Polished Concrete is the Ultimate Choice When Compared

Compare your flooring options side by side. Polished concrete comes out on top. Different types Carpet Ceramic tile Vinyl or linoleum Wood or wood laminate Polished concrete Available in many aesthetic options Yes Yes Yes Yes Unlimited Durability, longevity and performance Poor Good Good Good Excellent Ease of maintenance Poor (needs frequent vacuuming; stains easily) Good Good (linoleum may need occasional waxing) Good Excellent Can radiate heat and store solar energy No No No No Yes Vulnerable to humidity and moisture damage Yes No Yes Yes No Can harbor mold, mildew, dust mites and other allergens Yes No No Yes(mold and mildew, if the flooring becomes wet) No Is a sustainable flooring alternative No Yes Maybe(if using linoleum made from all natural … [Read more...]

Frequently Asked Questions About Polished Concrete Floors

Polished concrete has become an ideal flooring choice for many architects, designers, and builders today. It’s not a surprise, either, because it is utilitarian, stylish, and inexpensive. When considering polished concrete, many people ask these questions. What types of styles are available for polished concrete floors? The choices are essentially limitless when choosing the various factors of concrete. The grade of concrete, the way it’s poured, the polishing process, and the color pigment are customizable to your needs. How much does polished concrete flooring cost? It is typically very affordable and will usually cost $4 to $5 per square foot. This will allow a bigger budget for the rest of your space. Is maintenance of polished concrete difficult? Not at all. Simply run a dust mop over … [Read more...]

Green Building: From Floor to Ceiling

There are so many sources of information out there for building green homes, but a lot of the same principles also apply to building green work places. People spend an average of eight hours a day at work, whether it’s at an office, manufacturing facility, or retail space — that’s a majority of waking hours for most individuals. So it’s just as important for our work places to be environmentally friendly, which often means better for our health as well. One factor to consider in green flooring is thermal mass. Concrete is a good heat conductor — it has higher thermal mass than that of wood, and it complements passive solar design. Green Building with Polished Concrete The following is an excerpt from Green From the Ground Up by David Johnston and Scott Gibson (Taunton Press, 2008). Begin … [Read more...]

New H&M in San Antonio Features Polished Concrete

H&M officially opened its doors on June 12, 2014 in San Antonio. The retailer occupies 27,000 square feet of space at The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway. The local H&M features the Swedish retailer’s line of clothes for ladies, men, young ladies, young men and children. The shop will also has a store-within-a-store for its collections of accessories, lingerie, sports apparel, maternity wear and plus-size. Philosophy of Sustainability One of H&M’s philosophies is applying sustainability to everything they do. H&M does not own factories, but instead buys products from independent suppliers that are close long-term partners. On their website, they state, “We work to bring about long-term improvement for people and the environment.” So it’s only natural that … [Read more...]

3 Steps to Maintaining Polished Concrete Floors

In the concrete flooring industry, there is a common misconception that polished concrete requires absolutely no maintenance. The truth is that keeping up a polished floor does require work, but it’s still fairly low maintenance compared to other types of flooring. In a recent article on Concrete Decor, a three-stage process is presented to properly — but easily — maintaining polished concrete floors. Step #1: Restoration Liquids or spills that remain for a long time on a concrete floor can penetrate the surface and create a permanent stain. Fortunately, concrete is easy to restore by using diamond-impregnated pads, stripping agents, prep tools and specially formulated cleaners. There are a number of products on the market to aid in this step. Step #2: Protection After restoring the … [Read more...]

4 Benefits of Polished Concrete for Architects and Contractors

Whether you’re designing or remodeling a restaurant, office space, or industrial workspace, choosing the type of flooring is not an easy choice. There are an overwhelming number of options, and the one you pick for your client will dictate the aesthetic for a long time. However, when you simplify the benefits of polished concrete, it’s easy to see why it’s the best solution. Polished Concrete: Beautiful, Low-Maintenance, Affordable, Durable Impress with Beauty – This is usually first and foremost when considering options. With a clean and sleek look, it’s tough not to be attracted to the modern style of polished concrete. With this option, you’ll easily impress your clients. Easy Maintenance Ahead – Think ahead. If you’re designing with purpose, it’s likely that you’re thinking about the … [Read more...]

Stained Concrete vs. Tile

Tile can be an attractive flooring option for restaurants and retail spaces. Although both concrete and tile flooring work well for indoor and outdoor environments, with the introduction of staining and stamping techniques that reproduce the look of elegant tile, concrete flooring has several advantages over tile. Advantages of Stained Concrete Appearance With the help of experienced professionals such as ModrenCrete, stained concrete can look like marble, slate, travertine or terra cotta. The process of staining concrete — along with with scoring or stamped designs, and even grouting — has resulted in wide range of colors and shades. This offers the same style versatility as ceramic or porcelain tiles. Durability and Maintenance Terra cotta and slate provide a rustic look but are not … [Read more...]

Polished Concrete in the Workplace

Searching for the best option to create a professional, modern look in your workplace may feel like an overwhelming ordeal. Houzz has five reasons why concrete is the perfect choice. We agree with them that concrete floors are great for “everyday living,” and we think the same reasons apply to polished concrete for “everyday working.” Polished Concrete in the Workplace Sustainability: An existing concrete floor will work in your favor and eliminate the need to order raw materials. Money for the flooring project can be allocated to decorating the space with rugs, furniture, and other decor. Easy Care: For your floors to stay in good condition, be sure to mop once a week with soap and water. Economical: Prices range from $2 to $15 per square foot, and your polished floors have the added … [Read more...]

ACC Renovates Highland Mall with Colored Polished Concrete

Classes Scheduled to Begin Fall 2014 Many Austinites recognize Highland Mall when driving down Airport Boulevard, but Austin Community College is transforming the former retail site and local landmark into a new school campus. In 2011, the last remaining major department stores closed, and ACC announced its plans for a new campus. During the Spring of 2013, construction went underway on the old JC Penney store, which began Phase I of the renovations. Classes are set to begin this year, and we’re pleased that students will be setting foot onto our highly polished piece of art in the fall. Work Begins on a New Polished Concrete Floor The floor of the old JC Penney was in rough shape, and it was our job to transform it into 40,000 square foot of colored, polished concrete. There were … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Polished Concrete

High in durability and low in environmental impact, concrete is the perfect flooring material for sustainable work places. As builders and business owners discover the benefits of green construction, without sacrificing aesthetics or going over budget, there are more retail, industrial, commercial and public spaces starting to use polished concrete flooring. Going green isn’t just good for the planet…it saves money, too. (Read the full article, "Green Concrete Floors" on the Concrete Network website.) Concrete floors, left exposed, help conserve resources by functioning as a foundation slab — when they are given a stain or polish, concrete flooring also has a decorative and aesthetic look. In other words, polished concrete floors offer the benefits of both form and function! … [Read more...]