Polished Concrete is an Easy-To-Care-For Kitchen Floor
Polished concrete flooring has come a long way since it was first introduced to the home in the early 2000s. Back then it was described as ‘contemporary industrial’ flooring; now it’s developed into a friendlier, more elegant finish for interior spaces. The range of available colours and finishes make a polished concrete floor in the kitchen a popular choice for all kinds of home interiors.
There are many reasons why polished concrete kitchen floors make sense. First and foremost, it’s pretty indestructible, and will certainly last through a couple of generations of your family. It’s also easy to keep clean, requiring just a quick sweep after mealtimes, and it won’t degrade as a result of having copious amounts of water splashed over it.
Directstone Design Options for Concrete Kitchen Floors
A concrete floor in the kitchen offers you numerous design options including colour, sheen and texture. DirectStone flooring specialists create floors that complete the ambiance of your kitchen, whether it’s a family hub or a space for fine dining with friends. The 3 most popular design choices for concrete kitchen floors are:
1. Polished Concrete Flooring
The high gloss finish is what’s become known as the WOW factor of polished concrete flooring. DirectStone flooring specialists achieve a ‘platinum’ polish by using HTC Superfloor™ machines. These utilise diamond grinding technology to grind back the surface paste and polish the floor to your desired finish. In addition to high gloss, we can also polish floors to achieve a satin, or matte finish.
2. Coloured Concrete
DirectStone uses dry shake colour hardeners to create a range of beautiful colours for your kitchen flooring. These are applied to the newly laid concrete using a technique called ‘power floating’. The colour, once applied, is power-trowelled to achieve a smooth, flat surface and an intense colouration. The dry shake not only creates stunning shades, it also:
- Adds texture to the surface, and guards against slips
- Enhances the natural pattering of the concrete
- Helps protect the surface from scratches and scrapes
- Aids the diffuse reflection of natural light
3. Staining for Cured Concrete
A concrete slab takes up to 28 days to ‘cure’. Once this process is complete, it can be stained. When concrete staining is applied to the surface of your flooring a unique permanent colouration is achieved. The final effect is one of textured depth and shaded colouration.
DirectStone is a long-established family business with a reputation for creating beautiful polished concrete floors for the kitchen. We provide both residential kitchen flooring, and commercial polished concrete for high-volume kitchens. The DirectStone floor specialists work across the UK mainly in London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
If you are considering polished concrete floors for your kitchen and have questions, or you would like a free no obligation quotation, please call us today on 01525 20863920