At Aetna Integrated Services, we pride ourselves in being an environmentally friendly company. We use sustainable methods and materials to ensure that our industrial flooring services are performed with respect for our planet. One service we provide is concrete polishing. Here, we will break down the eco-friendliness of polished concrete.

Composition

Concrete is made of sand, cement, crushed stone, and water. All of these ingredients are found in nature and have low carbon footprints. Concrete includes no glue, no plastic, and no man-made materials. Therefore, the composition of concrete is very environmentally friendly.

Production

Concrete is produced close to the job site. It never requires long distance shipping, so costs of transportation and carbon emissions are generally low. Because it is produced locally, concrete always uses local materials and labor. In terms of production, concrete has a very low carbon footprint.

Installation

The process of installing polished concrete is also very green. No chemical fumes or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are produced from the concrete polishing process. The refinishing machine used to initially smooth the floor has no negative environmental impact, and the densifier-hardener applied afterwards does not produce fumes of any kind. The installation of polished concrete is completely pollution free.

Energy Efficiency

Polished concrete is a great energy saver. In the summer, the concrete naturally cools the building, and in the winter, it will soak up any natural sunlight, warming the building. There is even a type of polished concrete that is designed to absorb radiant heat. This saves you money on your energy costs, and it is good for the environment.

Indoor Air Quality

Given that people spend the majority of the time indoors, good indoor air quality has a big impact on the health of you and your employees. Other types of flooring absorb dust, allergens, and odors, and grow mold in the grouts. Prolonged exposure to these contaminants have a negative impact on our health, leading to health conditions such as respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer. Even short term exposure can aggravate asthma and allergies and cause dizziness, headaches, and fatigue.
Polished concrete, on the other hand, is your best option for industrial flooring that does not absorb dust or allergens. Additionally, polished concrete is resistant to moisture, and therefore, is less susceptible to bacterial growth. Using Aetna’s concrete polishing services in your best bet for ensuring good indoor air quality.

Longevity

Polished concrete is incredibly durable, and therefore, is long-lasting. You will not need to refinish or replace your polished concrete floor because it will last for decades. The longevity of polished concrete contributes to its status as an environmentally friendly industrial flooring option.

Maintenance

Polished concrete is also environmentally friendly because it requires virtually no maintenance. It does not require refinishing, steam cleaning, or waxing. Because maintenance requires no labor, expensive materials, or time away from work while waiting for the floor to be re-coated, you will save thousands of dollars in costs. Polished concrete only requires soap and water to maintain, making it very environmentally friendly from a maintenance perspective.

As you can see, the environment benefits greatly from our concrete polishing services. When you need industrial flooring solutions, Aetna Integrated Services can provide. Contact us today!