Polished concrete flooring is often used in stores and other such commercial facilities, as it's very durable and holds up well against heavy foot traffic. However, concrete is also very eco-friendly and economical, which is why it's quickly becoming a favourite choice for flooring for many residential homeowners as well. If you've thought about polished concrete flooring for your home, note a few commonly asked questions about this material, so you can determine if it's the right choice for you.
What if the floor already has a concrete slab?
An older concrete slab can be buffed and grinded so that it has a smooth surface and appearance. Paint or stain can also be applied, which will make it more attractive and potentially hide any surface damage. An aggregate can also be added over the surface, before a sealant is applied, to give the floor texture and depth. If you already have a concrete floor at home and want to simply enhance its appearance, ask a concreter if they can manage this work for you, rather than assuming that new concrete needs to be poured.
Do you need an aggregate in the concrete?
An aggregate is often added to concrete used outdoors, as it provides added traction and also slows water runoff, preventing erosion. Because of this, you might feel that an aggregate makes concrete look a bit functional and not attractive. However, you don't need to have an aggregate added to concrete, as it can be buffed and polished to be very smooth, even resembling glass. You might use some caution about a floor surface that is too slick, but if you plan on putting down area rugs or prefer a smooth surface for flooring, you can achieve this with polished concrete.
Does the subfloor need added bracing?
Concrete is actually surprisingly lightweight, especially when compared to heavy stone tiles and other such flooring options. This is because concrete is made with sand and gravel, both of which are very light, and it also has lots of air pockets in the material. That being said, if the home is very old and the subfloor in disrepair, or if it has been weakened just due to age, it may need some bracing to hold any new flooring. Your concreter can tell you if the subfloor in your home will need preparation before the concrete can be poured, but don't simply assume that this added work and expense will be needed in your home.