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Commercial Concrete FlooringInformation about using concrete flooring in restaurants and retail spaces
In high-visibility, high-traffic commercial spaces, such as retail stores, restaurants and salons, concrete floors are an ideal alternative to wood, vinyl tile, and carpet. Not only can they withstand more abuse than most other flooring materials, they also can be customized to achieve an unlimited array of decorative effects.
When compared with residential concrete floors, commercial concrete floors usually have greater demands placed on them in terms of performance and durability. They often need high-performance finishes or coatings so they can withstand heavy foot traffic, abrasion and stains and to make them easier to maintain. They also must be slip resistant to avoid injuries to staff and customers. In restaurants, concrete floors must be easy to clean and be able to repel spills and food stains.
Concrete floors in high-visibility retail stores or restaurants may also require special decorative treatments to attract attention or convey a certain atmosphere. Sometimes they are colored or patterned to direct the eye and improve traffic flow. They may also be colored or graphically enhanced to reflect the theme of a restaurant or business. Epoxy terrazzo coatings are a popular choice for decorative flooring installations in high-traffic retail facilities because of their durability and design versatility. The newest trend in commercial concrete floor coatings are metallic epoxies, which give concrete floors a dazzling metal-like patina. High-gloss polished concrete floors are also popular in commercial and retail facilities because they reflect overhead lighting and brighten indoor spaces. Other benefits of polished concrete include durability, abrasion resistance and low maintenance.
Here you’ll find more information about the advantages of commercial concrete floors, the many design options available, and how to properly maintain commercial floors. You can also read about some unique commercial projects where concrete floors were used to transform building interiors.