It has taken a while for people to start taking environmental issues seriously. But now that there are plenty of practical options for green living, it becomes a lot easier to get into an eco-friendly lifestyle. Most modern homes already have green technology features that allow them to save on energy costs and help save the environment as well. An eco-friendly blueprint may include solar powered lights and appliance, use of non-toxic and biodegradable paint, and polished concrete flooring. The last item often requires the services of a contractor and would therefore need some careful thought before having any work done. Here are some points that can be considered in getting a polished concrete floor.
Concrete floors have lower cost on materials compared to other flooring. Modern homes are already built using concrete. Thus, no additional materials are required for the flooring. However, it does have a high labor cost because it requires special equipment and skilled workers to accomplish. Search for contractors with competitive rates to make the most out of your green investment.
The cost of labor for polished concrete may be higher that its counterparts, but one can save on costs in the long run because these floors are low maintenance and durable. One can save on cleansers or fancy polishers as it can look good with a once a week cleaning from a mop with warm soapy water. Its durability ensures that you won’t have to repair or replace your flooring frequently. This type of flooring is also considered as a more affordable way to add class to your home because one can have it designed with stains, dyes, or aggregates like granite, seashells, glass chips, or river stone.
The hard and smooth surface of concrete can make residents vulnerable to accidental slips or fall. It can also cause fatigue when one has to stand for long periods of time. As such, this type of flooring is not recommended for children’s bedroom or playroom and kitchen. In general, these floors are considered safe and can be made less slippery by the contractors.
That all being said, for those who have allergies, polished flooring would contribute to having less of attacks…it is known to not harbor mildew, dust mites mold and other allergens compared to other materials.
judy gardner says
it sounds like the pros outweigh the cons if you are considering polished concrete flooring. and the above picture is absolutely gorgeous! just as pretty as hardwood floors!
nikki robak says
polished cement sounds like a good choice for a floor
Maria Iemma says
We had been wondering about cement flooring since we have heard so much about it lately. I appreciate the information and I am impressed that although it may cost a bit more it would help with the allergies that our family suffers all year long.