Whether you’re building a new home, renovating an office or planning an industrial space, choosing the flooring is a big decision on many levels.
Flooring involves a sizeable area which means there’s nowhere for a wrong decision to hide. It’s also a sizeable financial investment so you don’t want to go down the wrong path there either - and plus, there’s the big question of maintenance and performance.
But there is a flooring solution which ticks all the boxes for residential, commercial and industrial spaces and which is fast becoming the material of choice all around the world - and that is polished concrete.
There are many reasons why this sleek and stylish material is so popular, but here are our top five picks:
1. Lifetime durability
Due to the densification and polishing process, the smooth surface of polished concrete is particularly abrasion-resistant and durable, even in areas of high foot and wheeled traffic such as those found in warehouses and retail precincts. The floors are extremely tough and will withstand huge amounts of pressure and repeated usage.
Polished concrete offers far superior durability over conventional softer flooring options such as linoleum, carpet and ceramic tiles and is renowned for its long lifespan. The quality of installation is paramount though, and you’ll find that the long-term performance of a polished concrete floor is directly linked to the quality of the raw materials, the installation and the level of care and maintenance.
2. Low maintenance
A polished concrete floor is one of the easiest to look after and really only needs minimum care to keep it looking its brilliant best. A regular sweep with a soft-bristled broom and a damp mop with a pH neutral cleaner and warm water will get rid of any accumulated dust or grime and restore the natural sheen of the smooth surface.
Many people don’t realise just how easy it is to transform an old concrete floor into a smooth, blemish-free and stylish new one - all you need is the right concrete equipment in order to hone and polish the surface to a silky sheen. Using an old base (even if it’s been covered with tiles, carpet, paint or any other coating) to create a brand new look can save a substantial sum of money, but it’s also worth noting that laying a new polished concrete floor can be a more affordable option than wood, tiles etc. You certainly get value for money over the long-term if you choose polished concrete.
4. Environmentally friendly
Upcycling an existing concrete floor into a stylishly shimmering polished one is a great way to make a positive ‘green’ statement. You’ll eliminate the need to use precious resources to create a new floor and you’ll save your existing floor from being thrown into landfill.
Another massive tick in terms of its environmentally friendly credentials is that polished concrete floors are energy efficient. They are cool in summer and warm in winter, so they can save on energy consumption - plus they reflect light thereby reducing the need for artificial illumination.
5. Aesthetics and versatility
High-gloss polished concrete floors are an excellent flooring choice because they look so good - anywhere and everywhere. Nothing beats their stylish sophistication and their shimmering finesse and with so many different colours and finishes available, there’s something to suit every situation.
So, if you are considering a new building or upgrading your current premises, you’ll want to consider polished concrete for a ‘wow’ factor that delivers excellent results over the long-term. Remember to always consult an experienced professional about laying new concrete floors or polishing up an existing one so that you get the desired levels of quality, performance and durability. They can recommend the right concrete polishing equipment and make sure that you’ve covered all the necessary steps to create the perfect sheen.
For advice on concrete equipment for hire in Perth or for any other concrete related query, get in touch with the experts, Concrete Hire. They have decades of experience in the concreting industry in Perth and offer an extensive range of quality machines and tools to make your job a breeze.