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 Polished Concrete Floors – What You Need To Consider – My Floor Answers The Questions

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  Posted August 5, 2015

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POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS – WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER – MY FLOOR ANSWERS THE QUESTIONS

I’m a bit of a renovation TV junkie (no surprise) and with shows like The Block and House Rules in recent times adding concrete floors, I’ve been thinking how would I go about this? What do I need to consider?

 

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The Block Glasshouse – Shannon + Simons Living Room with polished concrete floors

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 House Rules – Steve and Tiana’s Kitchen with polished concrete floors

So after My Floor recently wrote on one of my blogs posts I thought they would be the best people to ask, so I did.

WHEN THINKING ABOUT GETTING POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER? 

One of the main things to consider is ultimately how you want your floor to look.  There are many options with polished concrete flooring, for example different levels of stone exposure (none at all, minimal, medium, maximum).  There are colour concrete dyes available to create different effects (different shades of blue, green, gold, black, red, brown).  With the polishing, there are different levels of gloss that can be achieved (low, medium, high).  And the longevity required (eg. Mechanical polished concrete is more durable and long lasting than a coating finish ‘grind and seal’).

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Honed External Polished Concrete

WHAT PART OF MY RENOVATION / BUILD DO YOU COME IN?

For mechanical polished concrete, this can be carried out after the roof and frame, prior to gyprock.  This will enable the best finish on the floor areas.  The finish is quite durable, as the process actually hardens the concrete.   If choosing a ‘grind and seal’ finish, this needs to be done at the final stage of the build preferably prior to skirting boards and final coat of paint.  This is due to a coating being applied with this finish, which would wear/damage by trades if completed too early.

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Signature Floor Polished Concrete

WHAT IS THE TIME PROCESS/STAGES NEEDED FOR POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS TO BE POURED, SET AND SEALED?

Generally 2 – 4 weeks, depending on the concrete MPa (A megapascal (MPa) is a measure of the compressive strength of concrete) for a mechanical polished concrete finish.  Full cure period is required (28 days) if choosing the ‘grind and seal’ option as the sealer will turn milky if sealed while the concrete is still curing, and could end up delaminating.

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Hiperfloor Polished Concrete 

CAN A POLISHED CONCRETE FLOOR BE PUT ON ANY EXISTING CONCRETE SURFACE? 

Yes we can treat existing concrete, as long as the concrete is suitable enough (not too soft or crumbly).  If for any reason the concrete is not suitable for polishing, we can install alternative finishes to still achieve the same look as polished concrete.

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Honed External Polished  Concrete

I HAVE SEEN A GREAT LOOK WHERE SMALL BLACK STONES SHOW THROUGH, HOW IS IT ACHIEVED? 

As we are treating an existing surface, we cannot control the amount of aggregate or colours that will be exposed.  Where building a new home, this is something that would need to be arranged between the concreter/builder to ensure the desired concrete mix design is installed.  Where treating an existing home, if a particular look / aggregate colour is required, there are other options available (overlayment systems) to achieve the required look which our company can offer.

IS THERE ANY PLACE I SHOULD NOT PUT POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS? 

Polished concrete can be carried out anywhere, if there is concrete we can do it.  We complete a different finish to external areas, or commercial environments where a non-slip finish is required but it still retains the ‘polished concrete look’ where you can see the aggregates in the concrete, yet the finish wont be as smooth or glossy as internal floor finishes are.

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Signature Floor Polished Concrete

WHAT IS THE QUESTIONS I SHOULD ASKING YOU THAT I HAVEN’T, WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE GOING THROUGH WITH GETTING POLISHED CONCRETE FLOORS ?????? 

For new builds make sure you appoint a concreter who is experienced in laying concrete to be polished, as it will affect the overall finish if the contractor leaves screed bar marks, boot prints, bald spots (no stone exposure) etc, and any excessive undulations can result in additional charges to remove.  For all projects its very important to choose the right company to carry out your polished concrete floors, ensure the contractor specializes in this area, and holds the correct licenses to carry out the works.  There has been many times where a customer has chosen another contractor because they were cheaper, only to be contacting us later with their bad experience and needing us to fix the floor.

My Floors has been operating since 2009 and offers  a professional service which is quality assured to meet the needs of their commercial and industrial clients in all areas of South East Queensland (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Tweed Heads), New South Wales and Northern Queensland.

You can find all their details on their website – My Floor and connect with them on Facebook

 

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Check out these polished concrete suppliers at concretebroker

 

 

OZ GRIND POLISHED CONCRETE BRISBANE PTY LTD

OzGrindPolishedConcrete

OzGrind are concrete polishing experts and can transform any regular existing concrete slab into a masterpiece with a range of unique flooring solutions. And with a new slab of concrete the possibilities are endless, you can use different aggregates (stones) or cement colours to create a stunning look for your polished concrete floors. You can even choose from a selection of objects such as glass or some metals to add to the concrete, which can give your floor a dazzling, one-of a kind finish.

