WHY POLISHED CONCRETE
The cost of a polished concrete floor is economical in comparison to other flooring options. At a competitive cost per square foot a plain gray slab can be brought back to a lustrous sheen. Concrete’s flexibility also allows for stains, logos or other graphics to be laid into the surface.
Adding any additional materials to a flooring project result in greater expenditures and environmental impact such as harvesting, manufacturing, and transporting. Finishing a floor by simply polishing the existing concrete material avoids these concerns while substantially decreasing the environmental footprint.
Polished concrete is very versatile. It can be used for both interior and exterior flooring solutions. It can accentuate other focal points and when dyed and or embedded with a logo or design the floor can really pop. It can be both utilitarian and beautiful at the same time.
Polished concrete floors are easier to maintain than other flooring options and require no chemicals or waxes to produce their shine, in most cases water is all you need for cleanup. As part of our service and warranty we leave you with an easy to follow maintenance plan.
A floor that has been polished and properly maintained can be expected to last up to 20 years or longer. Polished concrete is not susceptible to many of the outside forces that plague other floor types and result in flooring system failures.
Many of our products demonstrate compliance with many GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS. These credits are structured to encourage the selection of products with minimal adverse indoor environmental quality (IEQ) impacts.
Ultraflor & Silex Polished Concrete Systems Benefits
Meets criteria for LEED Qualifying floors
High reflectivity of polished concrete requires reduced lighting and less energy usage.
Concrete floors retain heat during cold weather and stay cooler in warmer weather reducing energy consumption.
The re-use of an existing concrete surface reduces materials and energy usage to replace or cover the surface.
Application requires no run-off into waste water or ground water.
Reduces chemical cleaning and chemical usage - neutral cleaner or water are usually sufficient.
Polished concrete floors last longer than floor coverings reducing energy and raw materials needed to replace or cover the surface.
Significantly reduces maintenance and repair work.
LEED 4 ENVIRONMENTAL BUILDING CREDITS
INTEGRATED PROCESS CREDIT CATEGORY IP CREDIT INTEGRATIVE PROCESS
ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE EA CREDIT 1 - OPTIMIZE ENERGY PERFORMANCE
MATERIALS AND RESOURCES MR CREDIT 1 - BUILDING LIFE CYCLE IMPACT
MR CREDIT 4 - BUILDING PRODUCT DISCLOSURE AND OPTIMIZATION INGREDIENT - OPTION 1
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY EQ CREDIT 2 - LOW EMITTING MATERIAL
EQ CREDIT 5 - THERMAL COMFORT DESIGN
INNOVATION IN DESIGN ID CREDITS 1-4 NC & CS: 1-5 POINTS; SCHOOL
ID CREDIT 1 - SCAQMD RULE #1113 VERIFICATION
ID CREDIT 3 - MATERIALS MINIMIZATION/RECYCLABILITY
ID CREDIT 4 (EQ NC) - POST OCCUPANCY SURVEY
The chart below shows the summation of our comparative analysis of typical costs for Polished Concrete to other common floor coatings on an annual basis.
Polished Concrete is the lower incurred cost for installation, maintenance, and refurbishing compared to any other floor option. Given the likelihood of a moisture-related failure affecting epoxy or vinyl flooring during the 10-year lifespan and the comparison, gaps spread even further. Some manufacturers claim their products will last 20 years but in reality, very few facilities utilize a flooring past 20 years before renovations require a change.