Polished Concrete Flooring
If you’re looking for sustainably designed flooring, that often makes use of the materials already present, why not have a look at polished concrete? Most modern buildings are built on a concrete slab, and by polishing the exposed concrete, you can eliminate the energy and material consumed by applying a floor covering. It’s definitely something to think about when building a new structure or updating an existing one towards a more green solution.
Concrete floors have many advantages: they are easy to clean – all they need is a neutral cleaning agent a mop and a scouring pad for stubborn stains. Long-term maintenance includes sealing or waxing once every 3 to 9 months depending on level of usage. They are also very resilient, and are able to withstand constant pressure from mobile or even stationary heavy equipment. They’re not easily chipped or scratched, making them highly durable.
Contrary to popular belief, opting for concrete flooring doesn’t mean you’ll end up with a dull, grey surface. With advancements in concrete mixing, designers can create an endless variety of colours and textures in concrete flooring. Floors can also be polished to a shine, have decorative patterns, an acid stained look, marbled pattern or a wet look. In offices, you can choose the look that best suits the space, from colourful and vibrant to sober and calming.
Uncovered concrete floors are a green choice; they help conserve energy by acting as both a foundation slab and finished floor. This means there is no need to cover it over with carpeting that needs regular replacement. Concrete flooring also contributes to better energy efficiency and improving indoor air quality, depending on the material used.
However, while concrete flooring has many advantages there are a few drawbacks to keep in mind when considering them. First of all, concrete can be cold, at least as cold as ceramic tile or natural stone flooring. Fortunately, it possible to warm concrete floors by taking advantage of their ability to store heat, but not without financial expense. Dampness can also be a problem with concrete flooring but usually only if the insulation is bad or construction substandard. Furthermore, you might need to cushion the area by using pillows, curtains, rugs etc. as concrete floors can be loud and produce an echo effect.
On the whole, concrete floors are cost-effective, especially if you have pre-existing concrete slab that simply needs to be stained. The more elaborate the pattern, naturally, the higher the cost. But when immortalised over a lifetime, the cost of concrete flooring is much lower than most other options, even more so when you factor in maintenance costs.
Applications of concrete polishing:
Polished concrete floors are a common sight in many commercial and non-commercial set ups. They are most commonly seen in:
- Retail outlets
- Eateries and restaurants
- Corporate offices
- Residential areas
Excalibur Concrete & Flooring Solutions is one of the top concrete polishing companies in Launceston, Tasmania and we provide numerous services including concrete polish or epoxy floors. Get in touch with us with your queries and we will get back to you at the earliest.