POLISHED CONCRETE AND STONE
Concrete floors will not chip or dent like softer surfaces such as timber and is easy to maintain. Mopping with warm soapy water once a week is the only maintenance required. Polished concrete flooring can actually be warm underfoot. Concrete provides thermal mass to a home and if your home is designed correctly the concrete will be warm in winter and cool in summer. ( Speak to a building designer or an architect for more information) Cost of polished concrete floors Polished concrete flooring is comparable in price to other high-end floor finishes such as marble tiles. The cost of polished concrete floors is offset by virtually no maintenance costs. Timber floors, for example, have a relatively high maintenance cost and are not nearly as durable.
POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS
If we are talking 'flavour the month' in architectural flooring, polished concrete would have to be 'it'. Already popular in commercial buildings, concrete flooring is now becoming popular in the residential sector. Polished concrete floors are relatively easy to install, hardwearing, easy to maintain, cost effective, sleek-looking and will last a lifetime. These floors look great in all areas of the home, not just bathrooms and kitchens and can be used as an alternative to traditional benchtop materials.
Polished concrete floor installation is categorised into two types: New concrete floors and retrofit concrete floors (a.k.a.concrete resurfacing).
Retrofit floors or concrete resurfacing can be done in two ways. The existing floor slab can be cut (sanded) and the natural aggregate will be the feature (usually black basalt) or a toping slab with a minimum thickness of 50mm can be added on top of the existing slab. Keep in mind if you use a topping slab door and ceiling heights will be affected.
MONEY SAVING TIP
If possible have your floors polished before the walls go up. Finishing and polishing the edges of a room with walls is time consuming and adds a lot to the cost.