Eco Friendly Polished Concrete

Eco Friendly Polished ConcreteHigh 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!

Below are some of the environmental benefits of polished concrete:

Design Versatility

Decorative techniques such as coloring, staining, stamping, stenciling and polishing give you a wide variety of design choices, allowing you to create floors that look like more traditional materials, such as tile or slate, or a custom design that is completely unique. There are now also more environmentally friendly options for products used to color, stain, and seal concrete.

Durability and Resource Conservation

When properly installed and sealed, a decorative concrete floor should last a lifetime, and with proper maintenance, it will never need to be replaced. Few flooring materials can achieve this. Concrete floors also utilize sustainable materials. The main raw material for the cement in concrete is limestone, the most abundant mineral on earth.

Energy Efficiency

Because of their thermal mass and ability to retain heat, concrete floors are ideal for passive solar designs. When spaces are built to take advantage of solar radiation entering through windows in the winter months, concrete floors will absorb the heat from the direct sunlight and release the stored heat as needed.


An exposed concrete floor is often an economical alternative to other solutions that require an additional covering, such as hardwood flooring and tile. For new commercial projects with site-cast concrete floor slabs, leaving the concrete floors exposed can save a lot of money over the life of the building.

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