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Question DetailsAsked on 2/7/2017

I want high polished concrete floors back in my home, but they are covered in 12x12 ceramic tile?

My home was built in 1953 and originally had high gloss polished cement floors. I also have 2 additions with plain gray cement floors, BUT my entire home has been covered in 12x12 ceramic tile with mortar, and gout, and 16x16 ceramic tiles in the bathrooms with mortar and grout. The 3 bedrooms, and closets have carpet in them, so there will be tack board holes in the cement around the edges, and doorways. Would it be possible to have my entire homes floors put back to the High Gloss polished, stained cement? I would love to have my entire floor high gloss polished, and stained in White.

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Yes it is possible - more expensive than most flooring options though, especially since it requires removing the tile for probably around $2.50-5.00/SF depending on area and how well it is bonded - which many other options would not.

Note that the popout repairs will look different than the other concrete by a touch - but after white staining should hopefully not show much. Might want to try one roof first to see the result before committing in the contract to all rooms, because you might get what looks like catpaw prints around the perimeter of the rooms that had nail strips.

More significant - unless you saw the tile being put down, until you tear it up you will not know if it was put down with thinset only, or if they put another mudcoat over it with wire mesh NAILED into the concrete - if that happens to be the case (unusual on a concrete slab, but occasionally found) you might have nailholes all over the field of the slabs as well.

I would bear in mind - especially if this is not your "forever" home - that to most potential buyers this will be treated as a house without flooring, so for a 3 bedroom house you can expect probably a $10,000 or so price hit or carpet/flooring credit request from buyers.

I would also question the white stain - have you actually seen a white stained floor ? I ask because the few I have been involved with were all in industrial settings and looked little different than a white painted floor - at the high cost of polished concrete in your case. Doable, but again - I would commit to only one room in the contract as a test before committing to maybe around $4-7/SF so maybe $10,000-20,000 cost for what I am guessing is a 1500-2000SF ranch house.

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