Polished concrete floors Woodend
We do polished concrete floors in Woodend for residential, commercial or industrial concrete slabs – new or existing. A polished concrete floor inside or outside is a cost effective choice that interior designers in Woodend are using to great effect. The benefits of polished concrete flooring include;
- Low cost vs other floor types
- Durable & hard-wearing
- Great inside or outside
- New or existing concrete slabs
- Ideal for home, shop or office
- A range of styles & finishes
Polished concrete flooring in Woodend
Our company is a local polished concrete flooring specialist in Woodend. Getting your concrete flooring polished is a clever flooring solution to choose because it is the most durable, sustainable and eco-friendly floor material for a new or existing property.
The total cost of concrete polishing and long term ownership is less than tiles, timber or lino if you get a quality job completed. Polished concrete flooring is safe, stylish and durable.
Photos of polished concrete floors in Woodend
Polished concrete flooring can look simply stunning in a home, business or office anywhere in Woodend. We have polished concrete floors in hundreds of locations over the years with different finishes, colours and styles. Every type of concrete slab will create a slightly different colour and texture depending on the aggregate used in the mix & how deeply it is polished.
Polished concrete has become very popular and as you can see in the photos below it is clean, sleek, and creates a very modern appearance if you get a quality job done.
As we’ll explain though, it is the cost effectiveness, sustainability, durability and range of health benefits that really appeal to people.
A concrete polisher in Woodend with great reviews
“…a professional attitude, extreme attention to detail and exhibits a high level of skill… his availability to guide and help us before and during the concrete polishing stages in Woodend was a tremendous help… Mark clearly takes pride in his work and strives to produce a high-quality finish…”
Our service area for concrete polishing in Woodend
We can visit any location to do concrete polishing in Woodend or the surrounding regional areas. The equipment that our company uses for grinding, sealing or polishing concrete floors can be transported in our van which means we can visit a home, office or industrial site any day of the week.
We also service areas such as Creswick, Ballarat, Kyneton, Gisborne, Sunbury, Bacchus Marsh and Melton.
Concrete grinding & polishing in Woodend
We provide services for surface preparation of floor coatings including glue / adhesive removal on existing floors. If you have an existing concrete slab we offer the option of concrete grinding and polishing in Woodend.
We can grind any existing concrete floor surface that is sized between 50m2 and 1000m2. Preparing any floor is the most crucial step to a great looking sealed or polished concrete surface.
Our equipment can be used on ground level locations like residential homes, in a multi-storey building, in a retail shopping area, an industrial building or warehouse complex. As long as we are able to get access to the floor area with our equipment through the doors, a goods lift, roller door or access ramps we can grind, seal or polish your existing concrete flooring so that it is ready to walk on.
The concrete grinding process will make sure the floor is completely smooth and level before any other work is done to it. We take special care to remove glue, adhesives or other imperfections as well as repair small cracks so that the floor is level.
For residential homes or commercial premises in Woodend, Haynes Polished Concrete provides a variety of floor finishes and services to suit any requirement. The beauty and character of polished concrete can be used in modern or traditional buildings whether they are homes or businesses, by varying the amount of aggregate showing through different looks or styles can be created.
Polished concrete floors costs in Woodend
If you want to find out the cost for polished concrete floors in Woodend it is very easy. It is more affordable than people realise compared to using other flooring materials.
There are three main choices to consider when researching the costs for polished concrete floors in Woodend because it depends on what you have already.
1. Concrete sealing costs between $50 and $75 inc gst per square metre
2. Concrete grinding and polishing will cost between $80 and $110 inc gst per square metre
3. Concrete polishing will cost up to $110 inc gst per square metre
The choice of service you select will depend if you have a brand new concrete slab that was poured in a new construction or it is an existing concrete floor that has to be worked on. The amount of work involved will then vary depending on the condition of the surface, the imperfections it has, any cracks that have to get repaired and of course the size of the area.
Either way we can provide a fixed price, written quotation, to help you work out the costs involved.
Is getting polished concrete floors in Woodend expensive?
If you are trying to decide what type of flooring to buy it is important to compare your options carefully because polished concrete floors are not actually expensive.
If you are considering laying tiles, floating timber floorboards, carpet or lino in Ballarat you need to add up all the potential costs involved which include;
- How much does it cost to purchase the raw materials?
- What is the freight cost to have the materials delivered to your location?
