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A Guide To Polished Concrete Flooring

Posted on 29th March 2016 by Ever Readymix Concrete

Polished concrete flooring provides a practical and stylish flooring solution for any room of your home, from a clean and modern kitchen aesthetic, to a trendy living room with an industrial feel.

polished concrete flooringChoosing this slightly unconventional flooring option for your home requires some planning, so here at Ever Readymix, we’ve compiled a useful guide to installing your polish concrete flooring.

What is polished concrete flooring?

Unpolished concrete has been favoured as a hard wearing and durable surface for commercial premises for years, providing a cost effective flooring solution that guarantees a long life. Recently, however, the trend of polished concrete flooring – created during the levelling process which brings out the natural sheen of the concrete once poured – has become an increasingly popular choice for domestic homes, providing a stylish and durable surface that looks great in any room.

Where do I start?

Start by researching reliable concrete providers offering the service. You should look at the prices offered, how long the company estimates it to take, and find some reviews on the company before enlisting anyone to do the work for you – for such a long lasting flooring choice, you will want an expert finish.

How long will it take?

How long the project takes will depend on a variety of factors, including how much the surface needs to be prepped, the time of year (humidity can affect how long the concrete takes to dry), and the size of the floor. On average, your polished concrete floor should take about a week to install, but another week may be needed before being able to install heavy furniture – for example if you are laying the flooring in your kitchen.

What is the end result / benefits?

There are many benefits to a polished concrete floor, not least being the beautiful look it lends to any room in your home. Your end result should be a smooth, shining surface that could even be mistaken for marble. Colour can be added during the pouring process, as can specks of colour, so your flooring does not necessarily have to be the natural grey, although this colour blends perfectly with any interior design style.

The benefits you will get from a polished concrete floor include a durable, hard wearing surface that will last for years – unlike carpet or tiles which can become faded and worn after a while, your concrete will continuously look like brand new.

What’s more, concrete is extremely easy to keep clean, simply needing water or even a broom to keep dust at bay. These properties are also what makes polished concrete a popular choice for other areas of the home, such as concrete counter tops and even walls for a modern, minimalist feel.

We’re a leading supplier of concrete here at Every Readymix Concrete, providing concrete for both internal and external floors. For more information, feel free to contact our team today – we’ll be happy to help you obtain a quote, or to provide any further assistance you may need.