The 3 Steps Involved In Creating A Beautiful Polished Concrete Floor From Your Older Home's Slab
If you're renovating an older home and have ripped up the old floor coverings, you may have been disappointed to find a concrete slab underneath. Many older homes reveal original hardwood flooring beneath ancient carpets or linoleum but many more reveal slightly less exciting concrete instead.
Instead of despairing and lamenting the cost of installing new flooring, a concrete base is actually a great find. Unlike chipboard or cheap pine flooring, concrete gives you the opportunity to create a striking and contemporary new floor without the expense of new materials and extensive labor.
Polished concrete flooring has been a popular choice in commercial buildings for many years. It's also an increasingly popular flooring option for both new and established residential properties. They provide a durable, practical and attractive floor surface and suit a wide range of decor styles. Here are the three steps that are involved in transforming an old, dull concrete slab into a beautiful and cost-effective new floor in your home.
Depending on the age and condition of your concrete slab, you may need to have some repair work done on it as the first part of the process. Over time and with exposure to moisture and heat variations, concrete can become cracked. In some cases, the foundations under the slab can cause the concrete to subside, creating a surface that is no longer level.
For concrete that has subsided, your concrete contractor will need to perform what's known as mudjacking. This involves pumping a mix of concrete and crushed stone under the slab to raise the areas of subsidence and level out the surface.
Cracks can be repaired by injecting a liquid resin into the crack which seals it and binds the concrete together.This process not only repairs the cracks, it also makes the entire slab stronger and will extend its functional lifespan significantly. The resin can be tricky to work with, so it's best to have the repair work done by a specialist concrete contractor.
The next step in the process of preparing your new polished concrete floor is to make sure that the surface is in perfect condition. This will ensure that the surface is level and any dips or grooves that have developed over time have been removed. It will also remove any stains or discoloration that will negatively affect the final result.
Depending on the extent of the resurfacing needed, your concrete contractor may grind the surface first. This will be followed by a more refined sanding and finish will a fine polishing which will buff and smooth the concrete surface ready for the sealant.
The final step in creating a stunning polished concrete floor is adding a coat of epoxy resin based sealant. This sealant protects the surface of the concrete and gives it a non-porous finish that makes it resistant to moisture and staining. It also gives your floor the desired high-gloss finish that characterizes polished concrete.
For more information, contact companies like Ace Mudjacking & Concrete Leveling.