Concrete. Just functional, grey, hard stuff right? Wrong. Concrete flooring has come a long way since its initial lacklustre days, with polished concrete floors now a favourite for both domestic and commercial use. But why is it so popular, is it worthy of its hype and – more importantly – is it the right choice for your home?
At Quest Flooring, we believe it is and here we take a closer look at just some of the key benefits this flexible flooring solution can offer in a domestic setting.
Top 5 reasons you won’t regret polished concrete:
- It looks great
Obviously, we have to start with this – because it really does! Banish the idea of flat, dull, grey and instead visualise a polished on-trend look that adds appeal to any room. This flooring is also available in a range of textured effects and colours – so you can personalise it to suit your home creating an urban, contemporary feel.
- It’s hard-wearing
Whether it’s the pets, the kids, high heels or your furniture, floors have to withstand a lot but a concrete floor is virtually impossible to damage.
Formally reserved for intensive industrial use, concrete has more than proved itself as a robust and durable flooring choice. Great for all areas of the home but particularly good for high traffic areas such as kitchens and hallways. And, with a preference towards open plan living these days, many people choose to run polished concrete flooring throughout their home to create a continuous look and flow to their interiors.
- It’s low maintenance
Modern lives are busy and you want a home that looks great but that doesn’t take all your spare time to keep it looking that way. Polished concrete floors require minimal effort and are easy to clean and maintain. Simple mopping, brushing or hoovering – as with any other type of flooring in the home – is all that is required. With the added bonus that any marks or spills can be easily wiped away in seconds, with no lasting damage.
- It’s versatile
So we already know that polished concrete can be used in domestic and commercial settings but did you realise it can also be used in the garden?
It makes a great looking alternative to flagstones or decking and its hard-wearing qualities make it perfect for withstanding the extremes of the UK’s weather. What’s more, it’s classified as a low-slip surface, making it a safe option too.
- It’s affordable
Polished concrete can create a similar look to that of high-end materials such as granite and marble – but without the hefty price tag. All too often ‘popular’ flooring is overpriced only to under deliver. Not so with polished concrete. This sleek and stylish finish is made yet more attractive by the fact it is resilient and low maintenance making it a solid and cost-effective choice for your home.
And, if that’s not enough to convince you, then perhaps the fact that it is easy to change your mind will. Concrete flooring is often the base layer of any new floor – so if, in years to come, you decide carpet or laminate are more your style, it couldn’t be easier to make the switch. Simply lay
So, you’re on the lookout for a new flooring solution for your facilities. Perhaps you have a newly opened building that needs to be on form to make visitors feel welcome. Or maybe you are looking for something more industrious and hard-wearing to bear the brunt of wear and tear and withstand damage. If so, you will be presented with two popular flooring options – polished concrete and resin. Both are very capable flooring solutions, which is why we offer them here at Quest Industrial Flooring Ltd, but are appropriate for different kinds of requirements.
Ready to find out which type of flooring is the best for you? This blog post will give you the answer you need…
Polished concrete flooring
As is normally the first thought associated with concrete, this kind of flooring is hard-wearing and an option that has grown massively in popularity in recent years. From office buildings to now even in people’s houses, this flooring solution is sure to stay for years to come. That’s right, polished concrete flooring is seen in many home kitchens these days, as it has a very modern and trendy feel. This is why it is also seen in corporate buildings that also strive for a contemporary look.
This kind of flooring is robust and, if you keep on top of its condition, it can last for a long period.. It is also very easy to maintain, with very little else needed to keep it clean apart from a weekly wash with soap and water. This is down to its smooth surface, upon which it is difficult for mould to grow.
However, with polished concrete flooring, it’s important to take into account the current condition of the concrete – as this can have a huge influence on the way the flooring looks.. General cracks or dusting can normally be repaired but once the condition of the concrete has reached a state of disrepair, you will have to replace it. Moreover, you might want to consider the changes in temperature in your facility as concrete expands and contracts over time, which can potentially cause cracks.
If you are less concerned about the appearance of your area and are looking for something that will last a long time, then Resin flooring could be the perfect solution for you. Resin creates an extremely strong surface that will easily deal with the general strain of an industrial environment. It’s also very hygienic. That’s why, industrial Resin flooring is popular in warehouses, schools, hospitals etc.
One of the main advantages of this kind of flooring is that its strength allows it to have a high degree of slip resistance. This allows it to be damp or wet for a prolonged period whilst still being safe to walk on. This makes it an ideal surface for areas that could be a wet environment, such as swimming pools and kitchens.
It is important to consider exactly how you plan to lay your resin floor, as if you are looking to lay over an existing floor with this surface, some bases may cause breaks, cracks and microcracks to the resin surface. This could result in additional unnecessary costs.
So have you decided on which kind of flooring would suit your facility best? Well with Quest Flooring, we provide both types discussed in this blog, and our experts are ready to install your perfect flooring solution! Simply give our Resin flooring contractors a call on 01925 737 369 to contact us directly, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, be sure to fill out our online enquiry form for a swift response from one of our team.