Polished Concrete Flooring Trends in Hood River Developments

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

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Hood River has been a renowned Oregon vacation spot for a while, but in the last 10 years, it has seen a significant amount of new growth, potentially as a side effect of the popularity of windsurfing in the Columbia Gorge among a younger generation, or as a reaction to Portland’s massive amount of recent growth. Regardless, Hood River’s downtown is replete with dynamic new developments. If these developments aren’t contemporary projects, they are renewal projects that focus on the reclamation of Hood River’s many historic buildings. What these two very different types of development have in common, however, is the utilization of sustainable, low maintenance materials like concrete flooring.

Polished concrete, in particular, is being seen in more and more new developments for four very simple reasons – cost, versatility, durability, and sustainability.

Polished concrete is increasingly cost-effective — It costs a fraction of what other traditional floorings do — but it looks a million times as elegant.

Polished concrete requires no harsh cleansers or caustic finishes to maintain its luminous sheen — Additionally, cleaning and maintenance are as simple as a push broom and an occasional warm water mop.

Polished concrete is durable in ways that other floorings simply are not — Hardwood can splinter and scratch, tile can chip and fade, and stone can be fragile. Polished concrete can not only flawlessly imitate each of these flooring styles at a fraction of their cost, it can stand up to damage from water, heavy foot traffic and forklift and scissor lift traffic with no damage whatsoever.

Concrete floors repel dust and allergens — When springtime in Oregon arrives, your seasonally-sensitive staff members or customers will be thrilled to be in an environment that actively discourages pollen and other allergens.

To learn more about how polished concrete is right for your commercial space, visit Alternative Edge’s pages on Commercial Polished Concrete.

Alternative Edge Custom Concrete is the Hood River authority on custom concrete flooring. Learn more about why polished concrete is the optimum choice for development by visiting Alternative Edge’s Commercial/Industrial Flooring Solutions page. Alternative Edge Custom Concrete is Oregon and Washington’s premier custom concrete expert.

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New Developments in The Dalles Are Using Polished Concrete – Here’s Why

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

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With bustling Hood River just a stone’s throw away, The Dalles is poised to experience major expansion in the coming years, already evidenced in its main thoroughfares. The Dalles may have a reputation as a quiet town, but the reality is that The Dalles is the county seat and largest city of Wasco County, Oregon. Between breathtaking river views, a charming downtown, and its many amiable residential neighborhoods, The Dalles could very well be the next big thing in Oregon real estate and development.

As new development and urban growth snake along the Columbia River, The Dalles is becoming more and more equipped to service a new generation of residents and industries in anticipation. New developments already dot the main avenues of the city, precluding a sea change that promises to reinvigorate the town for a whole new era of Portland transplants.

Amongst conversations around new development are conversations about recovery and renewal — and with The Dalles’ many landmark buildings and notable architecture in the forefront, the renovation of the deteriorated landmarks of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th streets is more of a possibility than ever.

As developers explore ways to increase the livability factor for millennial residents, expect to see new developments with minimalist aesthetics and renewals that strive to recapture the character of older structures. What these two main projects will have in common is the proliferance of polished concrete flooring. For both new developments and renovations alike, polished concrete offers unique, cost-saving benefits as well as an appearance that can skew towards high-end opulence just as easily as it can suit manufacturers and warehouses. Polished concrete is low maintenance, cost-effective, versatile and extraordinarily equipped to stand up to the heaviest of traffic.

Polished concrete can effortlessly mimic the look of hardwood, natural stone, or decorative tile with none of the drawbacks of these common types of flooring. Polished concrete won’t chip or harbor mildew like tile, it will not splinter or encourage allergens like hardwood, and it’s a fraction of the cost of luxury stone like marble. With benefits this substantial and an admirable price point, it’s no wonder why polished concrete is the flooring of choice for many of these new developments.

Learn more about why polished concrete is the optimum choice for development by visiting Alternative Edge’s Commercial/Industrial Flooring Solutions page. Alternative Edge Custom Concrete is Oregon and Washington’s premier custom concrete expert. Contact us today to discuss how polished concrete can complete your commercial space.

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4 Reasons To Use Polished Concrete In Your Tacoma Commercial Development

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

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The Pacific Northwest is a popular destination these days. More and more So Cal transplants are fleeing their water rationed abodes for literal greener pastures. As more and more folks migrate from California, cities like Tacoma (positioned just a breath away from bustling Seattle and a quick jaunt from Portland) have become a prime location for residents looking to revel in Northwest scenery without submitting to the metropolitan inconveniences of Seattle.

