Considering a Polished Concrete Kitchen?
A polished concrete floor makes any domestic interior distinctive. It adds cool elegance to a dining area, shimmering ambiance to a bathroom, and a contemporary urban chic to living spaces. In our experience, though, it’s particularly effective in the kitchen.
The sheen of the concrete flooring finish tends to amplify the natural light of a kitchen space, creating the sense of clean, energised space. Whilst the unique texture and patterning of the flooring material can be augmented by matching worktops, and kitchen accessories.
The Advantages of Polished Concrete in the Kitchen
A professionally installed concrete kitchen floor can transform your kitchen, and provide a serious WoW factor in your home. It’s not just about the aesthetics, however – although they are pretty stunning. Polished concrete confers a range of benefits which are ideally suited to a kitchen space:
- Tough and Durable. Flooring doesn’t come much tougher than concrete and, once installed, it will last a lifetime – literally.
- Sustainable Materials. Many of our clients already have a concrete floor in place and our flooring specialists can simply polish what’s already there.
- Stain Resistant. Concrete is porous. For this reason we treat the flooring during installation, and apply a high performance sealant which keeps your floor stain-free.
- A Range of Finishes. You can choose the quality of the polish according to the style of your kitchen. We use diamond pads to achieve anything from matte, through to high gloss.
- Low Maintenance Flooring. It’s important to keep your polished concrete dust and grit free with regular sweeping. Apart from that it simply needs washing with soapy water.
Considerations When Choosing Polished Concrete
Polished concrete confers a style and ambiance which is absolutely unique. But its origins as an industrial flooring material demand careful thought and planning for use in a domestic space:
- Concrete is Cold. You may want to think about combining your polished flooring installation with underfloor heating. Concrete is a cold material that benefits from radiant, rather than convected heat.
- Concrete is Hard. Most flooring has some ‘give’ in it. Concrete doesn’t. Glass and china will break if dropped, and it can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods.
- Professional Maintenance is Required. Concrete is treated with a specialist sealant on installation. This needs to be replaced every 2-5 years to maintain stain resistance.
DirectStone Polished Concrete Installation
As flooring specialists we’ll always assess your existing kitchen flooring before making any promises about what we can achieve. We’ll talk through a range of options with our clients, and if we can’t create the exact finish you want we’ll explain why, and offer an alternative. Sometimes it’s the condition of an existing concrete floor can determine the kind of finish available.
We use high quality HTC Superfloor™ grinding machines to remove the surface paste and reveal the aggregate patterning beneath. This will be carefully treated and a sealant will be applied. Then we’ll use diamond pads to arrive at the quality of finish you require. Once it’s done, you’ll have a kitchen that looks and feels entirely transformed.
Thinking about installing a polished concrete kitchen floor? Call the flooring specialists at DirectStone for ideas, and expert installation – 01525 20863920