The modern interior design choice for floors in residential, retail or commercial properties indoors or outdoors. Polished concrete benefits include;
It is the most durable, sustainable and eco-friendly flooring choice for a new or existing property. The total cost of installation and ownership is less than other flooring options.
Polished concrete floors are safe, eco-friendly, stylish and durable.
"takes pride in his work"
“…. 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 grinding and polishing stages was a tremendous help… Mark clearly takes pride in his work and strives to produce a high-quality finish…”
If you are a property owner in Melbourne we are able to polish concrete floor areas between 50m2 and 1000m2 in size that are at ground level in residential homes, in a multi-storey building, in a retail shopping area or an industrial or warehouse complex.
As long as we are able to get access to the floor area with our equipment through the doors, a lift, roller door or access ramps we can prepare, polish and seal your flooring so that it is ready for use.
We make it easy to calculate your costs with a no obligation consultation over the phone, a site inspection and written quotation.
Using polished concrete floors in residential properties in Victoria has become a very popular interior design trend in recent years. Home owners have become tired of using carpet, cheap laminate floor boards or even floor tiling and many have begun to used polished concrete as an alternative.
We are surprised at how many people think it is expensive to get polished concrete in their home, but we often find they are not comparing like for like costs when considering other materials.
Home owners forget that if you are putting tiles on your floor you have to pay for the materials, delivery, labour to lay them and even sealing if required. This costs the same, if not more than concrete polishing and you lose some of your room height too.
The most common commercial property type in Melbourne that uses polished concrete flooring are office areas. It is the most durable material that you can use for flooring that will hold up to regular foot traffic and a high volume of pedestrian activity.
If you are thinking about this type of flooring finish, we regularly work in these types of spaces around Melbourne with affordable rates with work completed to an extremely high standard.
The versatility of 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.
The most visited locations in Melbourne 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.
When it comes to selecting a suitable flooring material for a retail space, you’ll find countless options to choose from in Melbourne. 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.
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.
THE hottest renovating trend is
concrete flooring polishing in Melbourne
Interior design has embraced the use of hard surfaces like concrete because of the wide array of 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.
Polished concrete has become a popular choice in Melbourne with homeowners, retail shop managers 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.
Sealing concrete is not the same
as getting it mechanically polished
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.
People get confused between sealed vs
mechanical polished concrete polishing.
Concrete polishing is the mechanical process of polishing the surface of an existing 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, 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 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.
Our company can help you get a
concrete slab poured that’s suitable to be polished.
If you are preparing to build a new structure or working out how to renovate we make it possible to choose a concrete floor surface that is either fully polished, honed or has a pavilion finish to suit your needs. Haynes Polished Concrete is a local contractor in Melbourne 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 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 polish the surface then seal it.
The typical concrete used for most 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.
Existing concrete floors can be stripped
and prepared for either sealing or polishing.
Many existing concrete floors can be polished to produce 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 to deliver satisfactory results.
Since these 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.
Many people we speak to think the only
choice of surface finish colour light grey.
Our company offers a choice of finishes that can help 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.
The cost to get concrete polished in Victoria
is very affordable compared to using other materials.
For example concrete grinding and seal will be between $50 and $75 per metre while concrete polishing is $80 to $110 per metre If you are considering laying tiles, outdoor pavers or timber decking in Melbourne you have to compare five individual cost elements;
What you will very quickly discover is that polished concrete is a more cost effective choice, if not cheaper than getting timber decking, outdoor paving, floorboards or tiling. 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 basic outdoor pavers might cost around;
Assuming the area is relatively flat the cost will sit between $80 and $115 per square metre to produce a similar outcome, but you have the added issues of gaps between the pavers with lots of lines, the chance for individual pavers to move & the colours may change over time as well.
There are so many reasons this flooring type is the perfect choice for those who are renovating, building or refurbishing a floor area;
The polished concrete floor process is really simple. There are 3 common scenarios that we work with;
Where do you begin?
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.
A free, no obligation, telephone chat to talk about your project.