- What is the cost to prepare the surface area to be used?
- How much does it cost to have the materials layed?
- Do you have to treat the materials once they are installed to protect them?
- How often does the surface need to be treated again to prevent further damage?
What you will very quickly discover is that getting polished concrete floors is cheaper than tiles or even floating floorboards. The costs you will find online might only be the labour cost, you have to then add the cost of materials as well. Then the cost calculation gets even more complicated when you consider that some of these materials need to be treated regularly to maintain their finish.
For example, buying tiles might cost around;
- $27-$388 per square metre to buy new tiles
- $10-$15 per square metre for tile sealant
- $30-$45 per square metre to get them laid
- $200 to $500 in local delivery fees
Assuming the floor surface is flat and doesn’t need grinding, the cost will sit between $70 and $600 per square metre to get floor tiling installed. To buy good quality timber floorboards the pricing starts at around $50 per square metre just for the materials, so as you can see all of these floor finishing choices are pretty similar in cost to have installed.
Mechanical concrete floor polishing in Woodend
Mechanically polished concrete floors are the highest quality of floor finish you can select in Woodend and better than sealing or laying tiles
- Mechanically polished concrete is better than sealed concrete
- Make your concrete floors look like a luxury hotel or museum
- High gloss, high quality flooring surface
- More durable, harder wearing compared to concrete sealing
The concept of a polished finish dates back some 20 to 30 years and was originally used to describe the process whereby a typical grey or coloured concrete floor was coated with a wax product and then highly polished.
Mechanically polished concrete finishes are created by using a polishing machine that utilise discs that contain diamonds. Much like heavy-duty sandpaper, the diamond polishing discs grind down the concrete until the desired look is achieved, exposing a small amount of aggregate (rocks in the concrete) or full exposure of the aggregate depending on your preference.
A chemical hardener is then used to penetrate the concrete, creating a reaction that dust-proofs and hardens the surface of the concrete floor. It makes it the highest quality floor finish available in Woodend and much better than just getting a grind and seal. A commercial or residential mechanically polished floor surface looks like a museum or high end hotel to give the location a premium look and feel.
The difference between mechanical concrete polishing and concrete sealing
There is a big difference between a concrete floor that has been mechanically polished vs one that has just been sealed.
Mechanical concrete polishing is very literally a mechanical process of polishing the surface of a concrete slab using engineered floor grinders fitted with industrial diamonds.
During this process, the concrete is ground, honed and polished using progressively finer grits of diamond abrasives until the floor reaches the desired level of shine (either level 1-4; matte to high gloss). In terms of durability and benefits, mechanical polished concrete has a much longer lifetime expectancy and is much more durable, especially in areas with high traffic.
However with sealed concrete, the gloss is achieved from a topical sealer. The process is simpler and involves less grinding, honing, and polishing steps. We offer our sealed concrete service as an affordable alternative to fully mechanically polished concrete.
In more simple terms the visual difference between sealed vs polished concrete is a floor that has just been sealed will still look a bit rough, like a clear coating has been poured on the floor. A fully polished floor will look a bit like a glossy marble finish, beautifully smooth like a work of art.
Polished concrete company in Woodend
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concrete flooring polishing in Woodend
Interior design has embraced the use of hard surfaces like polished concrete because of the wide array of polished concrete finishes available, its durability, cost effectiveness and the flexibility it creates when styling an existing or new building site.
An existing concrete floor can have grinding performed to make it smooth, level and ready to be polished with minimal or full exposure of the aggregate, when you combine the latest sealants you can present a stunning floor space that will last a lifetime. Polished concrete is a generic term covering a variety of decorative concrete flooring options which leave a concrete surface exposed as the final floor finish.
Using our polished concrete company in Woodend has become a popular choice for people in regional Victoria with homeowners, retail shop owners or even commercial building managers choosing this flooring type instead of carpet, tiling, pavers or lino. It is a sustainable material with minimal use of chemicals that is perfectly suited to indoor or outdoor spaces with its cost effective application avoiding the need to require materials, labour, delivery and regular maintenance. It is why our company enjoys doing this type of work so much.
Concrete polishing for a new concrete slab in Woodend
We can do concrete polishing on newly poured concrete slab foundations in Woodend
If you are building a new structure on a concrete slab our company can grind and polish it once it has cured properly. You can choose a concrete floor surface that is either fully polished, honed or has a pavilion finish to suit your requirements either indoors or outdoors.
