Selecting a quality cement floor finish may be slightly more costly at the outset, but over time its invaluable performance characteristics will in fact cause a decline in costs.
There are several floor finishing options that may well be cheaper at the outset as opposed to decorative cement-based finishes; however, cement will last much longer and eventually offer a better return on investment. This is why it is critical to invest in a timeless, high-end floor finish.
In the realm of high-end flooring, Cemcrete’s PolishCrete is one of the most durable and sustainable flooring solutions on the market. PolishCrete is a thin, decorative cement-based system that is designed to be polished to a seamless, glossy and hardwearing finish. This product can be applied to existing countertops and floors making it perfect for renovations and new projects alike.
PolishCrete’s secret lies in the polishing process after it has set. Polishing the surface serves two purposes:
1. To create a glossy, hardwearing finish; and
2. To expose the aggregate that is blended with the concrete.
The resulting visual impact is that of a granite counter or floor, but at a fraction of the cost. PolishCrete is available in six proudly South African colours to create the perfect look. The range of nature-inspired colours includes Knysna Mussel, Bantry Bay Beige, Ballito Beach, Sea Point Silver, Sandy Bay Nude and Storms River Rock.
From a practical perspective, PolishCrete is extremely hardwearing and durable, making it a perfect choice for both floors and countertops. It can be used in kitchens and bathrooms as it is impact- and abrasion-resistant. Once installed, PolishCrete is non-porous and does not support microbial growth or the accumulation of water. This greatly impenetrable surface results in increased stain resistance, and requires minimal cleaning with no need for harsh cleaning chemicals.
When building a new home or laying a new screed, Cemcrete’s Colour Hardener is the ideal high-end floor finish. It is supplied in a dry powder that is sprinkled onto new wet screeds and wood-floated in, essentially becoming part of the floor screed. It is a granolithic concrete material that strengthens and colours concrete floors. Colour Hardener is also available in a wide range of colours with the addition of CreteStain for an even broader range of colour options, as well as various sealers to add further effects.
There are several options available that prevent a cement floor from being slippery when used for exterior surfaces. One option is to choose a textured finish, which can be achieved by using Colour Hardener and various imprinting mats to create a myriad of beautiful finishes including rock, wood, textured tiles and more. Should the smooth look be preferred, Cemcrete also offers a slip-resistant sealer to reduce the risk of slipping on surfaces prone to getting wet, particularly in bathrooms and around swimming pools.
Cemcrete is proud of its cement-based finishes as they rarely need replacing, especially when properly installed and maintained, making for an ideal floor investment that will last for the duration of a home.