How Do I Get Polished Concrete

How Do I Get Polished Concrete? Professional Advice

How Do I Get Polished Concrete? Polished concrete is hugely popular at the moment. Not only does polished concrete look amazing, unique to your installation, incredibly hard wearing and needs the lowest maintenance of any premium floor surface.

But how do you get polished concrete?

Well that basically depends which scenario you fit into, you are either pouring a new floor as part of extension or new build home, you are looking to cover an existing floor to get the polished concrete look or you have an old concrete floor you would like to spruce up.

Scenario 1: You are pouring a new slab for a new build or extension.

Choice A:
Have a concrete slab professionally laid over your insulation and underfloor heating pipes to a thickness of 100mm. Ensure the floor is well laid, flat and smooth with all tool marks, gouges, tamp marks or ripples removed.

This is how polished concrete is normally done, but getting decent concrete layers and a suitable mix is tough to find (we do not lay ready-mix concrete slabs).

Choice B:
Have a pourable self levelling screed applied over the insulation and underfloor heating to a thickness of 55-75mm, creating a smooth and flat surface over which a CARRcrete Designer Concrete Overlay can be applied to a thickness of 10mm.

This provides you with the highest quality finish and a more durable surface than standard concrete.

Scenario 2: You are wanting to cover an existing floor.

You can apply a CARRcrete PROtop Micro Topping Concrete over an existing floor as long as it is sound and stable and not susceptible to damp or movement. So if you have tiled floors laid onto a solid floor, you can remove the tiles and apply the over original floor.

Not suitable floor timber floors

Scenario 3: You have an old concrete floor you would like to spruce up.

If you have an existing concrete floor, which you maybe found under tiles or linoleum, this can be ground and polished to an acceptable standard, it adds no extra height to your floor and is the most environmentally friendly solution.

The quality of the finish is dependant on the quality of the concrete.

How Do I Get Polished Concrete?

55 thoughts on “How Do I Get Polished Concrete? Professional Advice”

  1. We are looking at turning out garage into a games room and wondered about the cost of polishing our existing concrete base. The area is approx 45 square meters. Before we go any further I just wanted to get a rough idea of how much it would cost to polish ours please x

  2. Hi,

    We would like to polish our recently laid 100mm thick concrete floor in our extension. We would also like to carry on an extensive patio so that the floor continues through our corner bifolds.
    Is this possible? Do we need any different mix? Will weather change the colour?

    1. Hi Sue,

      The mix would be same, but there would a be a greater need for the slab to be cured correctly otherwise it will become weak and highly porous. There maybe some colour change over time with absorption of various contaminants, but if the slab was regularly cleaned it should reduce that to a bear minimum.

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