With its performance attributes, durability and on-trend visual, the polished concrete market continues to shine in the commercial market — be it retail, corporate, high-rise residential, among other high-traffic spaces — even taking share from other hard surface floor coverings including resilient and VCT.

Large national retailers having polished concrete in their stores, warehouses and distribution centers has given credibility to the industry.“Major giants like Amazon, Lowes, Walmart and Home Depot are proving the value of polished concrete and general contractors are selling polished concrete as a less expensive alternative,” George White, field supervisor of James Floor Covering in Bristol, Pa explained to FCW. “Polished concrete’s unique qualities are appealing.

And this validation from these giant businesses, offered John McGrath, director of INSTALL, is an eye opener for floorcovering decision-makers. “Upon inspection, they also learn of the maintenance, safety, sustainability and aesthetic strengths delivered through polished concrete,” said McGrath. “It is sturdy, cost-effective, easy to maintain, helps with lighting and slip co-efficiency. As credible training and professional installation teams become more available, polished concrete will increase in demand.