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  • A dyed and polished floor at the Briar Patch Coop in Grass Valley, CA.
  • Multiple dye colors were used.
  • Polished concrete was selected over stained becasue of its many benefits.

Mark Foreman, owner of AK4 Concrete Solutions explains that this project, the Briar Patch Coop in Grass Valley, CA, was a LEED certified building. This photo shows Jeff Gold, the architect, in the background and Dennis, his artisan assistant, applying dye to the river-themed floor.

Several dye stain colors were used. The floor was originally plain grey concrete.

The concrete was densified and dry polished to 3000 grit.

Key benefits why the Briar Patch chose polished concrete over stained and sealed concrete:

  • Lowest lifecycle cost
  • Unlimited design possibilities
  • Ultra low maintenance – dust mop water and neutral cleaner
  • Light reflectivity up to 30% greater
  • Abrasion resistance up to 400 % greater
  • Impact strength up to 20% greater
  • ASR SAFE based on lithium, and will not trigger or contribute to damaging surface ASR (alkali-silica reactivity)
  • Non-toxic, green friendly
  • Eliminates the ongoing cost of coating and floor covering failures and replacement
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Polished concrete can qualify for (LEED) Platinum, Gold and Silver on many projects

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