Many businesses today are concerned about sustainability and whenever possible, they prefer to make decisions that are “green.” When it comes to environmentally friendly flooring, polished concrete is a sensible choice. Here are five reasons why polished concrete floors are “green.”
- Few, if any, raw materials are consumed. The process of polishing concrete floors has a small footprint with regard to raw material consumption. The only products that are applied to existing concrete floor slabs are water-based hardeners and stain-resistant treatments.
- In some cases, customers incorporate recycled products into their floors. Attractive polished concrete floors often include crushed glass, marble chips, or metal shavings to add visual appeal. These components would ordinarily be discarded, but they gain a second life in polished concrete floors.
- Harmful volatile organic compounds are avoided. Many flooring materials and floor maintenance chemicals emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Polished concrete flooring, in contrast, is VOC-free, resulting in cleaner air for employees and customers to breathe.
- Polished concrete floors reduce dust and are mold resistant. Carpets and other floor coverings often generate dust or promote the growth of mold and mildew when they become damp. Polished concrete floors don’t have these issues. As a result, they are a healthy alternative for individuals with allergies and other health issues.
- Polished concrete floors reflect light and can reduce electric lighting bills. In some environments with windows, polished concrete floors can increase ambient lighting levels by 30% due to their reflective surfaces. This means less money spent on electricity during the daylight hours for artificial lighting.
If you’d like to learn more about how polished concrete floors can make your business or facility more “green,” contact Black Bear Coatings and Concrete. We have over 25 years of extensive experience with this type of flooring in industries as diverse as retail space, hospitals, warehouses, and more.