Why Polished Concrete?
The Benefits

Diamond Concrete Polishing is the Green thing to do.

Consider some of the benefits to eco-friendly Diamond Polished Concrete.

It’s Beautiful

Polished concrete can be mistaken for marble or granite flooring, with its durable, smooth finish. Polished concrete can also be stained in many different color combinations.


Enhanced Lighting / Saves Energy $$$

Reduced lighting load and better lighting on existing floors are a definite benefit to the end user. Many times a 25 – 30 % decrease in lighting load, due to polished concretes ability to reflect light is seen. This saves you money on not only lighting costs, but helps reduce the load on air conditioning systems, as they do not have to remove as much heat generated by lighting.

It’s the GREEN thing to do!

Go GreenRecycle old flooring, by removing old tile or carpeting from an existing concrete floor, and polishing it, rather than covering it, it may help your working toward a L.E.E. D certified project. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Reduced energy for lighting and a very low cost of maintenance are attractive aspects as well. Imagine cleaning with a dust mop and cleaning spills with just warm water, no more waxing, spray buffing, and dumping caustic strippers down the drain, polished concrete will look beautiful for YEARS, with minimal care.

 

LEED Credits

MR (Materials and Resources) Credits 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3- Building Reuse (one point each).

EA (Energy and Atmosphere) Credit 1 – Optimize Energy Performance (1 to 10 points).

MR (Materials and Resources) Credit 3.1, 3.2 – Material Reuse: 5%, 10%, (one point).

EQ Credit 4.1- Low Emitting Materials: Adhesives and Sealants (one point).

These credit references are for the suggested applications. The applicant is ultimately responsible for determining the product attributes that will help achieve L.E.E.D. certification. Under the categories suggested, the concrete flooring process can assist in obtaining a maximum of five L.E.E.D. points as long as the overall design meets or exceeds the L.E.E.D. building performance standards. It takes a minimum of 26 points to gain a L.E.E.D. certification.

Less Maintenance

Most flooring requires time consuming and regular waxing, spray buffing, stripping or cleaning in the case of carpeting to look good. Polished concrete can greatly reduce maintenance and cleaning costs, by cleaning with a dust mop, to keep sand and grit from the floor, and spills are cleaned with just water. Reduce harmful caustic chemical inventory and its potential hazards to humans and the environment.

Stain Resistant and Tire Marks are a thing of the past.

Due to the concrete pores being closed up during the polishing process, tires can’t leave their mark on a properly hardened, densified, and polished floor. Spills will tend to stay on the surface longer, giving you time to clean them up. Remember, the floor will be stain RESISTANT , not stain proof. Diligent care will ensure a floor that looks beautiful for years.

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