Gloss Levels

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.

Gloss Levels

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. For a better understanding please click here for our cost calculator, that way we understand exactly what type of finish you’re after and how much it will approximately cost.

Step 1 : Decide which method of polished concrete you want – Either a Mechanically Polished Concrete (MPC) or a Grind & Seal.
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.

 

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 preference 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 the client 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 certain shops, cafés and homes and other big-name department stores (commercial flooring).

The matte finish is the easiest to maintain especially with high traffic areas it will not scratch and scuff simply because the sealer is a penetrating one not a topical. Great for wear and tear and it won’t show up 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 our 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. Usually the high-gloss is for the head turning wow look factor and for most people that high gloss may be a bit overwhelming. The semi-gloss is most popular in residential homes where as the high-gloss is mostly common amongst big name department stores and areas like airports or shopping centres which involve huge amount of traffic. Ideally whatever costs more has a high maintenance level that follows so keep in mind that the higher the gloss level is the higher the maintenance which in turn is more difficult to hide imperfections like dust and scratches. 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 materials we go through to polish the floor for more refinement. 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 gloss. These extra polishing and labour steps mean our job process takes longer.

Gloss Levels

Matte Polished Concrete
Semi-Gloss Polished Concrete
High-Gloss Polished Concrete

Gloss Levels

Matte Polished Concrete
Semi-Gloss Polished Concrete
High-Gloss Polished Concrete
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