In spaces where a dramatic, modern look is desired, where coatings or traditional flooring products aren’t the right solution, or where environmental sustainability is a key factor, polished concrete is a premium alternative worth a serious look.
A Diamond On The Rough
Because concrete makes for an extremely hard surface, it takes something even harder to cut and grind it – diamonds! In conjunction with a non-toxic chemical hardening agent, the tools used in creating a polished concrete floor are typically progressively finer grits of diamond grinding wheels, followed by diamond polishing pads to create a smooth, glossy surface. Existing floor slabs can also be cut or sanded to visually feature the natural aggregate in the concrete. And because every concrete slab has distinctive cosmetic characteristics, each polished concrete floor is completely unique!
Durability and Performance Benefits
Concrete has an exceptionally long lifespan (100+ years), and polished concrete floors are practically maintenance-free, requiring no waxing, coating or special treatment beyond routine mopping. Polished concrete surfaces not only provide long-lasting beauty, they also make a positive contribution to indoor air quality because of their inability to trap and hold pollutants or moisture. And despite its cool appearance, concrete absorbs, stores and releases ambient heat, and the reflective polished surface helps increase the effectiveness of overhead and natural lighting.
Sustainability Takes the LEED
Polished concrete floors are considered an excellent choice for environmentally responsible design. In fact, one of the primary reasons for the tremendous upturn in the use of polished concrete is that it earns points toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) compliance. While many of the flooring products on the market are environmentally friendly, there is none other that solely utilizes the existing structure, thereby eliminating the need to transport, install – and eventually replace – a separate flooring solution.