In today’s commercial architecture and design, environment-friendly and sustainable building is a main focus. Many businesses are looking for ways in which they can not only help improve the environment but also save energy and money while doing so. Luckily, there are many materials available that are both sustainable and eco-friendly.
When it comes to flooring solutions, there are few more sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions than concrete. In this blog, our team of polished concrete specialists explains why concrete flooring is one of the best eco-friendly flooring choices!
Concrete floors incorporate recycled material
One way concrete floors are eco-friendly is that most concrete floors are made up of recycled materials! Some of these materials used within concrete floors include metal shavings, crushed glass and marble chips. And once, or if, your concrete floors are ever removed, the floors themselves will become recycled and used for other projects!
Few “raw materials” are used
When installing concrete flooring such as polished concrete, there are very few raw materials used, if any! Most concrete flooring is created by using waste byproducts, and pretty much the only products used when installing polished concrete floors are water-based hardeners and stain-resistant treatments!
Radiate heat and reflect light
Another great thing about concrete floors, especially polished concrete, is that they radiate heat and reflect light very well. This means that during the winter months, you can save a few extra dollars on your energy bills as your floors will help keep and provide warmth throughout your building! Polished concrete is also great at reflecting light! If you strategize correctly, you could allow natural lighting through windows to light your entire building!
When installed properly by a polished concrete specialist, concrete flooring is one of the most durable flooring solutions available. Although regular maintenance and cleaning is needed in order to continue working and looking good, your concrete floor can last for many years. Other flooring solutions such as carpet, tile, and even wood can eventually wear out and need to be replaced. If sustainability is what you want out of your commercial building, concrete flooring is what you need!
Harmful VOC’s are avoided
There are some flooring materials and maintenance products that can emit harmful VOC’s, or volatile organic compounds, into the air of your commercial building. However, polished concrete is VOC free, which results in cleaner air for your employees and customers!
Lastly, concrete floors are one of the most economical flooring choices. This is especially true for new commercial buildings and foundations, as choosing to keep the existing concrete floors exposed will end up being signficantly less expensive than adding in a new flooring solution.
As environmentally friendly and sustainable materials continue to be a popular choice when it comes to commercial architecture and design, do not look past concrete as your flooring solution! On top of being eco-friendly, concrete floors are also economical, durable, and sustainable!
At Custom Concrete Creations, our polished concrete specialists are very knowledgeable on all things concrete floors. If you have any questions regarding our products and services, please feel free to give us a call! We are very happy to answer any questions you may have!