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Published on 8/24/2017

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Why are so many architects turning to polished concrete for their clients?

More and more people are choosing polished concrete floors. And they're loving it!


For the Full Story Visit Flooring Magazine  June/July Edition (page44)

 

Why are so many architects turning to polished concrete for their clients?

When it comes to selecting the flooring during building or renovation, flooring choices such as timber or tiles have often been recommended in the past as the best choice. In 2016/2017 however, there has been an increasing trend where many architects are recommending polished concrete for residential and commercial applications in addition to industrial flooring, and it turns out that their clients are loving it.

We all want to give our clients the best option, and in flooring this equates to matching with a number of criteria. Quite often for the client priorities can be visual appeal, cost effectiveness, durability and easy maintenance. There are of course other factors taken into account by professionals, such as the creative use of space and materials and in the case of renovation, what flooring will complement the existing structure. It appears that polished concrete is being viewed as one of the best fits for all formulas

   

Photo Source : Concrete Broker Member Ozgind - https://www.concretebroker.com.au/OzGrindPolishedConcrete

 

Why is this?

Healthy, Durable and Low Maintenance
In the durability arena, polished concrete rivals even the traditional choice of timber. When done correctly by concrete polishing specialists with good quality products, a mechanical polish hardens the concrete by a factor of up to ten times, making the floor surface extremely durable. After many years when the floor needs a ‘lift’, a simple reapplication of the penetrative sealer and a high speed burnish (buff) is enough to bring it back to new life. A mechanically polished floor has a fully refined surface, meaning it doesn't harbour dust mites, pollens or other allergens, making it a very healthy living environment and great for asthma sufferers. This aspect of a well done polished concrete floor assists in the constant endeavour of keeping our homes dustless and cleaning is simply done with hot water or a pH balanced product. It’s one of the lowest maintenance floors available over the long term and can be recycled at the end of it’s very long lifespan.

Warm or cool, your choice

Some argue that concrete is cold, and it’s true that concrete has been thought of as a ‘cold’ material. The good news, whether you live in a hot or cold climate, is that it has an effective thermal mass which enables it to absorb the days temperature, store it and then slowly release it over the rest of the day and into the night in a way that carpet or timber can’t. This is why many solar passive homes have concrete floors. Feedback from those living with polished concrete is that power bills for heating, cooling and lighting reduce when living with polished concrete. Concrete can have a cool look to it if used with glass and steel, or for those of us who like to ‘live warm’ it can easily be warmed up by teaming it with touches of warmer-looking materials, such as timber.

Renovations

Remember the old saying ‘you can’t make a silk purse of a sow’s ear’? It turns out that it’s not always true. You absolutely can when a client is renovating and they have an existing slab beneath tiles, timber or some other existing flooring. The concrete underneath can be hiding the design equivalent of gold. Many an owner of an older residence or commercial building in Brisbane for example, has been fortunate enough to nd their concrete contains the original river stone aggregate, which was the aggregate of choice prior to blue metal aggregate. The photo shows a very old floor in the Redcliffe region, polished in April this year. The owners had no inkling of what aggregate they had and were thrilled to find it.

World's First Polished Concrete Virtual Reality Showroom


A recent innovation commissioned by Concrete Broker Community member OzGrind, Brisbane’s premier concrete polishers, is the newly developed polished Virtual Reality application, which puts them within the room and gives them an exceptionally lifelike view of each polished concrete finish they would like to see. 
For more on Ozgrind check out this Ozgrind Article.
Or simply vist their homepage with us at Ozgrind Homepage

 

For the Full Story Visit Flooring Magazine  June/July Edition (page44)

 

 

For more polished concrete providers at Concrete Broker why not visit :

 

   

Visit the Floorcote Homepage

   

Visit the Tough Floors Homepage

   

Visit the Absolute Floor Polishing Homepage

 

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Take your polished concrete floor skills to the next level : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/Blog/View/98

Does your concrete require resurfacing : https://www.concretebroker.com.au/Blog/View/139

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