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Differences Between Residential and Commercial Concrete Floors

Concrete floors are a nice touch from both a design and functional perspective. However, did you know there is a difference between concrete flooring for offices and homes? From different demands placed on the floor’s durability to the finished look of the concrete floors, there are many things to consider when choosing the right mix. Keep reading to learn some of the key differences between choosing commercial concrete mixes and residential ones. 

House foundation.
House foundation.

Residential Concrete Floors

Floors in residential buildings are designed to be functional and able to withstand the daily traffic of domestic life. Concrete in homes tends to be less expensive while still maintaining its durability for any lifestyle. Make sure to choose a reasonably priced mixture, because even though you won’t have to splurge on the high end concrete you still want to ensure your new floors will be able to last. Many homeowners choose to overlay the concrete with hardwood, vinyl, or carpet in the interior of their homes, while simply placing an overlay and polishing the garage. Modern home design will sometimes see families with uncovered concrete floors that have been polished and overlaid with a unique design for a minimally stylistic appearance.

Commercial concrete construction.
Commercial concrete construction.

Commercial Concrete Floors

While residential concrete is meant to withstand domestic foot traffic, commercial floors are meant to handle everything else. From active businesses to larger companies with frequent visitors, these types of concrete floors need to hold much heavier weights. Choosing a higher strength formula will guarantee the floor’s durability in the future. Using a high-quality finish or coating for the concrete will ensure it can stand up to spills, abrasions, and the to-and-fro of the office space. Picking the right finish for commercial concrete floors will also provide adequate traction for employees and visitors to the office as well as lower the need for maintenance.

Conclusion

Whether you are looking to bring stylish, minimalist concrete floors into your home or want to ensure your business’ floors stand the test of time, understanding the differences between concrete mixes is important. It’s also important to choose the right team to help you poor and finish your new floors. Legacy Concrete Works, LLC has many years of experience working with both commercial and residential clients in our community to give them stunningly durable concrete floors for a reasonable price.

Cleaning Polished Concrete Floors

Concrete floors can really make a statement. A very modern and clean floor throughout your home is sure to stun your guests the second they step through the door. In order to fully deliver this wow factor, proper cleaning procedures must be followed. Follow along with this blog to get some insight on how to best clean your polished concrete floors!

Material

Material, material, material! We can’t say it enough. From start to finish, the material you use to clean your polished concrete makes all the difference. Many times when people ask where their polished shine went, the wrong scrubbing and cleaning instrument was used. In order to avoid prematurely stripping your concrete of its shine, we suggest using soft and gentle materials. A microfiber pad or wash cloth are best. And no, you don’t have to get on your hands and knees to scrub; a nice and easy mopping-like action is good enough!

Timing

It is crucial that your timing is impeccable when it comes to regular or even unscheduled washes. When something spills and potentially stains your concrete, washing as soon as possible is your only hope. Outside of accidents, it’s best to set aside time to clean regularly. If you don’t already have a set cleaning schedule, we challenge you to make one! Not only will your floors thank you but the rest of your house will too! If the thought of scheduled cleanings seems daunting, break it down! We suggest creating a set pattern that will help guide you through which areas of your floor are cleaned first.

Cleaning Solution

There are so many different cleaning solutions that are marketed on a daily basis. With this rise in advertisement, it can be hard to know which solution is the best to throw onto your floors! While we don’t have anything specifically to suggest, we do have some tips. A cleaner that has a neutral PH is going to be best for your polished floors. And while it may seem like soaking your floors in a cleaner is a great idea, it’s not. Make sure you never allow your cleaning solution to dry onto the concrete surface. At the end of the day, it is important to note that polish doesn’t last forever. We recommend getting your concrete floors polished every two years in order to keep them nice and shiny!

Conclusion

Polished concrete floors that are properly taken care of are sure to be show stoppers. When you make the switch to concrete floors, it’s imperative that you know the best way to care for them. For more tips, tricks, or concrete services you can head on over to the Legacy Concrete Works, LLC website!