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Benefits of Concrete Polishing

Polished concrete floors have been around for decades but did you know there’s been a significant rise in popularity in recent years? Growth in demand and usage is largely due to the unique characteristics of a mechanically polished concrete floor. A professionally installed and proactively polished concrete floor system can last 20 years or more with minimal hassle.

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The Ocean Alliance, based in Gloucester, Massachusetts is midcourse in a labor of love restoring a New England landmark. The Copper Mill Buildings’ floors were installed 143 years ago. The surface had endured as many years of foot traffic, machinery traffic, chemicals, ocean air, dirt, grime, and more. Ocean Alliance was looking for a different type of restoration allowing for preservation of the past but also with a look revealing a bright future. Due to the age of the floors, this restoration needed to proceed with great care.

Polished concrete floors are not only popular due to their high-gloss finish, but also their environmentally friendly nature. The push for “greener” spaces has led to greater awareness of flooring options. Common floor coverings, such as carpet and vinyl laminate, release caustic chemicals, requiring chemical based products to keep clean and often need frequent replacement. Let’s look at a few of the benefits of a polished concrete floor.

Durable

Polished concrete flooring is extremely strong and resilient and is able to hold up under very heavy foot, machinery and equipment traffic. Polished concrete is long-lasting and incredibly tough, difficult to damage, chip or scratch. Not to mention, the weight of cars and heavy equipment or the danger of spills are no match for this flooring.

Economical And Sustainable

Concrete floors are perfect for those looking to be more aware of what products are made of. Concrete is made primarily out of natural raw materials, but can also be made with byproducts such as crushed glass, recycled plastic and other forms of waste.

Hypoallergenic

Having a hypoallergenic floor means allergens, dust mites, mold, mildew, bacteria or moisture won’t grow, live or collect on your floors. The smooth surface eliminates the transfer of these pathogens into the environment. Polished concrete is easy to keep clean by periodically using a dry or wet mop. Overall, polished concrete floors are an allergy friendly option for flooring.

LEED Certified

You probably know that polished concrete floors have always been a green alternative, but you may not know that they are LEED certified as well. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Sustainable 
  • Low chemical emissions
  • Easy to maintain with green cleaners
  • Doesn’t have to be replaced every ten years due to wear or damage

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