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Polished Concrete Flooring-A Beautiful Option For Homes, Businesses

Concrete floors have long been a popular choice for large commercial areas such as warehouses and retail spaces. The durability and ease of maintenance of these floors makes them perfect for these uses. But many people may not know that concrete is an excellent option for homes as well. Polished concrete flooring – in which the concrete surface is ground to a high gloss – can mimic the look of natural stone and can last with little maintenance for many years.

When installing polished concrete flooring, the concrete is sanded with a diamond-surfaced polishing machine. An increasingly fine grit is used until the desired shine and smoothness is achieved. During the process, a sealer is applied. When color is used, the floors can look similar to marble or granite but at a much lower price.

Some benefits of polished concrete flooring are its long life, as well as the virtually unlimited design options available. It is not damaged by moisture, unlike other types of flooring such as wood or carpeting, and it does not harbor mold or mildew. The cost per square foot is higher than carpet, vinyl or laminate, but it is considerably lower than natural stone or ceramic tile.

One of the drawbacks of polished concrete flooring is that the surface can crack. However, finishes can be added to the concrete which can mask the appearance of cracking. But whether that is desirable depends on one’s perception; many people find that the look of minor cracks in concrete flooring creates a rustic appeal. Another objection is that the floors can be cold, but it is possible to have radiant heating embedded in the concrete, which will allow the homeowner to control the temperature. Also, concrete floors absorb heat from sunlight, providing additional warmth.

Concrete flooring has great appeal for those interested in environmentally friendly construction. Concrete reduces the use of materials as it can function both as the foundation slab and as the finished flooring. Concrete also is eco-friendly because it does not emit harmful vapors into the air the way carpeting can. In addition, the use of polished concrete might reduce the need for interior lighting, as the floor’s glossy surface reflects and takes advantage of the natural light available. Once the floor is completed, it will only require sweeping and occasional damp mopping, and it will not dent or chip. It also will not harbor dust mites, making it a suitable choice for those with allergies. If environmental impact is a concern, be sure to ask about eco-friendly practices when choosing a contractor to install the flooring.

Polished concrete flooring is a beautiful design option for those seeking a distinctive high-gloss look to their floors. Add to this the fact that they are eco-friendly, durable, easy to maintain, and cheaper than other options, and concrete is an increasingly attractive solution for homeowners as well as commercial businesses. The fact that it is used less commonly in houses can appeal to those wishing to avoid the same old thing.

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