In the past few years, concrete flooring has gone from a no-go to a stylish option for floors and an efficient and effective option for business premises and industrial units. Whether you are after the industrial chic look or a durable option, concrete is back on trend. However, there is much more to concrete than just a mixed and poured surface. Advances in the technology for making and laying concrete have created many more options for design and finish.
One of the key trends in this area is concrete grinding. Concrete grinding uses diamond, one of the hardest materials in the world, to grind down the top layer of concrete. This creates a smooth, shiny and expensive-looking finish which is often able to replicate the looks typically only available with much more expensive materials.
Whether you're looking at redoing your apartment or want to bring a high-tech look to your industrial unit, here are three reasons you should think about opting for concrete grinding on your floors.
It is durable.
Concrete is one of the world's toughest materials. It needs a drill to get through it. However, grinding brings an additional level of durability as the surfaces can be easily cleaned if liquids are split on them. The process of grinding further compacts the concrete down, hence the silky smooth finish, and this means that the surface becomes more resistant to heavy-duty industrial use. In the long term, this can reduce the number of times you need to get the floors treated, offering a long-term maintenance benefit.
It is cost-effective.
Many people want to achieve the natural shine of materials such as marble, but these are rarely budget friendly materials, especially on an industrial scale. Concrete grinding offers a simple alternative; buy a cheaper material and finish it to make it look like it cost much more. On large scale developments, this can easily help bring down project costs, making it a great option for cash-tight property investors, for example.
It is on-trend and looks great.
There has been a renaissance in industrial design, and concrete is the go-to material for achieving sleek, urban looks. Investing in concrete means your home will be on trend for several seasons to come. The reflective quality of the concrete means it can make even small spaces look much bigger than they are, and many people find that concrete has a cooling effect on their rooms, making it perfect for sunnier climes.