Eco-Benefits of Polished Concrete
Saves Raw Materials
A polished concrete floor saves raw
materials by transforming a structural element of your building,
the concrete slab, into a finished floor. Traditionally,
the slab was used as a sub floor, requiring the additional
purchase and installation of carpet, tile, wood or stone.
Leaving the concrete uncovered by subsequent
layers of flooring maximizes its ability to absorb and retain
heat. Also known as thermal mass, this ability to retain
heat in the winter, yet also remain cool in the summer, can
contribute to lower energy use for heating and cooling. When
polished concrete floors are used with radiant heat,
clean even heat is provided with lower water temperatures.
This can be significant when considering the potential economic
and environmental benefits of alternatives such as geo-thermal
heating. The increased reflectivity of a highly polished
concrete floor reduces the amount of lighting needed,
especially in areas lacking natural light. This lowers electrical
Improves Indoor Air Quality
and Reduces Chemical Use
Vermont Eco-Floors can be created
with non-toxic stains and dyes and VOC free sealers, eliminating
unhealthy off-gassing associated with other commonly used
flooring materials. Polished concrete floors do not harbor
dust and bacteria or support the growth of mold, and are
easily cleaned with non-toxic neutral ph cleaners. The elimination
of chemical stripping and rewaxing sometimes used in flooring
maintenance improves your indoor air quality, while keeping
harmful chemicals out of the waste stream.
Uses Local Materials
and Reduces Waste
The geology of Vermont is fascinating and
varied, and the use of native stone that does not have to
be transported long distances adds to the unique beauty of
your Vermont Eco-Floor. Polished stone creates a durable
flooring surface, and durability is green! Investing in a
floor that lasts will save replacement costs while keeping
short-lived products out of our landfills.
Vermont Eco-Floors is a member of the Vermont
Green Building Network.