Concrete Polishing Tips & Basic Guide to Selecting the Most Suitable Polished Concrete System
As the popularity of concrete floor polishing has grown, has the industry in general done enough to provide a consistent approach on the education process?
While the availability of concrete floor polishing providers has had a huge increase, has this had a positive effect? One contractor may suit your needs more so than others and suggest attention to documentation not be overlooked. Quote estimates clearly noting what is proposed will assist with decision making on what you feel is most suitable for your circumstances.
More importantly, how do I determine the most suitable polishing system, which service provider is right for me? Ask as many questions that you can possibly put together relating to your requirements.
This will be helpful to both you as the end user and how the contractor guides you through the concrete polishing tips and what is a realistic outcome with all the variables considered.
As with all floor coverings and finishes, concrete flooring has variable limitations. Your design ideas may need a change here and there to suit the concrete floors condition.
Existing floor coverings and / or adhesive may contribute to some form of surface colour variation. Light preparation may not remove sufficient surface depth, determining an appropriate system can only be quantified with concrete polishing tips during an on-site inspection.
Also ensure there is a detailed specification describing the proposed process with all product types listed… this will help for future reference more so with applied coating finishes where a re-coat is needed in the future.
Consequently huge variables in pricing is common, buyer be aware!
Techniques, equipment and products vary from contractor to contractor or service provider. Equipment and products used along with experience and the necessary requirements for the proposed installation area need to be discussed with your service provider. Site conditions and expectations vary; no two situations are the same, literally.
Polishing Costs Versus Traditional Floor Coverings
Comparing concrete polishing cost to traditional floor coverings such as tiles is not a how much per square metre situation. Costs to professionally craft a polished concrete floor is not like purchasing a room of carpet or boxes of tiles.
For new construction and renovations, traditional floor coverings have material, installation and surface preparation costs plus disposing of excavated waste where concrete polishing is using the in place concrete slab.
Furthermore, no additional costs for removing floor coverings if covering up the polished floor in the future – basic preparation floor grind is most likely all that is needed
There are many points considered when estimating a project.
These may include project type, size, age, features, hand tool processing, repairs, and technical components such as stairs, vertical faces and the overall designed process to suit.
Sure there are many cheaper alternatives, but are they in the long term.
Trade Qualification & Licensing…
These concrete polishing tips must also highlight how the Polished Concrete Industry stacks up.
Unfortunately clever marketing doesn’t necessarily mean you will receive the genuine experience promoted due to no structured industry ethics, again buy be aware.
Marketing hype and selling points such as a 10 year warranty would be a draw card for sure, however how many years of concrete treatment and industry experience does one require too offer likewise warranties? Also, what would be considered sufficient experience
Above all, it is simply too easy to enter the industry. This is certainly not what the consumer should expect. As a result of equipment suppliers thinking of sales profits rather then working together to lobby for change and industry based standards, the inconsistent information on concrete polishing tips will remain.
Use of construction slab to be the floor finish offers genuine saving. Applied coatings and floor coverings require minimum floor tolerances and installations standards which add surface fix up preparation costs.
These requirements are quite often excluded and usually become an extra cost. Removal of existing coatings and floor coverings plus preparation adds another cost that can blow out the original floor finish budget.
Concrete polishing tips Ultimate Floors provides is a regular thing because we simply care. For this reason, another point we will quickly high light is clear coating and existing concrete. Certain clear concrete coatings may enhance surface colour variations known as ghosting so ensure this covered by your contractor.
From our experience, for improved aesthetics, a true mechanical polished concrete process will in most cases reduce the visual impact.
Costs – Ultimate Floors price points are job specific, larger the floor area the more attractive the saving will be on your concrete polishing budget.
In addition to the above concrete polishing tips and guide lines, below are 7 points we recommend our clients and those interested in these applications take into consideration when selecting a concrete polishing process, contractor and scope of works.
1. What is my desired result and look?
2. Can the finish be re-furbished with minimal disruption and cost,
3. How do I expect my polished concrete flooring to perform,
4. Do I have the ability to maintain my chosen finish,
5. What type of environment is it to be, and is it new concrete or a refurbishment application
6. Ensure there is a specification clearly detailing the process in its entirety.
7. Clear understanding of maintenance requirements and warranties