1. Zero impact on the environment
Well maybe not zero, but very little. Imagine you bought a warehouse that you are going to convert to apartments. Very cool idea and gaining ground in urban areas. After figuring out your budget, you decide on how to divide up the space, you pick out finishes, and do all of the things that you need to do.
Everything that is going to go into that remodel will have some impact on the environment. Drywall must be manufactured, as does paint, nails, and screws. How about the lumber that needs to be installed? Trees needs to be harvested for that.
Then what to do with the floor. Carpet? Tile? Hardwood? These choices all have an environmental impact.
If you consider the impact that polished concrete has it is very minimal. Polished concrete is using a machine to process the concrete slab until the desired finish and gloss is achieved.
You can create a focal point with your floor without installing anything. Best of all the floor will last for years. Experts agree, that it is a 20 year floor.
2. Basement Flooring
When considering flooring for a basement you have to consider the possibility of a water or sewer break or flooding from heavy rains.
Polished concrete is a breathable floor. This floor will dry out from these types of events. With polished concrete there is no worry about having a musty smell associated with a lot of basements.
Dye can be added to the slab during the polishing process and a splash of colour can soften the grey floor.
3. Warehouses, grocery stores, box stores
Have you ever noticed the flooring at your local box store? These stores have polished concrete because of the incredible savings over other types of flooring options. Plus, there is no installation waiting time.
This type of flooring has the added benefit of tightening up the floor surface to stop concrete dusting from happening.
We did the Leduc Food Bank new warehouse location in a simple cream polish and they love it.
This is a great solution for warehouses that have forklift traffic because there is no danger of a topical coating getting damaged from surface traffic.
4. Maintenance is a breeze
With polished concrete there is no stripping or waxing to keep the shine. In many cases an auto scrubber can be used to do the daily maintenance of the floors.
Polished floors are the safest floors for pedestrian traffic. Even though the surface looks slippery polished concrete has the highest coefficient of friction. Simply put this floor is not slippery.
It always comes down to cost. I tell my clients that like everything you get what you pay for. Polished concrete will have a high up front cost, but when you weigh that over the life of the floor (for example 20 years), the cost can be minimal. That combined with low maintenance costs, polished concrete is one of the most economical choices that there is.