Is Polished Concrete a cost effective way to replace carpeting?
March 17, 2010 11:43 AM Subscribe
Is cement polishing a viable and cost-effective way to treat cement floors that have been carpeted for decades?
posted by arnicae to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
The carpets in our apartment are getting removed and replaced by something other than carpeting (yay!). The floors underneath the carpets are all older concrete- they are at least a couple of decades old and may be as much as 30-50 years old. So, I believe that means it is almost 100% certain that the concrete is not laser leveled.
Our landlord has suggested replacing the carpets with linoleum which I find a pretty yucky idea. I like hardwood, wood laminate, tile, and polished concrete. We're also willing and planning on paying for part of the project to encourage him to splurge on the nicer stuff. I love the look and feel of polished concrete, and at $3-7/sq ft it appears to be a cost effective alternative to the other materials I enjoy, which seem to run between $9-$25/sq ft.
I'm just wondering before I suggest polished concrete, whether it is viable? In addition to being old, there are several surfaces, adding up to about 800 sq ft that are not contiguous (bedroom and living room with a single concrete step in between them).
Does anyone have any advice on whether this is a reasonable project given the broken-up layout and the non-laser leveled concrete? Or if not, any non-linoleum, non-carpet suggestions for flooring?
We're in Pasadena (L.A. area) of California, if it matters.