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Question DetailsAsked on 4/26/2015

Is it feasible to install polished concrete flooring in a condo bathroom?

Our bathroom currently has 8x8 tile that needs to be replaced. Underneath the tile / backboard is concrete. We live in an old loft / warehouse that was converted to condos and concrete flooring would look great with the building and unit's decor.

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It is possible - usually done before everything else is done in that setting, so as a remodel feature means taking out all baseboards and hydronic or steam radiators and toilet so you can get all the way up to the edge of what will be visible once they are put back in, and generally cannot get right up against fixed items like built-in shower curbs and tubs without a terrible amount of expensive handwork, so you commonly have to put a piece of trim there to cover the small strip the grinding machine cannot get at without damaging the fixtures and walls - problem is the machine will rub and grind against the fixture or wall if you hit it, so you have to put in a protective strip while grinding. Though some people just do a fancy painted or epoxy gold or red stripe or such there to avoid that issue.


Be sure you get the right kind of sealer- because it will be real slick when wet, so you have to use a friction sealer on it to provide surface texture for safety. The same kind you see on polished stone and concrete flooring in highrise and bank lobbies and atriums and such.


I don't think I have ever seen that small an area done as one job - but I would guess probably about same price as a mid-range to high-end tile job.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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Sure. You can definitely install polished concrete flooring in to condo bathrooms. Polished concrete creates a cozy and romantic environment to your bathroom. After the concrete has been hardened and polished, the floor could last more than 100 years if maintained. Compare this to a tile floor’s life expectancy of 10-20 years, and that’s quite a difference.

Source: http://www.artechfloorpolishing.com.au/

Answered 3 years ago by artechstone1

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One thing I forgot to mention - and a main reason it is rarely done other than in institutional settings (schools, club shower rooms, around pools, etc) is it will feel COLD unless artificially heated from below.


I would take a bit of exception with the other comment about tile floors lasting 10-20 years - that is more like the number for vinyl and linoleum (and probably on the low end for them too) - till should functionally last more like 50 years with a regrout job or two. Of course, any flooring can be considered "dated" in that time - as the current (and previously in mid 60's) polished concrete floor fad probably will be in a decade or two too.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD




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