Haynes Polished Concrete is a contractor in Woodend that provides a mechanical polishing service for floor areas between 50m2 and 1000m2 in homes, retail stores, showrooms, industrial or commercial areas.
We have the necessary equipment to perform surface preparation of a new slab with a grind that will ensure it is free of any adhesives or imperfections to make sure it is beautifully smooth and flat to work on. You then have the choice to get it sealed or go the whole way and mechanically polish the surface then seal it.
The typical concrete used for most new residential slabs has a compressive strength of 20 MPa, and is designated as Normal-Class N20 concrete. However, for polished work, the use of a higher strength concrete is recommended: N32 for steel trowelled and honed finishes; N40 for burnished finishes.
The specification of the concrete is only the first step in achieving the desired polished finish and a lot will also depend on the use of good site practices if expectations are to be met. Pouring a new slab gives you more options in relation to the aggregate used, colours and textures.
A good quality surface finish is particularly important for polished concrete finishes. A generally highly polished and therefore reflective surface will highlight any trowelling marks and undulations. The main tolerance criterion that may affect polished finishes is the flatness of the surface so it’s important to make sure your concreter does a great job first time around. We can provide advice on how this needs to be done.
Concrete polishing for existing concrete floors in Woodend
We can grind an existing concrete floor so that it can then be sealed or polished
Many existing concrete floor slabs can be grinded so they are smooth enough to either seal or polish for a low-maintenance durable floor surface. Our company’s approach is to lightly grind the surface to remove stains and minor defects, any remnants of adhesive, trowelling marks and to provide a more uniform surface to work with. This generally improves the appearance of the floor to deliver satisfactory results.
Since most concrete slabs have not been designed to receive a polished finish and the surface may have been repaired or had sections replaced to run new electrical or plumbing services, a variable finish can be expected and in some cases (especially for industrial interior designs) even preferred.
Cracks and poor joint details may also need attention. If cracks are exposed, these can either be filled or repaired to reduce their impact, or left as features in the floor. Depending on the application, they can often add character to the finish.
It is such a hard wearing surface because there is no topical coating. What will happen is the substrate is honed to your preference to achieve a matt, satin or full gloss look to the stone exposure you prefer. Even for an existing concrete floor it is extremely scratch-resistant because of the polishing process we go through that hardens the surface. The common terms used are;
Surface polished – we will focus on accentuating the effects from the troweling/burnishing process when the slab was poured and cured. This can sometimes look a bit smokey or charcoal like in texture.
Minimal Exposure polish – this is where a small amount of stone is shown so that the floor has some texture to it and isn’t plain. How closely the stones are really depends on how the mixture was originally poured.
Full Exposure polish – this is when you want to show off all the aggregate stones in the concrete mix. It is the most ‘natural’ look because you see so much of the stone that is in the concrete. If coloured stones or other types of aggregate was also added during pouring these will come through as well.
Residential polished concrete flooring in Woodend
- Living and dining room
- Outdoor patio entertaining areas
- Large car garages
- Pool surrounds
- Alfresco dining
- Kitchen, bedroom or bathrooms
Residential polished concrete floors in Woodend for old or new homes has become a very popular interior design renovation trend in recent years. Residential home owners have become bored of using carpet, cheap laminate timber floor boards or even floor tiling.
Lots of people now choose to get their concrete floors polished instead.
Getting polished concrete flooring is not expensive, if you get a quote for tiling it is a similar cost when you add up the materials plus labour to lay them. It is important to compare the total cost of supply, delivery, installation & treatment.
Easy to maintain
You can have a perfectly seamless concrete floor that is simple to maintain, can retain warmth and costs less to install than other products available. There are also lots of finishes and different sealants available to create unique textures, colours and styles to suit you interior styling. It makes polished concrete a simple and easy choice when building or renovating.
It is a cost effective, economical flooring choice for either new or existing homes because any type of concrete floor can be polished or sealed in Woodend. Think about the total cost of materials, labour, delivery and long term maintenance of concrete compared to tiles, wood, carpet or lino. You will save money long term with concrete floors that are polished because they will last longer and require less maintenance.
Commercial concrete floor polisher in Woodend
- Office areas
- Reception entry spaces
- Bars and clubs
- Gym locations
- Medical centres or hospitals
- Car dealer showrooms
Our company does commercial property concrete floor polishing in Woodend. Polishing floors for commercial properties can be done in an office and reception area for example. It is the most durable floor surface that you can have in this type of building and will hold up to regular foot traffic and a high volume of pedestrian activity.