To that end, Tacoma has seen remarkable growth, with modern mixed-use developments mushrooming skyward and urban recovery rehabilitating the most charismatic older buildings in the city. Many of these developments are adopting sustainable building techniques, and that includes maintaining original concrete floors and spotlighting them in new buildings. There are many reasons, both logical and aesthetic, to maintain a building’s concrete slab as a functional and decorative flooring, but for most developers, only these four reasons matter:

Cost. There is only one flooring available today that is as durable, as alluring, as versatile and as cost-effective as polished concrete. Polished concrete costs a fraction of what other traditional floorings do – but it looks a million times as elegant.

Maintenance. A polished concrete floor requires no special maintenance. It won’t chip like a decorative tile floor, it won’t splinter or harbor allergens like a hardwood might, and it takes considerably less care that what is required by opulent flooring like natural stone.

Durability. Concrete floors have long been the flooring of choice for warehouses, garages etc, and there is a very logical reason why; durability. Concrete can withstand water damage, high traffic and even busy forklifts stacked high with loaded pallets.

Versatility. The beauty of concrete flooring is in its versatility. Yes, its exceeding durability makes it a perfect flooring choice for warehouses, manufacturers and auto garages, but it can also beautifully mimic hardwood, decorative tile, and even opulent natural stone. Polished concrete is as harmonious in a bustling shipping and receiving dock as it is in a high-end boutique.

Learn more about why polished concrete is the optimum choice for your Tacoma development by visiting Alternative Edge’s Commercial/Industrial Flooring Solutions page. Alternative Edge Custom Concrete is Oregon and Washington’s premier custom concrete expert. Contact us today to discuss how polished concrete can complete your commercial space.

 

Why Bend Commercial Spaces Choose Polished Concrete Flooring

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

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Bend is an up and coming Oregon ‘burg. With a landscape second to none and a creative culture that rivals Portland’s, this small city is poised to be Oregon’s next big thing. The city is already ushering in the new with ultra-modern mixed-use developments sprouting up on every major thoroughfare. These new developments are sleek, sophisticated, and sustainable. Many of these buildings have utilized their concrete slabs as flooring and the effect is something far more refined than you may assume.

Concrete floors are common to auto garages, manufacturing facilities, and shipping/receiving warehouses, and for good reason; there is no commercial flooring available more durable than polished concrete. What you may not know, however, is that polished concrete is far more versatile than could ever be exhibited on an oil slick garage or a bustling warehouse.

Polished concrete is unique for four distinct reasons: cost, maintenance, durability, and versatility. Bend’s smart developers are cashing in on the modern simplicity of polished concrete floors by featuring them in a huge percentage of new developments, and your commercial or residential space could be reaping the same benefits.

Polished concrete can present as an opulent, even luxurious flooring when customized in warm wood tones, decorative tile patterns, or with finishes that replicate lavish natural stone. In this way, polished concrete is as suited for a warehouse as it a showroom, a ballroom, or a high-end retail space.

Concrete repels dust and allergens, improving the air quality of your commercial space, which your most seasonally sensitive employees will appreciate come early spring. Without the texture of wood or the porosity of ceramic tile, dust, pollen, and other allergens have no place to collect, making polished concrete a healthier alternative to all other flooring types.

Polished concrete also repels water damage — quite the necessity in the moist Pacific Northwest, even in the high desert of Bend. While other types of flooring can be destroyed beyond repair by water damage, concrete will suffer no damage whatsoever.

Polished concrete requires no special cleaners, solvents, or caustic chemicals. Simply dust and mop to keep your polished concrete floor as luminous on day one as it is day 1001.

Alternative Edge Custom Concrete is Oregon’s premier custom concrete experts. Contact us today to discuss how polished concrete can complete your commercial space.

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Vancouver WA Businesses Choose Polished Concrete – Here’s Why

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

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The recent urban development in Vancouver, Washington is changing the landscape of the enclave to something decidedly more metropolitan. This bustling city’s new construction has afforded numerous fledgling businesses the space to flourish and provided thousands of young residents trendy places to call home. The most popular trends in these new developments are sustainability, connectivity, and urban renewal.  The historic charm of Vancouver is being reinvigorated, and new developments and renewal projects alike are opting for polished concrete flooring.

Although often associated with manufacturing, shipping, and industrial warehouses, polished concrete has fast become the flooring choice for modern mixed-use developments. Polished concrete is cost-effective, efficient, sleek and strong, making it the perfect flooring option for businesses that require a heavy-duty flooring and a modern touch.

Polished concrete is impervious to water damage, which in the Pacific Northwest is a requirement. For retail businesses on busy streets, manufacturers with large shipping and receiving areas and other businesses that battle cold, wet conditions, there is no better choice for flooring than polished concrete.

