Lower Lifetime Cost
One of the benefits of polished concrete is less maintenance cost. In high traffic areas especially, such as schools, hallways and corridors hold up better and last longer with polished concrete. Not only are polished concrete floors easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping, they can resist scuff marks and tire marks. They also eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. Its dense surface also inhibits stains from oils or liquids. Polished concrete has a longer lifespan than materials such as vinyl composite tile (VCT) or upgraded stone tile. Polished concrete only needs to be refinished once every five to ten years. In addition, the downtime required the polishing process is minimal, and service or traffic on the surface can start almost immediately.
People typically compare polished concretes cost and its appearance to other materials. Knowing polished concrete is a viable, economical and long-lasting option, the next most important question is what does it look like. Polished concrete is shiny, beautiful and striking. By smoothing and exposing the aggregate in the concrete, polishing provides a design that has a natural stone appeal and appears expensive and elegant.
Ambient Lighting Increases
The high light reflectivity of polished concrete is another important benefit, especially for office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Polishing can give concrete a higher degree of shine, similar to polished marble or granite, than can be achieved with a high-gloss coating. This means greater visibility and fewer overhead lights required in buildings with polished floors. Read about why light reflection is such a big deal in polished concrete floors.
Benefits of polished concrete
1. Stain resistant
2. Increased strength of concrete
3. Limited dust from efflorescence
4. Increased light reflectivity; less lighting is needed
5. May contribute LEED points
6. Many design options including color
7. Low maintenance requirements
8. Can be used on both new and old floors
9. Existing uneven floors can be leveled
10. Meets and exceeds OSHA and ADA slip coefficient of friction recommendations
11. No down time after application