There is a growing trend among homeowners towards replacing tiles, carpets, hardwoods and other floor coverings with beautiful, slip-resistant concrete flooring. The reasons for selecting polished concrete floors over more traditional types of floor coverings are numerous. Following are some of the top benefits for homeowners who wish to employ concrete polishing and finishing services for their new home or existing home improvement projects.
Replacing damaged or worn flooring is an expensive task that can place a great strain on home improvement budgets these days. It is therefore prudent to choose a flooring option that is both affordable and will last as long as possible. Durability is a key factor for homeowners turning to concrete floor polishing over tiling and other floor treatments. With proper maintenance, polished concrete floors can last up to 10 times longer than tile floors. They are also extremely strong and abrasion resistant making them ideal for areas that see a great deal of traffic.
Safe and Environmentally Friendly
Polished concrete floors possess a high COF, or coefficient of friction, factor that makes them not only resistant to scuffing and scratching, but it also makes them slip-resistant. Regardless of whether they are wet or dry, safety standards set by OSHA (U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration), are met and often exceeded by concrete floor polishing methods. They are also considered to be a ‘green’ source of flooring that is sustainable under the guidelines of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Due to their fine, glass-like finish, polished concrete floors are extremely easy to clean and maintain. They are the preferred choice of foodservice businesses, hospitals, laboratories and other health-conscience facilities because of their ability to reduce allergens, mold and dust mites. Sweeping, wet mopping and the occasional buffing in high traffic areas are all that are required to maintain polished concrete floors.
Besides all of these wonderful benefits, polished concrete floors are also beautiful. There are various concrete polishing and finishing services offered which allow you to choose from a range of treatments. You might prefer glossy surfaces that resemble polished granite, marble or terrazzo, or perhaps a matte finish is more to your taste. A variety of colors, textures and patterns can be achieved through concrete floor polishing.
The bottom line is that you get durable, safe, easy to maintain and gorgeous floors at an affordable price. Existing concrete slab floors can be polished and finished eliminating the need for purchasing expensive tiles, carpets and hardwoods. Also, because concrete floors last a very long time, the need for resurfacing is significantly reduced over other flooring options.
If you’re in the process of building a new home or are ready to embark on a home remodeling project, consider the complete range of affordable concrete polishing and finishing services and options that are readily available.
[February 9, 2015]