Hot Trend – Polished Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring has been a feature of industrial spaces for many years, but recently it has also become incredibly popular in modern homes, retail spaces and offices. This versatile and durable flooring is easy to maintain and comes in a variety of finishes, so it looks good in all sorts of interiors. It is also relatively affordable compared to other high-end surfaces.

A Little History

The concept of polished concrete dates back 30 years, and refers to the process where a concrete floor was coated with wax and highly polished. The wax was normally beeswax mixed with turpentine, and a mineral pigment. The surface was then polished robustly with a soft cloth – hence the name ‘polished concrete’. Today there are many different techniques to create special finishes and colours.

Benefits

Stylish: Light reflects off this gleaming surface which makes the room look spacious and bright.

Environmentally friendly: There is no need to use strong chemicals to keep concrete floors clean as it is made from natural materials.

Easy to maintain: Dust doesn’t stick to concrete flooring so it can be easily mopped away – particularly good news for asthma and allergy sufferers.

Hardwearing: Polished concrete floors are one of the most durable floor types and as it is a flat surface there is less noise and vibrations.

How do you produce a polished concrete floor?

There are three basic methods when it comes to creating a polished concrete floor.

  1. Steel Trowelled: this method is normally requested when a basic flat, smooth finish is required – some trowel marks may be noticeable.
  2. Burnished: this method provides a durable finish with a surface lustre. It is usually produced by steel trowelling the surface until the concrete surface takes on a polished or glossy appearance. Products such as floor waxes, liquid polishes and resin-based coatings are applied to the surface and burnished using polishing equipment.
  3. Honed: creates a low-maintenance, durable finish. Created by grinding concrete surfaces with abrasives until it produces a smooth matt surface. The process of grinding exposes the aggregates which affect the final appearance.

Decorative Designs

Concrete adds style and sophistication to a home and there are many colours and new speciality finishes to choose from;

  1. A bright whimsical look can be achieved by using plastic moulds filled with paint to create stained patterns on a concrete floor.
  2. Create an old world feel by using a polyurethane lace stencil
  3. Concrete floors don’t have to be smooth. Add texture and warmth with the use of stamps. Flooring can be stamped to mimic brick, tile and stone, for something a little different a floral design can be stamped into the surface.
  4. Colours can be introduced by colouring the concrete and by using special aggregates.

For further information on concrete flooring please contact Bernadette at Ferrari Interiors on 0417 088 602.