Polished Concrete has continued to gain momentum and now accounts for 15-20% of the total flooring installed each year.

Polished Concrete flooring was a relatively new idea in the early to mid-1990s, but today is much more mainstream. Today Polished Concrete has specifications and classifications set out by The Concrete Polishing Council (CPC) which has helped improve its installation, acceptance, and reputation as a flooring material.

There are many unique reasons why Polished Concrete is desirable and why it is replacing some traditional flooring materials as an accepted alternative today.

Aesthetic

When installed to a high standard, Polished Concrete is aesthetically pleasing and light-reflective, giving it a contemporary aesthetic with a casual attitude that people find attractive.

Polished Concrete can be used by architects and designers as a focal point of a building’s interior and even color dyes can be used to transform the surface beyond the traditional gray shades.

Practicality

Concrete is one of the most commonly used materials in buildings. Therefore as it is already on site in most cases it makes it a practical, good value and sustainable choice, resulting in greater usage and popularity.

Safety

Polished Concrete is a safe floor choice and research shows it is one of the safest walking surfaces available. People tend to slip less on Polished Concrete for a few reasons. One of the main reasons is that it has pores that absorb water and show where a spill has occurred so people can avoid the slippery area. This is not the case with tiles or Vinyl flooring where surface liquid is not as obvious.

On-trend appeal

Polished Concrete has become a top choice for contemporary Architecture & Design practices and even leading commercial giants such as Walmart and Amazon have adopted Polished Concrete floors in recent times because they are durable, dustproof, and highly functional.

Other benefits to Polished Concrete

There are many more benefits to this material including a low life-cycle with easy repairs. Concrete offers high-thermal mass protecting against temperature fluctuations and is a virtually non-combustible material. Other benefits include:

  • Sustainable material
  • Can contribute points toward a LEED certification
  • Can deal with high traffic
  • Good for vehicular traffic

Alongside the benefits of Polished Concrete, it is also important to understand its weaknesses.

Polished Concrete is not practical in continually wet conditions, or for operations where the floor will be exposed to harsh chemicals. For spaces that require sound dampening, Polished Concrete is not the most practical choice.