How Safe Are Polished Concrete Floors?
Polished concrete floors are a low maintenance, stylish and eco-friendly option, suitable for many homes and businesses. Their clean finish and versatility have made them a popular choice everywhere from hotels to shopping centres to private residences.
While polished concrete is both a practical and visually appealing choice, some people are often unsure about its safety. So, are polished concrete floors safe? The short answer is yes, polished concrete floors are a safe choice for both homes and businesses alike. In fact, they are one of the safest flooring choices available.
Let’s breakdown some of the factors that may impact the safety of polished concrete if you’re considering it as a flooring option in your home.
Is polished concrete slippery?
While polished concrete may look slippery, given its glossy shine, it’s generally no more slippery than other floor coverings such as vinyl, tiles or floorboards. When prepared and installed correctly, polished concrete is slip-resistant and can even be safer than some of its alternatives.
If you want to take some extra precautions to make your polished concrete flooring as safe as possible, there are a few things you can do.
1. Keep it clean and dry
Like any other flooring, polished concrete will become slippery when wet. This has less to do with the concrete itself, and more to do with the substance that’s been split on the floor. Oil, grease and water will all make the floor slippery, so it’s important to keep the floor clean, dry and remove spills and stains as soon as possible. Dust is also notorious for making floors slippery, so sweep and clean your polished concrete regularly.
2. Use mats or rugs in high-traffic areas
If there are areas where you’re particularly worried about slip, you can add some rugs or rubber mats. This may be helpful in areas such as hallways, walkways or other high-traffic areas – especially if there are likely to be small children running around.
3. Ask your polished concrete provider about anti-slip coatings
There are a number of polished concrete coatings available that can make the floor resistant to things such as scratches, heat, staining, UV light and slip. Non-slip additives can be included in the polished concrete coating which offers resistance and traction benefits. This can also be helpful for commercial spaces, where there may be safety regulations in place. If you choose to have a coating on your polished concrete floor, it’s important to note that it will require more cleaning and maintenance.
4. Hire a professional
Installing a polished concrete floor isn’t something you want to DIY. Completing the job safely and to the highest quality requires expertise, experience and specialised machinery.
To get the best results, consult a flooring expert who specialises in polished concrete flooring. If you live in the Sunshine Coast and are considering polished concrete for your home or business, contact the team at The Jagan Group. We comply with strict government guidelines to ensure the safety & professional conduct of each installation is upheld and have designed all of our floor finishes around these 3 key fundamentals:
- economical flooring option when compared to equivalent alternative flooring,
- durability, (our combined flooring systems are heat, scratch, chemical, UV & hot tyre wear resistant)
- low maintenance.
Call us today on 040 2345 925 to discuss flooring options for your home or business.