FAQ About Concrete

1What is polished concrete?
Polished concrete is a sustainable, highly durable flooring option that appeals to home and business owners because of its beauty and low maintenance. The process requires multiple steps in which a contractor utilizes heavy-duty machines equipped with fine grits of diamond-impregnated particles to grind concrete floor surfaces to a high-gloss finish or desired shine, similar to sanding wood.
1Where can polished concrete be installed?
Polished concrete is fast becoming a top option for all types of spaces - homeowners are choosing it for their private residences, especially in high traffic living areas or on their garage floors. For commercial spaces, polished concrete is used in large warehouses, retail stores, hotels, restaurants, and office spaces. Even schools are switching to polished concrete!
1What are the benefits?
Having polished concrete in your space is a beautiful choice and has many benefits. It is extremely durable, especially in high-traffic areas, and it is nearly impossible to chip or damage. Plus, an expertly installed, sealed and maintained polished concrete floor far surpasses the lifespan of other floor coverings, as it can be expected to last a hundred years or more. Speaking of maintenance, polished concrete floors typically require very little upkeep - simply sweep for dust and occasionally damp mop it to remove scuffs and restore its shine.
1How do I maintain polished concrete?
Polished concrete floors are one of the easiest floor coverings to maintain! It does not require harsh cleaners, stripping, or waxing - ever! The best maintenance is to simply use a broom to sweep away dust and debris, and occasionally use a damp mop!
1What is the cost?
Cost can vary, depending on what finish and decorative options you choose for your polished concrete flooring, and obviously the size of the space. If you already have an existing concrete slab just waiting to be polished, then installation is quite cost-effective, especially considering how long your polished floor will last. Polished concrete floors are definitely an economical choice, and are much more affordable and inexpensive than other options.
1Aren’t concrete floors cold?
Concrete can be cold, but traditional ceramic tile flooring or natural stone flooring can be even more so. Plus, concrete has the ability to radiate heat and store solar energy, which can save you money on your utility bills. Carpet, ceramic tile, wood, laminates, and linoleum can’t do that!
1Are concrete floors slippery?
Any non-carpeted floors can be slippery when wet, but polished concrete floors are easily sealed with a non-slip epoxy coating to prevent falls and injuries.
1How long does it take to install?
The timeline is different for each job, and it is a process - but it is well worth it because once the project is finished, you can enjoy your polished concrete floor for decades! The key factors that affect installation are as follows: area size of the project, condition of existing floor, and the level of complexity (i.e., decorative and design choices). Polished concrete does not require a coating (although that can be an option you choose!), so typically once our professionals finish our process, you can be walking on and enjoying your shiny floors right away!