Honed Concrete Gold Coast
What is Honed Concrete?
It is a type of concrete that has been ground to create a smooth, even matte surface that is perfect for floors outside. If you are looking for a high-quality flooring solution for your concrete outside, honed concrete can be an excellent choice. Ace Concrete Cutting grinds the aggregate to the desired level and then applies a penetrating sealer to the concrete. During honing, the concrete surface is ground, and the exposed aggregates are exposed, giving it a smooth, matte finish. To impart a lustre to the surface of concrete, extended honing may be performed with increasing finer abrasives (fine-grinding grit heads/pads) in order to achieve a smoother concrete surface.
Recommended for Outdoors
In addition to being available as a matte finish, honed concrete is sealed with a penetrating sealer that protects the concrete and prevents it from staining. Among the outdoor areas where honed concrete is recommended are flat or low gradient driveways, footpaths, outdoor areas, porches, and areas around pools where it is recommended. Unlike a grind and seal, this sealer is absorbed into the concrete and doesn’t remain on the surface.
A Durable Option
It is very important to keep in mind that honed concrete is the most durable option for outdoor applications because it does not wear out or scratch over time. Although it is not possible to select the level of gloss, the level of stone exposure can still be selected. If you are only interested in viewing a small amount of stone, you can still see a smaller amount of stone for a lower price. We will need to grind down the stone further if you wish to show the entire stone, but this will require more labor and will result in a higher price. If you want to add grout, you can do so if you choose. It is best to use honed concrete on slippery surfaces, such as verandas or pool surrounds, where foot traction is a concern. Sealants are mixed with anti-slip additives to make them more slip-resistant. A honed concrete floor is a more safe option than ceramic tiles or laminate floors, which are other types of flooring options.
What is the difference between honed and polished concrete?
For the sake of simplicity, we will group honed concrete with grind and seal concrete. In the aftermath of the initial grinding phase, the concrete surface can be processed in order to reveal varying degrees of exposed aggregate (no exposure to full exposure).
A protective seal is then applied to the concrete surface. As a surface coating, sealers act as a barrier, but will wear over time, and must be sanded back and reapplied.
Honed concrete floors can be sealed with a matt, satin or gloss sealer depending on the sheen desired. The most common sealants are acrylics, polyurethanes, and epoxy resins. According to general wear and tear, sealants can last anywhere from two to seven years.
Once sealed, concrete becomes extremely durable, as well as resistant to both staining and mould. The sealer also facilitates easier maintenance and cleaning.
Furthermore, honed concrete offers the advantage of being able to incorporate an anti-slip product into the sealer and, therefore, improve the slip resistance of the floor. This type of concrete is typically installed around pools, outdoor entertaining areas, such as porches, verandas, walkways, and driveways due to its durability.
Additionally, honed concrete floors are suitable for indoor applications, and they provide a more cost-effective alternative to mechanically polished concrete floors.
In addition to the highest degree of mechanical refinement, polished concrete surfaces are considered to be the most effective concrete flooring solution. In order to improve the durability and appearance of polished concrete, grouting and chemical hardeners are used.
As with other types of concrete, polished concrete can be customized to suit any design, with the aggregates displayed and the sheen of the floor is determined based on the design. As well as being hygienic, stain-resistant, and dust-free, polished concrete is a good choice for indoor applications.
In general, mechanically polished concrete is used indoors due to its slippery properties when wet.
Polish concrete has many advantages that make it a popular choice both indoors and outdoors. This makes it a popular choice for both residential and commercial environments. Here are some of the primary advantages that make polished concrete a popular choice for both indoors and outdoors:
- Durability: Honed concrete is extremely durable and resistant to wear and tear, making it suitable for high-traffic areas. The polishing process strengthens the surface of the concrete, making it more resistant to heavy loads and less likely to chip or scratch.
- Low Maintenance: Honed concrete is easy to clean and requires minimal maintenance. Regular sweeping and occasional mopping is usually enough to keep it clean. It does not need to be sealed as frequently as other flooring options, and there are no grout lines where dirt can accumulate.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The polishing process gives the concrete a high-gloss or semi-gloss finish that can be very attractive. The concrete can also be stained or dyed before it’s polished to provide a range of colours and effects. Each polished concrete floor is unique, with its own patterns and textures.
- Sustainability: Polished concrete is often considered a sustainable flooring option. It utilises the existing concrete slab, eliminating the need for additional materials like wood, carpet, or tile. In addition, the reflective surface of polished concrete can help increase natural light in a room, potentially reducing lighting needs.
- Cost-Effective: While the upfront cost of polished concrete can be higher than other flooring options, it’s durability and low maintenance requirements can make it more cost-effective over the long term.
- Non-Slip Surface: Despite its glossy appearance, polished concrete is usually less slippery than other common flooring options when kept clean and dry. This can make it a safer choice for high-traffic areas.
It is important to note that even though honed concrete has numerous benefits, it is not always the best choice for every situation. For example, it can be hard and cold underfoot, and it can amplify sound, which can be problematic in some environments. If you decide to choose this option, you should work with a professional that is skilled and experienced, since improper installation and finishing can lead to problems down the road.
Even though the terms “honed concrete” and “polished concrete” are often used interchangeably, they technically refer to two different finishes that are used in concrete processing.
- Honed Concrete: Honed concrete usually refers to a concrete surface that has been ground down but not brought to a full shine. This leaves the concrete with a matte or low-gloss finish. Honed concrete often has a smoother surface than regular concrete, but it doesn’t have the high-gloss finish of polished concrete. This is commonly used for outdoor applications, such as patios, pool decks, and driveways because it provides a balance between slip resistance and ease of cleaning.
- Polished Concrete: Polished concrete, on the other hand, is processed using a series of progressively finer grinding steps until it has a high-gloss finish that resembles polished stone. This finish is often used indoors for floors in commercial buildings, retail spaces, and homes. Polished concrete provides a very smooth, easy-to-clean surface that can be made to shine like marble or granite.
As a result of this process, the aggregate (stones, pebbles) within the concrete can be exposed, resulting in an attractive, individual look on the surface. The level of aggregate exposure can range from none (cream finish) to complete exposure, depending on the desired aesthetic.
Despite the fact that polished concrete is smoother and more glossy, it is still capable of providing good slip resistance when kept clean and dry, so it is suitable for a wide variety of purposes. Nevertheless, when it comes to wet areas such as pool decks, it is often advisable to use a honed finish that has a higher level of slip resistance.
A properly installed and maintained honed concrete surface can last for decades. In fact, it’s not uncommon for these surfaces to last 25-50 years, or even longer, when properly installed and maintained.
There are many reasons why honed concrete holds up so well. Firstly, the concrete itself has the ability to last for years. It is also important to note that the process of honing, which involves grinding and sealing the concrete, also protects the surface and increases the resistance of the concrete to wear and tear. As a result, the concrete will last for a longer period of time.
A number of factors can affect the lifespan of honed concrete, including:
- Quality of Installation: If the concrete was not properly mixed, poured, or cured, it might not be as durable as it should be. Similarly, if the honing process was not performed correctly, the surface might not be as resistant to wear and tear.
- Environmental Conditions: Concrete exposed to harsh weather conditions, aggressive freeze-thaw cycles, or heavy traffic may not last as long as concrete in more benign conditions.
- Maintenance: Regular cleaning and periodic re-sealing can help to extend the life of honed concrete. Spills should also be cleaned up promptly to prevent staining or etching.
Honed concrete offers a good balance between aesthetic appeal and durability, making it a great choice for both indoor and outdoor surfaces.