A polished concrete floor is a floor that has been treated with a chemical densifier and ground with fine grinding tools such as diamond polishing pads. Although, polished floors have been common in warehouse and industrial facilities, they are greatly being installed in homes and offices. The floors come with a number of advantages:
Standard concrete that is made from a mixture of sand, water, gravel and Portland cement isn’t eco-friendly as fossil fuels are used during its manufacture. If you are planning of installing polished concrete in your home you should go for eco-friendly options.
For example, you should replace Portland cement with fly ash or blast furnace slag. In addition to these materials being eco-friendly, they are also easily available. They are also as durable as standard concrete.
Polished concrete floors are highly recommended by the American Lung Association for people suffering from asthma. The reason for this is because they don’t produce concrete dusting. In standard concrete, tiny dust particles are pushed on the surface through an upward force, but this is not the case with polished floors.
Since polished floor reflects light, your house tends to be bright which greatly reduces the amount of money that you spend on your electricity bills. In addition to reducing your electricity bills, increased lighting also enhances the beauty of your floor.
Decrease in tire wear and tear
If you have installed the floor in your industry, you greatly reduce tire wear and tear as the floor is smooth. This results to your tires lasting for a long time which saves you a lot of money.
In addition to reducing tire wear and tear, the smooth nature of the floor also makes it easy for you to eliminate tire marks as you only need a rug to remove them.
While concrete floors are naturally long lasting, polished floors are the longest lasting. Experts say polished concrete floors have the ability of lasting for as long as the slab. This is unlike carpet, linoleum or VCT floors that last for ten or thirty years.
Easy to maintain
Maintenance of the floor mainly involves cleaning of the floor. If there are cracks on the floor due to weather conditions you should use a waterproof sealant or resin to seal the cracks. The good thing is that once you seal the cracks, nobody can notice it.
These are some of the benefits that come with a polished concrete floor. Always take care when walking or working on the floor as it tends to get slippery especially when wet.