Polished concrete floors are growing in popularity. People are putting them in new and existing homes. They can be used for both residential and commercial properties. They can be made to look like many other much more expensive types of flooring. Those are only a few of the reasons that this type of flooring is becoming more widely used.
One of the other reasons is that polishing concrete floors is a job that anyone can take on. It is possible to rent or buy concrete polishing equipment, and the results that can be achieved are often very good. Some might wonder whether they should rent or buy the equipment that they need. When they begin to look into whether renting or buying is the right choice they will learn a few things.
- The cost of concrete polishing machines can vary widely
- There will be some things that cannot be rented and must be bought
The cost of the polishing concrete machines will depend on the power, age and quality of the machine. It is easy to spend anywhere from a few thousand dollars to ten thousand dollars on a machine. Renting the machines is a much cheaper option. You can generally get a fairly powerful machine for a few hundred dollars a day.
If a person plans to make a living polishing concrete floors, it may make sense to invest in buying a machine. The cost of the machine can be returned over time as long as a person is able to get work for others. If a person is going to take on a project in their home and only needs the machine once or if they are only going to use it infrequently, it makes more sense to rent the machine.
Whether a person decides to rent or buy the machine, they will still need other supplies to do the job. They will need to buy leveling concrete for most floors and they will need the supplies to patch and repair and cracks in existing concrete. They will need to buy a cleaner for some concrete floors that have stains that they do not want to show through. The largest investment will be in the grinding pads that will polish the concrete. These get progressively finer and will require several pads depending on the size of the floor.
When someone asks you, should you rent or by concrete polishing equipment, the answer will probably end up being both. It is an investment in the floors of your home or business that is worth whatever expense is needed.
[April 29, 2015]