Renovating a living area with a polished concrete floor

A kitchen and living area renovated with a new polished concrete floor on the existing slab. A full exposure grind & low sheen satin polish.
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Living area concrete polishing on existing flooring in Melbourne

  • Type of site: Kitchen, living and laundry floors
  • Size of area: 150 square meters
  • Services: Concrete grinding, mechanical concrete polish in low sheen satin
  • Cost $15,000 – $16,500
  • Time required: Approximately 11 days

A concrete polishing company in Melbourne like Haynes Polished Concrete can provide a quote over the phone to help you calculate the costs of getting your existing concrete floors polished. We can grind an existing concrete floor during a renovation. We have polishing equipment that is suitable for floor areas between 50 metre squared and 5,000 metre squared for residential homes in Melbourne.

For this home that was getting renovated in Werribbee they wanted to polish the concrete floors in the kitchen, living room and laundry that were all connected to each other at the rear of the house. The area was about 150 square meters in size and was quite extensive with lots of angles, doors and frames that we had to polish around. This was part of the reason it took eleven days to complete.


There was one challenge we had to encounter, the home owner made a complaint that there was some plaster damage caused by the anti static hose that our equipment uses as it was pulled around the corners into the rooms. Unfortunately this can be unavoidable sometimes and we even mention this in our terms and conditions. Unfortunately it was the first ever complaint we had received about this.


The second challenge we had to deal with was a change of mind. Yes, the home owner had originally asked us to do a full gloss finish, but as we got close to completing the floor polishing, they felt that the reflections were too bright. So we had to re-polish all the floors to give them a low sheen satin finish instead.


How much does it cost to get polished concrete floors on an old slab?

If you want your existing concrete slab polished in Melbourne this is very easy to achieve. The first step in the process is to remove any other flooring materials that have been installed. So tiles, carpet or lino needs to be completely removed to expose the original slab. If there are cracks or imperfections, tt is possible to make some remedial repairs to an existing concrete slab before it gets a grind, seal or polish. 


We have the experience to repair cracks that appear due to movement or other things creating imperfections in the existing floor. It is important to remember that any patches will still be seen after it is polished, especially if the cracks are quite deep, although this can add character to the floor. With an full exposure floor grind we do go deeper and that can ensure most damage is never really seen. 


For the kitchen area of this home we had to grind the area that previously had floor tiles, this was a lengthy process. Doing concrete grinding in Melbourne means the surface will be made as smooth and flat as possible to get it ready for polishing. For this renovation the home owner opted for a mechanical concrete polish with a full grind exposure that would create a very textured floor finish. This exposes the aggregate at its highest level and the gloss finish will bounce light around the room as well to make it feel brighter and larger than before.


The cost to get an existing concrete slab polished will still be around $110 per square metre, but this will depend how much repair work is required to the floor.

Are polished concrete floors in a kitchen or laundry in Melbourne a good idea?

If you have an old kitchen and laundry that has floor tiles you can have them removed to then polish the concrete slab underneath. It is a great idea for people who are trying to come up with renovating ideas. You don’t have to worry about trying to choose other materials, wondering if they will be waterproof or what colour to select to make sure it matches. The colours and tones of polished concrete flooring makes it very easy to then blend into any interior design style.


The other huge benefit of polished concrete floors in the wet areas of your home like a kitchen, bathroom or laundry is there is less to worry about when it comes to waterproofing. You are working with the raw material that your home is built on that is a hard surface and once polished is rock hard. Another consideration is that there will be consistency as you walk from one area of the home to another, while installing cupboards, furniture or other items on the floor is very simple as well.

Mark Haynes
Mark Haynes

Mark Haynes is a polished concrete floors contractor in Victoria that has spent most of his life polishing floors to create beautifully polished surfaces. Old school values, honest work ethic and an independent operator based in regional Victoria with amazing reviews.

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Polished concrete floors look amazing in residential homes whether that is a brand new build or an existing home getting renovated.

Commercial polished concrete flooring is most commonly seen in offices, retail shops or public places like a museum because of its durable properties.

Industrial polished concrete is used in warehouses, factories or storage facilities to handle the heavy duty use of these types of locations.

Haynes operates from its factory in Greendale in regional Victoria and regularly does concrete polishing for building sites in Ballarat, Creswick, Woodend, Kyneton, Gisborne, Sunbury, Bacchus Marsh, Ballan and Melton. Haynes can give you information about the latest polished concrete floor costs, what is mechanically polished concrete compared to just getting sealing done and the steps needed to polish your concrete slab.

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