Polished Concrete Flooring: What’s it all about?

Concrete is the world’s most used building material. Ton for ton, it is used twice as much as steel, wood, plastics, and aluminium combined. Currently, about 7.5 billion cubic metres of concrete are manufactured every year.1 The use of concrete can be traced back to a myriad of applications, over many centuries. More recently though, it has primarily been applied to build bridges, car parks, road substructures, Brutalist architecture and so on. 

CONCRETE IN THE HOME?

The decorative and practical use of concrete in the home began in the 1980’s when Buddy Rhodes the father of the concrete countertop) cast his first countertop. Around the same time, Fu-Tung Cheng also cast his first concrete countertop. In the subsequent years since, concrete countertops have become incredibly popular due to their durability, beauty and range of customisation.

Concrete Flooring in Interior Design Example
Concrete Worktop in Interior Design Example
marylebone concrete worktop in interior design example

FLOORING HISTORY

It was not until 1999, that the first polished concrete floor appeared when HTC, originally a Swedish company, introduced concrete polishing to the United States, with their 40,000-square-foot floor for Bellagio Hotel.
Concrete floor history example

The popularity of polished concrete industrial flooring subsequently soared, leading to its popularity firstly in retail locations and then the home.

WHY IS CONCRETE FLOORING BECOMING SO DESIRABLE?

Polished concrete is the ultimate flooring material where a marble or granite floor look is required.

It provides the same consistent (virtually seamless), remarkable, mirror-like surface finish – at a fraction of the cost of other comparable floors.

concrete floor with red furniture - interior design example

Not only do polished concrete floors look beautiful, but they outperform virtually every other type of flooring: With a long lifecycle, (minimum, twenty-year lifespan) – they are super durable – easy to clean – available in a limitless range of colours – and environmentally friendly.

Concrete Flooring in white open space living room example
Concrete Flooring in open plan kitchen dinner

For more information on the interior use of concrete – or for help with any other aspect of Interior Design go here.