbedded in the concrete (ex. wood chunks, foam, etc.)

– Exposed rebar from improper placement

– Improper curing and or mix

– Low Floor Flatness (low areas)

– Improper floor protection

– Exposed foam on edges of slab

– Vapor barrier left on surface of concrete creating water discoloration

– Stains on surface caused by chemicals, paint, caulking, spray foam etc. during building process

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