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Frequently asked questions

Still got questions? Find quick answers to common questions about our polished concrete services.

How long does polished concrete last compared to other flooring options?

Polished concrete is known for its durability and longevity, often outlasting many other flooring options. While the exact lifespan can vary depending on factors such as maintenance, traffic levels, and the quality of the initial installation, properly maintained polished concrete floors can last for decades.

Comparatively, some other flooring options have different lifespans:

  • Carpet: Typically lasts 5-15 years, depending on quality and maintenance.
  • Vinyl: Can last 10-20 years, but may need replacing sooner in high-traffic areas.
  • Hardwood: With proper care, hardwood floors can last 25 years or more.
  • Tile: Durable and can last 20 years or more, but may require regrouting or repairs over time.
  • Laminate: Generally lasts 10-20 years, depending on quality and wear.

Overall, polished concrete is often considered one of the longest-lasting flooring options available, making it a popular choice for both residential and commercial spaces looking for a durable and low-maintenance flooring solution.

How does the level of aggregate exposure affect the final appearance and durability of the polished concrete?
  • None (Cream Finish): A cream finish may be more susceptible to wear and staining, as the surface is smoother and less textured. It may require more frequent maintenance to keep it looking its best.
  • Partial Exposure: Partial exposure provides a good balance between aesthetics and durability. The exposed aggregate adds texture to the surface, which can help hide wear and tear over time.
  • Full Exposure: Full exposure can enhance the durability of the floor, as the exposed aggregate acts as a wear surface. It can withstand heavy traffic and is less likely to show scratches or wear patterns.

Does polished concrete contribute to indoor air quality?

Polished concrete floors are seamless and do not harbor dust, allergens, or mold, which can improve indoor air quality and make it easier to maintain a healthy environment.

Unlike carpeting, which can trap dust and allergens, polished concrete floors are easy to clean and do not require harsh chemicals or cleaners.

Is polished concrete environmentally friendly?

Concrete is a sustainable material, as it is made from natural ingredients such as sand, gravel, and water. It is also highly durable, which means it can last a long time and reduce the need for frequent replacement.

The polishing process itself is typically done without the use of harsh chemicals or coatings, making it a more environmentally friendly option compared to other flooring treatments.

Can any concrete be polished?

In general, most concrete can be polished. However, the quality of the final result can depend on factors such as the quality of the concrete mix, the level of aggregate exposure desired, and the condition of the existing concrete surface.

How long does it take to polish concrete?

The time it takes to polish concrete can vary depending on the size and complexity of the area, the level of polishing desired, and the condition of the concrete. In general, the process can take anywhere from a few days to a week or more.