If you are thinking about commercial concrete floor refinishing in your building, our company regularly works in these types of sites in Ballarat. We provide very affordable concrete polishing rates with work completed to an extremely high standard.
The versatility of commercial concrete flooring is incredible, practically every single commercial property is built on a concrete slab. So it makes perfect sense to to prepare it to be walked on, have furniture installed or even cubicles erected. There’s no need to worry about floor insulation, laying expensive tiling or carpets that will date over time.
Any commercial location
The most common locations include buildings that have head office teams, hot desk sales team sites, call centres, government departments or even creative agencies. Their use has extended to places like bars and clubs, gyms, medical centres and even car dealer showrooms that have a mix of vehicles or desks on display in the same area.
Polished concrete is so easy to maintain; a simple sweep or mop will take care of any spills or messes to maintain its aesthetic appeal. It is an economical flooring choice for either new or existing commercial properties around Victoria. You have to look at the total cost of ownership and maintenance over the life of the floor.
You will also have a striking visual impact for anyone visiting your site with lower long term maintenance costs.
Retail property polished
concrete flooring in Woodend
- Retail clothing shops
- Cafe or restaurants
- Furniture showrooms
- Kids play centres
The most visited locations in Woodend and regional Victorian areas are shopping centres and retail stores that receive the highest volumes of foot traffic of any property type.
When there are that many people walking in and out of a property as well as things like trolleys, temporary point of sale displays, kids rides or even seasonal displays the flooring gets a constant barrage. That is why it makes so much sense to get polished concrete floors in a retail site.
Great for high foot traffic
When it comes to selecting a suitable flooring material for a retail space, you’ll find countless options to choose from in Woodend. Keep in mind that these areas receive higher than normal foot traffic so the choices reduce quickly to those that are durable and can withstand continuous use.
Let’s also not forget that these spaces need to help build your brand’s reputation so it has to look great and represent the business in the best light possible. As a retail business owner, think about every location you have visited, there are very few that use timber floor boards, carpet or even lino and for good reason.
Return on investment
Any retail site will get maximum return on investment from the installation of polished concrete flooring, it’s as simple as that. There is no other flooring surface that is more durable, versatile and hard wearing other than floor tiles.
Health and safety
The biggest consideration for retail property owners in recent years has been how can they improve the health safety of a space. Using carpets for instance are not a good option for people with allergies like asthma.
Or imagine the costs of dealing with food or liquid spills on floor boards or a carpeted area when it gets trapped in the fibres – this is why so many cafes have concrete floors. Even floor tiling can catch debris in the grout lines or broken tiles can lift to present a trip hazard. Concrete flooring does not hold dust, dirt, and other allergens while also being very easy to clean or maintain.
Finishes and colours
The finishes available to be used in retail environments include a mixture of textures and sealants to ensure it is safe for customers avoid slipping and can be applied to existing or new slab to compliment your interior design styling.
The difference is that concrete will require fairly minimal maintenance over the long term vs other options and most likely won’t need to be replaced.
Another aesthetic aspect to consider is lighting. Retail stores are usually illuminated to increase the appeal of the items being sold as shoppers browse the store. You can amplify this effect with polished concrete flooring because it can be installed with a highly reflective surface.
If there are areas with low or natural lighting concrete flooring that is polished can help reduce your store’s reliance on lights or let you use them in creative ways.
concrete floor polishing in Woodend
- Factory floor area
- Storage facilities
- Distribution centres
- Exhibition buildings
- Vehicle storage facilities
- Airplane hangers
For buildings that have a floor areas up to 1000m2 that are typically found in factories, storage facilities, aeroplane hangers or even exhibition buildings we can polish the concrete flooring. It’s a cost effective way to treat the concrete surface so it can be used for storing equipment, vehicles, storage racking or anything else that these larger building spaces would need to be used for.
It is the most durable flooring solution available for industrial properties around Woodend that need to be used regularly & for long periods of time. A tough flooring solution is especially important when it is being rented to a tenant or is a building that is used for multiple uses that change regularly. This type of flooring can withstand constant heavy machinery movement and is less vulnerable to damage vs other industrial floor options like epoxy.
