This session covers the anatomy of retail and industrial slabs including the body of the concrete, aggregates, mortar fraction, paste and cap that serves as the polisher’s working canvas. Attendees will discover how mixture constituents, construction conditions, finishing techniques, curling and other floor deflections can impact the initial aesthetics and long term performance of polished floors. The fundamentals of grinding, polishing, dust and slurry collection, high-speed burnishing, chemical hardening and gloss treatments commonly used in the industry will be discussed. Specifying and measuring gloss for acceptance, temporary protection, routine maintenance and rejuvenation of polished concrete floors will also be covered.
- Dissect and evaluate the anatomy of a concrete floor to be polished
- Evaluate how mix designs, construction practices and finishing techniques impact the polisher and polished product
- Define the fundamentals of grinding, polishing and burnishing industrial concrete floors
- Explore the concepts of achieving gloss, protection of your work, maintenance and rejuvenation of polished floors
Credits: 3.0 hours AIA/CES LU, PDH, TCA, DBPR/CILB No. 0608161
Education Tracks: Concrete Floors & Slabs
Event Type: WOC 3-Hour Seminars > Session
President & Senior Consultant at Structural Services Inc.
Richardson, TX , United States
Rick Smith is President and Senior Consultant at Structural Services, Inc. and has over twenty-five years’ experience in the design, construction, and evaluation of high performance concrete floors and pavements. Rick is a member of ACI Committees 360 ( …