Factory Polished Concrete Floors
Is polished concrete right for your factory floors?
Factory polished concrete floors makes sense, both when reviewing productivity and economic impact.
There are numerous advantages of mechanically polished concrete over other flooring choices in manufacturing, industrial, and other commercial spaces. One of the advantages is an increase in productivity.
Productivity is not the same as performance. An employee can perform a task extremely well (performance), but if that task does not contribute to a high-quality end product then the employee has not been productive. Executives and managers assess, evaluate, and base decisions on performance criteria that contributes to productivity, e.g. progress toward the end product.
Mechanically polished concrete floors by Concrete Polishing, Inc. flattens factory floors. Flattening the floor increases facility productivity – forklifts operate with more efficiency and less damage due to repair down time; air pallet movers glide across the smooth surface with ease and without delay; visibility of individual line workers and drivers improve due to the reflective nature of polished concrete creating a safer environment that is also easier to work in and maintain.
I find myself looking forward to keeping my area clean. – Larry Holland, operator, talking about mechanically polished concrete by C.P.I.
Flat floors are not the norm in the concrete polishing industry. Competitors of CPI often use equipment or processes that do not flatten floors. Flat floors require more time and effort, and frankly, most contractors don’t take the time or make the effort.
Our Terrco 6200 polishing machine creates a better product than any other machine on the market because of its size, weight, and rigid heads. Rigid heads are not favored in the industry because it makes for a more difficult job. However, CPI uses rigid heads to force the floor to flatten. The floating heads used by most contractors move with the uneven surface of the concrete, resulting in a less even floor.
Additionally, rigid heads also increase the consumption of costly diamond grinding pads, which is why most companies avoid flattening the floors with rigid heads. CPI offsets this increased cost by using the largest machine in the industry. Our ultimate goal is for the client to receive the best product available in order to see a significant and long-term benefit from their CPI polished concrete.
The economic impact to the bottom line is always important in industry. Mechanically polished concrete may save money both in the short term and in the long term. Immediate savings can often be realized over competing flooring solutions. One notable competitor is epoxy flooring. By the time floors are prepped, epoxy coating is applied, and drying time has elapsed (often resulting in lost productivity) the solution can often cost much more than mechanically polished concrete. There is also significant cost associated with managing (and eventually removing and disposing) of the chemicals used in epoxy flooring systems.
Additionally, and perhaps more significantly, mechanically polished concrete floors save long term dollars by decreasing forklift and truck repairs, making daily and routine cleaning easier and faster, and needing less maintenance to repair or keep up the floors. After all, mechanically polished concrete is naked concrete – there is no wax, epoxy, or sealer, so there is nothing to chip, fade, or peel over time.
Companies are spending over $1 per square foot a year to have VCT or epoxy floors. Polished concrete costs on average $0.25 per square foot to maintain, which is significantly less expensive than most other flooring solutions and provides a longer lasting floor. Some modern concrete polishing technologies even allow CPI to provide a $0.10 per square foot annual maintenance cost – forever.
Interested in learning more?
Mechanically polished concrete is different from some so-called polished concrete, and there are many advantages to mechanically polished concrete to which our national client list will attest, so email or call (888-610-6656) Concrete Polishing, Inc. for more information about making the right decision for your factory or industrial space.