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Features and Benefits of Polished Concrete Floors

 

Different kinds of businesses can still typically have a lot of things in common. Most are high traffic areas that require minimal amounts of maintenance. However, not all businesses are the same. It is extremely important that you consider the specific needs of your business when considering using polished concrete floors.

 

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Polished concrete has a high-gloss finish that is achieved when specific floor polishers fitted with diamond embedded abrasive disks are used to grind down floor surfaces to desired levels of smoothness and shine. This surface is very low-maintenance and is often used by businesses and retailers alike. Reasons why it's great for businesses are as follows:

             

Non-Combustible

 

Polished concrete floors are completely resistant to fire. If you are working with cars then there will be fluid leaks on the floor, which are typically very flammable. If they catch on fire, there is no chance that it will spread on the floor if you have polished concrete. This ultimately makes your space a safer place to work in.

 

Reflective

 

Polished concrete floors are very reflective, which means that there will be a decreased need for ambient lighting because the room will be brighter. In fact, polished concrete can increase light reflectivity by up to 300%! This can be directly related to significant savings on energy bills since you won’t need to have the lights on as often or as bright.

 

Durable

 

Polishing your concrete floor increases its density, which in turn makes it hard and more durable. It also improves its resistance to abrasion, its impact strength, and its thermal conductivity. All of this means that your floor will be much more durable and have a longer life expectancy.

 

Low Maintenance

 

Because the floor becomes hard a durable, it can resist spills (liquids, chemicals, oils), heavy weights, and other potential damages. It also only needs to be refinished every 5-10 years, which doesn’t take very long so traffic on the floor can start almost immediately afterwards.

 

Lower Lifetime Cost

 

Since polished concrete floors are low maintenance and very durable, they typically hold up better and longer. In high traffic areas, such as hallways and corridors, scuffmarks and abrasions can wear down the floor. Because of this, choosing to use polished concrete will increase your floors lifespan and will decrease the amount of money you have to spend on fixing it.

 

Aesthetics

 

As mentioned previously, polishing concrete floors entails that the floor is smoothed and shined. This results in a design that has a very natural stone finish and appears expensive and elegant. Decorative polished concrete floors enhance your business by making it more attractive. It is also available in a wide variety of colours and designs, which makes it ideal for people who value a natural, appealing, and functional look.

 

Polished Concrete with a Stone Finish

 

seeded concrete floor with various stone sizes and colors

 

 

Environmentally Friendly

 

Polished concrete contains no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which makes it an environmentally friendly surface. If you choose not to use any coatings, such as epoxies, urethanes, or waves, you are guaranteed to have an environmentally friendly floor.

 

 

 

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