Polished concrete floors are one choice for homeowners looking to create an expensive look in the home without spending a large amount of money. By adding colour, the concrete can have the appearance of stone or marble. To determine if concrete flooring is the right choice for your home, weigh the pros and cons of each material. Concrete does have some disadvantages that you should be aware of beforehand.
While the cost for the materials is lower for a concrete floor, the labour involved in its installation can be high. Hiring a professional installer can reduce the cost savings that concrete provides, but you can install the flooring on your own. But do a thorough job of it. When a floor is not levelled properly, the result can be noticeably uneven.
Concrete is an extremely hard material that does not provide any cushion for falls or when you drop something. Polished concrete may be slippery, making falls on the hard surface a greater possibility. Standing in one place on a concrete surface can be tiring on the legs and back, which may be a problem when polished concrete is used in the kitchen. Concrete floors may not be a good choice for a playroom or family room. The hard material is also a loud surface and can be cold when installed in a home. Carpeting can help resolve these problems by providing a soft surface to cushion footfalls, dropped glasses and falls. Installing a rubber mat in work areas in a kitchen with polished concrete floors reduces the fatigue from standing in one place.
Cracks and Chips
Polished concrete can become chipped or cracked if a heavy object strikes it. The floor may crack if the subfloor is not installed properly, but all concrete cracks to some extent. Cracks on the surface of the polished concrete may be an acceptable part of the flooring, but when the cracks extend through the floor, the problem is much more severe. Injecting resin into surface cracks can repair the damage on the polished concrete floor. Deeper cracks may require professional repair.