There are a number of factors which affect polished concrete floor cost but, generally speaking, the total cost of installing a poured polished concrete floor would typically be in the region of £150 per m2. There are cheaper alternatives to polished concrete such as microcement that still enables users to achieve a similar finish for home interior flooring or industrial workspaces.
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The popularity of polished concrete flooring has increased over the recent years with the rise in the industrial look within the home environment. Polished concrete offers a contemporary look that is sleek and stylish for a modern home interior, yet hardwearing and low maintenance which is well suited for commercial factory floors.
The cost of polished concrete floor per m2 will be affected by the following factors:
Size of the area: Like most things with interior and construction, the size of your flooring is going to impact the polished concrete cost. The bigger the surface area, the less polished concrete flooring will cost per m2. Because it is often the case that the cost of polished concrete flooring is fixed, smaller sized surface areas usually end up costing a lot per m2.
Addition of a colour: It is common for polished concrete flooring to be coloured to complement the rest of its surrounding. If the addition of colour is required this will increase the cost of the polished concrete flooring because additional materials and processes will be needed to complete the request.
Type of finish: The type of polished concrete floor finish is also likely to impact the cost per m2. For example, if you’re looking to expose the aggregates this will result in a higher cost per m2 because more tools are required to grind the flooring in order to expose the aggregates.
What is the difference between polished concrete and microcement?
If you weren’t impressed with the cost of polished concrete, alternative products like microcement offers a contemporary industrial finish that is a fraction of the price of the poured polished concrete floor. Microcement flooring offers a seamless, grout-free finish making flooring surfaces look effortlessly sleek years after installation. The flooring system has become a popular choice for both residential and commercial environments because of its low-maintenance properties which make it easier to clean than most other flooring options. Microcement allows you to achieve a matt or satin finish in a range of colours dependant on your desired look which can be altered by the application of the finishing products, different sealers and the final sand.
Where can polished concrete and microcement be used?
Polished concrete and Microcement flooring is a perfect surface solution for both residential, commercial and industrial buildings that want a cost-effective flooring solution which offers a unique finish. Polished concrete and microcement both offer a seamless, professional end finish which is similar to marble or granite flooring.
You will most commonly find polished concrete flooring in the flooring areas:
• Retail stores
• Storage warehouses
• Car showrooms
• Restaurants and hotels
• Office buildings
• Medical facilities
What are the benefits of microcement?
Cost effective: Using microcement as the finished floor surface is more cost-effective than poured polished concrete floors on most occasions.
Low-maintenance: Microcement flooring surfaces are easy to clean and do not attract dust, dirt or allergens.
Works well in conjunction with underfloor heating: Microcement flooring is a good conductor and will retain the heat produced from underfloor heating.
Greater durability: Microcement floors are extremely tough and resilient and are more likely to withstand damage from daily wear and tear and heavy traffic loads in factory environments.
What are the drawbacks of nicrocement?
Hardness: You can expect hardness which is unforgiving and potentially uncomfortable. Microcement flooring may not be the most suitable flooring system in a household where small children or the elderly are frequent visitors.
Moisture: If microcement flooring is not done properly and not sealed then the flooring system is subject to moisture penetration which can cause mould and mildew build up and greater issues like cracking and staining.
Cracking: Cracking in any cement based flooring can occur for a number of reasons but the most prominent being due to sudden temperature changes. Other reasons causing cracking are moisture and settling.
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