Decorative concrete is on the rise in commercial projects around the country because of its durability, affordability, attractiveness and ease of maintenance. For a fraction of the cost of high-end flooring, you can have a beautiful, long-lasting, low-maintenance floor that impresses customers and clients that come to your location.
- Low Cost
The first issue is how much will it cost? Concrete is making such a huge growth in the commercial market because it costs a lot less to install. A ballpark average is $2 to $6 a square foot depending on how complex the look. In contrast, depending on how elaborate, another flooring typically can cost between $7 to $30 a square foot. This means that most decorative concrete floors are cost-effective, and even more so if you have an existing concrete slab that’s ready to be polished, stained or a decorative overlay.
Concrete is a composite of cement, fly ash, limestone and water. These and other natural elements are mined from the earth and may not regenerate itself quickly or easily, but concrete itself is often simply broken down and reused. It is simple to obtain and create concrete in its usable form. Most of the material: sand, limestone, etc., is mined from the earth and mixed with water to produce concrete. It can easily be made by hand without using any energy. It does need to remain in motion which is why a cement mixer is often used to prevent it from hardening. When it is properly maintained it can last even more than the intended use depending on factors such as location, the elements and amount of traffic. With correct maintenance, it will last as long as desired.
- Slip resistant, easy to clean, great for high traffic and colorful
Most decorative concrete systems include beautiful, rich colors with patterns, textures and high gloss finish. The possibilities are nearly endless with patterns and colors to make your commercial property shine among the competition. Decorative concrete holds up to high traffic and still be slip resistant with the correct overlay.
- Section off equipment/ Safety paths/ Containment areas
In commercial settings, especially production businesses, a tape is laid to differentiate between the various equipment being used and boundaries that are set as a result. Decorative concrete can serve the same purpose without the bother of tape peeling up and becoming a trip and fall hazard. Similarly, concrete can be the ‘yellow brick road’ guide through your commercial building to let employees and customers know where they need to go and what areas around equipment is off limits. And containment areas can be easily noted, all without hazards and items that would further distract or hinder production.