Comparing the Different Types of Polished Concrete Finishes – Pros and Cons of Each

Polished concrete is an increasingly popular flooring choice for homes and businesses.

There are different polished concrete finishes that will leave stunning results.

After grinding the concrete, the floors are polished until it reaches your desired level of shine. Thereafter, there are three polished concrete finishes, and all will provide your home or business with a look like no other.


matte concrete
Semi gloss
High Gloss

Comparing Different Types of Polished Concrete Finishes

Before we begin discussing the three finishes, you’ll want to know what happens beforehand.

Heavy-duty machines equipped with diamond abrasive grits will grind down your floor to your desired level. The finer the grits, the shinier the result. Full exposure will expose the most aggregate (sand and stones) and you’ll have the most gloss with this. Partial exposure gives you a salt-and-pepper look and nil exposure is the smoothest and should be done by true experts like Eco Grind.

Now let’s talk finishes.



For those who prefer a modern industrial or rustic look, a matte finish is the way to go.

It lends a natural or ‘raw’ aesthetic to restaurants, cafes and homes. Because they’re easy to maintain and less reflective, dirt and imperfections will be less obvious, also making it ideal for warehouses or commercial areas.


 Semi – Gloss

With a lustrous shine, semi-gloss is popular because it’s easier to keep clean than a high-gloss finish. Semi-gloss floors achieve good light reflectivity and sheen but some imperfections may be visible.


High – Gloss

Perfect for high-end homes or businesses, a high-gloss finish gives a magnificent mirror-like shine. This finish requires more maintenance than other options and dirt is more obvious – regular cleaning is required to keep it looking great. High-gloss provides the highest level of light reflectivity and the least amount of imperfections. This option is ideal for creating bright spaces.

The eco-friendly solution

Polished concrete floors are an eco-friendly flooring solution that can be used in any residential or commercial space. It is a sustainable design option because it utilizes materials already present in the space. They do not chip and are scratch-resistant, unlike other types of flooring (timber for example). They’re also incredibly easy to clean and being non-porous means it’s hypoallergenic – so your family and pets can live freely!

Give your home or business the makeover it deserves. Contact Eco Grind to discuss your options.