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The interior of an office building must be both conducive to work and attractive to clientele. Polished concrete is becoming a favorite office floor choice due to its durability, easy maintenance, and wide selection of colors and decorative options. The concept of a dull grey concrete floor has been replaced with beautiful surfaces that can look like granite, marble, and even tile. Concrete office flooring is a green choice that often outlasts other floor types like carpet, tile, wood, and linoleum.

There are literally thousands of looks for the office floor that can be achieved with various polished concrete flooring. Beautiful results can be accomplished often in just a day or two, depending on the condition of the existing floor. Let’s take a look at some of the flooring options available.

• If the existing concrete surface is in relatively good conditions with few chips or mars, Concrete Polishing can turn the surface into an elegant floor. The floor can be dyed almost any color and surface shine can be anywhere between a matte finish to a high gloss.

• Surfaces that are badly damaged with cracks and gouges or need the height adjusted to join seamlessly with adjacent titled or hardwood floors are best treated with Self Leveling Concrete. This office floor treatment produces smooth even surfaces that can be colored or dyed. The polished concrete look is complete with matte to high gloss finishes.

• Micro Toppings are very thin cementitious layers that are less than 1/8″ thick. This is an excellent choice for aged and damaged surfaces that produce a new high quality office floor that looks impressive and is easy to maintain.

Decorative Options

All of the above types of polished concrete floors can be finished in countless looks and styles. Besides choosing from a full color pallet and multiple surface treatments, other decorative choices are available. Various sizes of tile patterns, borders, textured looks, and multi- design displays are available. Polished concrete office flooring can look like granite, marble, or terracotta. The floor can match almost any style of interior office design.

Maintenance Costs

Polished concrete office floors can be quickly cleaned with just soap and water so both labor and material costs are reduced. Toxic chemicals are not needed to clean and sanitize these floors so the air quality is also improved. The hard polished surface doesn’t offer hiding places for dust, molds, and bacteria so many workers who have indoor allergies prefer polished concrete.

Where are Polished Concrete Floors Popular?

The sophisticated look, eco-friendly quality, and low labor costs of polished concrete are making it a popular flooring option all over the US. It’s easy to spot these office floors in big cities like NYC and Boston as well as East Coast states like NJ, NY, CT, Ma, Pa, and RI.


Source by Edward Winslow

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