At Advance Group we have been producing polished concrete floors now for over two decades and there is ever-increasing demand for them.
This is for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that they can rival marble and granite floors for their shine, they are more stain resistant, they can be produced in any colour you like, and they need virtually no maintenance. Oh, and yes, did we mention that they will last for decades? It’s true: once laid and polished, concrete is such a tough material that it is virtually impossible to damage the surface.
Not only that, a polished concrete floor can be produced with any type of pattern that you like. It can have saw cuts put into it to produce endless patterns and designs, or it can be coloured with any sort of coloured stain so that it dries unevenly and produces an effect that is unique with darker areas here and there, and lighter ones elsewhere.
Then again, polished concrete can be polished to any level of shine that you like, so you can have a medium shine or up to a full gloss mirror-like finish which can save you money! Yes, that is something else that you can do with a polished concrete floor: it can be polished to such a bright shine that it reflects a considerable amount of light, which in turn means that you can cut down on the cost of your lighting! Who would think that a concrete floor could cut down on your electricity bills? Yet it can.
Polished concrete is fast becoming the flooring of choice for many places such as airports, major railway stations, and shopping centres, where there is constant foot traffic, because that foot traffic has no effect on it at all. In fact, it is also being used more and more in warehouses where fork lift trucks are running about all day because the tyres don’t mark the surface, and that actually saves tyre wear!
Of course, we do get asked about polished concrete cost, but the answer is “it depends”. There are many factors to take into account. Is it a new floor that you want laid, or is it an old one that needs polishing and repairs? What sort of designs do you want on it, or don’t you want any at all? You can see where we are coming from on this.
However, what we can tell you is that a polished concrete floor won’t cost more than granite or marble, and in the long term you will save money because there is minimal maintenance, needing only dusting and the occasional wipe with a damp mop. What’s more, it will last for decades.