Concrete Specs

Listed below are some basic concrete specifications. The main difference between Cream, Scattered, Random and Stony, is the level of stone exposure. With some exceptions, all concrete slabs have stones in it. Deeper concrete grinding will result in greater stone exposure.

Cream

Surface stones exposed = NONE

“Basic concrete requirements” – Concrete needs to be well cured, at no less and preferably more than 32 MPA of strength, having being laid very straight with a highly burnished finish (very smooth).

Being very economical, “Cream” is the perfect option for industrial areas where extreme floor strength is required. It is also the obvious choice for large commercial areas subject to high traffic. As the concrete is coating free, the surface will keep the sheen for a longer period of time and is therefore more power efficient by reflecting natural light. As the polished concrete cost varies majorly on the exposure of the stones, Cream is a great contemporary and durable option for both commercial and residential buildings.

Scattered or Salt & Pepper

Surface stones exposed = SOME

“Basic concrete requirements” – Concrete needs to be well cured, at no less and preferably more than 25 MPA of strength, having being laid straight and left with a burnished finish (smooth).

“Scattered” or often referred to as ”Salt & Pepper“, because of its small and wide spread exposed aggregates. 

“Scattered” is often referred to as, ”Salt & Pepper“, because of its small and wide spread exposed aggregates. “Scattered” is a low cost polished concrete option that has in recent years become increasingly popular in both commercial and residential sectors where wanting to replicate that fresh industrial look. Being extremely hard wearing, it is also used in the industrial application where the original concrete does not meet the requirements for a “cream” finish.

Random

Surface stones exposed = Most

“Basic concrete requirements” – Concrete needs to be well cured, and preferably 25 or more MPA of strength. Within reason, the original concrete does not need to be very straight, as the process itself will straighten the floor.

“Random” is the most popular of all exposures. It projects the look of prestige and sophistication, while at the same time keeping that natural and rustic feeling due to unpredictable stone exposure.

Stony

Surface stones exposed = All

“Basic concrete requirements” – Concrete needs to be well cured, and preferably 25 or more MPA of strength. Within reason, the original concrete does not need to be very straight, as the process itself will straighten the floor.

“Stony” is the supreme Polished concrete floor. It offers a similar stone consistency to terrazzo, yet is more affordable and has greater benefits. The full stone exposure combined with the finish that Mechanical Polished Concrete (MPC) offers becomes none less than a long lasting, prestigious and unique floor.

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