Polished concrete has many advantages, such as durability, ease of maintenance, and reducing allergens. If you have a laminate or tile floor in your home or office building, and you are thinking about retrofitting it with polished concrete, there may be problems you encounter in doing so. To prepare for setbacks, learn what two of these problems may be and how you can correct them.

Having to Start from Ground Zero

If your home or office building is built on a concrete slab already, you will probably need to tear out the floor down to the slab and then lay new concrete until it measures up to the same level of your previous floor. This can be very arduous and time consuming. You would need to empty out the room completely and maybe even modify the walls.

Be aware that polished concrete cannot go directly against the wall, either, so the perimeter of the room will not be as shiny as the rest of the flooring. Just be prepared for a major project that entails time and hard work.

It may be difficult, but retrofitting the floor can be done. The only reason you wouldn’t be able to is if the room is not already on a concrete slab. If this is the case, you could just polish the underlying floorboards or go with another option of flooring altogether, such as hardwood floors or concrete tiles. Retrofitting the floor is usually worth the effort since it is highly durable and long lasting.

Thickness Is an Issue

Getting the right thickness can be tricky. If your polished concrete is too thin, it may crack, and if it is too thick, the weight could cause structural damage to your floor and home. As freshly poured concrete dries, shrinkage from evaporation can occur, and this causes cracks sometimes. To make sure this doesn’t happen, be sure to use concrete that does not have a lot of water that eventually evaporates. Never add extra water to your concrete mixture, even if it appears really thick.

If you do see cracks after the concrete is dry, you should fill the cracks with a resin made of a special epoxy or polyurethane. 

Most polished concrete floors are 100 mm thick, but you can pour just 50 mm of new polished concrete over an existing concrete slab. 50-100 mm is standard for a retrofitting. Check with a professional to see what would work best for your floor.

Keep in mind that another advantage of polished concrete is that it serves as the base for any other type of flooring. So, down the road, you may want to put in tile or hardwood flooring, and it will be fairly simple to make that change. Call a concrete contractor to find out the cost of getting your floor retrofitted today, or visit a website like http://www.cretecoatings.com/.