Finishing a concrete floor by polishing the concrete that is already there significantly decreases the environmental footprint of a warehouse, factory, or other commercial environment. It also saves on everything from the pollution that can be created by chemicals to the natural resources used to make new concrete. It also saves on the costs associated with having new concrete shipped and laid.
Concrete is a fundamental part of any commercial environment. When a building is built or remodeled, it is a must. When there is heavy equipment running on a commercial floor, the concrete needs to be able to hold up to it for the long-term.
Even if you are building a new facility, the new concrete can be immediately polished. The St. Paul commercial concrete polishing professionals can go ahead and take on the task so it is immediately protected from the high traffic and wear and tear it is going to experience over the years.
Although concrete polishing may seem like a simple way to protect something like concrete, it really is. It can help it to better stand up to the stressors that the work environment may place on it.
Polishing existing concrete with today’s materials can reduce the number of VOCs and other airborne contaminants that have been released out into the environment in the past. Up to 30% of the population has sensitivity to chemicals. If indoor quality is not the greatest, then a person can suffer from “sick building syndrome.” Improving the air quality within a building is one of the focuses of green constructions. As a part of this green construction, polished concrete does not contribute to air pollution and its ability to reduce dust mites and other contaminants contributes to improved indoor air quality.
The reflectivity also improves indoor lighting, reducing the need for as many lights to be used or it simply improves the lighting. Businesses always want to find ways to reduce energy bills and this is one way to do it.
The load can even be reduced on HVAC systems because of the thermal mass that is gained from concrete construction. Exposed concrete floors and walls, in addition to passive solar design principals, can help moderate temperature fluctuations throughout the day.