Polished concrete and industrial concrete coatings are both popular choices for flooring in commercial spaces. However, there are certain things to consider to ensure you get the right flooring system to meet the specific needs of your facility. While both options are suitable for industrial spaces, there are certain advantages and disadvantages of each. Read on to learn more about which option is right for your business.
Polished Concrete Floors in Industrial Spaces
Polished concrete floors are widely popular for various reasons. Some advantages include:
- High aesthetic value
- Low maintenance
- Less expensive than industrial coatings
However, while polished concrete floors are much harder and denser than unpolished concrete, they are still somewhat porous. Oils and chemicals can seep in, and they can also be damaged by heavy machinery — especially at expansion joints. If your facility regularly uses oils, caustic chemicals and/or heavy machinery, polished concrete might not be the best choice. On the other hand, they are great for warehouses with light traffic and retail floors.
Concrete Coatings in Industrial Spaces
An industrial coating with a full-aggregate system is one of the strongest industrial flooring options available. Some advantages include:
- Protection from abrasions and spalling
- Impervious to liquids
- Stain resistant
- Resistant to chemical damage
However, while these full-aggregate industrial coating systems provide maximum protection from spills, impacts and heavy machinery, they are more expensive than polished concrete. They also require careful surface preparation to ensure the maximum lifespan. They are ideal for heavy industrial sites and facilities that deal with corrosive chemicals and/or oils.
If you’re still unsure about what concrete flooring option is best for your site, contact us today for a free consultation.