When it comes down to flooring options, polished concrete has become increasingly popular for its modern elegance and durability. However, in addition to its aesthetics and practicality, it is important to consider the environmental impact of concrete polished floors . In this blog post, we will explore the various aspects of concrete polishing and its impact on the environment
Reduced Material Consumption
Concrete polishing stands out as an environmentally friendly option due to its low carbon footprint. Unlike other flooring materials that require the use of large amounts of wood or renewable materials, polished concrete uses existing concrete which reduces the need for additional materials and preserves natural materials and energy.
In addition to polishing; to create a polished floor, concrete requires grinding and then polishing existing concrete, which is energy-consuming compared to the manufacture and transportation of other flooring materials. Polished floors have a great reflective advantage, reducing the need for artificial lighting and subsequent energy consumption.
Elimination of Hazardous Chemicals
Many traditional flooring options use adhesives, coatings and finishes that release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to indoor air quality and the environment. Using existing or new concrete eliminates the need for such chemicals, which helps contribute to the quality and safety of indoor air.
Longevity and Low Maintenance
Polished concrete floors are known for their unique and long-lasting durability. This longevity means that they won’t need to be replaced like other flooring products, reducing the waste and environmental impact associated with disposal
Improved Indoor Air Quality
Not needing coatings and sealants to create a diamond polished floor has a positive effect on indoor air quality. Without the need for chemical treatments, the interior spaces do not have the gas emissions that could be associated with other flooring options.
Sustainable Design Option
Architects and designers seeking sustainable construction practices often choose concrete for its “green”, sustainable design qualities. The use of existing materials is consistent with the principles of sustainable architecture and reduces the carbon footprint associated with construction.
The environmental impact of polished concrete should not be overlooked when considering the choice of flooring for your space. Its resource efficiency, energy conservation and removal of hazardous chemicals make it a sustainable option in line with environmentally conscious practices.
When you choose polished concrete flooring, you are not only investing in a beautiful, sustainable visually attractive surface, you are also contributing to a healthier planet
For more information on the benefits of concrete polishing and its positive impact on the environment, feel free to contact our expert team at NZ Grinders for a free quote – we have reps that cover Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Wellington – freephone 0508 694 746 or Glen 021434199, for South Island: Queenstown, Wanaka, Christchurch, Lakes and Dunedin Mike 0277556672 or read more about our services here
Join the diamond polished concrete floor revolution today, and make a lasting impact on your space and the planet.