In the past, renovating a building often meant automatically replacing aging or cracked concrete slabs. The concrete would be broken up and hauled off to the landfill without consideration of alternatives, contributing to a system that is, overall, less than environmentally friendly.
Today, this all-or-nothing method is no longer acceptable. Local landfill and concrete recycling regulations now make concrete slab replacement a last resort, only to be utilized after all other options have been considered. Thanks to improvements in resinous flooring and polymer resurfacers, a majority of older concrete slabs can now be rejuvenated to the benefit of visitors, employees and facility owners.
Read on to learn more about how epoxy and resinous floor coatings can revitalize old concrete floors.
Epoxy and resinous floor coatings reduce the amount of construction waste going to landfills. Unlike carpet, tile or sheet goods, resinous flooring has no cut-off waste during installation. It also lasts far longer and requires much less frequent replacement than other floor covering options, reducing the amount of waste created.
Reusing a greater number of existing old concrete floor slabs, as opposed to having to mine new gravel and ingredients for fresh concrete pours, further encourages the renovation and reuse of entire structures. Even if at some point a different type of floor covering is selected in place of existing resinous flooring, the new floor can typically go right over the resinous without creating removal waste.
Resinous floor coatings are also available with recycled components and other options. Recycled glass aggregate blends, like FloroQuartz EcoBlend and FloroShop EcoBlend, can be utilized to create beautiful floors. For added sustainability, many resinous flooring liquids are now packaged in recyclable containers.
Epoxy and resinous floor finishes are the most desirable way to resurface old concrete floors — not only from an environmental standpoint, but also for many other reasons, such as:
To learn more about how to rejuvenate your old concrete with epoxy and other resinous finishes, contact Florock today. Our representatives can provide additional information about the benefits of resinous floor systems.