Concrete Floor Coatings vs. Concrete Polishing: Pros and Cons

calander Nov 13 , 2019 user-iconAnderson Painting
Painter polishing a concrete floor

When you’re researching options for your business concrete flooring, you’ll find a lot of choices that deliver durability and high resistance to damage.

Whatever you do, it’s wise to treat your concrete floor to protect it from cracking, dusting on the surface, and moisture intrusion.

The two most common choices for commercial flooring are polished concrete and concrete floor coatings. Learning the pros and cons of each type can help you decide which investment to make when protecting your concrete floor.

What Is the Difference Between Concrete Coating vs. Polishing

Pros and Cons of Polished Concrete

Polished concrete uses heavy-duty equipment like a power trowel to grind down the surface of the flooring. During the polishing process, the floor is also hardened with a chemical penetrant.

The result is a highly reflective floor that can withstand heavy equipment and foot traffic for a decade or so, depending on how the floor is maintained.

You most often find polished concrete in industrial and manufacturing facilities. It can be a good fit in many cases, but is not the best choice if your work (or the necessary cleanup) requires harsh chemicals. It’s not very chemically resistant, and it is only recommended if your existing flooring has no cracks or pits.

Pros and Cons of Concrete Coatings

Coated concrete flooring must be cleaned a bit more frequently, and it will need to be recoated every now and then (usually every few years, depending on the demands your work puts on your flooring).

But concrete floor coatings have a host of benefits that make them a worthwhile investment for successful businesses throughout Raleigh and the Triangle. These benefits include:

  • An abundance of options: Concrete flooring has the same set of results whenever polishing is done. But you can choose your coating type, color, and thickness depending on your needs. The type of product you produce, what you use to clean your facility, and the temperatures needed for the production are just a few of the factors that can impact which coatings you choose. But your flooring installation company can help you make the perfect choice for your business.
  • Chemical resistance: Coatings are more chemically resistant than polished concrete, which is beneficial for any business that needs to clean with stringent chemicals.
  • Easy cleaning: Floor coatings are stain-resistant and easy to clean. And since cleaning is key to maintaining their longevity, coated floors are low-maintenance and unlikely to be damaged in the course of typical daily use.

Install Coatings that Last

You can trust Anderson Painting when you’re ready to see the benefits of concrete floor coatings for your own business. We’ll help you choose the best from among a wide variety of trusted PennTek coatings.

These coatings are fast-curing and fast-drying, and your floors can be ready in as little as a day depending on the scope of your project. We can install coatings throughout your property.

Whether it’s on your manufacturing floor, your basement, your sidewalk, or your garage, we have you covered with great-looking coated concrete that extends the life of your business flooring. Call us for your concrete floor coating estimate today.

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