Yes! However, that being said, certain types are not recommended and some applications are superior to others for providing longevity. One key concern with outdoor polished concrete is traction, which is why we don’t normally recommend mechanically polished concrete, as it could become slippery when wet. What do we recommend? On top of the list has got to be sealed pavers, due to their excellent traction, weather-resistance, and other valuable qualities.
Are you on or near Long Island and want to get sealed pavers or another type of polished concrete for improved patio, porch, and walkway protection, appearance, and more? Contact the expert concrete polishing technicians at Premier Polishing Corp today to get help narrowing down your floor options, for a free project estimate, or to lock down a date for service.
What Are Your Outdoor Concrete Options?
We mentioned sealed pavers already, but there are a number of other options available to you for polished concrete outdoors.
First of all, you can get honed concrete. This is where the concrete is ground down to expose the intended level of aggregate (the sand and stone beneath the surface), then the stone is “honed” using different levels of diamond grit to achieve whatever level of shine you desire. Outdoors is generally not the best place to go for highly polished concrete. Honed concrete generally has a matte finish. After it has been sealed to prevent staining, the project is done and you can enjoy your new, low-maintenance, safe-to-walk-on, long-lasting outdoor concrete floors.
Another similar option you have is grind and seal concrete. Grind and seal concrete is an industry term differentiating polished concrete, as a process of mechanical surface polishing with resins, from the process of achieving the desired appearance with a topical sealer. The topical sealer you get from a grind and seal approach to your concrete can be glossy, and, what is more, it can have non-slip grit added to make sure the coating is suitably slip-resistant.
Grind and seal has some advantages and drawbacks to mechanically polished concrete. For example, it has excellent versatility, and can be used both inside and outside while achieving a wider range of possibilities in terms of appearance and other special characteristics that can be achieved through the chemical properties of the topical sealant.
The main downside of grind and seal concrete is that, while it still remains far more durable than other outdoor flooring options such as tile and wood, it does require more maintenance than honed concrete. This is because, while with honed concrete the sealer is absorbed and penetrates below the surface, with grind and seal pavers the sealer sits atop the surface without being absorbed much at all. This means that it can be scratched, worn away, scuffed, and so on, and may require resealing after a few years of use to maintain its quality.
Grind and seal also has the disadvantage of being somewhat more complicated to install than simple polished concrete. For example, any moisture trapped between the slab and the epoxy or polyurethane coating could lead to issues such as discoloration at the surface with the final product. That’s why it is absolutely essential that you get the work done by concrete specialists. Our team at Premier Polishing in Long Island can help you determine the best type of concrete finish to install in your outdoor area.
Achieve Safe, Long-lasting, Beautiful Concrete Floors for Your Outdoor Spaces
Are you looking for a safe, hard-wearing, stylish concrete floor for your outdoor space? Both honed concrete and grind and seal concrete are fantastic options. Be sure to consult with expert concrete installers to ensure that you are selecting the most suitable option for your project. With careful planning and quality installation, you can expect your outdoor surfaces to look fantastic for many years to come. Contact Premier Polishing Corp today to learn more about how to use concrete to create a more stunning outdoor environment for your home or commercial space.