Burnished Concrete Floor Finish Investigation

Carrasquillo Associates reviewed a 150,000 square foot interior slab-on-ground for a big box retailer in Cibolo, TX. The project specifications for the slab-on-ground finish incorporated strict aesthetic requirements.  Shortly after burnishing and cleaning the finished floor surface, the contractor was notified that the floor was unacceptable due to various aesthetic issues on the surface of the floor. CA extracted concrete core samples for petrographic examination of the concrete and finished surface. CA determined that the concrete floor was structurally adequate, but identified various deficiencies in the burnishing and/or cleaning operations which affected the initial hard trowel finish leaving a dull appearance and exposed aggregate at localized areas.