How Much Do Polished Concrete Floors Cost?

How Much Do Polished Concrete Floors Cost?

Polished concrete floors are the perfect solution for many different residential and commercial environments. At CARRcrete, our dedicated team has years of experience and extensive knowledge when it comes to the entire process, we know exactly how much a polished concrete floor costs. Indeed, that is why our brand has become the top polished concrete flooring specialist in the UK in recent times. No job is too big, and no job is too small. Anyone who wants to learn more about our work just needs to take a look at our portfolio. You can also get in touch with us and ask to see reviews and testimonials that should help to put your mind at ease.


One of the most common questions our clients ask when inquiring about polished concrete flooring relates to the costs involved. People want to know if our creations are expensive, and how much our work will set them back. While it’s hard to give an answer without considering many different factors, this article will aim to shed some light on the situation and assist new customers in working out whether or not polished concrete floors are right for their application.



There is a plethora of information below that should help to set the record straight and ensure you leave no stone unturned. Use this article to gain a better understanding of the work involved and a better insight into the potential cost.


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If you want a short answer to the question of how much concrete floors are going to cost your family or company, the best thing we can say is that it won’t cost more than any other premium flooring solution. Our team works hard to drive costs down, and we pass any savings we make onto the client. That means you will never pay over the odds when you contact our brand, and we’ll always strive to present you with the best possible quote.

How Much Do Polished Concrete Floors Cost?

If you only need us to engage in diamond grinding and polishing of existing or newly laid floors; you can expect to pay around £50 per square metre. The application of a concrete overlay is about £120 per square metre, dependant on geographic location, floor size and substrate condition. However, as you will learn in a moment, there are many different considerations to make.


Some companies might offer lower prices, but you need to read their small print carefully. The team at CARRcrete uses advanced techniques and processes to ensure your flooring solution stands the test of time and remains in perfect condition for many years.


If you encounter a specialist willing to undertake this task for a fraction of the cost, they’re probably not going to create the same durable and long-lasting results. That’s just a warning because we don’t want you to end up feeling disappointed with the end product after spending so much cash.


With all that in mind, you’ll find some information below on the five factors that will affect the price of your polished concrete flooring. Read through each of these sections, and you should come away with a better insight into the level of investment you might have to make.


Of course, our team is always available at the end of the phone line to discuss your requirements, make suggestions, and point you in the right direction. We can also provide free, no-obligation quotes for the required work.

Top 5 Factors That Affect The Cost Of Polished Concrete Flooring

  1. Quality of the existing concrete floor (to grind/polish)
  2. Are floor repairs necessary (cracks, holes, breakages)
  3. Type of finish required (cream, salt & pepper, stone)
  4. Number of rooms/floors (lots of edging)
  5. Geographic location (expensive food and accommodation)

Quality of the existing concrete floor

In instances where the existing concrete floor is damaged and cracked, our team might have to perform a lot of grinding to smoothen the area. That requires a lot of time and effort, and it could inflate the cost of your finished flooring solution. Of course, the opposite is also true.


Badly Laid Concrete Floors Cost More To Grind
Badly Laid Concrete Floors Cost More To Grind


So, clients and customers with smooth and newly-laid concrete can often make substantial savings. When all’s said and done, that all comes down to the cost of labour and how much time our specialists will spend preparing the area on your property or premises. Issues like tamp lines, depressions from trowels and footprints all add to the cost of grinding.

Are floor repairs necessary?

Repairs relating to cracks, missing stones, and large holes can all take time to complete. The same goes if our team members have to remove bolts and other such items from the flooring surface before they can start work. That takes time away from the primary process of grinding and polishing the concrete surface.


Often, those repairs need to be conducted and left to harden sufficiently before any further works can be done. That means sometimes we might have to leave the premises and return the following day. Again, that means you will incur extra costs for labour.


Floor Repairs Such As This Hole Cost Time
Floor Repairs Such As This Hole Cost Time


Type of finish required

At CARRcrete, we offer a range of different finishes to ensure our polished concrete floors suit every potential requirement and environment. However, as you can probably imagine, some finishes take longer than others to complete. Our workers never leave a job until they achieve perfection, and so depending on the choice you make, the cost will increase accordingly.


Exposed aggregate finishes like our InfinityFloor Stone take a lot of more time because of all the grinding involved in revealing the stones. Grinding is time-consuming, and it takes longer to get the desired results compared to something created through polishing. That is why cream finishes are slightly less expensive than the option above.


Grinding Concrete Floors Takes A Lot Of Time
Grinding Concrete Floors Takes A Lot Of Time


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Number of rooms/floors

It doesn’t take an expert to work out that the cost of your polished concrete floor will often depend upon the size of the surface area. So, clients and customers who want to use the solution in multiple rooms and areas will need to scale the potential cost accordingly. Numerous rooms are often inefficient in that our workers need to continually move their equipment to the optimum position and adjust the power cables.


