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WHY POLISHED CONCRETE

ECONOMICAL

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.

SUSTAINABILITY

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.

VERSITALITY

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.

MAINTENANCE

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. 

LONGEVITY

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.

COMPLIANCE

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.

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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

COMPARITIVE ANALYSIS

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.