Honed Concrete Gold Coast
What is Honed Concrete?
Honed concrete is a type of concrete that has been ground to create a smooth and even matte surface. If you are looking for a high-quality flooring solution for your concrete outside, honed concrete is an excellent option. At Ace Concrete Cutting, the aggregate is ground to the desired level and a penetrating sealer is applied. During honing, the concrete surface is ground and exposed aggregates are exposed, giving it a smooth matt finish. A smoother concrete surface may be achieved using extended honing with progressively finer abrasives (fine grinding grit heads/pads) in order to impart a luster to the surface.
Recommended for Outdoors
Honed Concrete is only offered as a matte finish and it is sealed with a penetrating sealer which protects the concrete and helps to prevent staining. Honed concrete is recommended for outdoor areas such as flat or low gradient driveways, footpaths, outdoor areas, porches, and around pools. Unlike a grind and seal, this sealer is absorbed into the concrete and does not remain on the surface.
A Durable Option
Since there is nothing to wear away or scratch over time, honed concrete is a more durable option for outdoor applications. The level of stone exposure can still be selected despite not being able to select the level of gloss. You will be able to see a smaller amount of stone for a lower price if you are only interested in viewing a small amount. We will need to grind the stone down further if you wish to show the entire stone, however, this will require more labor and will result in an increased cost. Grout can also be added if you wish. Concrete surfaces that are prone to slipping, such as verandas and pool surrounds, are ideal for honed concrete. The sealant is mixed with an anti-slip additive to improve foot traction in wet conditions. Compared to other flooring options like ceramic tiles and laminates, honed concrete is a safer choice.
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.