When you initially think of concrete floors, you probably think "cold," "prison like" or "industrial." But with its ability to take on color and a polished sheen, coupled with its many benefits, polished concrete may become your new favorite on future projects. In fact, interior decorators and renovators both have taken a high interest for these flooring types; they’re a hot new trend in interior designing. Be prepared to have your mind blown by how beautiful, elegant and warm a concrete floor can look.
Most common places polished concrete is used include:
- Retail stores
- Hotels and restaurants
- Office buildings
- Private residences
- Auto showrooms
- Large warehouses and warehouse outlets
Here’s why trend setters are opting for polished concrete floors:
- High Durability
Polished concrete flooring is extremely strong and resilient, and is able to withstand the pressure from very heavy foot traffic and equipment. It is very difficult to damage and is nearly impossible to chip or scratch.
They are a sustainable option if you use an existing concrete slab, avoiding the consumption of new materials. And they need not be relegated to basements or garages. Once the concrete is sanded down and polished or sealed, it looks perfectly refined in a traditional kitchen or living room.
- Easy to Maintain
They are relatively easy to maintain. You just have to dust mop or broom sweep daily to prevent dirt accumulation. You should also damp mop it weekly to remove smudging, scuffs, and water marks, and restore gloss.
The cost of concrete floors is very low, which ranges from $2 to $30 per square foot to polish a plain gray slab, giving it a lustrous sheen. The concrete's tonal differences, subtle cracks and aggregates take on a stone like, natural feel.
Polished concrete flooring has an endless variety of color and texture effects and can simulate the look of dozens of different pricier materials. You can also add decorative engraving and stenciled graphics into the surface.
Properly finished and sealed concrete can be virtually resistant to fluids, especially water. Coatings can provide waterproof barriers that seal the concrete and prevent contaminants from actually getting to the concrete. And high quality concrete flooring wouldn’t have cracks in the surface that can trap food and dirt and harbor bacteria.
- Slip Resistant
Any concrete surface can be slippery especially in moist environments or areas prone to spills, but, it can also be sealed with a non-slip epoxy coating to add texture and prevent falls and injuries.
A floor that has been polished and maintained can be expected to last a hundred years or more. You don’t have to hide the cracks under a carpet or new tiles. Instead let it be celebrated for years to come.
Not yet convinced about the polished concrete floors? Talk to a concrete solution specialist for more details.
The author is an experienced concrete floor specialist and shares his expertise on polished concrete floors. For more details visit, kansascityconcretesolutions.com/polished-concrete