Polished concrete has increasingly become the material of choice for many retail and commercial applications. Traditionally, most retail outlets have used floor tiles, vinyl flooring or laminate flooring. All of these will break down over time. Worse still, they can look unclean and ragged as they do so, creating a poor impression however rigorously they are cleaned.
It is vital for any shop or store to create the right impression from the moment a customer sets foot inside. The pressures on brick and mortar retail are well documented. These have compounded the need to impress customers. Making a shop into a visually attractive, striking space helps turn it into a desirable location that people will want to visit and return to.
Polished concrete floors can offer a wide array of options, to fit with existing or planned interior design elements. The colour of the concrete can be altered, and the finish can be tailored to fit the needs of the store. Smaller areas often suit a matt or satin finish, as they can balance modern style with a comfortable appearance. Larger shops, such as department stores or showrooms, will often benefit from a premium, high gloss finish. This reflects light and can help to reduce the energy needs of the building. It can also be used to emphasise products, creating an immediate and impressive visual impact.
Beyond the aesthetic qualities of the floor, polished concrete is also hard wearing and will stand up to the demands of the retail sector. With regular maintenance, a polished concrete floor can cope with high volumes of foot traffic. It is also strong enough to take with mechanical traffic, such as forklifts.
Concrete is the foundational material of almost every buildings, high-street stores and shopping centres included. Polishing this concrete creates an attractive floor which can last for the lifetime of the building. Where the floor is not appropriate for polishing, due to damage or lack of depth, we can install an overlay floor. This bonds to the existing concrete and creates a polishable layer. An overlay can be placed in as little as 10mm depth.
There are almost limitless design options when selecting a polished concrete floor. Logos and branding can be dyed into the concrete. These designs will not wear away over time as the dye penetrates into the concrete itself, rather than sitting on the surface like decals or paint would.
A polished concrete floor is a fantastic addition to any shop, store or other commercial space. To find out more or to discuss a project with us, please call 01691 655 755 or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.