Commercial Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete is one of the most popular flooring solutions because it’s cost-effective, efficient, clean and decorative. Polished concrete works exceptionally well both in industrial and commercial environments by providing a durable and long-lasting floor that can withstand the high traffic and constant wear of an industrial factory or commercial building while maintaining a modern and sleek appearance.

The Benefits of Commercial Concrete Floors

  • Cost savings: Using the slab on grade as the finished floor surface is more cost effective and maintenance costs are lower (see chart below).
  • More resistant to high foot traffic: In some cases, retail stores are able to maintain primarily just the traffic ways within the store, which saves time and money because they do not have to move large display cases to wax and strip the floor.
  • Less maintenance and longer service life: Polished floors are easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping. They also eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. The glossy surface of polished concrete resists the marks of forklift truck tires and staining from oil and chemical spills.
  • Resistant to moisture transmission issues: Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe and eliminates issues that arise with other flooring materials that seal off the concrete, such as tile, etc.
  • High light reflectivity: Important for office building floors, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Also saves energy by reducing artificial lighting requirements.
  • Is a sustainable flooring alternative: Polished concrete does not require hazardous coatings, cleaners or adhesives.

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Decorative Concrete Flooring

Using colored dyes and acids to stain concrete floors is a process that transforms an ordinary concrete slab into a luxurious floor that resembles marble or glazed stone at a fraction of the cost. It is permanent unlike paint or coatings. Acid stains have a mottled, variegated look and come in a variety of different shades and colors. If a custom touch is desired, dyes and stencils can be used to create beautiful patterns and designs. Whether you seek a Tuscan, Southwestern, contemporary, architectural, Old World or more traditional style, acid stained concrete makes a stunning flooring choice. As for its aesthetic quality and green building advantages, stained concrete has become a preferred flooring choice in many upscale businesses, warehouses, industrial facilities, manufacturing plants, factories, restaurants, retailers and more!

Compare Installation and Maintenance Costs for Polished Concrete in Commercial and Industrial Applications…

Based on a survey conducted by the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, the information below compares the cost per square foot of commonly used commercial flooring materials and polished concrete floors. This recent examination of flooring costs over a 20-year span illustrates not only some of the hidden costs involved in the purchase and installation of various materials, it also illustrates the dramatic difference in the cost of these materials.

Cost per Square FootInstalled CostAnnual MaintenanceAverage Life SpanReplacement CostSf Cost per Year
Cost per Square FootInstalled CostAnnual MaintenanceAverage Life SpanReplacement CostSf Cost per Year
Vinyl Sheet Flooring$2.72$1.399 years$3.43$1.91
Vinyl Tile Flooring$1.23$1.4715 years$1.60$1.64
Ceramic Mosaic Tile$6.48$1.2220 years$1.54
Quarry Tile$5.78$0.5820 years$1.51
Cement Terrazzo$8.50$0.4620 years$1.01
Granit-Glaze$6.50$0.4620 years$0.79
Polished Concrete$3.98*$0.0030 years$0.19

*Comparative costs based on 10,000 square feet. Your costs may vary based on square footage, preparation needs, coloring, etc

How Contractors Polish Concrete Floors

At Alternative Edge Custom Concrete, we start with a simple concrete floor that has been treated with a chemical densifier to fill in the pores. Then we use heavy-duty polishing machines equipped with finer grinding tools to gradually grind down concrete surfaces to the desired degree of smoothness and shine.  As the number of grit increases so does the fineness of the flooring, 400 grit is considered the minimum for a polished concrete floor. Other polished grits can range from 800 on up to 3,000 depending on the desired look.

Commercial Concrete Polishing in Oregon & Washington

If you don’t have it already, you should consider polished concrete flooring for your commercial or industrial floor. If your commercial business is located anywhere in the state of Oregon or Washington, Call Alternative Edge Custom Concrete for your concrete flooring needs today at 503.848.5757.