Decorative concrete takes concrete beyond the grey and transforms it into an attractive decorative element. Concrete may be customized to meet any décor or architectural style, while still serving the integral function of an essential construction element. The transformation of concrete into decorative concrete is achieved with the use of a variety of materials, that may be applied during the placing process, after the concrete is cured or in restoration of older concrete surfaces. These materials and/or systems include, but are not limited to; integrally colored concrete, stamped concrete, acid staining, decorative overlays and polished concrete.

Polished concrete has become the ultimate no-wax commercial flooring material. Thanks to recent advances in polishing equipment, densifying materials and polishing techniques; contractors are now grinding concrete floor surfaces, whether new or old, to a high-gloss finish which never needs a wax or coating. Typically, concrete is not considered polished until a 400-grit abrasive has been used on the floor surface. It is normally polished to an even higher progressive grit level. Stains and dyes are often applied to enhance polished concrete, as well as, other options such as: scoring, creating radial lines, grids, bands, borders and other designs. When you factor in the superior durability and performance of concrete, it is easy to understand why companies have shifted from more traditional materials. Polished concrete flooring is an alternative to terrazzo, granite, tile and many other flooring choices. Most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab; polishing the exposed concrete eliminates the energy and material consumed by applying another flooring alternative. Many green projects choose concrete during their design phase for its sustainable qualities.