In this case, we have a hallway in a standard office building, a corridor location where we came in for the owners and we removed carpet and some VCT (vinyl composition tile) and decided a polished concrete floor would look more modern and upscale. A polished floor would give a little more industrial look at a low cost point and to give them a green, build non-allergen flooring. It looks really nice. Because some folks in their office like carpet, we have an area where we polished all the way down the corridor and then we have transition points in the offices where people want carpet for less sound.
You never quite know what you’re going to get until you open the cap of paste on the top of the concrete. In this case, the present was a nice large aggregate near the surface which looks great when diamond polished. It would have been great if this was everywhere but typically that is not the case; and in this case, we got it at the high spots of the floors finish all the way down the corridor. But it looks good and it’s a unique, one–of-a-kind floor that everyone is very happy with. This is a standard grind and polish up to 800 grit on a concrete floor that you might see in any kind of office building that has been installed for the last fifty years or so. A great alternative and with the lowest lifetime cost of just about any flooring option.