6 Benefits of Polished Concrete for Workspace Flooring
Why Your Commercial Space Should Polish its Concrete
No matter what kind of facility you run, you want floors that can withstand all of your daily operations and look great doing it. And with everything on your plate, you don’t want to spend too much time worrying about floor maintenance or facility shut-downs. Polished concrete floors can deliver on all these counts and more. Let’s go over six major benefits of choosing polished concrete for your workspace flooring.
1. Makes Maintenance Easier
Every type of floor requires some degree of maintenance, including polished concrete floors. However, this flooring option is relatively easier to take care of than most others. The concrete floor polishing process grinds the concrete down into a smooth, glossy surface that never needs buffing, waxing, or stripping. The only real maintenance required is regular dry mopping and washing.
2. Increases Durability
You might think that, logically, grinding down your concrete floors would make them weaker and more susceptible to damage. On the contrary, the polishing process increases your floor’s durability. After the grinding itself is complete, the floors are treated with a lithium-silicate-based concrete densifier. This hardens the floor’s surface and because there is no coating it is immune to peeling and chipping.
3. Retains a Beautiful Shine
Not every industrial facility is open to public viewing, but you should still take pride in your workplace regardless of who sees it. With concrete polishing, the appearance of your floors will compete with the sheen provided by epoxy coating options, but without the coatings. Whether you’re trying to impress guests and customers or just brighten up your facility, polishing gets the job done.
4. Doesn’t Require Certain Conditions for Application
Epoxy coatings look great and work well, too, but they require the right conditions for proper application, which can be a problem depending on your facility’s needs. For instance, if you have elevated moisture in the slab you may struggle to install epoxy coatings, requiring a moisture mitigation system prior to installing epoxy or other types of flooring,. Polishing your concrete floors is a great alternative to achieving high-gloss floors without the need for epoxy coatings. Indeed, there are few special conditions required for polished concrete flooring, as long as you have a structurally sound slab.
5. Quick Installation
Polished concrete floors also have a leg up on epoxy coatings in that installation is quick and therefore minimizes your facility’s downtime. Epoxy coatings for concrete floors take time to cure, and even after they’ve dried, it’s recommended to wait a bit before getting back to work and trampling over them. While polishing takes time, too, once the job is done your floors are ready to go right away.
6. Lasts a Long Time
You may take your floors for granted, but they’re one of the most important aspects of your facility. Therefore, when it’s time to consider concrete resurfacing and flooring options, you want to choose an option with a long lifespan. As long as you clean your polished concrete floors on a regular basis and address spills and other concerns when they occur, you can go years before needing to repolish your concrete.
Polished concrete floors are a great workspace flooring option for many facilities. If you think they might be right for yours, get in touch with the experts at Kaloutas. To learn more about us and all that we do, contact us here and give us a call at 978−532−1414.
Kaloutas is New England’s premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don’t have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978−532−1414 to learn more.