What Is a Cheaper Alternative to Polished Concrete?

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Diamond polished concrete is an excellent flooring choice, valued for its warmth and durability. But for some budgets, its cost can be prohibitive. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective way to achieve the same aesthetic, consider these options.

1. Stained Concrete

Stained concrete is an inexpensive but attractive alternative to polished concrete. This method involves applying acid or water-based stains to the concrete surface to create colors and patterns. Stained concrete retains the natural texture of concrete and creates a unique, artistic look. This is a cost-effective way to make your floor look beautiful with minimal maintenance. NZ Grinders recently stained concrete at the Costco in Auckland, NZ.

2. Concrete Overlay

A layer of concrete is poured on top of the existing substrate. This coating (a micro-screed) can be made to mimic the look of diamond polished concrete while being relatively inexpensive. It is a versatile option that allows you to customize in color, texture and pattern. In addition, it can rejuvenate old and worn concrete floors, giving them a fresh look without the hefty price tag.

3. Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy flooring is an inexpensive alternative that can mimic the smoothness of polished concrete. It contains a resin-hardening compound that, when applied to concrete surfaces, adds strength and shine. Epoxy flooring comes in a variety of colors and can be customized with decorative elements such as flakes or metalwork. This is a cost-effective way to achieve a more vibrant, modern look for your floors.

4. Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring offers an easy-to-use alternative that can mimic polished concrete. Modern vinyl flooring comes in many styles including concrete-like patterns and colors. It is a practical choice for areas with high foot traffic, as it is easy to maintain and maintain. Vinyl flooring provides a polished concrete look without the cost associated with it.

5. Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring can also replicate the look of polished concrete at a fraction of the cost. It includes many built-in effects, such as high-resolution graphics that mimic the texture of concrete, wood, or other surfaces. Laminate is an excellent choice for those on a tight budget who dream of a stylish, modern flooring.

6. Grind and Seal

Similar in look to a diamond polished floor, NZ Grinders can provide a cheaper option – a seal coat – it involves grinding your concrete, but instead of diamond polishing, we can apply a coat of what looks like lacquer to give you the shine. It won’t last as long as fully diamond polished concrete, but it is a good cost effective alternative. This is often used in retail spaces such as cafes and restaurants. It’s eco-friendliness is not great as it does involve chemicals, however ultimately that is the customers choice.

In conclusion, while diamond polished concrete is an attractive flooring, there are many less expensive options. Stained concrete, grind and sealed concrete, concrete overlays, epoxy flooring, vinyl flooring, and laminate flooring offer cost-effective ways to achieve the same aesthetic without breaking the bank. With these methods you can have a beautiful floor and durable enough to fit your budget and enhance the beauty of your space .

For additional information, you can reach out to Glen at 021-434-199. Glen serves the North Island, including Auckland, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Hawkes Bay, Hamilton, Cambridge, Waikato, and Wellington. If you’re in the South Island, please contact Mike at 027-281-8815 for Queenstown, Lakes, Dunedin, and Invercargill. Alternatively, you can send an email, and our Sales Manager Ian will promptly get in touch with you.


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