Why Choose Diamond Polished Concrete Floors?
The combination of diamonds and concrete sounds improbable, but this odd partnership produces flooring defined by its durability, sparkle and unique beauty. You’ll find diamond polished concrete floors in restaurants, showrooms, offices, shopping centres, airports and private homes. Whatever the environment, it delivers in terms of both practicality and style.
What is Diamond Polished Concrete?
Think of the difference in appearance between freshly cut timber, and sanded wood. Polishing achieves a similar transformation on concrete, using diamonds rather than sandpaper. First the concrete slab is treated with a densifier, to harden the concrete. Then it’s ground and polished using HTC Superfloor™ machines fitted with diamond tools.
At least four grinding steps are required to complete the polished concrete floor process. Each step utilises a progressively finer grit level to achieve the finish required:
- 3,000 Grit Level. This produces a high gloss finish. It’s also highly reflective, so you can see your reflection clearly in the shine.
- 800 Grit Level. A reflective sheen that picks up and refract natural or artificial light. Not a high-gloss finish, rather light-enhancing matte sheen.
- 400 Grit Level. A satin polish that glows rather than shines. The low lustre of this finish looks natural, rather than highly polished.
Whilst the majority of diamond polished concrete floors are created in new builds, we are also able to polish existing concrete to produce a range of beautiful finishes.
Concrete Polishing Produces Unique Floors
It’s not only the grade of polish which determines the look of your polished concrete flooring. We can also determine the patterning of the floor by grinding back the surface paste of the concrete. This process exposes the aggregate which has been used to make the concrete. The resulting appearance will always be unique, and naturally stunning.
Concrete Flooring for Any Environment
Polished concrete floors not only looks good, they’re a great investment. No matter the volume of your daily footfall, concrete can easily be maintained and will last for decades. It can be coloured and adapted to blend in with your brand, or home environment, and needs only regular sweeping and mopping to keep its ‘just polished’ lustre.
The DirectStone team works with retail outlets, building developers, car showrooms, and educational establishments to polish floors that receive a daily battering. We also create lustrous residential interiors. Bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and open plan areas are the spaces we work with most regularly to produce contemporary, light enhancing floors for everyday life.
Working With DirectStone
DirectStone is a family-run business located at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire. Our flooring specialists are experienced creators of diamond polished concrete floors, and each floor is hand finished. We work with residential and commercial clients throughout the UK mainly in London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
If you are interested in polished concrete floors for your home, new development or business, call us direct on 01525 20863920. We offer free no obligation quotes, no matter the job size.