Five Trends That are Shaping the Industry

Polished concrete is without a doubt the hottest market segment in decorative concrete today. It has held that title for the last five years, and shows no signs of giving up the number one position any time soon. The commercial and industrial flooring communities have embraced polished concrete as the new standard when a combination of aesthetics, durability, reduced construction costs, and minimal environmental impact is desired. Many large retailers such as Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Lowes have switched to polished concrete as the standard flooring for both new and existing stores. Download the publication Concrete Polishing Today: Five Trends That are Shaping the Industry, published by ConcreteNetwork.Com … [Read more...]

Polished Concrete is the Ultimate Choice When Compared

Compare your flooring options side by side. Polished concrete comes out on top. Different types Carpet Ceramic tile Vinyl or linoleum Wood or wood laminate Polished concrete Available in many aesthetic options Yes Yes Yes Yes Unlimited Durability, longevity and performance Poor Good Good Good Excellent Ease of maintenance Poor (needs frequent vacuuming; stains easily) Good Good (linoleum may need occasional waxing) Good Excellent Can radiate heat and store solar energy No No No No Yes Vulnerable to humidity and moisture damage Yes No Yes Yes No Can harbor mold, mildew, dust mites and other allergens Yes No No Yes(mold and mildew, if the flooring becomes wet) No Is a sustainable flooring alternative No Yes Maybe(if using linoleum made from all natural … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete has become an ideal flooring choice for many architects, designers, and builders today. It’s not a surprise, either, because it is utilitarian, stylish, and inexpensive. When considering polished concrete, many people ask these questions. What types of styles are available for polished concrete floors? The choices are essentially limitless when choosing the various factors of concrete. The grade of concrete, the way it’s poured, the polishing process, and the color pigment are customizable to your needs. How much does polished concrete flooring cost? It is typically very affordable and will usually cost $4 to $5 per square foot. This will allow a bigger budget for the rest of your space. Is maintenance of polished concrete difficult? Not at all. Simply run a dust mop over … [Read more...]

3 Steps to Maintaining Polished Concrete Floors

In the concrete flooring industry, there is a common misconception that polished concrete requires absolutely no maintenance. The truth is that keeping up a polished floor does require work, but it’s still fairly low maintenance compared to other types of flooring. In a recent article on Concrete Decor, a three-stage process is presented to properly — but easily — maintaining polished concrete floors. Step #1: Restoration Liquids or spills that remain for a long time on a concrete floor can penetrate the surface and create a permanent stain. Fortunately, concrete is easy to restore by using diamond-impregnated pads, stripping agents, prep tools and specially formulated cleaners. There are a number of products on the market to aid in this step. Step #2: Protection After restoring the … [Read more...]

Polished Concrete Maintenance: The Big 3

According to Polished concrete floors are one of the most durable, aesthetically pleasing and maintenance friendly floors available to the market today. However, over the years polished concrete has sometimes been sold as a “maintenance free” floor, which is completely untrue. With the proper daily maintenance, building owners can expect to keep their floors looking good at a comparatively lower cost than traditional flooring options. But even with the best cleaning schedule, polished concrete requires more than just traditional daily/periodical maintenance. They suggest the following as the "The ‘Big 3’ of Polished Concrete Maintenance": Regular Maintenance: walk off mats, promptly cleaning up spills, daily dry mopping, and general cleaning of high-traffic … [Read more...]

Polished Concrete Floor Maintenance Tips

With routine, proper maintenance, polished concrete floors will last on average 7 to 10 years or more before a re-polish may be needed. Floors that need to be repaired due to neglect will void the warranty. All liquid spills need to be cleaned up as soon as possible. Polished concrete is durable, but it is also a breathable porous floor. Below are seven easy and low-cost maintenance tips to keep your floor in top shape for the maximum amount of time. … [Read more...]