Concrete is a natural composite material made from an aggregate (typically rocks, river stones, and granite chips) combined with a cement binder and water.
Polished concrete is measured in grades and finishes: the higher the grade, the larger the exposed aggregates; similarly, the higher the finish, the shinier the polish.
Properly polished concrete is naked concrete.
A properly prepared polished concrete surface is any concrete (whether new or old) repeatedly buffed by increasingly finer diamond grits through a mechanical process until the natural concrete develops a high-gloss shine, which reflects light and grows clearer over time.
No wax or sealer is used. No volatile chemicals are used. Minimal waste is produced. The shine is naturally produced with diamond buffing only. Nothing to chip, fade or peel. Floors require minimal maintenance and last a lifetime, even in industrial applications.
So, is polished concrete right for me?
Polished concrete is right for many consumers, and is well accepted in manufacturing, industrial, and commercial applications all over the world.
Hardworking, low maintenance, versatile, affordable, and in it for the long term, polished concrete is an undeniably appealing floor choice.
Fun Fact: The difference is between concrete and cement is that cement is a component of concrete: Sidewalks are made of concrete, not cement.