Polished concrete floors are the ultimate alternative to the traditional hard surface flooring materials, polished concrete floors will outperform any commercial or residential floor coverings. With the demand of exceptional durability and minimal maintenance, a mechanically polished surface sets the benchmark very high.
Low or High gloss
Polished concrete is considered a good sustainable flooring option due to the use of the materials already present. Most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab, polishing the concrete eliminates the energy and material consumed by applying a floor covering. It is something to consider when building or modernizing towards a more green solution.
New or Existing
Existing concrete flooring can be transformed just as well as a designed concrete floor, though there are a few points which need to be noted and understood when choosing this. In most cases the concrete was not laid originally with any intention of being polished, and it is likely that the concrete polishing will display inconsistency of aggregate exposure, concreting tool marks are often as well as stains on the surface may show more clearly at the finishing stages of the polished concrete procedure.
These variances can actually be a positive thing and do add individuality or character to the floor, however for clients seeking more consistency of aggregate throughout the surface, need to be aware that existing concrete floors will govern a certain result subject to its condition.
When selecting the process of diamond grinding and polishing the concrete as your floor finish, the benefits are numerous such as natural light reflective properties that help minimize energy costs of lighting, easy to clean as well as a hygienic floor surface. The beautiful seamless non-patterned texture of polished concrete can sometimes take on the appearance of a granite floor, or a natural polished stone finish, it can be ground deeper in most circumstances to create the look of a terrazzo floor finish, for just for a small fraction of the cost of buying these materials.
Polished concrete also reduces dust mite and allergen problems, it does not support mould growth. Anecdotal evidence suggests highly reflective polished concrete reduces lighting needs and improves natural lighting. Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and will not chip, dent or tear like softer surfaces such as timber, tiles, vinyl and carpet.
Polished concrete floors are low-maintenance, as they are more durable and easier to clean than many flooring options. Its relatively high coefficient of friction can make it non-slippery.