Are Polished Concrete Floors Worth All the Fuss?
Concrete flooring has moved out of the showroom and into our homes and businesses. Although concrete has long been relegated to the garage, more people are discovering the benefits and surprising beauty of concrete flooring. If you’re considering polished concrete for your home or workplace, here is what you need to know about polishing concrete before taking the plunge.
1. Polished concrete is an investment in your property.
Concrete polishing is a longer and more involved installation process than plain or stained concrete, which means that it costs more. However, this process results in an incredibly hard, strong flooring system. It resists contamination from oil and other substances, will not lift or peel, and it can last decades. It is a cost-effective flooring with virtually no downtime for installation. Once the floor has been polished, you will not need to resurface or repolish it: Polished concrete will maintain its natural beauty for the life of the floor.
2. Polished concrete offers endlessly versatile aesthetic options.
While the concrete industry tends to prefer more minimalist, industrial designs and styles, concrete can be finished in numerous ways to create your desired look. The basic salt-and-pepper look of concrete can be extremely appealing. Still, adding aggregates and dyes and using special polishing techniques can create the appearance of terrazzo and other floorings at a fraction of the cost.
Concrete’s smooth surface is perfect for stenciling patterns, designs and logos, creating beautifully etched or decorative surfaces. Your company’s logo or marketing message can shine in a whole new light, or you can engrave or stencil intricate patterns and graphics directly into the concrete for brilliant results.
3. Polished concrete offers many benefits.
Value and beauty are just the beginning of the benefits of concrete flooring. Polished concrete flooring is:
Polished concrete can withstand heavy traffic from people, pets and even equipment and vehicles. The concrete polishing process is fairly involved, but once it has been installed, it can stand up to heavy daily use in the highest-traffic areas from restaurants and retail stores to private homes and offices.
Polished concrete floors can last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
• Easy to maintain
Any flooring is going to need periodic cleaning and maintenance. If your flooring sees a lot of traffic, it will need to be cleaned daily. Polished concrete only needs sweeping, dust mopping or vacuuming. For deep cleaning, you can use a steam mop or you can wet mop with mild cleaners. The polished surface is resistant to stains, fading and moisture damage, and it will remain bright and brilliant throughout its life.
Where to Use Polished Concrete
Polished concrete is one of the most popular flooring choices on the market today and can be used in virtually any business environment, including:
• Garages and automotive showrooms
• Retail businesses
• Educational facilities
• Healthcare facilities
• Manufacturing plants
Polished concrete floors can even be used in residential facilities and homes.
About Blackrock Industrial
Blackrock Industrial is committed to providing our clients with the best possible service. We are detail-oriented and committed to customer service in every aspect of our work. Our team is backed and certified by the top product manufacturers and work throughout South Florida, including Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. When polishing concrete floors, we use only diamonds manufactured in the U.S. using leading-edge equipment and tooling and offer a variety of staining and dying options and finishes to meet your needs. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an on-site estimate.