Concrete is the sustainable choice.
Written: January 16, 2019
More and more Americans are choosing sustainable products for their everyday use. People are becoming aware of the all the effects that certain products have on the environment. Homeowners are no exception, researching the most sustainable materials that will save them money and the earth.
Homeowners are noticing the sustainable benefits concrete has to offer. It’s considered one of the most sustainable building materials on the market. Whether it’s used for building a road or creating custom concrete floors, its use will not impact the environment. From its production to its longtime use the dent on the environment is little to none.
Concrete is resource efficiency.
For a product to be considered resource efficient, it needs to use the least or no amount of natural resources for its creation. The earth’s natural resources are limited and sometimes there is no way for them to be replaced. It’s important to use resources wisely and not create harmful impacts on the earth.
Concrete is resource efficient. It’s made from the most abundant supply that Earth has to offer, limestone. This sedimentary rock is most commonly found in shallow waters. It’s created by the accumulation of shell, coral or algal. Limestone is not a limited option.
Recently, there has been a development of concrete that uses recycled materials. Plastic waste is added to the concrete production along with normal ingredients. The plastic waste reinforces the concrete while also reducing the amounts of plastic into the environment.
Concrete is energy efficient.
One way to be sustainable is by choosing products that are energy efficient. They must reduce the amount of energy required to provide a product or service. Concrete is an energy efficient choice. Its thermal mass also allows it store and absorb heat.
This feature comes in handy when building homes and custom concrete floors. Concrete can reduce the use of fossil fuels. Homeowners’ will see a reduction in their energy bills. A bonus way to save on energy bills is by installing radiant heat floors.
Concrete is recyclable.
Sustainable consumers look for materials that can be recycled. Concrete can be recycled and reused. It’s recycled by crushing it and run it through an impactor that removes dirt and particles until it’s nothing but an aggregated rock. The crushed concrete can then be reused into the creation of new concrete.
An alternative way is to pulverize the concrete. This process doesn’t use industrial crushing equipment and could have lower quality results. It makes it harder to remove the excess dirt and particles. It can leave unwanted byproducts as well.
Concrete was created to last.
Nothing makes a material less sustainable than one that needs constant maintenance. Concrete requires little to no maintenance to keep it like new. That’s why it’s the sustainable choice that uses no excess resources to keep it lasting. Once custom concrete floors are laid out, they are there forever!
If you’re looking to add sustainable custom concrete floors into your home or business, contact us for the project.
Custom Concrete Creations is chosen to help facilitate projects because we are the preferred custom concrete floor company, not only in Omaha, but for the greater Midwest region. No project is too big or too small for our team of seasoned experts who use state-of-the-art equipment on each and every project. We help you achieve the look of your dreams and do not consider the job done until you are happy with the results. So give us a call or contact us for your custom concrete needs today!