If you look at any of the online estimates, you'll see that putting in new flooring, whether in a home or business, can cost thousands of dollars. What's more, the bigger your space, the more you'll have to pay.
For commercial businesses, it's crucial that you think about what type of flooring you want to invest in from the get-go. Choose the wrong material—such as carpet—and you could easily be looking at replacement every 5 years or so.
If you want to avoid ongoing replacement costs, commercial concrete flooring is an ideal option, as it can last for up to 100 years. However, you might be concerned about the aesthetic.
Will concrete floors look good in my business? Or will they look unfinished and lack-luster?
Fortunately, concrete flooring comes in a diverse range of finishes nowadays.
Curious to know what these are and if they will fit with your business? Stay with us as we get into the five main types of concrete designs and floor coatings.
Concrete Flooring Options Are Extensive
For those uninitiated in the concrete flooring phenomena, the first thing that may come to mind at the words "commercial concrete flooring" is an unfinished, dusty, stained floor, like you might see in an old garage or shed.
It's a common misconception that concrete flooring is always industrial looking and unfinished. This is incorrect, as, depending on the finish, concrete flooring can be both high-end in looks and hard-wearing in nature.
Professionally installed commercial concrete floors come in a huge range of finishes. Let's take a look at the main categories of these and what types of spaces they're most appropriate for.
Although commercial concrete flooring can be left with its natural gray color, you can also have it stained a variety of other colors. Unfinished concrete is highly absorbant, almost spongelike. Because of this, it can deeply suck up stains, creating a rich and uniform effect.
Popular stain choices include terracotta (for a clay-like effect), slate grey, black, walnut, forest green, and more.
Thanks to concrete's ability to absorb staining products, these pigments become part of the substrate. This means no wear patterns.
Besides creating a uniform color with staining, you can also choose to have designs incorporated, such as your company logo or any striking design that ties into your brand aesthetic.
Once a concrete flooring has been stained, it will usually also be polished or sealed to prevent unwanted stains.
When it comes to polishing concrete, the options are also numerous. Depending on your needs, commercial concrete installations can vary widely in their level of polish.
For more industrial spaces, you can cut costs by opting for lightly polished concrete flooring. Lightly polished concrete will have a certain amount of crevices left, which creates a matte, non-slip effect. The light sheen from the polishing, however, also makes these floors practical to clean and gives them a finished off look.
Lightly polished concrete flooring is ideal for warehouses and depots. It's also often used in commercial or retail spaces to create an intentional industrial design effect.
If you want to strike a balance between lustrous sheen and inner-city grit, you can choose a medium polish for your commercial concrete flooring.
Here the concrete is ground down to achieve perfect smoothness and then polished to a medium sheen while still yielding a slightly industrial look.
For the shine level, you can also for a high polish finish. All irregularities are ground away, and the concrete is polished extensively to reveal a flawless sheen that reflects ambient lighting and achieves a high-end look.
In some cases, concrete flooring is also sealed. Depending on your needs, you can choose between different types of concrete coating.
For example, if you wish to cut costs, you can skip polishing completely and instead opt for a concrete sealant. This is a budget-friendly choice that mimics the look of polished concrete but requires half the labor time and costs.
If you need to achieve a highly sterile environment, another option you can select is our antimicrobial sealant MICROPEL®. The biostatic properties in our antimicrobial sealant eradicate fungi, mildew, yeast, and mold. It also fills in all porous areas that could harbor dangerous pathogens such as Bacillus, Micrococcus, Pseudomonas, and Staphylococcus.
This sealant option is ideal for areas such as clinics, hospitals, and food preparation facilities, or any business that wishes to keep its customers and employees safe from infection.
Stamped concrete is a further option businesses can choose. Here concrete flooring is stamped to create designs and patterns, often mimicking other flooring types such as wood or tiles.
Last but not least, epoxy coatings are another popular choice when it comes to commercial concrete flooring finishes.
As with concrete stains, here again, you have a number of choices when it comes to color and design. Here at MCS Floors, we offer a range of options, including quartz finishes, clear, colored chips (similar to quartz, but with more colors), and solid showroom floor colors.
No matter which look you go for, epoxy finishes will give you a high gloss effect while being highly durable and resistant to physical and chemical wear.
On the Hunt for Expert Commercial Concrete Flooring Installers?
Concrete flooring offers some unbeatable advantages. Hard-wearing, with lifespans of up to 100 years, decorative concrete flooring can also be highly attractive. What's more, there are numerous options to choose from when it comes to concrete designs, giving you the ultimate in creative scope.
If you would like to leverage the advantages of commercial concrete flooring, the first thing you need to do is find a reliable and skilled installation company. If you're located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or New Jersey, take a look at our range of concrete flooring services.
Sticklers for perfection, customer satisfaction, and safety, we are dedicated to extreme integrity and excellence.
Want to get the ball rolling on your new floors? Contact us today, and our team will be eager to discuss your project.