SPG CONCRETE RESURFACING

SPGConcreteResurfacing

SPG Concrete Resurfacing specializes in: Polished concrete, Decorative Epoxy floor systems including metallic and other custom. Decorative Epoxy Flake floor Highly durable, water proof slip resistant, and looks great ? perfect for garages, patios, public toilets, butchers, etc Custom trowelled overlay. Cement topping 3-5mm thick, can be textured and stained to look like rock, wood, burnished concrete, etc Preparation grinding including coating and glue removal. Subfloor remedial works including flattening for flooring.

GEELONGCONCRETESURFACES

GeelongConcreteSurfaces

Geelong Concrete Surfaces specialise in polished concrete floors providing you with the superior finish you demand. From large industrial epoxy coating to residential concrete polishing and grinding, they are your first choice for concrete floors in Geelong. They can pour, lay and finish your concrete floor to perfection, every time. Geelong Concrete Surfaces have quickly built a strong reputation as a five star concreting business who are professional, friendly and excellent to deal with. When it comes to a superior concrete surface, either inside or outside your building, Geelong Concrete Surfaces can provide the surface you are looking for

INTERNATIONALBUILDINGSUPPLY PTY LTD

IBSPolishedConcreteTraining

Take your skills to the next level! The professional IBS Polished Concrete course is regarded as the best in Australia. The course includes wet and dry cutting, as well as the unique StarSeal PS Food Stain Resistant concrete densification system. The full course is three days, with densification demonstrated out on the last two days.

CERTI SHINE

CertiShine

A lifetime Certi-Shine floor. Its concrete redefined. Certi-Shine transforms concrete into a highly-polished, wear resistant, decorative floor guaranteed to change your definition of concrete flooring. Certi- Shine can lift most concrete surfaces in industrial, commercial and residential settings. Certi - Shine is suitable for multiple applications including food markets and courts, restaurants, malls, hotels, stadiums, kitchens, pool decks, museums, schools, counter tops, retail and entertainment facilities. Or all of the above where a decorative color is desired.

DIGGERS CONCRETING

DiggersConcreting

Diggers Concreting are your GFRC Specialists in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley and throughout the Central Coast. From polished concrete bench tops, to concrete table tops, countertops and concrete tables on stainless steel bases they can create a magnificent look and feel for your home, business or commercial marketplace. Having worked with restaurants, bars, commercial shop owners and members of the public Diggers are trained and experienced in the art of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete. Having worked with concrete, precast concrete and now GFRC the principal's at Diggers Concreting are in tune with concrete, timber, steel, formwork and all the raw materials utilised in the manufacture of stunning table tops, counter tops and benchtops.

CONCRETE APPLICATIONS PTY LTD

ConcreteApplications

Concrete Applications are experienced concreter's specialising in providing superior concrete finishes throughout Brisbane's Northside. We produce aesthetically pleasing concrete finishes on concrete floors, bench tops, counter tops, stairs and hardscapes, as well as driveways, patios, pergola's and pool surrounds. Through the use of polished concrete techniques, stencil, patterns, exposed aggregate and decorative concrete applications we provide their customers and residential building clientele with a unique finish to be proud of. 

ABSOLUTESCAPES

AbsoluteScapes

With over 15 years experience we can help you transform your home with a range of beautiful concrete finishes. We are a family owned and run business that services Perth and it?s surrounding suburbs. We specialise in decorative concreting, including exposed aggregate, honed & polished aggregate, liquid limestone and coloured concrete. Go with the right people for your outdoor investment that will look as good in the future as it does when its first completed. Call today and have your place ready for summer.

SPRAYPAVE EAST GIPPSLAND

SpraypaveeastGippsland

Spraypave East Gippsland provide decorative concrete expertise in the Gippsland region of Victoria for seeking to transform old and tired concrete surfaces into new revitalised features that are both durable and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Their staple spray pave comes with extended warranty, that is how much they guarantee their product and workmanship. In addition to spray pave they offer stencil, stamped and patterned concrete, all with a view to revolutionising those boring old concrete surfaces that you are tired of looking at. Spraypave East Gippsland offer polished concrete and grinding services for those who require it as well as their highly sought after blanket cover Flec finish

TOUGH FLOORS

ToughFloors

Tough Floors is a Redlands based business that service all of South East Queensland including greater Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Logan, Ipswich, Toowoomba and Pine Rivers. We also cross the border into Northern NSW to work on various projects. Our specialist products include epoxy and polyurea/polyaspartic and polyurethane flooring that can be applied commonly to garage floors, patios, outdoor areas and in showrooms, retail outlets and a limitless range of commercial and industrial areas.

