Benefits of Concrete Floors

5 Benefits of Polished Concrete Floors

Once confined to industrial and commercial settings, polished concrete has emerged as a versatile and stylish flooring choice for modern UK homes. This transformation is largely credited to the discerning eye of interior designers who first spotted its unique blend of durability and elegance. Today, polished concrete can be found in city apartments, family homes and busy commercial settings, proving its adaptability to a range of design styles and lifestyles.

Polished concrete’s rise from utilitarian flooring to interior design flair can be attributed to its exceptional combination of style and resilience. This versatile surface blends modern aesthetics with unwavering toughness, making it an ideal companion for the daily rigours of home life. Its effortless maintenance, even in the face of muddy winter boots and countless spills, further enhances its appeal, particularly among families with active children.

In this article the DirectStone team takes a closer look at the benefits of polished concrete that make it a compelling choice for homeowners.

About DirectStone

DirectStone is a family-run company with over a decade of experience in transforming raw concrete into stunning polished flooring solutions. Our installations include commercial spaces, residential properties, and industrial settings. We use advanced diamond grinding techniques to achieve the desired level of polish, creating floors that are not only durable but also aesthetically captivating.

The versatility of concrete allows us to blend polished concrete into both heritage restorations and contemporary new builds, preserving the unique charm of each setting while adding a touch of modern elegance.

5 Benefits of Concrete Floors

These 5 benefits are as surprising as the range of finishes and textures we can achieve with polished concrete:

1. Embracing Sustainability with Polished Concrete

We may not think of concrete as a sustainable material but most of the concrete polishing we do utilises existing concrete slabs. This eradicates the introduction of new materials and so minimises the environmental impact. This eco-friendly approach conserves resources, reducing the extraction of raw materials and the energy required for production.

Polished concrete’s sustainability extends beyond its material footprint. Its longevity ensures minimal replacement needs, further reducing the environmental impact associated with flooring installation and disposal. Additionally, polished concrete’s durability resists scratches and stains, minimising the need for harsh cleaning chemicals or frequent refinishing, further reducing the environmental impact of floor maintenance.

2. Effortless Maintenance for Your Concrete Floor

Polished concrete flooring is remarkably easy to maintain, requiring minimal effort to keep its ‘just polished’ appearance. Routine sweeping and mopping with a mild floor detergent are sufficient to maintain its dust-free state and preserve its gleaming finish. Deep cleaning and sealant replacement are typically needed every 3-5 years, depending on the level of usage and foot traffic.

Effortless Maintenance for Your Concrete Floor

To further simplify maintenance and prevent unsightly dirt buildup, consider installing a skirting board along the perimeter of your polished concrete floor. This simple addition not only enhances the overall aesthetic of the space but also serves as a practical barrier, preventing dirty mops from marring the edges where the floor meets the walls.

3. Polished Concrete Floors Stand the Test of Time

Polished concrete flooring has a lifespan that far surpasses traditional flooring options. Unlike tiles, carpets, or hardwood floors, which require periodic replacement, polished concrete can endure for decades, with proper care.

DirectStone’s HTC Superfloor™ Platinum finish, renowned for its exceptional gloss and resilience, further enhances polished concrete’s durability. This innovative finish forms a protective barrier that shields the concrete from scratches, stains, stiletto heels and toy tracks.

4. Polished Concrete for a Healthier Environment

Polished concrete flooring provides a healthier living environment that promotes respiratory health and overall wellness. Unlike traditional flooring options like wood, carpet, or vinyl laminate, polished concrete is inherently VOC-free, meaning it does not emit harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air you breathe.

VOCs are ubiquitous in many modern materials, including paints, adhesives, and cleaning products. When inhaled, these compounds can trigger a range of health concerns, including migraines, allergies, respiratory irritation, and even kidney damage.

Polished concrete’s VOC-free credentials make it an ideal choice for homes with children and pets, as it minimises the risk of these health-related issues. In addition, polished concrete’s smooth, hard surface is inherently dust-repellent, reducing the presence of allergens and airborne particles that can further aggravate respiratory sensitivities.

Polished Concrete Works Well With Underfloor Heating

5. Polished Concrete Works Well With Underfloor Heating

Concrete’s thermal mass enables it to absorb and retain heat efficiently, ensuring an even distribution of warmth throughout your living spaces. Unlike traditional flooring materials that quickly lose heat, polished concrete acts as a thermal reservoir, storing the energy generated by underfloor heating systems. This allows the floor to radiate warmth for extended periods, minimising energy consumption and maximising comfort.

The combination of polished concrete and underfloor heating creates a truly exceptional living experience. The smooth, hard surface of polished concrete provides a luxurious barefoot experience, while the radiant warmth from underfloor heating dispels any lingering chill, making polished concrete the cosy choice for winter.

Working With DirectStone Ltd

DirectStone is an established family-run business located at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire. We work with commercial clients throughout the UK, mainly in London, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Would you like to talk a project through with a polished concrete flooring expert? Call the DirectStone team today on 01525 20863920

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