Concrete is surprisingly versatile when it comes to appearance. You might not think that polished concrete could replicate the warm hues of a hardwood floor, or the artistic detail of custom tile, or the rich texture of natural stone, but concrete floors can imitate these and more.

Concrete flooring is as low maintenance and sustainable as a flooring can be. No hazardous coatings, cleaners or adhesives are required to maintain a perfectly glossy finish. This marriage of sustainability and opulence is quite the sophisticated juxtaposition.

Find out more about how polished concrete is a flawless fit for Vancouver businesses. Alternative Edge Custom Concrete is the Vancouver area’s premier custom concrete experts. Contact us today to discuss how polished concrete can complete your commercial space.

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The Advantages Of Polished Concrete In Salem Commercial Spaces

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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As Salem grows and evolves into a commercial center in Oregon, we see many new businesses sprouting up daily. Many of these businesses may not require brick and mortar storefronts, but many more of them do. As those businesses plan their spaces, trend focused business owners and developers are opting for polished concrete flooring.  Polished concrete is a well-kept secret in commercial design, offering varied finishes that can rival opulent flooring as well as stand up to the heaviest of warehouse traffic.

There is a myriad of reasons developers are choosing polished concrete over other types of flooring, however, these four reasons should be enough to convince anyone that polished concrete is the superior commercial flooring.

Maintenance

Polished concrete requires very little upkeep. It is an exceedingly durable flooring choice and necessitates no harmful cleansers or chemicals to retain its trademark shine. A simple cleaning regimen consisting of a push broom and a warm water mop will keep a polished concrete floor looking as flawless on day 2001 as it did on day 1.

Allergens

Polished concrete repels dust and allergens. With no crevices, cracks or flaws to harbor dust, pollen, and other allergens, concrete flooring is singular in its ability to support a healthy atmosphere, particularly to those with sensitive constitutions.

Durability

Hardwood can splinter, tile can crack and natural stone can be extravagant. Not only can polished concrete mimic each of these flooring options, it can withstand far more in terms of foot traffic, weight and moisture. Polished concrete is inarguably the most durable flooring option available today.

Aesthetic

More than just a common commercial flooring, polished concrete can be austere, opulent, decorative, playful or artistic. There is no other flooring appropriate for both bustling manufacturing facilities and high-end retail boutiques.

Alternative Edge Custom Concrete is the Salem area’s premier custom concrete experts. Contact us today to discuss how polished concrete can complete your commercial space.

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Why Polished Concrete Is So Popular In Eugene Area Commercial Spaces

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

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As Eugene grows and evolves as not just a college town but a commercial center of Oregon, more and more businesses are finding success in the formerly sleepy hamlet. These businesses are defined first by the quality of their goods and services and second by their brick and mortar storefronts. In Eugene, sustainable construction is the construction of choice by developers as well as the patrons whom they seek to attract.

There is no more sustainable flooring than polished concrete, which explains its popularity as the flooring of choice for many new Eugene businesses from unassuming storefronts to larger manufacturing facilities. There’s no secret to it, concrete is beneficial in a number of ways.

Polished concrete requires little to no maintenance. No harsh cleansers or caustic tonics are required to maintain the luminous sheen of your polished concrete floor. Cleaning and maintenance is as simple as a push broom and an occasional warm water mop.

Furthermore, polished concrete stands up to damage other floorings simply cannot. Hardwood can splinter and retain scratches, tile can chip and fade, and stone can be remarkably expensive. Polished concrete can not only flawlessly imitate each of these flooring styles, it can stand up to damage from water, heavy foot traffic and forklift and scissor lift traffic with no damage whatsoever.

Concrete floors repel dust and allergens, creating a safer and cleaner work environment for your team members. When springtime in Oregon arrives, your staff will be thrilled to work in an environment that actively discourages pollen and other allergens.

Polished concrete is available in a myriad of colors, styles, and finishes. Mimic warm hardwood, decorative tile or even opulent natural stone easily with polished concrete.

To learn more about how polished concrete is right for your commercial space, visit Alternative Edge’s pages on Commercial Polished Concrete.

Alternative Edge Custom Concrete is the Portland area’s premier custom concrete experts. Contact us today to discuss how polished concrete can complete your commercial space.

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Why More Pacific Northwest Businesses Are Installing Polished Concrete Flooring

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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In the thriving Pacific Northwest, thousands of new businesses are established every day. Of these thousands of potential success stories, only a fraction will end up in brick and mortar spaces. From large scale manufacturers to independent boutiques, each of these new businesses has one thing in common; they need to create engaging, functional workspaces that are efficient and dynamic. For these reasons and more, Oregon and Washington commercial spaces are installing polished concrete flooring.