PERFECT POLISHING 

PerfectPolishing

From humble beginnings to one of Sydney's most sought after polishing firms, Perfect Polishing has been transformed from the once small family business to the prestigous, ever-growing polishing powerhouse. Almost twenty years ago, Perfect Polishing was founded by Peter and Josephine and was predominantly involved with the polishing of small private properties. Today Perfect Polishing has evolved into a multi-faceted polishing firm, partnered with an array of Australia's biggest construction firms, casinos, councils, government buildings, hotels and resorts; as well as pertaining the maintenance contract at Sydney's Star Casino. As well as these current partnerships and contracts, Perfect Polishing has done work for a variety of different large organisations within Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Townsville, Brisbane and Gold Coast. 

ALL PREPARATION EQUIPMENT

AllPreparationEquipment

All Preparation Equipment is a leading supplier of tough, reliable products to the concrete surface preparation and coating industry. Our experienced team encounters many types of concrete preparation jobs, and can offer expert advice and insights that will help you work more effectively to get your job done in the quickest, most effective way.

ABSOLUTE FLOOR POLISHING

absolutefloorpolishing

Absolute Floor Polishing is a concrete polishing business based in Merrylands, servicing Sydney CBD, to the greater Western Suburbs of Sydney including Parramatta, Baulkham Hills, Epping, Liverpool and Bankstown to name a few. Absolute Floor Polishing specialise in Concrete Floor Polishing, grinding, polishing, cleaning & sealing of all types of Concrete, Stone work, Cement, Marble, Terrazzo, Sandstone, Limestone, Travertine and Tiles.

ACS ADVANCED COATING

AdvancedCoating

Advanced Coating is a locally owned and operated business serving Warrnambool, and surrounding areas. We cater to clients throughout the Western District of Victoria, providing home and business owners with the finest flooring treatments on the market for protection and a great look. At ACS Advanced Coating, we take a comprehensive approach to the flooring industry and offer a range of concrete polishing and floor coating systems to suit any need.

FLOORCOTE

floorcote

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland Australia, Floorcote has been putting down floors since the late 80's. Having laid, literally, tens of thousands of meters over that time, we are among the most experienced floor layers in the country. All of our work is covered by our 5-year warranty for materials and workmanship. The Floorcote range provides flooring options for concrete floors with a genuine advantage over traditional flooring.

CREATIVE TEXTURED COATINGS

CreativeTexturedCoatings

Creative Textured Coatings are Adelaides best choice for quality concrete resurfacing and repairs. Our experienced staff know how to bring your damaged concrete back to life. If you have existing concrete in need of repairs, trust us to create an effective, affordable solution that will suit your needs. We offer a range of coating options on all existing concrete floors. From indoors to outdoors, we work on all types of concrete floors.

CONTECH CONCRETE SERVICES

contechconcreteservices

At Contech we are dedicated to providing our local customers with a wide range of concrete solutions Our strength is in adding value with high quality service, experienced based advice and knowledge on how to utilise the product to meet the expectations of our clients We view every job as a project, irrespective of size and cost, and each project as a statement in design and quality, that not only you will be proud of, but we will as well. Our many years experience in the concrete industry means we are able to service a wide variety of concrete applications saving our clients time and the hassle of engaging multiple contractors. Our diverse experience means we may also be able to make you aware of alternative products , styles ,designs ,and techniques that may assist you in getting the most out of your new project and budget Your satisfaction and a quality result is most important to us as client referrals are a vital source of new work. We hope that your completed project provides us with new clients and we treat every project as an example of our commitment to our work 

KEYSTONE PRODUCTS

keystoneproducts

Keystone Products is Australia's only manufacturer of grinding & polishing stones used with concrete, stone & monumental masonry. Our stones fit most specialized grinding and polishing machines, smaller contractors' floor machines and hand held tools and are commonly used for new surfaces and for refurbishing older, worn tiles, concrete and terrazzo flooring.

NOVA-CUT CONCRETE SAWING

novacutconcretesawing

No matter what type of job you have on that requires professional cutting service - roadworks and civil engineering, plumbing, electrical work, construction, owner-builders, mining, or air-conditioning - Nova-Cut Concrete Sawing are the region's most trusted name. Whether it's cutting broken concrete for repair work, drilling holes in slabs and walls for electrical conduits and plumbing pipes, creating doors and windows in pre-formed walls, Nova-Cut have the knowledge and the experience to handle the job.

FREETDIAMONDTOOLSCO.LTD

FreetDiamondToolsCoLtd

Jiangxi Freet Diamond Tools Co., Ltd ( Freet Company) is a high-tech Co. Ltd, with standardized management and stock ownership. It is combined with scientific research, production, sale and service. Originated from its former pioneer?Minnan Knife Factory, which was a family generated system in 1994, it has renamed as Quanzhou Freet Diamond Tools with modern stock ownership. In order to seek higher development, a larger production base in Jiangxi Province. With our new big factory set in Jiangxi, the company is now named as Jiangxi Freet Diamond Tools. 

 

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