We are Avant Design, Inc., a New York City based concrete polishing company. We polish concrete floors in commercial, industrial, and residential buildings, from bathroom sized, up to airplane hangers. We use the most enviromentally sustainable, or "green" methods; we diamond polish the actual concrete in a multi-step process up to a #3000 grit shine by using progressively finer and finer diamonds to mechanically abrade and hone the surface. We use the finest penetrating densifiers and sealers that don't leave any plastic film on the surface that would keep you from the feel of durable, breathable, polished concrete.
 
First of all, exactly what is concrete?
 
concrete

1 : a mass formed by coalescence of separate particles of matter, suspended in a fluid such as water, into one body

2 : a hard strong building material made by mixing a cementing material (such as portland cement) and a mineral aggregate (such as sand and gravel) with sufficient water to cause the cement to set and bind the entire mass
 
Concrete, as we generally know it, consists of portland cement, graded sand, and a larger aggregate, from pea-size, up to three quarters of an inch, made from bluestone, granite, limestone, or a man-made, lightweight stone, to produce lightweight concrete.
 
Concrete has been used as a building material since at least 800 BC by the Greeks, some of whose structures are still standing today!
 
What is polished concrete?


 

 
We are all familiar with concrete as it is used in everything from our sidewalks to our bridges, in our houses and high rises, but although its use and popularity continue to increase, many aren't yet familiar with this versatile substance when used as an interior finish. Concrete can be formed to take on any shape and polished to a high gloss, resembling marble or granite, yet with greater mass, and maintaining its own unique characteristics.
 
Polished concrete gives an unparalleled tactile sensation: a warm feel and texture unlike any other material. It can be cast into any form imaginable, curved and refined to be as smooth as stone which has been shaped, smoothed, and polished by the sea.
 
Polished concrete has a low price/performance ratio when compared to other types of flooring. Click here to see a chart comparing polished concrete with other options. You may be surprised!
 
How do you polish concrete? Is it messy? What about the dust? For the answers to these and many other questions, visit our FAQs page: Frequently Asked Questions
 
Architects, designers, business owners, builders, or homeowners, e-mail your specs or drawing for a free quote.
 
All of our services are available to order for new construction or remodeling, commercial, industrial, and residential. Please take a look at the pictures below of some of our recently completed work.

 

 
 
 
 
  This polished concrete floor in located in the US offices of Optomen a British television production company, in Manhattan. These offices were designed by our colleagues at Durukan Design.
 
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  We ground, polished, and stained this 16 foot high helical concrete staircase.
 
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  This is a 3 story high concrete column that again, we ground, polished, and stained.
 
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  This is a 5000 square foot nail salon on the upper west side.
 
 
  This newly polished 16,000 square foot concrete floor is in a supermarket now being constructed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This is a "cream polish" ie: with minimum aggregate expoure.
 
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We polished the existing concrete floor in this private garage, which was featured in the April, 2013 edition of Architectural Digest.
 
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  This polished concrete couch in the lobby of The Driggs apartment building, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn New York,
was formed and poured in place by the contractor, then ground and polished by Avant Design Inc.
 
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  The floor of this 10,000 square foot loft was polished for the future home of Ilan Rubin Studio.
 
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  The floor was polished prior to partition installation, resulting in a substantial saving for the client on edging costs.
 
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  This concrete bathtub has integral radiant heating which keeps the tub, the water in it, and the person
in the water, toasty warm! Ask us about including radiant heating in your tub or floors.
 
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  This image shows the tub drain and overflow.
 
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  This polished glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) bar at Growlers Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe, New York
was cast and polished offsite, then brought to the site and carefully fitted into place.
 
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  Here you can see the one of the 1/4" steel divider strips, and the deep shine evident
when concrete is diamond polished to a #3000 grit.
 
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  This floor was covered with a layer of dyed Ardex, then ground smooth.
 
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  This existing slab with integral hot water heating, was ground smooth and polished.

 
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  This floor was done with a custom colored concrete topping which was then polished.

 
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  This floor in Bloomingdale's 59th Street was done with a custom colored concrete topping which was then polished.

 
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  The walls in this bathroom were covered with a concrete that can be colored to match any Benjamin Moore color chip, burnished, then sealed.
 
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  This floor surface, in Komegashi restaurant, is a concrete overlay, which can be installed over concrete or sound wood
and here has been treated with an acid stain to create a rich, leather look. Many other
colors are available.
 
 
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  This floor in a hair salon was done with a concrete topping which was then polished to a high shine.
 
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  This existing slab has been treated with several coats of linseed oil after polishing.
 
 
  Below are before and after pictures of a residential brownstone basement floor we ground and polished. This basement had been subject to previous flooding episodes and the owner wanted a clean surface for a children's play room that would survive future flooding and be simple to clean.
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  If you have basement flooding problems, ask about the Avant Design polished concrete floor solution!
 
 
 
  For answers to your questions, to schedule a consultation visit, and for a no cost, no obligation estimate,
e-mail us with your questions, information, or drawings.

 
 
 

 
 
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  Avant Design, Incorporated - Polished Concrete 110 West 26th Street NYC, NY 10001 TEL: (646) 270-3222