Polished Concrete is an Easy-To-Care-For Kitchen Floor
There are many reasons why a polished concrete floor in the kitchen makes 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, Best of all, it won’t suffer as a result of having copious amounts of water splashed over it.
Why Choose Concrete for Your Kitchen Floor?
Sustainability. Many of the kitchen concrete floors we polish are retrofitted using existing slabs which may have been covered for decades with tiling or carpet. If the concrete is in a reasonable condition, we can transform it by grinding back the surface paste, strengthening the surface, and polishing it up to your desired finish. It’s an eco-friendly process leading to a stunning result.
Ideal for Underfloor Heating. Concrete is a prime candidate for underfloor heating. It’s an excellent thermal conductor which means that the heat travels efficiently, and the concrete will retain the heat once it’s produced. As an additional benefit, concrete stores warmth from sunlight throughout the day, and releases it as the temperature drops in the evening.
Easy to Keep Clean. Kitchen floors take a good deal of punishment, so they need to be easy-to-clean. Your polished concrete kitchen floor will be sealed to make it stain resistant and can be cleaned using soap and water. The most important aspect of its maintenance is regular sweeping, as grit can create minute scratches on the surface that dull the shine.
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. The DirectStone flooring specialists achieve a ‘platinum’ polish by using HTC Superfloor™ machines. These use 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. Microcement Kitchen Flooring
DirectStone installs Forcrete microcement. This is an innovative hybrid epoxy resin which is specifically manufactured for floors and walls. It’s waterproof, can be used with underfloor heating and is easy to apply on virtually any surface. The microcement application has a maximum thickness of 3mm.
Our microcement flooring looks like polished concrete and is available in all standard colour. We can colour match any RAL shade, at no extra cost.
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 busy restaurant and hotel 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