Polished concrete is fast becoming the hottest trend in home improvement and the finished results may just surprise the average home owner, who sees concrete as a dowdy, unfriendly and sparse alternative to hard wood flooring, tiles or carpet.
In fact concreting an internal floor is a chic way to add a dash of modernity to your home and best of all its extremely heavy duty and easy to maintain. Polished concrete floors can give any space, residential or commercial, a real contemporary look and feel with an industrial edge that swamps our favourite interior design magazines and blogs. But which look should you go for, where should you use it in your home, how do you maintain it and exactly how much does it cost?
Your Options When Choosing Concrete
Surprisingly there are a number of choices when it comes to creating a look made from concrete. Polished concrete tiles are the most popular choice amongst home owners looking for an industrial feel that won’t seem out of place in the average family home. These concrete tiles are available in a range of sizes and finishes. Concrete tiles are found mostly in a larger size (900 by 900mm) but are also available in larger sizes. Regardless of size, these tiles can be set in situ so that the finished result is completely seamless.
Poured concrete flooring is another alternative which is favoured by new builds and newly renovated properties due to the installation process. Poured concrete is available in a range of tones and colours and both tiled and poured concrete must be installed by a qualified tradesman.
The Benefits of Concrete Flooring
As well as being particularly hardwearing and complementing a contemporary interior look, concrete has a number of other benefits when used as flooring within the home. Concrete flooring is very sustainable if you choose to recycle existing concrete slabs. These re-usable pieces of concrete can be polished to look as good as new! Concrete floors are also extremely easy to maintain and can be mopped down with soapy water to retain their pristine look. During installation the original porous concrete is fully sealed to make the material spill and stain resistant.
Concrete floors are also very long lasting with an impressive lifespan of 100 years or more. Polished concrete floors do however age but the cracks that appear below the surface are favoured by many home owners and only add to the charm of the overall look.
The Cost of Concrete
For many years, polished concrete was known as an economical option in comparison with solid wood floors and natural stone tiles, however, due to its rise in popularity the price of polished concrete has increased ten-fold. These days polished concrete will set you back around £100 per square metre, making a beautiful but rather expensive flooring option.
Wayne is from Readymix Concrete Online, the proud suppliers of quality controlled concrete to homeowners and tradesmen throughout the UK.