Are you looking for flooring for your new home or a commercial property? Or do you wish to renovate your flooring? If you are, consider two of the most popular flooring materials, polished and honed concrete.
What is Polished Concrete Flooring?
Polishing the concrete floor surface is done using a mechanical process. It uses grinding and polishing with the help of a penetrant chemical. This is done to provide a different texture.
Polishing concrete is like sanding wood. Process involves the use of heavy-duty polishing machines. These have diamond-impregnated segments or disks. These grind down the surfaces to achieve the desired level of shine and smoothness.
What is Honed Concrete Flooring?
Honed concrete is a type of finish that uses matte. It has exposed aggregates like crushed stones, gravel, and recycled color grass. These are what make the honed concrete visually appealing.
Honed concrete is good for both indoor and outdoor use. But it is mostly used for outdoor flooring. Honed concrete flooring is best for flat or low gradient driveways, porches, patio, footpath, poolside, etc.
How different is honed concrete versus polished concrete?
Honed concrete has a matte or satin appearance. It has a slight clarity of reflection.
Polished concrete has better clarity of reflection. Its reflection is similar to a glass-like finish. It brings out the color and outlines of the stone.
Benefits of Concrete Flooring
Polished and Honed concrete flooring adds a beautiful appeal to the flooring. You can select from many aggregate materials. Hence, it makes the whole flooring decorative to your property.
There are so many designs, colors, and texture effects to choose from. You can even add stenciled graphics into the surface.
Polished and honed concrete flooring is sleek, modern, and stylish.
Polished concrete flooring is very strong and resilient. It can withstand the pressure from very heavy foot traffic and equipment. It is hard to damage. It is nearly impossible to chip or scratch.
If the polished concrete is properly installed, sealed, and maintained, it can last can be expected to even up to a hundred years. It can withstand even the harshest commercial environments. Its lifespan exceeds other flooring like vinyl tile and wood laminates. This means going into this type of flooring will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Honed concrete is also very durable. It can also last for several years. It will not easily wear off even in high-traffic areas.
Its balanced combination of textures makes it non-skid even if wet. That is why this is usually seen in pool sides.
Easy-to-clean and wash
Polished and honed concrete flooring is easy to maintain. Cleaning, dusting, and mopping are easy to do. Sweep daily to prevent dust accumulation. Damp-mop weekly to remove smudging, scuffs, and watermarks, and restore gloss.
It is also easy-to-wash. It is a low-maintenance type of flooring. You can easily wipe or scrub off with soap and water.
Honed concrete flooring is also stain resistant. It doesn’t easily lose its vibrant color even despite years of usage.
If properly finished and sealed, concrete flooring is virtually resistant to fluids. Some coatings even provide anti-microbial protection. The high-quality concrete flooring should not also have cracks which can trap bacteria.
Thermal Shock-ResistantThermal shock-resistant coatings can be added to ensure disbandment and delamination. It also ensures prevents cracks, bubbles, and other deterioration.
An unsealed concrete floor often shows antistatic tendencies. These are dependent upon the floor’s moisture levels. Anti-static coatings can be applied to concrete flooring to ensure static discharge does not cause damage to static sensitive equipment.
No VOCConcrete floors also do not have harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). These are unlike hardwood floors, vinyl carpets, and synthetic carpets which can have VOC.
The cost of polished and honed concrete floors depends on the level of complexity. Most installations are cost-effective especially if there is an already existing concrete slab ready for use.
The savings doesn’t always come at installation. It can be seen from the perspective of its durability, long-term use, and low maintenance. You will only replace it if you get tired of it or you want a new look.
With its many benefits and its long term use and durability, it is value-for-money.
Disadvantages of Concrete Flooring
Concrete flooring does not retain heat very well so it can be cold. To help address this, you may add radiant heating cables.
Concrete flooring is hard and not so comfortable to stand in for a long period. To address this, you can add anti-fatigue mats if needed.
Moisture can penetrate the flooring if not finished and sealed right. It can grow mold or mildew. If you get a good professional to install your concrete flooring, you will not have a problem like this.
With the use of ceramic tile, natural stone flooring, and hardwood or bamboo floors, noise can be load. You can reduce the noise with rugs, heavy drapes, and acoustic wall panels.
If you are now ready to use polished or honed concrete flooring, contact us at Fluid Concrete. Our team of technicians will discuss with you what you need, your chosen aggregate, and budget. Also be sure to check out Stones Diamond Rings Brisbane as well.
We service all around Perth. Our company has extensive industry experience in customizable concrete inlays. We only use materials at par with Australian standards.
Call us today on 0421 319 997. We will be glad to help you achieve your perfect concrete flooring!