Both methods are fantastic ways to help restore the luster of your concrete floors. While concrete resurfacing relies on a brand new concrete overlay to get the job done, concrete polishing grinds the old surface away with specialized heavy machinery.
There are quite a few factors that can affect your decision. One of these is the condition of the floor itself. If your floor has serious damage, such as sizeable holes/chunks of concrete missing, patchwork, or spalling, polishing the concrete may not remove these larger imperfections. A concrete overlay and decorative resurfacing will be your best bet. Resurfacing the concrete will help conceal and damaged spots and help level the surface of the floor.
Another factor to consider is the function of the floor and the desired appearance. Polished concrete has a much more reflective and high-gloss appearance when compared to a resurfacing job. However, the overlays that come with resurfacing allow more style versatility, such as stencils, stains and dyes, a plethora of finish options, decorative aggregates, and decorative saw cuts. We tend to do a lot of resurfacing jobs in places like courtyards and pool decks, while polishing jobs are often done in garages, industrial areas, and kitchens. This brings us to the function aspect of your floor.
Polished concrete offers more resilience and durability, making it a great option for areas that have a high amount of foot traffic (such as mechanics shops, kitchens, workspaces, and garages). Polished concrete will maintain its luster for years, despite wear-and-tear.