Flooring options for residential, commercial and industrial spaces have come a long way in the last 15 years. One of the most modern types of flooring that has appear as a popular option has been polished concrete. Its popularity is largely due to its many benefits over other flooring options. The top benefits from an efficiency and eco-friendliness point of view are;Versatility
Some types of flooring option are application specific i.e. ceramic tile; used in bathrooms there load bearing is light or wooden floorboards; can wear out in high traffic areas and require re polishing or re-staining regularly. Polished concrete can be used pretty much in all areas. Where some flooring options just would not stand up to the environment e.g. wood for outdoor purposes or tiles where trolleys or commercial vehicles frequently drive on, concrete can be prepared to suit any environment.Durability and Sustainability
Polished concrete floors have a higher durability and sustainability than any other flooring option. Polished concrete floors can usually last up to 30 years with minimum maintenance or breakage by impact.Eco-Friendliness
Without the need to use hazardous chemicals to install or maintain the floor, polished concrete is very eco-friendly. Its surface is resistant to mould and mildew, unlike carpet and is also allergen free. Also, since polished concrete can be brought up to a high gloss finish it reflects light and can increase illumination by 30% thereby reducing lighting needs for the area this is also friendly for the environment. If positioned along windows the concrete can absorb heat from the sun and radiate heat throughout the entire polished concrete slab, normalising heat fluctuations and reducing energy consumption from heating.Economical
Depending on the final finish desired, concrete flooring can be a very economical option in the short term and long term. Typically cheaper per square meter than hardwood, vinyl flooring or linoleum (lino), polished concrete can save you money. This is because the raw material is already in the building, the contractors need only polish the existing concrete slab.Available For Immediate-Use
Once polished, the areas can be used immediately with no risk of damage or chemical exposure. Since mechanical polishing required no sealers, fillers, grouts or glues, you will be able to walk and drive on these areas straight away. This minimises your downtime. Additionally, since no harsh chemicals or glues are used you do not have to wait for them to dry and cure before entering these areas. This alone is why many warehouses, hospitals and production plants use polished concrete floors because for them time is money.
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