Polishing old concrete can be done on any floor
Most homes, office buildings, retail shops or industrial warehouses have been built on a concrete slab. Old concrete floors are pretty common and they can all be either sealed or polished. That’s right, you can polish old concrete no matter where it is. This building material is so tough, so resilient even if the old floor was ten or twenty years old it can probably be polished or at least sealed with a polish.
Other flooring materials would need to be completely replaced, but an old concrete floor can be prepared firstly by removing anything that was on it like carpet or tiles, then a concrete grind so that it is smooth and ready to be worked on. You can then get the old floor sealed with a satin, mid gloss or gloss polish. Although the premium choice is to mechanically polishing the old floor, like the example in the photos above of a car showroom that used to have carpet tiles.
Polishing the old floor can be included in any renovation or refurbishment to create a completely different aesthetic.
Polishing old concrete in a kitchen
The old concrete floors in a kitchen, living or dining room area can be polished by a concrete polishing company. We have already mentioned that it is possible to polish old concrete floors in a retail car showroom and the same principle applies to a kitchen in a home. Even if you have floor tiles, vinyl, carpet or floating timber floor boards these can be removed to expose the concrete slab underneath. The old concrete floor can receive a grind that shaves off a thin layer of the surface to remove glue, other adhesives, small cracks or uneven areas. We can polish around the cupboards and everything stays where it is and when it is finished it is like you have a brand new kitchen.
Polishing old concrete in a living room
Without wanting to sound too repetitive the exact same process can be applied to a living room, study, home office, rumpus room or entertaining area in a home. Any of these rooms can have their old concrete floors either sealed or polished, just like the example above. This type of renovation is very common in Victoria because people want to achieve a more modern, luxurious look using the existing flooring that the property is built on.
Polishing your old concrete floor is a clever choice because you are working on something that is already there, it is ready to be used, it is the most solid flooring material you can possibly imagine to work with. You don’t have to bring in any other materials, you don’t have to add layers of things on top of the concrete, you literally use what is already the foundation of your home.
Can you polish an old concrete floor that has cracks
A lot of old concrete floors will most likely have a few cracks from ground movement, age of the building or even the foundations moving. You can polish an old concrete floor that has cracks in it because most of the time they are not very deep. Before an old floor can be polished it has to get a concrete grinding service and this will reduce the height of any cracks with most of them being removed. For deeper cracks more grinding can be done, they can be left as is or perhaps filled with masonry concrete crack filler to help patch larger gaps.
Once this has been done the next stage of the polishing process can begin, it is is sealing & polishing then you may still see some of the crack lines if you look closely while mechanically polished concrete floors will make most cracks disappear completely because more work goes into polishing the surface.
Full exposure concrete polishing will help disguise any cracks in the surface because the floor will have a lot more texture compared to a salt and pepper finish.