In the world of decorative concrete, the choice often boils down to resinous coatings or polishing. But deciding which suits your needs can be daunting. It’s not a question of which is better than the other, but which is right for your unique floor. Let’s break down the differences and help you decide.

What is Concrete Polishing?

Concrete polishing is the purposeful stripping away layers of concrete to reveal the desired aggregate exposure, followed by refining for a smooth, polished finish. Our X-Shine polishing system, with over 20 years of proven results, ensures top-notch outcomes for projects of any scale.

Advantages of Concrete Polishing:

Durability: Polished concrete rivals the toughness of regular concrete and may be even harder with X-Hard Plus. It is suitable for high-traffic areas, from footpaths to factory floors. Heavy equipment such as forklifts, tractors and order pickers are no problem for a polished floor.

Aesthetic Appeal: With various aggregate exposures and customization options like dyes and stencils, polished concrete offers versatile decorative possibilities. The deeper the grind, the more exposure of stone from cream polish to large aggregate.

Easy Maintenance: Its smooth surface facilitates hassle-free cleaning, and our patching guide offers effective solutions for chips and cracks, ensuring longevity. Regular and thorough maintenance makes polished concrete extremely cost effective and a leading option for large industrial settings.

Did You Know?

Many industrial giants in the West Michigan area have chosen to use Xtreme’s X-Shine Concrete Polishing in their facilities?

Drawbacks and Limitations:

While polished concrete excels in many applications, older floors may pose aesthetic challenges such as excessive patching and pitting that shows through the polish. Staining is also a concern for many customers when compared to the stain resistance of coatings. Ultimately, a professional installer can help you determine what is possible with your unique floor.

What are Resinous Concrete Coatings?

Resinous coatings overlay existing concrete, after a grinding process, creating a new, fresh surface. Options like epoxy, polyurethane cement, and acrylic offer diverse finishes and durability levels. Coatings offer a sleek, modern look with the benefit of longevity.

Advantages of Resinous Coatings:

Versatility: Coatings offer extensive customization options, from solid colors to flake floors and quartz broadcasts. The color of the product as well as the flakes are highly customizable and can even include glitter and other additives.

Durability: Quality coatings like our V-8 High Performance Floors line provide exceptional toughness, suitable for high-impact areas. The impermeability of V-8 floors makes it an excellent choice for garages, homes, businesses and more.

Customization: Many residential and commercial applications want high customization that will bring a wow factor to their home or office. Platinum and flake floors are a great option for these situations. A customer can decide what color base coat, and which color flakes to use and on a platinum floor, the colors can be chosen and mixed.

Did you Know?

No two platinum floors can ever be the same! Even with the same colors used, an installation will always be unique, meaning your V-8 Platinum will be 1 of 1! This is due to the installation process and how the resin decides to shift and swirl as it cures.

Resinous Coatings Limitations:

A coating may seem perfect, but just like polishing, there are drawbacks and limitations to consider when looking for a project solution. Luckily, V-8 High Performance Floors was engineered after years of experience using other products, so we’ve found a way to solve a lot of common problems.

UV Exposure: Epoxies and many other resinous notoriously yellow from sunlight exposure. This makes many installations tricky, especially when dealing with a white floor and a location with windows or even an outdoor project. Hybrid XT is the answer to this problem. This resinous hybrid product has all of the benefits of a traditional epoxy, but it cures in a fraction of the time and will not yellow!

Grip: Polished concrete may sound like a slippery surface, especially when wet, but the reality is it has an excellent traction rating from the National Floor Safety Institute. When kept clean and maintained, they are very slip resistant. Because of this, many assume that a resinous floor is a less effective choice when considering grip.

Xtreme and V-8 have a solution for that too! Our double quartz broadcast system provides incredible grip, even on slippery pool decks. You can even use Magnum topcoat on any system for additional grip.

V-8 Quartz Double Broadcast for Grip

Maintenance: Keeping a coated floor can sometimes be more of a challenge than a polished floor. For flake and other broadcast systems, the texture of the floor can trap particles and be difficult to clean properly. But with the use of Xtreme clean, the 8x concentrated floor cleaner, even tough floors are easy to clean.

Key Differences & What’s Right For You?

Consider factors like cost, traffic, and aesthetic preferences when choosing between polishing and coating. Explore our websites for detailed information and reach out to our experienced professionals for guidance tailored to your project.


Whether you opt for the sleek finish of polished concrete or the customizable allure of resinous coatings, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Contact us to request a quote and embark on your decorative concrete journey today!