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Frequently Asked Questions

So long as the concrete is in good condition, it can make an extremely durable scratch resistance surface when polished.  It also has good durability & impact resistance.

Concrete is a porous material that can stain easily unless it is sealed. If you’re looking to add coloration to your existing concrete, a stain can be added, but afterwards it must be sealed. Mechanically polished concrete is typically not sealed, and is very susceptible to acid etching from food and drinks like juices, making it an unsuitable surface for dining areas and restaurants.

Polished concrete can be a great choice for home improvements, depending on the condition of the concrete.  If it has been covered by tile or carpet, you will see uneven oxidation and discolouration in the finished surface.  For that reason, we would recommend an Epoxy floor.

Epoxy floors can be delivered over any structurally sound surface, including raw concrete, tile, gyprock, yellow tongue.  Raw floor boards are not suitable as they can move and cause the Epoxy to crack.

We can make Epoxy flooring look like stone or granite in appearance, but the look of the exposed stone aggregate cannot be reproduced with Epoxy.

Epoxy is a uniquely versatile material that can be made to match any colour scheme.  It’s a perfect choice for interior designers, and ideal for businesses that want a colour branded appearance.

The cost really depends on the size of the area and the type of finished appearance you’re looking for. To get a clearer idea of costs, click here to arrange a call with our floor design team.

Yes, we regularly transform interior spaces without the messy & time-consuming work of removing the tiles.  The finished floor height will be approximately 3-5 mm higher than the original tile.

Most websites will tell you that Epoxy floors last 2-3 years. However at Granicrete we have developed a unique process to layering Epoxy, and we proudly offer 7 year guarantee on all Epoxy floors we install.

Yes, both epoxy flooring and Granicrete Coverstone flooring can be installed over existing tiles, as well as the raw concrete slap.  This makes them ideal and low-hassle solutions for renovations!

The perfect solution for your home garage is epoxy flake flooring.  It’s non-slip, extremely durable and very easy to wash down with a hose.  Best of all, it looks amazing!  We don’t recommend standard epoxy coating for your garage floor because being a smooth surface, that tends to ‘squeek’ under tyres, which can be annoying in most homes.

Polished concrete gets its beauty from being honed to a polished granite-like appearance.  As such, it can be scratched, especially with abrasive cleaning, and is particularly prone to acid etching from foods & juices.  Epoxy flooring on the other hand is sealed and impermeable, which means it won’t stain or etch. 

Generally, for factories & production facilities of all kinds we would recommend either Epoxy flooring or Urethane cement flooring. Both are extremely hard wearing.  

The choice of floor coating for your warehouse or storage facility depends on several considerations such as amount of vehicle traffic, condition of the existing concrete and whether the surface is prone to spillages. Generally, we recommend a single tone Epoxy Floor or Grind & Seal Polished Concrete.

No. Granicrete Coverstone is like the next evolution from Epoxy, using a unique blend of cement compounds, stains and sealers to achieve a unique finish.  Coverstone finish can only be delivered for you by Granicrete Australia.

Yes it could be, but we don’t recommend it. Although we can deliver Coverstone with a non-slip surface suitable for a garage, the work involved with the pigmentation and patterns makes it an expensive solution for this type of space. We recommend Epoxy Flake finish for garages.

The cost of your floor or wall depends largely on the size of the space.  Generally between $80-100 per square meter.

No. Due to the sealing and hardening process, the flowstone floor is like rock and will not get stained with things like red wine, or get pitted if walked on with high heels.
Not really. Even though Epopxy flake has grains / flakes set into it, the irregularities and imperfections of the aggregate in polished concrete cannot be reproduced in Epoxy Flake. The finished product is highly consistent across the whole surface.

Yes. We can amend the size and colour of the flakes as well as apply a huge variety of stains to the base Epoxy resin allowing you to customize your final appearance.

The cost of your floor or wall depends largely on the size of the space.  Generally between $65-90 per square meter.

No.  We apply several layers of sealant to the floor so that oils leaks and other chemicals do not stain your floor. Simply break up the oil with a suitable detergent and wash away with hose or gurney.

Both ‘normal’ epoxy and metallic epoxy use epoxy resin, but the techniques of metallic epoxy are quite different.  As the name suggests it include metallic stains, but the application technique and layering is very different and much more involved with metallic epoxy.

Despite the glass- like appearance Epoxy is not as slippery as you might think, and a non-slip coating can also be applied.  That said, for areas prone to getting wet we don’t recommend metallic epoxy and you might like to explore Epoxy Flake or a single tone epoxy that can have a more textured surface without compromising its beauty.

Being the most technically difficult and multi-layered process, Metallic Epoxy’s cost reflects the outstanding results it delivers. Be prepared to budget $90+ per square meter.

No.  Due to the sealing and hardening process, the finished epoxy floor is like rock and will not get stained with things like red wine, or get pitted if walked on with high heels.

Basically, we can make your metallic epoxy floor to match any colour scheme. Its an incredible versatile medium.

Yes, the highly polished concrete can be a slippery surface when wet.  It’s also not a suitable surface for tyred vehicles for this reason. If slip hazards are a concern, your better bet is to look at an Epoxy Floor alternative.

There is no simple answer to that because it depends on the condition of the existing slab, the purpose of the space and the type of finished effect you want.  Costs can vary wildly depending on these factors, so your best bet is to give Granicrete Australia a call and discuss your project.

Polished concrete is less durable than epoxy for most uses, though it is sufficiently durable for foot traffic in commercial spaces.  We generally do not recommend polished concrete for areas subject to heavy impacts, vehicular use or regular wetting.

It is possible to deliver a polished concrete floor for you to meet your needs to a large extent.  It is not quite as versatile in this way as Epoxy, but through the use of stains or coloured aggregates some interesting colours and patterns can be achieved.