Why Polished Concrete Floors Are Always the Right Choice
If you manage a commercial or industrial facility, make polished concrete floors the next improvement or upgrade on your list. Implementing this high-impact flooring option has the potential to drastically improve your facility—for a variety of reasons. Not least of which is how quickly completed floors can be returned to service.
Read on to learn more about the benefits of implementing polished concrete floors in your commercial or industrial facility.
What are the Benefits of Using Polished Concrete Floors?
Polished concrete and high performance floors can save you money.
First, you can potentially use the slab as the finished floor surface, which can help you save on flooring costs. But polished concrete floors also require less maintenance than other surfaces, and their reflective properties can reduce energy costs in the long term.
They’re perfect for high-traffic or heavy-traffic areas.
Polished concrete and high performance floors should be your go-to flooring choice for commercial and industrial areas, particularly those that get a lot of use and need to support heavy machinery.
They require less maintenance.
Polished concrete floors don’t need to be waxed or stripped—at most, they require occasional damp mopping. Overall, that saves you costs on the associated labor, time and expense required to clean other flooring types.
Polished concrete floors outlast other flooring options.
Polished concrete floors come with all the benefits of regular concrete, including great durability. They won’t stain, chip or discolor, and they don’t require the routine maintenance other floors do, like tile and linoleum.
They won’t stain or mark easily.
Your floors will stay looking great for their lifetime. Because they are compacted and polished, they’ll resist chemical and oil stains and won’t show marks from heavy wear.
They provide increased slip resistance for a safer work area.
While polished concrete has a definite shine, it isn’t slippery. In fact, mechanically grinding, flattening and polishing the floor increases the coefficient of friction compared to ordinary concrete, and it often exceeds OSHA standards for floors.
They cause fewer moisture transmission issues.
Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe, which eliminates moisture issues that commonly arise with other flooring materials that seal off the concrete.
They reflect light.
This might not seem like a big deal, but reflective floors can provide a huge boost to your commercial facility’s atmosphere. This is particularly important for office buildings, hotels, restaurants and other facilities that want to project a bright, clean and professional image. That reflectivity can also help you save money on lighting and heating bills.
Polished concrete is sustainable flooring and LEED friendly.
Because polished concrete doesn’t require hazardous coatings, strong cleaners or harmful adhesives, they are a great choice for facilities that strive to be sustainable. They typically contain no noticeable volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which means they’re perfect for any USBG LEED project.
They are ready for use immediately.
If your facility has limited downtime to make improvements, updates or upgrades, putting in polished concrete floors is a great option. As soon as they’re completed, they’re ready for use—there’s no downtime or waiting. You can start using the areas with your new polished concrete floors immediately.
Who Will Benefit Most From Using Polished Concrete or High Performance Flooring?
All industrial spaces—particularly those that see high traffic and use heavy machinery—as well as commercial spaces could improve their facilities with the implementation of polished concrete floors.
We have seen several industries implement and benefit from high-impact flooring systems, including:
- Pharmaceutical and biotechnology: laboratories, processing areas
- General manufacturing: food processing, assembly and storage areas, traffic aisles, packing areas
- Health care: operating rooms, emergency rooms, hallways, testing areas
- Retail: aisles, warehouses, displays
- Food and beverage: kitchens, storerooms, dining areas
- Auto dealerships and auto repair shops: service bays, showrooms, warehouses
- Distribution and logistics: warehouses, distribution centers, shipping bays, packing and parking areas
Do polished concrete floors sound like a good fit for your commercial or industrial facility? With a variety of finishes and customization options available, you can make sure this high-impact flooring option fits your facility perfectly.