September 07 2017 0Comment
The History of Polished Concrete

The History of Polished Concrete

Understand the origins of polished concrete.

Believe it or not, but concrete has been around for more than two thousand years, with some concrete relics and historical structures from our ancient past still standing today and serves as a reminder of how strong and durable this basic building material is for all types of construction applications.

Concrete is a mixture of water, sand, gravel, and cement which can be poured into molds, taking the desired form and shape before hardening. The concrete solidifies and turns into a rock-hard and durable building material that can withstand the test of time. As for polished concrete, it is created by using chemical densifiers and modern grinding tools that enable builders to create a smooth, high luster, and beautiful polished concrete surface. The aesthetic value of concrete is further enhanced by incorporating dyes in the mixture to have the desired color effect after polishing.

Check out the brief history of the origin of polished concrete:

  • In 5600 BC, there were early signs of concrete when the region known as Eastern Europe used it for some roads.
  • Concrete was later perfected by Romans and used extensively during their reign.
  • 18th-century technology advancements by John Smearton affected the popularity of concrete, as he claimed that concrete would be affected when mixed with water.
  • In 1825, Joseph Aspdin created the “Portland” concrete – the process of mixing chalk, clay, and limekiln.
  • Inventory Thomas Edison revolutionized concrete for mass production thanks to the introduction of the rotary kilns. The Edison Portland Cement Works became a significant figure in concrete creation, and its standards spread throughout the country, and eventually the world.
  • In the 1950’s, a group of mixers, including Brad Bowman, began the process of stamping concrete for decorative reasons. It was here that decorative concrete floors began to take fold, with colors, designs, and patterns included in designs.
  • In the early 1990’s, Tunisian workers discovered the idea of polishing concrete, when they were asked to “dry it”. The result was polished concrete and before you know it was one of the most in-demand concrete floor options available.

For knowledgeable and skilled contractors that can help you with your polished concrete needs, contact the team at All Stone Restoration today. We have over 47 years of hands-on experience in all phases of stone and concrete restoration. Contact us today to get your free on-site estimate.