Polishing a granite floor is not only a cheaper alternative to other types of floors such as wood or granite; it is also a great alternative aesthetically speaking. In fact a polished granite floor can look just as good as a granite or marble floor. Many people who have seen polished concrete are simply stunned when they see it for the first time. What most people do not realize is that polished granite floors have the same mirror like finish, which you normally associate with marble or granite.

The good news is that this can be done in Brisbane. My Floor concrete polishing services is a premier granite polishing Brisbane based home business that is capable of giving your floor a face-lift. Not only that, this company is also capable of doing concrete grinding and concrete sealing or restoration, or any other concrete floor related maintenance service. Polished concrete Brisbane gives its customers some of the best finishing jobs for their concrete floors. What makes this company unique is perhaps that they give a 10 year warranty for the floors they have worked on.

The process behind polishing a concrete floor is simple. First a series of work is done using abrasives and afterwards diamond tipped polishers are used to finish the job. If the client does not like the colour of finished concrete then no problem, the customer will be able to choose from a wide selection of colours as part of the finish. The main benefits of a polished concrete Brisbane floor are as follows.

  • It meets and exceeds slip resistant standards, giving you a much safer floor to walk/work on.
  • It will eliminate penetration by liquids such as water, oil and other chemicals.
  • Polished concrete floors are well known for low maintenance requirements, compared to other floors.
  • Easy to clean tire marks left behind by equipments such as trucks and forklifts. This makes polished concrete floors ideal for industrial houses.
  • Polished concrete floors are much denser compared to other floors. This means it is much more durable and abrasion resistant.

For all these reasons and more, polished concrete Brisbane is becoming the floor of choice for businesses and homes alike.


Polished Concrete Toppings and Overlays

Polished overlay is used for fixing damaged or old flooring to make it look more sleek and modern. Existing concrete may have vast flaws including spalled areas, carpet tack holes, cracks, stains, pitted, not level or just in general, extensive patchwork. Getting overlay will give it a smooth finish. Decorative concrete overlay isn’t as restricted when it comes to the application of topical colours like polished concrete. Polished overlays are also more economical and that is the main reason companies are getting it done.

Some want a terrazzo-like look which can be accomplished by seeding the concrete overlay mix with coloured aggregate, followed by carrying our a diamond polished finish to acheive a custom unique floor.

Having a polished overlay will cover any underlying slab imperfections and will look completely different and modern when completed. Choosing polished overlay is a quicker process than replacing or patching existing concrete and is moisture resistant, economical and environmentally friendly. It is a good way to be able match any desired colour with the offer of low-maintenance.

The process of overlaying is a time-consuming one and requires attention and coordination skills to get the best results. The rest of the procedure is generally straight forward and will leave concrete looking great.

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The Truth About Concrete Flooring

Myth 1: Bare concrete floors are cold and moist

Newer homes rarely don’t contain insulation these days, therefore keeping houses warm and cosy. Installing a vapour barrier under a new slab of concrete is now required to make the concrete moist-resistant making concrete problem free. Because of these features, more and more people want bare concrete in their homes.

Furthermore, people can install an in-floor radiant heat before pouring concrete that’s temperature controlled. It circulates heated water through polyethylene tubing to create a warm environment. Some heating systems allow retrofitting into existing concrete using a self-levelling overlay to cover the tubing.

Installing carpet over a concrete floor isn’t a good idea if the concrete isn’t insulated or unheated. The carpet may grow mildew and mold if this is the case. The floor is cooler than the air in the room, thus installing carpet will lower the floor’s temperature even more and if the humidity gets high, mold will grow underneath the carpet.

If you already have a moisture problem on your concrete, putting down carpet is only worthwhile if the problem is treated first. To test whether you’re concrete has been affected by moisture you can tape plastic sheeting to the concrete and seal the edges with duct tape then leave for 24 hours. If there is accumulation under the plastic, treatment must be made. Diamond Polished Concrete is naturally breathable, therefore if existing moisture problems arise, they will not affect the polished concrete finish.

Myth 2: Cracks in concrete should be covered up

Only if a crack is major and it affects the structure of the concrete should it need to be fixed. In actual fact, many keep the minor cracks in their concrete for the rustic look by exposing the cracks when staining the concrete. If the crack is more so a blemish, an overlay is recommended.

Myth 3: Carpet is homier and inviting than concrete

Due to concretes varies choices of attractive features, concrete can look warm and is easy to achieve. Colours such as rich earthy tones and mutual tones can achieve a similar look and feel that carpet brings. Also, by putting down rugs in areas of high traffic, it can help with that wholehearted look for your home.

Decorating your concrete with stains, polish or dyes does not create any harm from chemical emissions like carpet does. Rooms that aren’t ventilated much makes carpet more prone to be hazardous along with the allergies it can bring.

Also, hardwood flooring isn’t practical to have as a basement flooring over concrete as it also may create moisture problems. An alternative to getting this look is applying an overlay then stamping it with a wood-grain pattern.

Myth 4: Sealing concrete helps reduce radon infiltration

If radon is present in the soil around a basement, it can still infiltrate into a room through cracks in the concrete. Sealing alone will not lower the radon levels enough to be affective. Some building codes actually require a radon test when construction is taking place. New homes may require a vapour barrier which helps block any radon infiltration. Before renovating in existing homes, a radon test should be taken. It’s least expensive to install a radon-reduction system during your renovations rather than afterwards if this is the solution you are choosing.

Myth 5: Customised concrete flooring is slippery

Customising decorative concrete may look slippery, but in fact it is just a slippery as any ceramic tiles or vinyl. Polished concrete or high-gloss sealers can reduce traction, but you may ask to have a non-slip coat mixed with the stain or sealer being used to add more traction.

Myth 6: Floor coverings are cheaper than customised concrete flooring

Compared to floor coverings, customising your concrete is can be more expensive intially, however you do pay for what you get. Concrete has a higher life expectancy than any carpet, vinyl or wood laminates. Also, it consists of very minimal maintenance and doesn’t react to stains or damage to general spills as carpet does and is therefore easy to clean up any mess. Protecting your concrete with a good sealer will make flooring resistant to harsh stains or chemicals.

If a certain look is to be achieved, mimicking ceramic tiles, marble or granite or wood can be done and therefore it’s still getting the benefits of concrete. It is a more economical way of styling your home or business and saves time on cleaning up harsh stains.

If a basement were to be flooded by heavy rain, concrete would be able to sustain the impact unlike coverings as they stain, create odor, warp, peel or gain mildew.

Myth 7: Floor coverings offer more design/colour options than concrete

Concrete is the ultimate material that can create any decorative pattern, boarder, colour or texture desired. Stains, dyes, epoxy, overlays, stamping, paints and stencilling are some ways to decorate your concrete. These methods can also be combined to make a different look. Some choices of how to customise concrete are:

  • Stencilling a faux area rug in the entries of homes and boarding them with colourful patterns. Applying colour into stains or dyes makes it all the more special.
  • A stamped overlay is good to touch up existing basement flooring as a look of stone, slate or hardwood flooring. Using a stampable overlay, colouring agents and stamping tools, this look can be completed with success.
  • Paint can be used to mimic marble or tile if anticipated. Finishing techniques such as sponging and splattering is usually used with multiple colours to get this look.
  • Staining floors is a common choice as it gives a rich and translucent of colour to a room. By using three to four different shades or colours, a dramatic affect or a dimensional affect will come through.
  • Epoxy coatings are also very common being a simple look. Epoxy flooring is great for utility rooms or workshops. The surface of the concrete can be decorated with colour flakes or chips to make it more complex and eye-catching.