Concrete polishing in the Cotswolds & Gloucestershire

We wanted to share some concrete polishing process photographs of our latest concrete polishing project.

The first three pictures show the concrete slab after installation as the builders left it. Showing concrete floor before the polishing process beingsThe concrete slab ready for polishingThe concrete polishing process starting to take effect

The client request was to polish the concrete cream. To do this the slab must be laid and finished extremely well with no high or low spots to allow the machinery to agitate the surface without removing much of the top layer. The cream is the most fragile part of the slab and often requires hardening and densifying to give it the consistency to polish.

The floor was not as level as we may have hoped however we were able to retain 90% of the cream exposing minimal aggregate leaving this old blacksmiths unit with a contemporary and slightly rustic looking highly durable floor

Polished concrete floor starting to shineThe beauty of a shiny polished concrete floorAfter the concrete polishing process is complete
The finish is created by running have a high powered machines over and over the concrete. With the concrete polishing process complete there is no synthetic topping on the floor which will increase the durability and life time of the slab. Polished concrete is arguably the most durable floor finish available to the the commercial and domestic market. This floor also has under floor heating installed

If you like to know any more about our concrete polishing processes or concrete installation for polishing please get in contact:-

Tel 07775944596

Posted by Bruce Swait

Cleaning or grinding a natural stone floor

What’s the difference?

Professional natural stone floor cleaning will return your floor to how it  used to look. Removing dirt & grime build up.  Old seals stripped & replaced with high performance breathable sealing products that allow you to choose the level of shine & depth of colour.

Grinding a natural stone floor & resurfacing allows us to refinish the floor in situ to a high specification. Completely removing the existing surface & imperfections;

 

Grind a natural stone floor

Giving you a beautiful, completely level  floor. Choose between  naturally honed & polished finishes, tailored to your requirements

These coins demonstrate the uneven nature of these limestone floor tiles. Before grinding;-

Before grinding a natural stone floor

After grinding & honing;-

After grinding a natural stone floor

This completely smooth and even finish is really simple to maintain

Please get in contact if you would like to discuss the best option for your natural stone floor or need a quote on grinding a natural stone floor.

Cheltenham; (01242) 577557

South Cotswolds; (01453) 756308

Posted by Bruce Swait

Carrara marble restoration project

Earlier this year we were asked to carry out some restoration work on the Carrara marble floor of a prestigious building in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The floor was approximately 20 years old and had not received any care over and above mop and bucket.

It had suffered damage increasing  over the years. As the polished surface was compromised the continued footfall worked the damage further into the marble surface causing deep pitting and scratches.

We were asked to bring the marble back to life, whilst retaining some of the character and aged appearance.

After preparing the work area, we began with the most aggressive process to remove the deepest damage to the marble. It was at this stage we had to strike a balance between a complete restoration and preserving some of the character that the client was keen to retain. Once we were happy we had struck the correct balance we moved on through progressively less aggressive stages. Finishing with a final  hone to provide the satin sheen finished requested by our client.

The floor was then sealed using a high-grade impregnating Sealing product that penetrated into the stone surface creating a highly effective water repelling ability to the marble floor tiles.

Where possible we will always achieve the required finish to the stone through natural polishing methods. Then use a impregnating sealing product. This then allows the stone to breath naturally allowing for changes in moisture levels in the sub floor without compromising the stone surface. If a non-breathable synthetic sealer is applied to natural stone. The stone can react to the synthetic surface, shrugging it off and leaving the stone unprotected. The client was very happy with the finish we achieved and has appointed us on other stone restoration projects since.

If you have any questions on your own restoration project please do get in contact with us; 01242 577557

Posted by Bruce Swait
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