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The Best Flooring Option in the Last 30 Years!

polished concreteConcrete polishing is without a doubt the most significant flooring alternative of the last 30 years. It is a process by which the surface of the concrete is ground and polished using a penetrating hardener to yield a surface that exhibits reflectivity and increased abrasion resistance. Basically it shines like crazy, is permanent, and all you have to do is wash it with water to maintain it.

The maintenance and aesthetic benefits of polished concrete make it an ideal replacement for conventional flooring options. The floors that used to be covered in VCT, epoxy, and decorative sealed concrete can now be replaced with a flooring finish that not only looks good, but is easier and less costly to maintain.

This means that the floor will serve the owner's needs on the basis of functionality, as well as cost less to do business. The durability and economical aspects plus a polished concrete surface can be enhanced using decorative dyes, stains, stencils, scoring, etc. make each floor a unique expression of the business.

Flooring Replacement

The two most common flooring finishes replaced with concrete polishing:

  1. VCT - $3 - $5 per square foot*
  2. Epoxy - (100% solids-2 coat, not including preparation) - $1-2 per square foot*

*The costs above do not account for down-time or shut-down of business.

Benefits of Polished Concrete

Stained Concrete

One benefit of polished concrete is its decorative versatility. Polished concrete can be combined with integral colored concrete and/or decorative dyes to yield an appearance that compliments or establishes any color scheme. This benefit allows polished concrete to be valued by architects and designers for use in retail sales areas and anywhere else the aesthetics of the floor finish outweigh its maintenance requirements.

Points for LEED®  Certification

Another benefit of polished concrete is that it is a green product and is useful for attaining points toward LEED project certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance.

LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

No Odors During Installation

The final benefit of concrete polishing is the fact that its installation does not create noxious odors or require a minimum cure time before it can be put back into service. With the advent of dustless grinding systems and odorless, non-toxic chemicals, the polishing process can be completed with minimal interruption to business. This means the process can be completed while adjacent business operations or construction build-out takes place.

Durable and Long-lasting Appearance

Overall, concrete polishing is a flooring finish option that more and more businesses are choosing for their most heavily trafficked surface because of its durability and appearance. This trend coupled with the fact that contractor's in the industry are relatively few, makes this an easy entry industry that still holds ground floor opportunities.

About Substrate Technology

Substrate Technology, Inc. provides effective solutions by offering high quality surface preparation and polishing equipment and supplies.

STI is a family-owned and operated supplier that knows exactly what the contractor needs to be profitable and successful. The specific industries which we support are concrete, terrazzo, marble, and stone.

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