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Polished Concrete options

Polished Concrete options

Jan 17, 2013

In a home there are many choices about flooring these days. From the classic hardwood and various polished stones to newer man-made materials polishedsuch as carpet and vinyl. One of the newer choices that is gaining traction is polished concrete floors. Concrete used to be subjugated to the basement or garage as a viable finished floor option. As houses have modernized and concrete products have matured in the past 20 years an new trend of using concrete as the finished floor has emerged.

The process of achieving a beautiful polished concrete floor involves have a high quality pour that is well floated out to a very smooth finish. Aggregate, such as colored stone, glass or even metal, can also be added to make the finish look much more interesting and add a beautiful colorant.  Once the concrete has cured, a large industrial sized sander grinds the floor finish down progressively to the desired sheen, which can be anywhere from 400 grit for a satin finish all the way to 3500 grit for gloss mirrored finish. It all depends on what the client wants. Acidic colorant can also be added to tint the concrete. The advantages of a polished concrete floor are numerous. It does  does not require constant sealing and maintenance. The cost is also quite reasonable. You can expect prices to start around $4 a foot and go up depending how complex the floor finish is going to appear.