How much does concrete polishing cost?
You might be wondering about the associated costs to polish concrete in 2020. Concrete polishing can cost from $50 - $100 per square metre, depending on the method used.
To begin, basic polishing starts at an average cost of $50 per square metre for the grind and seal method. The honed polishing method is on average around $75 per square metre. You might want to do a cost-to-benefit analysis on either choice considering the lifespan that each method offers. If you want to go with the mechanical method, then the cost depends on several variables. This method involves precision and relatively heavy machinery, which means that there are several things that need to be accounted for, but on average may be around $100 per square metre.
Adding colour to the concrete adds to the cost as well and how you want the final finished product to look like might also affect the total cost, if you are also considering additional design options. Polished concrete floors are available in many colours, which are affected by the combination of the components that the concrete is comprised of: aggregate, sand, cement, and special additions (such as oxide).
- What is concrete polishing?
- Concrete polishing cost?
- Benefits of Concrete Polishing
- Who to hire for concrete polishing?
- Concrete Polishing FAQs
What is concrete polishing?
Concrete polishing is exactly what the name suggests. If you have a slab of concrete, you can polish it to give it a fine and smooth finish. The process of polishing starts with the grinding of concrete and, from there, different techniques may be used to attain the desired reflective look.
The grinding process itself has three variations, each of which offers a different finish and adds a variable life to the flooring. The simple grind-and-seal method is the cheapest alternative which involves grinding the concrete then sealing it with a non-penetrating cover, which basically means that the customisation of this method is limited. The second is called honed concrete which is exactly like the grind-and-seal method save for the penetrating seal that is used for tinted or clear coverings. The third one is the mechanically polished concrete in which the concrete is hardened and then densified.
The grind and seal method, while it looks similar to the honed and mechanical method finish, offers a replacement life of up to two to five years while the honing method slightly improves the lifespan. The mechanical method outlasts both the methods. Except for the grinding method, each can be customised according to your preference and décor. Be sure to hire the right people for this job by comparing quotes from several concrete polishing professionals, as it requires considerable specialisation.
Average Concrete Polishing Cost
Now that you know the gist of what concrete polishing involves, you might be wondering about the associated costs. To begin, basic polishing starts at an average cost of $60 per square metre - this includes the grind and seal and the honed polishing method on any slab. You might want to do a cost-to-benefit analysis on either choice considering the lifespan that each method offers. If you want to go with the mechanical method, then the cost depends on several variables. This method involves precision and relatively heavy machinery, which means that there are several things that need to be accounted for.
A rough estimate of costs of the different types of polished concrete are:
- Grind and seal: $50 per square metre
- Honed concrete: $75 per square metre
- Mechanically polished concrete: $100 per square metre
Some specific factors that contribute to the cost of concrete polishing include:
- Colour of the concrete
- Pattern of the concrete
- Level of polish: Matte/satin/gloss
- Whether it’s a new or existing floor
- Condition of the existing floor
- Shape and size of room
Adding colour to the concrete adds to the cost as well and how you want the final finished product to look like might also affect the total cost. On average, this method costs around $60-75 if you are also considering additional design options. Polished concrete floors are available in many colours, which are affected by the combination of the components that the concrete is comprised of: aggregate, sand, cement, and special additions (such as oxide).
Getting the right estimates is important if you want to set a budget or if you already are on a budget. So, we recommend that you submit a quote below to figure out exactly how much the job would cost you.
Benefits of Concrete Polishing
Concrete polishing is a great way to add a modern, sleek look to a room, and is popular in commercial, residential and retail spaces. It is easy to maintain, durable, and attracts less dust, which means it’s easier to clean - definitely a win! It also offers flexibility in design, and is environmentally friendly, as light and heat reflection from internal polished floors helps to lower energy consumption. Concrete slabs naturally draw their energy from the temperature in the ground as opposed to externally, meaning they are usually cooler than tiles in Summer, and warmer in Winter. This is just one of the simple home upgrades that save homeowners money, along with updating the window finishings in a home.
Who to hire for concrete polishing?
The best person to hire for concrete polishing is a qualified concreter with past experience in polished concrete. This is because although a concreter may be experienced with pouring concrete, they might not have the particular equipment and specific knowledge for certain polished concrete finishes. It’s also important to check out the past customer reviews of your concreter, and well as photos of their past work and proof of insurance and any relevant licence. You can get quotes from several tradies to get an idea of the approximate cost of your job and to compare their qualifications before choosing a business for your work.
Concrete Polishing FAQs
How long does concrete polishing last?
Grind is seal polishing is the most cost effective method and usually lasts from 5 to 10 years. A mechanically polished concrete floor will usually last more than 10 years. Honed concrete lasts longer than grind and seal, but not as long as mechanically polished concrete.
Is a polished concrete floor slippery?
In general, polished concrete is not any more slippery than other types of hard floors. Non-slip materials and coatings can be used when polishing your concrete floor to make it slip-resistant, and by reducing the level of gloss and adding more grit.
How long does concrete polishing take to complete?
The length of time needed to polish a concrete floor depends on the size of the area, and also if it’s one big, open space or a lot of smaller spaces. As a rough guide, a double garage grind and seal usually takes 2 - 3 days, and a house that has 100 square metres of surface to polish takes 5 - 6 days.
Are there any risks with polished concrete?
Something to consider when choosing polished concrete flooring is that since it is a natural product, it can be subject to minor cracks when movement occurs through changes in temperature and ground swelling. Keep in mind though, minor cracks will not interfere with the performance of the floor, though certain measures can be taken for new slabs to prevent cracks.
Polished concrete floors are a great way to improve the appearance of your home or commercial space, with many different options to consider, all with varying costs and their own associated benefits. To get an accurate idea of the cost of your concrete polishing job, get a quote from your professional, local concrete polishing specialist today!