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Old 09-19-2010, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I love this industrial look. Some concrete floors I have seen were just as beautiful as wood floors. Since we now live in a house on concrete slab, I'm wondering if we should try it. Is it an easy DIY type of finish?
It's a traditional house, though, not a contemporary one.
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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Default I am not the type to say "never"' but...

I have been to a few industrial construction sites where the contractors have installed terrazzo / polished concrete I gotta say this one of the messiest, potentially "unfixable" type things i have seen in the broad category of floors.

The machines typically used by the pros are essentially grinding away a hard to control portion of the surface. It seems much More challenging than even hw floor sanding, as at least with that sort of machine you typically move in straight line. The concrete grinders have arcing motion that I imagine could result in some awful hills and valleys for the inexperienced operator...

I wonder if even pros would be willing to do this kind work in a home that was not totally vacant. The fine grit that results from the polishing / grinding is such that it probably ruins any finished surface it comes in contact with. I would think any furniture would be need to removed, and precautions made so that the grit is not sucked into appliances.
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Detroit's Marina District
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Just out of curiosity, when you say, "Since we now live in a house on concrete slab", you're not planning on ripping out your current floors and polishing the slab, are you?!?!?!?!?!?
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Coppell
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Well, we moved into a house that has polished concrete floors. I thought I would love them and maybe if they were another color I would. They are dark, so you see everything. Not only that but whoever did the floors didn't do a very good job (that's becoming a theme in this house-ugh).

Something else I didn't expect---they are very slippery. I'd rather have large tiles everywhere!

If I had any idea how much I would NOT like them, I would've tiled everything before moving in

It used to be pretty cheap and something someone could do if they had to pull up their carpet and had no real money to add anything else. But I'm sure it's gotten more expensive since it's become popular.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The slipperiness can be addressed with a particular product. Ask at a local grocery or big box store, especially one where you hear people have squeaking shoes as they walk around. The maintenance crew will know what it is and might be able to get a small amount for you.
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Old 09-23-2010, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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My brother bought an investment home that is built on a slab as most houses in Arizona are. He ripped up old carpeting and had a concrete flooring company put stained concrete on top of the slab. He made the choice due to wearability because he is renting the house. He now says he wishes he had done it in his own house, too. He used Saltillo terra cotta tiles there -- inside running out to a large covered patio -- and he hates them. They chip easily and he's had mucho trouble with the grout. In the same amount of time, the concrete floors have held up much better and were cheaper than the Saltillo.

You don't say where you live -- is cold a factor? That's the only thing about concrete floors. They can be cold -- not cold-looking, just literally cold. Great if it's hot outside, but not if it's snowing. Find some you like somewhere and ask who did them. It's an art -- just like concrete counter tops, some applications are more successful than others, so you need an experienced craftsperson. I've seen brown concrete floors that looked just like worn leather. A wonderful appearance to my taste.
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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The previous owners of our house claimed to have had the concrete floors "done"... except that it was recent (not disclosed) and never sealed (also not disclosed). Areas that see heavy use/traffic are already peeling up (3 months).

In the spring, we'll be having carpet laid throughout and some type of linoleum in the bathrooms. The kitchen, dining and laundry rooms are done in a very nice tile - the only thing in this house they didn't screw up. I suspect it's the only part they actually paid to have professionally done.

Oh - and concrete floors are VERY hard on your legs and feet. We are so sorry we didn't have it carpeted before we moved in.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Well, we moved into a house that has polished concrete floors. I thought I would love them and maybe if they were another color I would. They are dark, so you see everything. Not only that but whoever did the floors didn't do a very good job (that's becoming a theme in this house-ugh).

Something else I didn't expect---they are very slippery. I'd rather have large tiles everywhere!

If I had any idea how much I would NOT like them, I would've tiled everything before moving in

It used to be pretty cheap and something someone could do if they had to pull up their carpet and had no real money to add anything else. But I'm sure it's gotten more expensive since it's become popular.
Good points. I wouldn't like that either.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Just out of curiosity, when you say, "Since we now live in a house on concrete slab", you're not planning on ripping out your current floors and polishing the slab, are you?!?!?!?!?!?
Yup, that's what I was thinking. I'm guessing you think that's not my best idea?
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:06 PM
 
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Polished concrete is not an ideal solution for all residential floors. I am a professional floor polisher and the machines I use cost upward of twenty thousand each, and I only use experienced operators. It is defiantly not a D.I.Y. project. However depending on your slab and how large of an area you are planning to polish you might be able to have your floor polished and died to the color of your choice for less than the materials would cost to put down a hard wood floor.
Generally polished concrete is not slippery, and I suspect the person that has that issue did not have a true grind and polish but instead had someone place a topical solution to their floor.
Jimmy Kight GroundFloorSolutions.com
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