Any commercial, industrial, or residential space can benefit from Polished Concrete floors. The advantages compared to traditional flooring options such as tile are numerous:
- Environmentally friendly
- Low maintenance, just mop with a damp mop, polished floors are dust proof
- Aesthetically pleasing, finish can range from low to high sheen with unlimited decorative options
- LEED compliant
- Economic, lower costs over other flooring options through lifespan
Why it makes sense for Commercial and Industrial concrete floors
Commercial spaces have greater demands placed on them when it comes to performance and durability. They often need high-performance finishes or coatings so they can withstand heavy foot traffic, abrasion, and stains and to make them easier to maintain. They also must be slip resistant to avoid injuries to staff and customers. Polished concrete offers all of these benefits. It's also a durable product. While coatings can fail with time or be subject to abrasion, foot traffic and vehicular wear, diamond ground polished concrete can outlast other flooring options.
Polished concrete floors with a high-gloss are also popular in commercial and retail facilities because they brighten indoor spaces by reflecting overhead lighting, resulting in less energy costs for lighting big spaces. Polished concrete floors also become dust proof through the process of densification.
What are my options when choosing polished concrete?
When deciding on polished concrete as your floor choice, there are many design options beyond the simple, shiny surface you may be thinking of. We can help you specify a custom polished concrete package based on your choosing. These options include an array of stunning choices for the final sheen, aggregate exposure and other decorative options such as stains, dyes, borders, and custom designs that will not wear. In a commercial space, the design of the flooring can require specific colored or patterns to direct the consumer’s eye and improve traffic flow. Concrete flooring may also be graphically enhanced via a stencil to reflect the theme, logo, or brand of a restaurant or business.
In a residential space such as a garage, we can put your favorite team's logo into the floor and polish it. Aggregate exposure is also an option to consider, we can expose small/fine aggregate to produce a “salt and pepper” look, or we can get our grind on and expose the aggregate fully. Likewise, we can omit any grinding steps and do “cream polish”, which involves no grinding so there will be no aggregate exposed. However, the finish can depend on the state of the concrete floor. If the floor needs any remediation, we may have to grind to fix it.
Are all floors suitable for concrete polishing?
Unfortunately, no. The current state of the concrete is big driving factor in answering this question. Some floors may be too deteriorated to be polished. A (free) in-person inspection must take place to determine that assessment. If you’re concrete floor is too damaged, that doesn’t mean you are out of options. We could possibly use an overlay to bring back your concrete floor to live.
We also install self-leveling overlays such as Ardex K521, which is a polishable overlay.
What is the cost for concrete polishing?
This varies on a lot of factors. For concrete polishing, we typically charge $5-$8 per square feet, but this is for polishing only. Coating removal, or removal of another flooring type will be an additional cost item. Significant prep for a concrete floor in rough shape will also demand extra costs for that service. Decorative add-ons such as dyes, stencils, etc are also separate costs.
Considering the durability and economical advantage of converting to polished concrete, it’s no surprise why more and more commercial and retail facilities, warehouses, residential spaces, and business offices, are catching on to these beautiful, high-luster floors.