Polishing concrete floors is a skill that can be learned but it takes time to become fully competent. It is also the case that there is not a lot of training available which is why you need to be careful when looking for concrete floor polishing contractors: you need a company that has experience. Advance Group has been polishing concrete floors now for over 20 years and we have the skills necessary to produce a finish that not only looks great but will last for a very long time. Concrete polishing is not a cheap process so you need to ensure you use only a highly qualified contractor.
We are often asked what affects the cost of a polished concrete floor, and there are a number of factors to take into consideration. Not the least of these is the condition of the concrete. If it has just been laid there should be no problem. It needs to cure for a minimum of seven days, and then can be polished.
However, if the floor has cracks and other damage it may take a lot of time to grind down and smooth the area. If there are repairs necessary, such as holes or missing stones, it may be that the repairs will have to be carried out and left to go off, so our team may have to return the next day to begin polishing.
Another factor that affects the cost of polished concrete is the number of rooms to be treated. If there are a lot of rooms there is obviously a lot more edging to attend to and that all takes time. In fact, in some instances, if you have partition walls it may be less expensive to take them down so that our team has one large area to polish, and you can replace the walls afterwards. It is much quicker to polish one large area than deal with lots of edging, and it also means that our team does not have to keep moving equipment into different rooms and keep adjusting the power cables.
Yet another factor that can affect the cost, believe it or not, is the location of your business. If it is in the centre of a city such as London there is the travelling time involved getting there, parking is expensive, and food and accommodation for the team members is more expensive as well. All of this adds to the cost. If you are “out in the sticks” these overheads are much lower or even non-existent.
So as you can see, there are a number of factors affecting the cost of polished concrete floors, but once completed you have a floor that looks perfect and will last for as long as you use it, if not longer.