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Solid footing – NZ Grinders Massey University project

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New or recycled concrete floors can be transformed into a contemporary feature surface – NZ Grinders offers a range of durable designer finishes

Solid footing – NZ Grinders Massey University project

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In today's design world where flair, economy and sustainability are all buzzwords, it is no surprise that polished concrete floors are an increasingly popular option. However, exposing an aggregate for the right effect, or achieving the precise finish required requires a high level of expertise – and the advanced grinding machinery to match.

NZ Grinders works with polished concrete, epoxy and other durable floor coatings for the commercial environment, says manager John Enticott.

"Polished concrete flooring is increasingly in vogue for retail establishments, warehouses and public facilities. The surface is attractive to architects, designers, and specifiers for its durability, sustainability and low upkeep. Companies don't need to worry about delaminating or product wear – true polished floors won't chip, peel or fade as there's no coating to be compromised.

"For new floors, stones or coloured glass can be embedded in the concrete mix and then exposed when the surface is ground and polished. With this process, a worn concrete factory floor can be reinvented as a smart, modern surface. The design possibilities are endless."

The Tauranga-based firm's grinding machine, the HTC 1500, is the only one of its kind in the country.

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"NewLook Concrete and Kalmar Construction enlisted our services for the new Students Amenities Centre at Massey University. Architects Warren and Mahoney wanted a low-sheen polished floor with decorative joints cut to a grid pattern. Ground to expose the natural stone, the concrete floor features on over 1100m2 of hallways, retail and café areas. Nano polish provides stain protection."

For more on the floor polishing options from NZ Grinders, visitwww.nzgrinders.co.nz .

First published date: 19 December 2013

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