Polished Concrete Floors Pros and Cons – Is it Right For You?
Just a few years ago, concrete had its place in the industrial setting, but it wasn’t considered a fit for home flooring. How things have changed! The polished version of this utilitarian material has now taken everyone by storm. The unique patterning, and lustrous sheen of concrete flooring is now appearing in kitchens, dining rooms, refurbishments and bathrooms.
The fact that polished concrete flooring is trending doesn’t necessarily make it right for every home, however. Early adopters have enthusiastically embraced the new ‘urban chic’ aesthetic for their homes, But there’ll be many people who need to carefully consider the pros and cons of polished concrete, before making a decision.
Concrete Floors Pros and Cons from DirectStone
The DirectStone team recognise that new flooring is a big investment, so you need to make an informed decision. Here’s our list of benefits and drawbacks to help with making your decision:
4 Benefits of Polished Concrete Flooring:
- Long-Lasting. Concrete has been the ‘go to’ industrial flooring for over a century now, simply because of its strength and resilience. The sheer durability of a concrete floor is a distinct benefit. It will last for decades, and will certainly withstand the daily punishment your family inflicts upon it.
- Easy to Maintain. Your polished concrete floor will need a professional sealant application every 2-5 years. This protects the porous surface, and keeps it stain free. Apart from that it needs only the lightest of touches. Your floor should be kept dust free with sweeping, and then mopped, using a neutral cleaning agent.
- Eco-Friendly Process. In many installations the concrete sub floor is already in place, and only requires polishing. The flooring requires no additional materials, such as wood, carpet or vinyl, and is therefore reducing the potential carbon footprint. Many clients appreciate the fact that polished flooring makes use of existing construction materials.
- Design Control. Using HTC Superfloor™ reveals the beauty of the aggregate patterning that lies beneath the concrete surface, but that’s just the start. The aggregate can be coloured to match the style of your room, or glow in the dark pellets can be introduced into the slab. You also have the option to achieve a matte, lustrous or high gloss polish.
4 Drawbacks of Polished Concrete Flooring
- It Really is Hard! Concrete is pretty unyielding. If you drop something, it’s likely to break. This tends to be a problem early on, but families quickly become used to the toughness of their flooring and adapt.
- Concrete is Cold. Many of our clients install concrete flooring in conjunction with underfloor radiant heating. This is because it can be very chilly to encounter without shoes or socks. Rugs will certainly help to take the chill off.
- It’s an Industrial Material. If you like your home cosy, this may not be the material for you. The aesthetic is bold, cool and elegant. It’s a design choice and – for the best effect – your décor needs to align.
- Mixing Concrete Creates CO². If you decide to polish your existing sub floor, you’re reducing your carbon footprint. If, however, you require the manufacture of concrete you may wish to weigh the environmental concerns, as it’s a process that produces copious CO².
DirectStone Can Offer Detailed Advice and Guidance
Probably the best way to weigh up the pros and cons of polished concrete flooring is to talk to an expert. Our experienced concrete flooring specialists are happy to offer you personalised guidance. We don’t try to persuade – because we know that polished concrete’s not for everyone. But we will listen to your requirements, and help you to decide whether it’s the right flooring for your home.
If you’re considering polished concrete for your home, call DirectStone to talk through the pros and cons with our flooring specialists.