polished concrete

Polished concrete

In the world of floor finishes, there is one material that has attracted increasing attention in recent years: polished concrete. This technique has proven itself for decades as a versatile choice for both residential and commercial spaces. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what concrete polishing entails, and why a polished concrete floor can be a smart choice.

What is polished concrete?

Polished concrete involves sanding and polishing the concrete surface with diamond tools, creating a smooth and shiny result. These polished concrete floors not only last a long time but also have a modern and elegant look.

The benefits of polished concrete

One of the biggest advantages of polished concrete is its longevity. It is resistant to wear, scratches and stains, making it ideal for high-traffic areas. Moreover, it is easy to maintain and hygienic, as it has no joints or seams where dirt and bacteria can accumulate.

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The disadvantages of polished concrete

Polished concrete floors have several advantages, but they also have disadvantages. Here are some disadvantages of a polished concrete floor:

  1. Cold surface: Concrete floors can feel cold, especially in colder climates, unless underfloor heating is installed.
  2. Hardness: The hardness of concrete can be uncomfortable for prolonged standing and can be tiring for the legs and back.
  3. Sound reflection: Concrete floors reflect sound, which can lead to an echoing sound in the room. This can be distracting in rooms where silence or noise reduction is desired.
  4. Scratch sensitivity: Although concrete is strong, the polished finish can be susceptible to scratching from sharp objects or furniture without protectors.
  5. Wear: Over time, the polished finish can become dull due to wear, especially in areas with high foot traffic or heavy loads.
  6. Moisture sensitivity: Concrete can be porous and if it is not sealed properly, it can absorb moisture, leading to staining or damage.
  7. Installation costs: The initial cost of polishing concrete can be high, especially if a lot of preparation and repair is required.
  8. Maintenance: Although maintenance is generally minimal, it requires periodic repolishing to maintain the shine, which involves cost and effort.
  9. Slip hazard: When wet, polished concrete floors can become slippery, increasing the risk of slips and falls.
  10. Aesthetic limitations: Although polished concrete floors can have a modern and sleek look, they do not always suit all interior styles or personal preferences.

A sustainable alternative; Durastone

Duracryl’s Durastone floor offers a sustainable alternative to polished concrete floors, with a focus on environmental friendliness and aesthetic versatility. As a result, it aligns with the principles of the 3P’s of sustainability. This flooring is made from bio-based materials and recycled components, significantly reducing its carbon footprint. Durastone floors combine the robustness and ease of maintenance of concrete with additional benefits such as improved thermal properties and sound attenuation. Moreover, they are available in a wide range of colours and finishes, offering design flexibility for various interior styles. By choosing Durastone, you contribute to a more sustainable future without compromising on quality or appearance.

Durastone flooring is suitable for a wide range of applications, from homes to commercial and public spaces. It is often used in modern lofts, trendy offices, chic restaurants and even museums and galleries. With its versatility and durability, this floor is the perfect choice for those looking for a floor that is both stylish and practical.

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