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Polished Concrete Floors – Great for New Builds & Renovations

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Polished concrete flooring not only looks great but it can be very cost effective and can really give your home that extra ‘wow’ factor. If you are thinking of renovating your home, did you know it may be possible to polish your existing concrete slab?

Do your homework before you decide to choose polished concrete for your flooring. Concrete does tend to crack so you need to be mindful that hair line cracks may appear in your slab – these can be filled so that they are barely visible, but the end result will depend on the size of the crack. Have a chat with a local concreter who is experienced in polished concrete, talk to your builder and speak to a concrete polishing company.

Here are a few of the benefits of polished concrete flooring:

Hard wearing and easy to care for

A concrete floor is one of the easiest floor surfaces to clean and maintain.  Having a polished concrete floor means less time spent cleaning as there are no grout lines to scrub like a tiled floor. Polished concrete is very hard wearing so you don’t have to worry about scratch marks from pet claws, high heels or furniture.  A concrete floor can chip however, but it is uncommon and the specialised coatings available on the market today are extremely resistant to everyday wear and tear.

Polished Concrete Floors are Stylish

Polished concrete comes in so many different colours and unique finishing effects. It can be coloured with dye, have different aggregate textures or patterns embedded or be finished in high gloss effect.  There are also a great range of architectural coating products available to suit your style. Visit www.alternativesurfaces.com.au for more information on these unique finishes.

Polished concrete can also be used for benchtops in kitchens and outdoor bbq areas giving your home a modern stylish edge. When it comes to your product choices, concrete and timber flooring are always your safest bet if you want a surface that will be stylish for many years to come.  Unlike tile trends that come and go over the years, you can easily transform the look of a room by using soft furnishings such as rugs and cushions or a simple change of wall colour.

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Image: Custom Surfaces, Newcastle

Economical and long-lasting

With new homes it’s important that your floor polisher works in with your builder to ensure that your floor slab is prepared correctly so that you end up with the perfect finish.  Polishing a concrete slab also means that you do not need to pay for additional flooring materials at the time of renovation or construction.  Depending on your individual circumstances you may end up saving money on your project.

Did you know that a polished concrete floor can last a hundred years or more with very little maintenance?

Sustainability

Polishing an existing concrete slab or preparing a new home’s slab ready for polishing is one of the more environmentally friendly flooring options available.

It makes sense to utilise the concrete slab as both your foundation and finishing material to avoid the need to purchase additional flooring material. If you are planning to renovate your home, you may already have the perfect surface sitting underneath a layer of carpet or vinyl that you can utilise. Ordering less materials is not only good for the environment, but it’s also good for your budget!

Due to it’s thermal mass and ability to retain heat, a concrete slab floor is a great option for anyone looking to create an energy efficient home. In a well designed and insulated home a concrete slab can save you money on your heating and cooling costs.

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Image: IH Construction Group, Hamilton

Health Benefits

Polished concrete is great for asthma or allergy sufferers as it doesn’t trap dust mites, mould, mildew, moisture or bacteria as other floor surfaces can.

For more information, or to talk to a local Newcastle & Hunter Region concrete flooring professional or speak to your builder. Build Local can put you in touch with the right people so if you need some local contacts, give us a call on 02 49366732.

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March 18, 2015 |

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