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Polishing The Worst Concrete Ever

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Be sure to read our follow up article where we finished polishing the worst concrete ever.

When it comes to polishing concrete, Harmon Concrete has recently started polishing the worst concrete ever. When we complete the project, we have no doubt it will look quite beautiful, but getting there is going to be an interesting journey.

In January of this year, we were awarded a residential polished concrete job in a tiny town outside of Coffeyville, Kansas. The homeowners, who own a small glass shop, wanted to “seed” the concrete with little pieces of glass, mirror and aluminum. Seeding the concrete before it’s polished is an excellent way of adding character to a polished concrete floor.

Harmon Concrete made the 3 hour drive to show the homeowners how to add their glass, mirror and aluminum to the concrete as it was being poured. The concrete company pouring the slab appeared to know what they were doing, so we gave final instructions to the homeowners, helping them seed the first 6 yards.

How To Finish The Concrete

Before leaving, the concrete company who would be putting the final finish on the concrete slab wanted to know what type of finish we wanted on top. Our response is always the same:

“You don’t necessarily need to put your machines on it unless you want to. We like to have a steel trowled finish as long as it’s not burned in. In other words, get it as smooth as you can. As long as it’s smooth, that should be perfect.”

Most concrete companies would know exactly what we were talking about. We made the mistake of thinking they knew what they were doing. Apparently, just because you have “Concrete” in your company name doesn’t necessarily mean you know what you’re doing!

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Concrete Grinding

Harmon Concrete arrived a couple of days ago to start polishing the concrete slab, and what we found was beyond belief! We will be officially be polishing the worst concrete ever.

Not only did this company incorrectly finish the slab, but they left a concrete slab that was almost impossible to polish. Yes, “Almost.” There are several huge holes and gouges in the concrete that will need to be repaired before we can even begin and a steel trowel was never used on the concrete to smooth it down. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of ridges left all over the 2,300 square foot slab.

In some places, the slab will hold as much as 2 inches of water meaning it’s very unlevel.

The concrete was poured using a 5,000 PSI concrete, but it was poured extremely wet, so the concrete strength has been diluted. The result of pouring too wet are the many cracks you can see on the surface.

We could probably go on and on, but instead, we’ll focus on how we are going to get the job done right for our customers.

We are officially about to start polishing the worst concrete ever!

Be sure to watch for our next report on polishing the worst concrete ever.

For more information on our polished concrete flooring services, please feel free to contact us at any time. For your added convenience, we have an online appointment scheduling system so you can have one of our owners call or come by on a day and time that works best for you.

If you would like to see how your floor would look with polished concrete, visualize your polished concrete with our polished concrete visualization tool.

Feel free to take a look at our polished concrete image gallery for more options and ideas for your own concrete polishing project. We’ve already added our pictures from the Centerton Fire Department, so be sure to take a look.

Harmon Concrete proudly offers the following services: Polished Concrete, Stained polished concreteepoxy flooringconcrete countertopscoating removal and concrete leveling.

We serve the following cities in Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Springdale, Arkansas, Rogers, Arkansas, Bentonville, Arkansas, Bella Vista, Arkansas, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Fort Smith Arkansas, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, (In Missouri) Neosho, Missouri, Joplin, Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, Branson, Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, (In Oklahoma) Muldrow, Oklahoma, Tulsa, Oklahoma. As long as your concrete project is in Arkansas, Oklahoma or Missouri, we would be honored to work with you.

Serving The Central United States Since 1987

Harmon Concrete proudly services Tulsa, Oklahoma, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Fort Smith, Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Bentonville, Arkansas, Rogers, Arkansas, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas, Harrison, Arkansas, Branson, Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, Joplin, Missouri, Neosho, Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, Wichita, Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas, Dallas, Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, Houston, Texas and the entire Central United States of America.

If your city is not listed, please rest assured that Harmon Concrete services all of Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas.