Polished Concrete

Pros and Cons of Polished Concrete

Polished concrete has become a more popular flooring, but make no mistake it is a time consuming process that should only be undertaken by professionals. So what are the pros and cons of this on trend flooring?

 

Pros:

  • Looks good – polished concrete is timeless and can suit any home, it can be neutral to match any paint scheme or stone can be added for statement and variation. Polished concrete is versatile working with modern, industrial and country styling.
  • Durable – polished concrete when done properly can with stand more than the average daily wear and tear. With a natural resin finish rather a polyurethane coating the polished concrete will not scratch.
  • Easy maintenance – Polished concrete has a nice shine and smooth finish, making it very easy to clean. The variation in colour and stone makes it great at hiding everyday dirt.

Cons:

  • Imperfection – as polished concrete is a natural product it is prone to natural imperfections for example crack. If crack appear before it is polished they can be filled and you will not be able to notice them. However if concrete cracks after the polishing process they will be noticeable.
  • Stains – whilst polished concrete is the most durable floor covering a few spills will leave lasting marks, this includes vinegar. Vinegar will erode the polish on the polished concrete.
  • Slippery – as polished concrete is very smooth, it can be very slippery when wet. Therefore it is not recommended for outdoor areas.

Price

Polished compares similar on price to tiles depending on tile selection. Generally polished concrete will cost between $90-$120 per square metre.

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