It is so tough it is resistant to scratches and stains, eliminates concrete dust release, and these floors can be washed with water alone. It is the perfect surface to minimise dust, reduce cleaning costs and be installed cost effectively compared to alternative flooring materials.
Floor tiling can catch debris in the grout lines or broken tiles can lift to present a trip hazard. Concrete flooring does not hold dust, dirt, and other allergens while also being very easy to clean or maintain.
A choice of textures and sealants are available to ensure it is safe for staff to avoid slipping. These can be applied to existing or new slab as required. It is an economical flooring choice for either new or existing industrial sites properties around Victoria. You have to look at the total cost of ownership and maintenance over the life of the floor.
Tough concrete will handle the most rigorous industrial sites.
Common questions we get asked about concrete polishing in Woodend
There are so many benefits of getting polished concrete floors in Woodend if you are renovating, building or refurbishing a residential, retail, commercial or industrial property;
- Durable – Polished concrete is extremely durable and can last for many years with little maintenance. This makes it a good choice for high traffic areas and can withstand lots of wear and tear. It is the most durable flooring option available on the market today for residential, commercial and industrial floor spaces. Polished concrete floors can last up to ten years with a basic, regular maintenance schedule.
- Low Maintenance – Once polished, concrete requires very little maintenance which is perfect for residential, retail, commercial or industrial use. It is so easy to clean and maintain as it doesn’t require any special products or treatments. Simply sweep or mop with water on a regular basis and any spills will be easy to wipe up.
- Value for money – Unlike timber hardwood floors, laminates, tiles and vinyl flooring; polished concrete is just as cost effective on a price per square metre basis when you take into consideration the ongoing costs involved in maintaining the other materials types as well as adding up the cost to buy them, lay them and seal them.
- Aesthetics – Polished concrete can be made to look extremely sophisticated. It can also be stained or etched to create a unique look that will complement any interior styling.
- Safety – Polished concrete is non-slip and easy to clean, making it a safe choice for businesses or families to use in any property type.
- Cost – Polished concrete will usually have a higher upfront cost than other flooring options, but it can actually save money in the long run because it does not need to be replaced as often as other types of flooring.
- Eco-friendly – The floors are non-toxic and eco-friendly making them ideal for families with children or pets. Having polished floors can save on your energy bills by creating more light in your home by up to 30% in daylight hours.
They also stay warmer in the colder months and cooler in the summer months due to the concrete’s thermal mass; which works as a natural insulator. New builds can also have hydronic heating installed in the concrete floor if the client has opted for this kind of heating option.
- Healthy – this type of flooring is hypoallergenic which means it doesn’t harbour dust or other allergens. Polished concrete floors emit no mould or mildew and are allergy free and harbour no dust mites.
- Sound – The floors are noise absorbent which makes them ideal for areas where you want to keep the noise levels down, such as bedrooms or studies.
The polished concrete floor process is really simple. There are 3 common scenarios that we work with;
- New construction – if you are planning on building a new structure we can provide advice for what is required during your concrete pouring phase to have the ideal slab that is ready to be sealed or polished.
- Existing concrete floor – Mark can provide advice and suggestions for the available options for your existing concrete floor area based on your usage scenario, the type of concrete it is and the condition of the floor.
- Existing polished concrete floor that needs repairs – Mark can inspect your site to determine what preparation work will need to be done to repair the existing concrete floor. In most cases it involves removing the existing sealant with a concrete grind and then completing a new polishing service to repair the floor.
Where do you begin?
- Decide what type of floor you would like e.g sealed or polished
- Decide what type of finish you would like (see some examples in our gallery here)
- Contact local concrete polishing contractors to arrange a site inspection and written quotation
- Select your preferred contractor
- Prepare the room by removing everything that is in it so it is ready to be worked on
- The concrete polisher will mask up the walls, doors and other areas to protect them from damage
- The floor will be prepared with a concrete grind
- The floor will be sealed or polished depending on what level of service was chosen
The whole process can normally be completed within a few days. You don’t have to wait for materials to arrive, for installers to be available etc. Mark will come to your location with the equipment required to polish your floors. This is what makes the process so simple compared to other flooring options that may take weeks to have completed.
Mark has many years of experience in the industry & the latest equipment from Husqvarna that can make any floor look amazing for many years to come. He will assess the current state of whatever existing concrete floor you have whether it is just been poured or is an old floor that is many years old.
