POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS
Thinking about polished concrete flooring for your latest project? Or perhaps you want to upgrade your existing concrete floor.
Here at Quest, we’re a UK leading specialist in polished concrete floors for commercial use. Whether you wish to upgrade the flooring in your home, a retail or leisure space or a harsh industrial environment, we’re here to help.
Polished concrete floors are the ideal floor finish for a wide range of settings. They provide a contemporary yet industrial-chic style, and are both visually striking and practical.
Additionally, the continuous, seamless surface that polished concrete floors offer means that there is nowhere for dirt to get trapped, as is the case with tiles or laminate.
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What is polished concrete flooring?
Essentially, polished concrete flooring is made from a basic combination of cement, gravel, sand, and water. This concrete floor is then stripped back and honed to create a glossy or matte appearance.
Not only is this type of flooring sleek and seamless, it’s also a highly economical option.
Additionally, thanks to its smooth yet durable surface, it’s guaranteed to last for a very long time.
Most polished concrete floors are the ideal floor finish for a wide range of settings. The finished floor provides a contemporary yet industrial-chic style, and are both visually striking and practical.
Furthermore, the continuous, seamless surface that polished concrete floors offer means that there is nowhere for dirt to get trapped. This gives them a significant advantage over other flooring options such as tiles or laminate.
We pour your polished concrete floor in a single layer, which is usually 10cm thick. The following day, we make expansion cuts in the floor, which allows the cracks caused by shrinkage to form in neat lines. We then fill these lines with a colour-matched, expandable sealant.
Finally, we clean, polish, and seal the floor. We use diamond polishing tools to finish the polished concrete floor to a grit level of either 800, 1,500 or 3,000. The higher the grit level achieved with diamond polishing tools, the shinier the floor will be.
QUEST – Specialists in HTC SUPERFLOORTM
As one of the best polished concrete suppliers in the country, we’re skilled and experienced in HTC SUPERFLOORTM. This is a revolutionary process, which grinds and polishes the concrete using specialist diamond tools.
Concrete flooring has a broad range of advantages. For example:
- it can be used with existing or newly cast concrete
- it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use
- it creates a seamless glossy finish or matte finished look
- it has a super-strong finish, capable of withstanding the toughest treatment
- it’s incredibly easy to clean and maintain
- it offers excellent non-slip safety, great for constant foot traffic
- it’s environmentally friendly
- it’s an affordable and economical option
Environmentally friendly concrete flooring
Many products that are used to build homes contain a large group of chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Polished concrete flooring is a low VOC flooring type. Compared to others, this type of flooring is an exceptionally low contributor to greenhouse gases.
Also, when they are installed correctly and properly maintained, polished concrete floors should never need to be replaced, making them a very sustainable flooring option.
If you have any questions about the environmental impacts of polished concrete floor, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable team.
Non-slip concrete flooring
Whilst a new polished concrete floor is shiny, it is not at all slippery.
In fact, compared to ordinary concrete floor, the friction is increased due to the process of mechanically grinding and flattening the floor. This makes polished concrete flooring a much safer option than some other flooring types.
Stain resistant polished concrete flooring
The sealing process transforms porous concrete into a surface that is extremely dense.
Because of this, anything that may be spilled onto a polished concrete floor will not be able to penetrate the surface, thereby preventing stains. Therefore, this flooring type is amazingly easy to maintain, with no aggressive scrubbing required to keep it clean.
Best type of flooring to install with underfloor heating
As concrete is an excellent conductor of heat, polished concrete flooring is the perfect choice to be installed over an underfloor heating system.
Even without underfloor heating, a concrete floor is a warmer solution than most other flooring types. This is because a concrete floor will absorb and hold the heat from the sun.
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How much will your polished concrete floor cost? Ultimately this depends on the project itself.
If you would like to find out more about professional polished concrete floors, or would like to discuss upgrading your existing concrete floor, as well as the costs involved, please feel free to get in touch.
Polished concrete FAQs
What is polished concrete flooring?
Essentially, polished concrete is a concrete floor that has been stripped back and honed to create a glossy or matte appearance. It’s made from a basic combination of cement, gravel, sand and water. Not only is this type of flooring sleek and seamless, it’s also a highly economical option. Additionally, thanks to its smooth yet durable surface, it’s guaranteed to last for a very long time.
How does the HTC SUPERFLOORTM process work?
The process of creating polished concrete is very simple. First, we mechanically refine the concrete surface by removing the top layer. This reveals the stronger layers that lie underneath. We then grind and polish the surface in small steps, until the desired characteristics have been achieved.
There’s no need for any sludge or water. This innovative grinding process is completely dry and hassle-free and the results are highly impressive – creating a floor that is smooth, glossy and hard-wearing.
How much does polished concrete cost?
The cost of a polished concrete floor is determined by several factors. For example, it will depend on whether you wish to use new or existing concrete, the type of finish you would like and the size of the space. But rest assured, here at Quest, our polished concrete costs are very competitive. Customer satisfaction is very important to us and we always strive to offer the best possible price.
How long do polished concrete floors last?
Professional, polished concrete floors – that have been properly installed and sealed by Quest Flooring – can last 20 years or more with regular, easy maintenance. The smooth and durable surface is easy to keep clean, with no aggressive scrubbing required.
Is polished concrete eco-friendly?
Absolutely! In fact, that’s one of the reasons that our polished concrete flooring is so popular at Quest Flooring – it’s one of the most eco-friendly flooring solutions on the market. As it is made up of rock and water, it’s highly durable, meaning it needs replacing less often than other flooring types. It’s also easy to recycle, reducing its carbon footprint. Additionally, when polished, concrete has a reflective surface, saving you money on heating costs.
Is polished concrete slippery?
Whilst polished concrete appears to be very shiny and smooth, it is not at all slippery. This is because it actually has a very rough surface at microscopic level, giving it much more friction than other flooring types such as tiles. Its attractive appearance, combined with its safe, non-slip surface, makes it very popular for a variety of commercial and domestic applications. Contact Quest Flooring today for a quote.
How long does it take to install polished concrete floors?
The time it takes to install polished concrete floors depends on the size of the room and the temperature, as well as the chosen installation method.
However, as a guideline, for a 10cm thick floor you should allow at least 48 hours before walking on it, and 7-10 days for any heavy equipment or vehicular traffic.
When we attend your premises to provide a quote for installation, we will give you a more accurate timeline for when you can use your polished concrete floors, based on the requirements of your specific project.
Do polished concrete floors need to be resealed?
It’s important to reseal your polished concrete floors regularly to preserve and protect them. How often you should do this depends on your individual circumstances, but between every two and five years is usually sufficient.
Polished concrete floors in high-traffic locations will need to be resealed more regularly than those that are used less frequently. Similarly, if you use your polished concrete floors to store heavy equipment or caustic chemicals, you’ll need to reseal more often.
Another factor that can influence how often you’ll need to reseal your polished concrete floors is the climate. This is because exposure to any kind of intense weather, including high humidity, can impact the life of your floor. As concrete is porous, the freeze-thaw cycle can cause cracks and degradation of your polished concrete floors. Resealing them regularly can help to prevent this.
If you have any questions about resealing polished concrete floors, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts.