A Guide To Polished Concrete Flooring
When you think of concrete, your mind might not instantly jump to a sleek and stylish flooring option; however, upon reading this article, we hope it that it will. We will be using this article to discuss polished concrete flooring, and offering some useful information to take on board before you decide to utilise it in your home.
What is polished concrete flooring?
Polished concrete flooring, unlike industrial concrete flooring, has been treated with a chemical densifier to fill in the holes and pores of the substance, and ground down with progressively finer grinding tools. Once the process is finished, you are left with a beautifully smooth floor with a slight sheen to it.
What is the appeal of polished concrete flooring?
First and foremost, polished concrete flooring looks great. As previously mentioned, it offers a smooth and sleek aesthetic, one which taps into the ever popular industrial trend, making it an excellent addition to any modern kitchen or living room.
Secondly, polished concrete flooring is considered a sustainable option too. That is, to create the finished look, you needn’t ‘put in a floor’ in the traditional sense. Rather, all that needs to be done is to polish the exposed concrete foundation, meaning that you eliminate both the materials and the energy necessary to create a more complicated look.
What are the benefits of polished concrete flooring?
Easy to clean: Thanks to its sleek, gap-free surface, polished concrete is very easy to clean. Simply mopping the surface with warm, soapy water once a week should suffice for cleanliness.
Durable: Polished concrete is an extremely hard-wearing surface, and will retain its sleek appearance for much longer than other surfaces, such as hardwood. If properly maintained (and maintenance is simple) a polished concrete floor can last for up to 100 years!
Non-slip: Although the distinctive sheen associated with polished concrete may suggest otherwise, it is in fact a non-slip surface – only if it is kept clean and dry, that is.
Is polished concrete affordable?
Polished concrete is certainly considered a premium flooring option and, as such, the price will reflect this. Obviously, the actual price will differ depending on factors such as the number of rooms, the size of the rooms and the desired finish, but a ballpark figure might be something like £50 per square metre.
How long does installation take?
Again, when it comes to installation, how long it will take will also depend on the size of the project. However, installation won’t necessarily take that long, especially considering you’re solely working with concrete. Ultimately, you can expect the installation of your concrete floor to take around a week; however, you will need to allow a further week before you decorate your home with things such as heavy furniture.
The Concrete Network provide quality on-site mixed concrete to numerous customers, both domestic and commercial, across the UK, with a variety of grades and concrete mix designs to suit various applications. With a wealth of experience and an impressive fleet of mixing trucks, we can tailor each batch of concrete to meet your exact specifications. For more information or advice on your requirements, get in touch today.