How long do polished concrete floors last?

How long do polished concrete floors last?

How long polished concrete floors last is one the most common questions we get asked. It is also an important consideration for anyone looking at their flooring options.

The longevity of polished concrete flooring is one of the reasons why it has grown in popularity in recent years. It has widely become seen as the ‘go to’ flooring choice, especially in large areas of high footfall and heavy use such as warehouses, restaurants, hotels, shops and office buildings, as well as the home.

Lifespan of polished concrete floors

Polished concrete floors are renowned for their long lifespan. They are hard wearing and will not naturally chip or dent like softer surfaces. At Midland Polished Concrete, we guarantee our floors for a minimum of 20 years, but with the correct care and maintenance, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t last a lifetime.

Expert finishing and protection is key

While polished concrete floors can and should last a lifetime, much of this depends on the skills and experience employed in the process of laying the floor. Finishing and protection is a key part of that process and will ultimately impact on the lifespan of the floor.

Polished concrete is concrete that has been treated with chemical densifier and ground with progressively finer grinding tools, similar to the process of refinishing wood with a floor sander. Concrete grinders are used to gradually grind down the concrete to achieve the desired shine and smoothness.

The chemical treatment is necessary to penetrate, densify and harden the exposed cement paste located in the top 3mm of the floor. Its importance cannot be overstated as this process adds many years to the life expectancy of the floor by changing the molecular structure of the concrete in the top surface to be harder and denser.

The resulting shine of this smoothing process also takes concrete floors to a new light reflective level.

Maintaining the shine in your polished concrete floors

Like anything that lasts longer with regular servicing, the same is also true of your polished concrete floors. If you look after them properly, they will last longer. While this sounds like it has the potential to be hard work, looking after your polished concrete floor is actually very easy and low maintenance.

To maintain your floor:

  • Sweep or vacuum regularly to remove any dust and grit that could scratch the floor
  • Mop over with warm water only. We recommend using a dry mop, such as a micro fibre mop. If surfaces are sealed with an impregnator, we suggest using a PH neutral conditioner. Clean as normal with water, and apply conditioner as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • To keep a high sheen, we recommend buffing the surface once it’s dry with a floor polisher and a non-aggressive white buffing pad
  • For heavy duty cleaning, use a suitable cleaner and non-damaging buffer pads, such as the green Twister pads available from HTC floor systems
  • Don’t use harsh chemicals as this will dull the shine of a polished concrete floor

Contact flooring experts at Midland Polished Concrete for your polished concrete flooring quote today.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Hannah Schroeder

    You mentioned that the lifespan of the commercial concrete depends on the process of laying the floor. I’d imagine that having to repair or reinstall an entire floor would damage a business’s productivity and put them behind schedule. If I had a business, I’d want to make sure the concrete was installed correctly so it lasted a long time without repairs.

  2. Elsa Anderson

    It’s interesting that you mentioned that a good polished concrete floor can basically last for more than 20 years of age. That is quite astonishing as with proper maintenance it can last even longer. This is the reason why I am considering to get some of these concrete polishing as soon as I find a supplier. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get some nearby as it would help our project look way better. Thanks!

  3. Rachel Frampton

    We just finished our concrete garage floor and are considering getting it polished. I thought you made a great point about how polished concrete floors are harder and don’t chip or dent as easily as unpolished concrete. I had no idea that a polished floor can last upwards of 20 years. I think we will have to get our garage floor polished.

  4. Dianne Phillips

    A quote pls on laying approx 50sq.m cement, polished, to be laid over old uneven pebblecrete. External patio area.
    Thanking you.

  5. Frank Ball

    It’s great to learn that you should be sweeping or vacuuming your polished concrete floors regularly. My wife and I are wanting to renovate our house and we were wondering how we could take care of polished concrete floors. I’ll be sure to tell her that these types of floors need to be swept and vacuumed regularly.

  6. Ethan Hansen

    Thanks for pointing out that polished concrete can last for a long time when you take care of it! I want to have a formal workshop in my new home, and I want to make it look nice. I’ll be sure to keep your tips in mind as I do more research!

  7. Tyler Johnson

    That’s good to know that harsh chemicals will damage the shine of the floor. I would want to make sure that the polished concrete floor would be as shiny a possible since I feel like that will make it look cleaner and more professional. I’ll have to keep that in mind if I decide to use polished concrete in a building I am considering investing in.

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