Concrete polishing made its first appearance in the early 1990s, as an alternative to traditional carpeting, tiling, wooding, and marble finish. It soon became popular because of its numerous benefits such as durability, permeating different styling options, easy to maintain, and relatively lower cost etc. As time goes and advances in technology became more than obvious, perhaps it is time to wonder, where will the future of concrete polishing be?
A big step forward will be polished concrete began to mimic the appeal and touch of its expensive counterparts like marble or granite, yet it remains affordable and even bare a longer lifespan. Polished concrete are also becoming less and less fragile and harder to get damage. A well- polished concrete can last as long as it can without replacement or putting additional coat. Technologies also transform concrete polishing into an art form, from elegant feel to complex designs and graphics, modern machines are able to turn any blue prints into reality.
Concrete polishing also began to be more accurately executed; hurdles like edges or supplementary covers no longer hinder the process as the machineries employed enable faster cut yet paying attention to fine details. The grits used during concrete polishing are tougher, allowing it to be used for a longer period of time, but do not easily leave unwanted marks or scratches behind on the concrete. Furthermore, grits are made in such a way that glossiness is amplified, greatly lessen the number of steps and amount of time to make concrete shiny.
Like the IT industry, concrete polishing industry is evolving, with more propane powered machines to be made available, so that machines of smaller size and lighter in weight are employed, resulting in a less-hassle polishing process. The way in which new concrete is poured during polishing is also changing, permitting better specifications. Initially, there is no specific instruction to which how new concrete is being poured during polishing thus, often resulted in unevenness. Recently, this minute step is being taken great care of, with the rise in available designs and as more and more users demand for complicated finish.
One of the major trends one can look into is the topical concrete polishing. As the name suggests, topical polishing is to enhance and polish areas that deem undesirable by the users. Indeed, visually, it may look pleasing again and the cost of topical polishing will never be as high as full area concrete polishing. Nonetheless, as the concrete is now unevenly maintained, it may not be able to withstand harsh conditions and overall maintenance in the long run may also be greatly affected