Each room will also require edging, and that can take time depending on the size and shape of the space. Edging alone can add days to large projects, and so you’ll need to account for that when developing your plans. If you use partition walls, it could make sense to remove them before we begin work on your floor. That way, our team only has to focus on one huge area rather than lots of small ones.


Many Rooms Increase Time And Cost To Polished Concrete
Many Rooms Increase Time And Cost To Polished Concrete


Geographic location

The postcode in which you reside could also play a role in determining the cost of your polished concrete flooring solution. Many factors could inflate our quote, and that is most likely to occur if you reside in bustling cities like London. Parking costs increase, as do food and accommodation fees for our workers.


The professionals we employ expect compensation for any expenses incurred during the job, and we have to factor that in when determining the quote we supply. So, please understand that working in areas like London is always more expensive than places like Derby or Staffordshire.

Some other factors that could affect the cost

Those with an existing floor or newly-laid concrete slabs might manage to save some money by allowing us to grind and polish the surface before applying a micro-cement or a concrete overlay to give an entirely new finish. The larger the floor area; the lower the cost per square metre, and it is always less expensive to have one large room rather than multiple small rooms.


If you ever manage to see the size of the equipment our workers use, you’ll understand why compact spaces can become somewhat of a nightmare. Still, we always strive to satisfy all customers and clients, and if it’s possible to create a polished concrete floor in any area; we’ll do our best to achieve it.

Soft concrete floors are always more expensive to polish

It’s vital that you understand that the quality of your existing concrete floor will play a role in determining the quote we supply to you or your company. Softer and more abrasive concrete will always require more attention and time.


That is because our dedicated professionals have to apply chemical hardeners in some instances to strengthen the surface and ensure it’s strong enough to meet our high standards and stand the test of time.


Our workers will also have to use more diamond tools in most situations, and that means we’ll spend more time preparing for the polishing process. We have to do that because we want our flooring solutions to remain in perfect condition for many years. If you have soft concrete, that is never going to happen.


Soft Concrete Floors Are Expensive To Polish
Soft Concrete Floors Are Expensive To Polish


Do you have space for an overlay?

An overlay is a cementitious product that is applied to an existing floor surface. Our overlays are usually between 3mm and 10mm in thickness which means most people can fit one into their space. If clients have a height allowance available, we always recommend using an overlay such as our PROtop or PROtop Loft products as they are designed to remove many of the inconsistencies with standard concrete, and they can help in achieving the desired look of your floor.


For example, if you like the cloudy grey appearance of our cream finish, then an overlay is the easiest way to ensure you get the best possible results. If you have a concrete slab, floor screed, or a tiled floor, there is a decent chance that one of our overlay products will be suitable for creating your polished concrete floor.


Concrete Overlays Can Alter The Cost Of Polished Concrete Floors
Concrete Overlays Can Offer A Wide Range Of Options


The cost of polishing concrete

If you’re asking about the business costs, then yes, it can cost a small fortune to polish concrete. Professionals have to learn the most popular techniques and then invest in lots of expensive equipment and machinery. It can also take a long time to get the best outcomes, and so you have to factor the cost of labour into any calculations and workings.


Unfortunately, there isn’t much training available for people who want to learn how to polish concrete, and so most experts have a wealth of hands-on experience. While we always think you should choose our brand, that is just another reason why you need to research any concrete polishing specialist thoroughly. As there is a lack of training, some of our competitors never manage to achieve the best results, and that means you waste your investment.


Grinding Equipment And Machinery Are Expensive
Grinding Equipment And Machinery Are Expensive


Thankfully, CARRcrete employs the most educated and experienced concrete polishing professionals in the country, and so you can trust us to meet and exceed all your expectations. We have developed one of the largest portfolios in the industry, and you only have to check online to see hundreds of positive reviews from previous customers. Unlike many of the other companies bidding for your money, we develop and design custom machinery and diamond tooling based on our needs and requirements.


No other group in the country does that, and so we hope you agree that our brand is the safest and most logical choice for all your concrete polishing requirements. Thus, one final time we ask the question – is polished concrete flooring expensive? Not if you think about how dedicated and committed we are to going above and beyond the call of duty for our customers.


Some last tips for getting a polished concrete floor include:

Checking that the company owns their equipment. Some firms will increase their prices by adding rental costs to your bill. That is not acceptable, and so you should always look elsewhere if someone tries to do that.


Taking a look at testimonials and portfolios to ensure you’re dealing with a reputable brand with a lot of experience in the process.


Anyone who wants to start the ball rolling and receive a free quote or estimate for their polished concrete flooring job just needs to click the appropriate links on this website and make contact with our team. We will gather as much information as we require to make the calculations and then provide you with an accurate price for the work. If you have any questions about anything, we are only a telephone call or email away!


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