Polished Concrete

The Benefits of Polished Concrete

Why choose to polish your concrete floor?   There are four significant reasons why polished concrete is a better alternative for a long -term solution.

Pleasing Aesthetics
People typically compare polished concrete’s cost and its appearance to other materials. It is important to note that polished concrete is a viable, economical and long-lasting flooring option, by smoothing and exposing the aggregate in the concrete, followed up by polishing provides a design that has a natural stone appeal and appears expensive and elegant.

When choosing polished concrete, it is important to understand that polishing can expose some of the concrete’s imperfections. Polishing can produce rustic-looking results, and imperfections will show. The floor has to fit the character of the space. Some of these imperfections may include cracks already existing in the floor. These flaws or blemishes can be improved and beautified to harmonize with the final product. This is known as an organic look, where one sees the natural qualities of the concrete. Also, other areas of coarser aggregate and unevenness of veined aggregate may be visible. This if often one of the most appealing characteristics for those who desire a natural yet functional look.

Increased Ambient Lighting
High light reflectivity of polished concrete is another important benefit, especially for office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Polishing can give concrete a higher degree of shine, similar to polished marble or granite, that can be achieved with a high gloss coating. This means greater visibility and fewer overhead lights require in buildings with polished floors.

Environmentally Friendly
Polished concrete utilizes low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which makes it and environmentally friendly surface. There are no coatings applied, such as epoxies, urethane’s, or waxes. There are no slurry or hazardous waste.

Polished concrete floors are recognized by the United States Green Building Council and LEED certification as an environmentally friendly flooring option. Specifically, the polished concrete floor advantages for LEEDs relates to lower use of interior lights, use of existing floor system and low VOC use.

Lower Lifetime Cost
One benefit of polished concrete is lower maintenance cost. In high traffic areas especially, such as schools, hallways and corridors, polished concrete holds up better and lasts longer than traditional floor covering systems. Not only are polished concrete floors easy to clean, requiring only damp mopping, they can resist scuff marks and tire marks. They also eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings, as well as the associated labor, time and expense to apply them. Polished concrete is a dense surface that resists staining from oils or liquids, and has a longer lifespan than vinyl composite tile (VCT) or upgraded stone tile, as shown in the following documents. Depending on the traffic, polished concrete needs only to be refinished once every one to five years. In addition, the downtime required for the polishing process is minimal, allowing service or traffic on the surface to begin almost immediately.

So remember, when choosing a flooring system for your space consider the advantages of a polished concrete floor by Bricks -n- Stones.

 

Product Installed
Cost (per ft2)
Annual
Maintenance
Cost (per ft2)
Expected Life Ten Year Life-Cycle
Cost (per ft2)
Acrylic Coating $0.20 $0.50 6-12 mos $5.10
Epoxy Coating $1.50 -5.00 $1.50 1-5 yrs $16.50-20.00
Urethane Coating $0.75 -2.00 $1.50 2-9 yrs $ 15.75 -17.00
Sheet Vinyl $3.00-5.00 $1.50 9 yrs $18.00 -25.00
Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) $1.50-4.00 $1.50 10+ yrs $16.00-20.00
Carpet $2.50 $1.50 5-10 yrs $17.50 -20.00
Cermic Tile $7.00-8.00 $1.50 10+ yrs $22.00-23.00
Cement Terrazzo $12.00 $0.70 10+ yrs $19.00
Epoxy Terrazzo $13.00 $.50 10+ yrs $18.00
Polished Concrete $3.00-7.00 $0.25 10+ yrs $5.50-9.50

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