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What is Polished Concrete?

When we talk about polished concrete, we are referring to finishing techniques on cementitious surfaces, but are we talking about Microcement, Polishing by means of rotary machines such as floor grinders, or power trowels? ​


Actually, in all three cases, the process or technique includes the process of polishing the concrete at some point with some equipment or technique, but there are important differences in prices, times, processes, as well as benefits and disadvantages.


​We will start by talking about Microcement or Microtopping, this is a continuous cementitious coating made up of polymers, resins and specific additives, among others. It is considered an architectural finish due to its versatility, as it offers different types of finishes and a wide variety of colors. ​




Among its main advantages are:

1. Does not add structural weight since its final thickness is 2 - 3 mm

2. It can be applied on existing floors without the need to demolish, except wood.

3. It can be applied on floors, walls and ceilings.

4. Due to its easy and fast application, it saves time.

5. Does not need expansion joints

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How to finish concrete by means of a power trowel

The goal of troweled concrete is to create a smooth, dense, hard surface. This is done just after emptying. The troweling process improves the abrasion resistance of the concrete surface and as a result the floor will have a low water-cement ratio.

Polished and Densified Concrete System

Retroplate is a chemical hardener for polished concrete, which generates a chemical reaction with the alkali and free lime of the concrete, strongly binding the loose particles and filling the voids (pores), through crystallization, forming a single, solid and dense mass.


Its penetration and vitrification can reach up to 6mm, depending on the porosity of the concrete. Retroplate is a #1 nano technology in the world. ​ It is a colorless, odorless, non-toxic, and non-flammable liquid, so it does not emit VOCs, complying with all international regulation standards. Green technology - 100% ecological ​ T


he polished concrete floor is a highly versatile system that has been growing little by little due to its low costs compared to the floor veneer process, since cement is easy to maintain and lasts longer. ​ If we combine the polished concrete with the application, irrigation and penetration of the concrete densifying liquid we have a surface: ​ 1. Hardened 2. Densified 3. Sealed 4. Makes it easy to maintain ​ and more resistant to abrasion and compression! ​ ​ ​ ​


Proven performance: long-term durability at low costs.

Fast Application - Saves valuable construction time and operating costs by

One Time Permanent Application - No need for an expensive new application, materials, labor or costly installations.

Eliminate High Maintenance Costs - Only routine cleaning is required for optimal results. ​ Reduced Environmental Impact

•Use of existing concrete floors as finished surface

•Does not produce fumes, vapors or gases; VOC Free:

•improves indoor air quality

•Permanent life cycle – no replacement required like floor coverings

•Contributes to LEED points for sustainable buildings

How to densify concrete?

Step 1: Surface Preparation

Step 2: Floor polishing to expose pores

exposed pores, agregates visible

Step 3: Surface cleaning and drying

Step 4: Densifier application and penetration on floor

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