Both systems start with the initial grind, this is where we remove as much or as little of the top layer of concrete to get to the desired exposure.
The concrete is further ground to remove initial tool marks, and then grouted to fill the small pores making the surface smoother.
At this stage , this is where you can decide to put a Polyurethane coating on it to protect the surface. This is referred to as a grind and seal –
Grind and seal is great for areas where staining may be an issue, and is cheaper than most conventional flooring systems.
True Polished concrete is a long term solution, and with a little bit of care and maintenance, it will end up being cheaper in the long run.
Note: We always use Non Yellowing polyurethane for grind and seal, as cheaper products can discolour from sunlight, and UV Rays, whether they are inside or out.