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Polished and Sealed Concrete Shines Like Never Before

Polished concrete is not only beautiful but also highly practical. Capital Concrete Coatings transforms dull concrete floors into glossy, reflective surfaces that exude sophistication and require minimal maintenance. Our sealing services provide long-lasting protection, preserving the brilliance of polished concrete.

There is often a lot of confusion between true polished concrete and concrete that has been grinded and has a topical sealer – essentially these are two different methods used to achieve a similar look.

With a true polished concrete, the concrete surface is ground using progressively finer diamond grinding tools.  Once we get to about 800 grit the concrete starts to shine.  And when it gets to 3000 grit it glows.  It almost looks like a topical sealer is applied (but there isn’t one). The surface is durable and resistant to staining and abrasion. The natural aggregates within the concrete may also be exposed, adding to its visual appeal.

In the grind and seal method, the concrete surface is ground similarly to true polished concrete, but instead of continuing with polishing steps, a topical sealer is applied to the surface after grinding. This sealer can be epoxy, urethane, or acrylic-based, depending on the desired finish and level of protection.

True polished concrete tends to be more durable and long-lasting compared to grind and seal floors because the polishing process hardens the surface of the concrete. Grind and seal floors rely on the protective layer of the sealer for durability and may need to be periodically re-sealed.  Both have pros and cons that need to be considered – but generally are a great choice for a long lasting and minimal maintenance floor.

There is a third option that is sometimes employed as well – a micro-topping overlay or a polishable overlay.  Sometimes if the concrete is in really bad shape this is the only option that will achieve a uniform look.  Polishable overlays are generally around 1/2″ thick (but they can be applied much thicker if need be).  Things like threshold elevations, door openings, etc. need to be considered when considering this as an option (generally this is not suitable for a project unless it’s a complete gut-job remodel). Micro-topping overlays are much thinner – usually about 1/8″ inch.  They are packed with polymers to ensure a strong bond and there is little true diamond grinding involved – but instead it’s a hard trowel finish designed to mimic/emulate the look of polished concrete.  

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We build concrete countertops and pour concrete cantilevers around pools in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Buda, Dripping Springs, Driftwood, Liberty Hill, Spicewood, Pflugerville, Lakeway, and Georgetown.

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