Why choose polished concrete?
Like the idea of a polished concrete floor for your home but think it might be cold or lifeless? …you’re in for a surprise!
A DiAMONDFLOOR mechanically polished concrete floor uses a principal called thermal mass to moderate the temperature inside your home keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Couple this with good passive solar design incorporating window placement and eave overhangs and your polished concrete floor is delicious to walk on soaking up warmth from the sun in winter and yet keeping to a nice cool (not cold) 12°C right through summer.
DiAMONDFLOOR mechanically polished concrete is also an incredibly hard wearing flooring system lasting 5 times longer than alternative flooring products, it’s kid and pet friendly and of course allergen and VOC free so it’s a perfect choice for your home or work environment.
Our new polished concrete floor feels so great to walk on barefoot, especially when the morning sun has been on it, its so sensual, we love it.
Creating a healthy home
One of the highest sources of off-gassing and on-going release of harmful VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) is plastic finishes such as urethanes and epoxies. While experts differ about the duration and scale of such health issues, a component as large as the entire floor surface coated in this manner would add considerably to the toxic loading of an environment some even off-gassing cyanide! The DiAMONDFLOOR system by contrast uses a non-toxic penetrating sealer to primarily repel chemicals and staining agents, rather than provide a glossed surface to act as the wearing agent as is the case with plastic floor coatings used for both timber and concrete.
Mechanically polished concrete floors are a great way to reduce allergies caused by dust mites. They also reduce toxic build up in your home by comparison to wall to wall carpet which has been found to accumulate environmental toxins walked in on the soles of shoes, eventually creating toxic loads many times higher than the surrounding environment outside the house.
Choosing the perfect building material is a matter of perspective, and concrete is more environmentally friendly than you may first think . Mechanically polishing the structural concrete floor of your home yields significant carbon savings when compared to covering them with additional decorative products that require shipping from across the world.
In fact renowned architects have developed an entire aesthetic celebrating the inherent beauty of the structural materials used in their buildings and polished concrete is a particularly good example. Our DiAMONDFLOOR mechanically polished concrete flooring is a natural choice for your home - beautiful to live with, easy to care for, super durable, and environmentally friendly.
Durable for millenia
Did you know concrete buildings can last for Millenia? The Pantheon in Rome was constructed in 1st Century AD and its dome is the world's largest and oldest unreinforced concrete dome.
With repolishing every 10-15 years DiAMONDFLOOR mechanically polished concrete floors will only grow in personality throughout your lifetime.