Once he has done that he can provide concrete polishing options tailored to your situation. It doesn’t matter if your concrete flooring is in pristine condition or if it is a bit rough, old and has cracks, Haynes can fix any flooring in preparation for polishing options by grinding it to make it smooth.
The major benefits of getting concrete polishing ain Ballarat is that it is possible to restore and polish almost any concrete floor with full exposure or partial exposure choices to create different looks.
Many people we speak to think the only choice of surface finish colour light grey, have a look at our gallery to see different types.
Our company offers a choice of finishes for a concrete floor that is polished in Ballan. You can create a modern interior design style with a very smooth surface or you can choose to have a more organic, rough, look which exposes more of the aggregate.
Your choices will also depend on what mix was used to pour the original slab, so existing locations may be a little more limited compared to a brand new build where colours or even underfloor heating can be considered.
We can also make sure you get the right finish for the right location, we consider whether the surface will be indoors or outdoors to make sure you have the right texture to suit a wet area around a pool or outdoor living area.
Our company can provide a mechanically polished concrete service in Woodend and surrounding areas.
Mechanically polished concrete is a better choice compared to standard concrete sealing. It is higher quality, even more durable & creates highly decorative finishes in a wider array of colour choices.
There are more polished concrete floor pros than cons. Getting your concrete floors polished is one of the smartest decisions you can make if you are building or renovating. Concrete is a material that is sustainable, eco-friendly, durable, tough and means you don’t have to use other materials on top of your existing floor surface.
That means there are less chemicals, less layers and other complications to deal with compared to using carpet, tiles, timber etc. This type of flooring doesn’t collect dust, doesn’t have any grout or join lines to worry about.
Concrete polishing is a fast and inexpensive method of grinding and polishing pre-existing concrete floor surfaces using our diamond sharp disks in order to create a super smooth beautiful floor. They create a very contemporary look, while being exceptionally hardwearing with very low maintenance requirements.
Polished concrete floor textures will vary greatly because it depends what you ask a concrete polishing company to do. If you simply seal your concrete then the texture will literally be whatever you see on the floor. Sealing just puts a top coat over it to protect the surface.
If you get mechanically polished concrete then the textures can vary greatly depending on how heavy the grind is. The heavier the floor is polished the more aggregate is exposed and therefore more texture.
The other variable that has to be considered is the type of concrete that was poured when the slab was formed. The amount and type of aggregate can vary so to the colour of the concrete. So together with the depth of the grind, the texture can vary between properties. While most homes or businesses will have a standard ‘grey’ concrete, some may have slight colour variations.
Have a look at our photo gallery of texture samples to see what we mean
Concrete polishing is a fast and inexpensive method of grinding and polishing pre-existing concrete surfaces with equipment that has diamond sharp disks that cut into the cement to create a smooth, attractive and a choice of shine levels. Believe it or not, even old, existing slabs, can be ground and polished to create very hard wearing, scratch and stain resistant floors that are easy to maintain or won’t be scratched by high heels or furniture.
To achieve a smooth, glossy surface, Mark is a concrete polisher that will start by using a floor grinding machine with rotating diamond-abrasive heads to remove the surface layer of the concrete to make it perfectly level. This can also remove any deep scratches or even cracks in some cases.
Following the initial stage, finer diamond-abrasives are progressively used (usually starting at 40 grit going up to 3,000 grit) to reveal or expose the aggregate in the slab – either new or existing – and this is done to the level that you want depending how much aggregate you want to see.
Typically, concrete is not considered polished before 400 grit which is known as honed concrete. Polished concrete is normally finished to either the 800, 1500, or 3000 grit level depending on the shine and reflection you desire. Polished concrete is measured in grades and finishes: the higher the grade, the larger the exposed aggregates; similarly, the higher the finish, the shinier the polish.
During the process we do add treatment chemicals that can increase the density of the surface to help harden the concrete even more than its original state. Further grinding with progressively finer diamond polishing pads then creates a very smooth surface and depending how much is done you will get a sheen on it because it is so smooth. You have the choice of sheen that can match your interior design requirements from a satin to a high-gloss, very reflective finish that reflects lots of light & looks amazing.