Polished concrete is a superior flooring option for businesses of all kinds for four very simple reasons: cost, maintenance, durability, and aesthetic. When each of these incentives is considered, the choice is clear—there is no more intentional choice for flooring than polished concrete.

Cost

Polished concrete flooring is especially cost-efficient in manufacturing or other warehouse commercial spaces where an existing slab on grade is used as the finished floor surface.

Maintenance

In smaller commercial spaces, polished concrete requires very little maintenance. Polished concrete requires no additional cleaners or treatments and will retain its luster with regular dusting and mopping.

Durability

There is no commercial flooring option more durable than polished concrete. While wood floors are susceptible to water damage and tiles may crack and chip, polished concrete will maintain its appearance and strength regardless of traffic or water exposure.

Aesthetic

Regardless of the overall design of your space, be it industrial or decorative, polished concrete can meet your needs. Available in a wide variety of hues, polished concrete can mimic hardwood, decorative tile or opulent stone for a fraction of the cost.

Consider polished concrete floors for your commercial space, not just to create a functional space, but to exceed your flooring expectations.

Alternative Edge Custom Concrete is the Portland area’s premier custom concrete experts. Contact us today to discuss how polished concrete can complete your commercial space.

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How Polished Concrete Can Benefit Your Salem Commercial Space

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

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Salem commercial spaces shopping for the perfect flooring have many choices, though none are quite as beneficial in both the long and short-term as polished concrete. Whether you’re in manufacturing, food service, retail or any other business sphere, polished concrete is by and large the most beneficial flooring option for the money.

Versatile

Concrete may be commonly associated with basements, workshops, and warehouses, it is remarkably versatile. This is one of the chief reasons for polished concrete’s popularity in commercial spaces. Whether your space is utilitarian or austere, polished concrete can fulfill your business’ needs.

Decorative

Polished concrete can be customized in wood tones that mimic hardwood flooring, in decorative styles that are indistinguishable from ornamental tile and with bold, vibrant hues to complement your established aesthetic.

Low Maintenance

Polished concrete requires minimal upkeep. It repels dust and allergens, resulting in a flooring option that is remarkably easy to maintain. There are no specialized cleansers or tools required to keep your polished concrete floor as beautiful on its first day as on it thousandth.

Waterproof

In the Pacific Northwest, water damage claims far more floors than anything else. Prevent your commercial space from falling victim devastating water damage by installing a 100% waterproof polished concrete floor.

Durability

There is no other flooring option more durable that polished concrete, which is noteworthy considering its elegant appearance. Even in areas of heavy traffic, polished concrete will maintain its luster and constitution.

If you are shopping for the perfect flooring for your Salem commercial space, contact Alternative Edge Custom Concrete for a free estimate. Alternative Edge is the authority on custom concrete throughout Oregon and Washington.

4 Ways Commercial Polished Concrete Benefits Your Business

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

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Polished concrete is a superior flooring choice for commercial spaces for several reasons; cost, maintenance, and aesthetic among them. There are so many options for commercial flooring, from glassy hardwood to decorative tile, but none of these types of flooring offer the same benefits as polished concrete.

Durability

With polished concrete, you can rest assured that your floors will be able to withstand even the heaviest industrial traffic. From pallet bearing forklifts to well-trodden thresholds, polished concrete remains as sleek and glossy on its first day as on its thousandth. There is no flooring option more durable than polished concrete on the market today, which is certainly something to think about when choosing new flooring for your commercial space.

Water Damage

Water damage is an issue that is common in the Pacific Northwest. Our moist, dewy atmosphere presents a unique challenge to many types of flooring. Hardwoods can warp and become brittle with water damage, carpets can easily become unsalvageable after experiencing heavy duty water damage, and damage sustained by laminate flooring can require replacement altogether. Only polished concrete is guaranteed to withstand any type of water damage, no matter the severity.

Dust and Allergens

Keeping a clean space is crucial not just for appearance sake but also for the health and well-being of your employees. Maintaining an environment that is inhospitable to allergens and dust ensures that even your most allergen-susceptible team members will be able to work in comfort regardless of pollen counts.

Appearance

If all the functional benefits of polished concrete have yet to sway you, consider the appearance of polished concrete. Polished concrete can imitate most styles of hard flooring; soft wood tones that mimic hardwood, vibrant stains in a huge variety of colors, and luxurious stone finishes like marble. Polished concrete can even incorporate decorative elements you would usually only find in stylish tile flooring.

When faced with flooring options for your commercial space, consider polished concrete first. Alternative Edge is the leader in polished concrete flooring throughout Oregon and Washington. Contact us first with your commercial needs. Visit our Commercial Concrete pages for more information.

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