Polished concrete is considered a good sustainable flooring design option on part that it makes use of the materials already present reducing costs and carbon footprint. Considering most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab; polishing the existing substrate eliminates the energy and material consumed by applying a new floor covering.
Polished concrete floors have proven to be low-maintenance, as they are more durable and easier to clean than many flooring options within an economical cost range. Its relatively high coefficient of friction makes it non-slippery, passing the OSHA SCOF minimum of 0.5. Polished concrete reduces dust and allergen problems. Polished concrete flooring is hard wearing and will not chip or dent like softer surfaces such as timber. A concrete floor that has been hardened and polished will have an extremely long life expectancy compared to other flooring and adds more value to its cost. Polished concrete has bridged the gap between aesthetics and performance of concrete as a final finish. Whether you have a new concrete surface or an old slab the polished concrete process can transform your concrete into an operation resistant eye appealing floor finish. And because polishing is a multistep process, you can choose the level of sheen — from honed to high-gloss — that meets your maintenance and aesthetic requirements and fit within your budget. This versatility makes polished concrete an ideal flooring material for a variety of applications.
Economical: You can expect to pay between $4 and $14 per square foot for polished concrete, depending on your location and the complexity of the project. Polished concrete pricing is basically dependent upon how many levels of grinding will be required to get the floor to a suitably smooth surface. The cost for polished concrete can go up from there depending upon any decorative effects that are applied such as staining or scoring, etc.
Costs for polished concrete will range depending upon the area of the country and the contractor. Many offer different price points for various levels and designs for polished concrete. Various levels of polished concrete start from honed finish to high gloss finish, typically in most large commercial retailers go with matte-satin finishes. Prices for the following are: Add $1-2 per square foot for stain and $1-2 per square foot for exposed aggregate $1-2 for glue removals
Honed Finish $4-5 per square foot
Matte Finish $5-6 per square foot
Satin Finish $6-7 per square foot
Gloss Finish $7-8 per square foot
High Gloss/Mirror Finish $8-10 per square foot