Concrete floor polishing is very versatile and is suitable for lots of different building types whether they are single storey homes, a retail store, a shopping centre or even a warehouse. Some of the most common places you will see polished concrete floors include;
- Hotel foyers
- Garage floors
- Living Room areas
- Retail stores
- Office buildings
- Car dealership showrooms
For any of these locations it doesn’t matter it it is an old concrete floor or if you are installing a new one, the choices of textures, colours, and finishes are nearly limitless. Texture and finish are determined by the grade of concrete that was used in the slab, how it’s poured, and the polishing process you choose.
You can achieve different colours if pigment is added into the wet concrete when it is being poured to get a specific colour tone or you could add coloured aggregates like stones, marbles or even pieces of glass. When the concrete is polished these will show through the surface.
It means you can have a surface that looks smooth but dull with not much aggregate visible through to a deep polish that cuts down to expose more aggregate which looks a bit like Terrazzo depending how large your aggregate pieces are.
A lot of people think of concrete as really boring, grey and just used for footpaths on the street. It is the most common building material used around the world and if it is polished or sealed it can look stunning. Believe it or not concrete has been used to construct buildings since the early Roman times making domes, aqueducts, drainage systems and even amphitheatres.
It is simply the most durable material that you can use and it is why so many historic buildings are still standing today.
For most homes or businesses you won’t even realise that you have a concrete slab as your sub floor. If you remove the tiling, carpet or floor boards you can actually use your existing slab, get it polished and make your floors look amazing. There is no need to add another layer of flooring at all.
So polished concrete can look incredible but also be very economical over its lifetime because it needs little maintenance, doesn’t have to be replaced and is so hard that it will probably outlast you.
There are certain industry terms that apply to the types of concrete polished floor finishes you can get. It starts with a hazy, paste like finish which is normally a sealer through to a very deep polish where large aggregate is exposed and can be made to shine in different levels.
Salt and pepper polished concrete floor
This is when a fine aggregate exposure is produced by removing a very thin top layer of the concrete during the initial grinding process to expose some of the sand aggregate. The exposed sand resembles salt and pepper and provides a nice colour accent to the concrete so that the floor has a bit of texture to it.
Light aggregate exposure polished concrete floor
A medium exposure grind will reveal the top side of the aggregates. This concrete floor style will show a bit more of the aggregate in the cement mix for larger texture shapes on the floor surface. The spacing and sizes will be a bit more random compared to the salt and pepper finish because it is cut deeper into the mix.
Heavy or full aggregate exposure polished concrete floor
Heavy exposure or a full grind will reveal the maximum amount of aggregate in your slab.This finish cuts very deeply to really show off the elements mixed into your concrete slab for the most amount of texture in the surface being shown.
A lot of people ask us if polished concrete is slippery, but it is just like walking on floor tiles in your bathroom really. Polished concrete floors may have a shine or gloss to them but you can still comfortably walk on them without slipping, just like you would in a bathroom, laundry or a kitchen. If the right processes are applied when the floors are getting polished then a newly polished concrete floor can meet or exceed Australia standards for slip resistance.
Just like tiles, timber or even lino if the concrete floor gets wet then it will be slippery just as any other hard surface would be.
If the polished concrete is outside for a pool surround or patio then a pavilion finish can be applied so there is more texture to the surface to help reduce the chances of slipping.
We often get asked what is the difference between a grind and seal vs a grind and polish?
The grinding stage is the same in both instances because the concrete is worked on to make sure it is smooth. What will differ is how much grinding is needed to get the floor to be level and smooth enough to work on. Some floors might have glue, adhesive or small cracks that have to be repaired, so more grinding might be needed in those situations.
This is where a chemical sealant is poured over the concrete but no other work is done to the surface. It is simply covering the floor area with a protective coating. This is the simplest form of protecting your concrete floor.
Just like polishing shoes or a car, when you polish a concrete floor there is work involved in grinding, then polishing the service to achieve the desired texture and level of sheen you want. This is a more intensive amount of work to make the floor totally smooth & very shiny like in a museum for example.
This is normally called a mechanical polished concrete floor service where heavy machinery is used to polish the floor area.
If you grab a corner of your carpet in one of your rooms and lift it up, most likely you will see concrete underneath (unless the building was built on piers and timber floor boards)
This cement foundation is a big slab that the structure has been built on. If you pull all the carpet up you can replace it with either;
- Floor tiles
- Floating timber floor boards
- Polished concrete
The existing concrete slab underneath any floor material can get a grind done to it so it is flat and smooth, then can either be sealed or get a mechanical concrete polish to be made shiny.