Polished Concrete Floors For Your Modernist Office

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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Sleek modern office spaces have become de rigueur as we march toward the 2020s. Tightly woven office carpets of bygone eras are considered as much of a liability as they are a style no-no. Ditto for popcorn ceilings and wood paneling. When considering how to style your office to appeal to a new generation of workers, minimalist, bright and open is the way to go.

So, what does minimalist, bright and open really mean? Well, uncluttered workspaces have been proven to increase productivity in offices where teamwork prevails, bright, sun-filled offices offer a delightful counterpoint to being deskbound, and smart minimalism is simply the architecture and interior trend of the day.

What each of these so-called design trends (minimal, spacious, modern) has in common is that they, in the larger scheme of interior design, are quite timeless. Creating a polished, clean space for your business to flourish will ensure just that, which is why we see the minimalist office aesthetic cycle through modern trends with every new generation of employees.

Planning your modernist office starts with research. Pour over as many images of fresh design ideas that you can handle, and then a few more. Borrow the elements that speak to your office culture and aesthetic, and create ways to celebrate the space without clutter.

When you imagine this modern office space, what do the walls look like? Modernism incorporates a myriad of design elements and ideas; you are by no means married to creating homogenized spaces, gleaming exclusively with glossy white surfaces. Accent walls, engaging visual art, and even murals can all fall under the umbrella of modern design. Each also serves as a smart, almost subconscious way to boost company morale.

Further incorporate color and texture by considering marble accents such as desk and table tops, understated metal elements in shades of platinum and rose gold and upholstery in bold primary colors or richly hued jewel tones.

Window treatments such as pirouette or luminette shades elevate windows and glass walls, providing gently filtered natural light and privacy in equal measure. Breezy drapes or sheers can be designed to bend to the minimalist aesthetic but should be incorporated into the general design theme with restraint.

Mid-century furnishings reimagined in modern shapes and textures are a perfect complement to a modern office. Low slung, boxy chairs, lounges, and davenports push the feeling of high fashion and minimalist restraint. Glassy desks and high shine woods are also excellent ways to compliment the modern look of your office space.

Flooring should be modest, almost stark. Hard woods and tiles are both lovely, but polished concrete has far more flexibility when it comes to customizing a look that feels right for your office space. Polished concrete floors reflect the room around them, leading to a flawless look that does not deter from all the well thought out design elements you and your design team labored over. Concrete also offers the opportunity to customize color and sheen, offering an option for every color palette and every idea board. Polished concrete has quickly become the most fashionable of the utilitarian flooring options, conveying luxury as well as pragmatism – a dichotomy that is truly exciting when applied to interior design.

When deciding on the style that best suits your office space, take into consideration all the elements you love, and then picture them resting on a glossy concrete floor – whether you’re an avowed minimalist or you’re just following generational style trends, it sure does look good, doesn’t it?

Contact the professionals at Alternative Edge today to see how our polished concrete options can complete your modern office design.

Polished Concrete Floors in Ultra-Modern Home Design

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

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Clean lines, sharp edges, and a modernism that invokes classic Japanese minimalism – this is home design in 2017. Industrial and minimalist home design is a trend across the country; the idea of multicolored shag carpeted rumpus rooms and tightly woven wall-to-wall beige carpeting is positively retro. Today, renovators are roundly opting for home surfaces for whom function and fashion coexist in perfect harmony.

Choosing the right surfaces for your home takes time and research. Color theory, pattern concepts, light distribution, and balanced heating and cooling are all important factors when developing your home design. A polished hardwood or glassy tile are both beautiful flooring options, but neither are universally appropriate, versatile or desirable.

The supposition of polished concrete as a modern floor choice may invoke images of a more industrial nature, but assuredly it is every bit as breathtaking as the glassiest tile or the glossiest wood. The minimalist design aesthetic is manifested effortlessly in polished concrete floors, countertops, and supplementary design elements. Sure, it has its roots in industrial flooring, but the evolution of polished concrete floors as high design is positively palpable.

Versatility is chief when choosing polished concrete flooring. Colors, patterns, and levels of luster are all options. Additionally, concrete floors can help lower both heating and cooling costs, which can influence the decor options available to your home.

Adaptability and flooring are not words that typically go hand in hand.  A hardwood floor retains its wood grain and color for its lifetime. Carpets are only as versatile as the stains they absorb, and tiles crack, break and sometimes fade. Area rugs that “tie the whole room together” come and go, but polished concrete gently reflects the colors of your home, creating a seamless, modern appearance unmatched by any other flooring.

Maintenance of polished concrete flooring is simple and straightforward. Goodbye to the wood soap, the steam cleaner or the grout scrubbing toothbrush (well, maybe keep that little guy for your backsplash or shower). Polished concrete is a breeze to keep clean and repels stains, water damage and fading. Its minimalist quality simultaneously offers the luxury of high design and the practicality of the most basic flooring.

In a home focused on clean modernism, polished concrete floors will pair well with luminette, pirouette or silhouette window treatments, but will quietly complement dramatic draperies as well. For the more ostentatious designer, area rugs that bring design elements of a room into sharp focus will find concrete floors as the most desirable base – their clean simplicity lets the splashier elements shine without detracting from or clashing with a more extravagant design scheme.

The fluidity of polished concrete is huge design advantage. Regardless of the room, polished concrete has a flawless finish that can complete design ideas, modernizing and updating the look of your home from room to polished room.

Deciding on the perfect polished concrete flooring for your home begins with a consultation. Professional installers who can identify your flooring needs, design aesthetics and work within your budget are invaluable. They can make the difference between the floor you absolutely love and the floor that you tolerate by burying under throw rug after throw rug after throw rug.

Your ultra-modern home deserves ultra-modern flooring, and you deserve a low maintenance, high style floor that you will love and appreciate for years to come. Consider your options, your style preferences, and your homes heating and cooling needs; and then contact Alternative Edge for an in-home consultation.

Whether you know exactly what you want or are looking for a little creative assistance, Alternative Edge Concrete can help.

Check out some examples of Polished Concrete by Alternative Edge.

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Polished Concrete vs. Wood Floor Laminate

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

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Design and Color

While there are lots of options for color, texture and styles of wood laminate flooring, there are endless options when it comes to polished concrete.  You can achieve the exact look you want with a wide variety of colors and textures.

Durability

A decorative concrete floor should last a lifetime and will never need replacement. Few flooring materials can boast this same longevity. Carpet, tile and even wood floors eventually need replacement, which uses up resources and creates waste disposal problems.

Maintenance

Although polished concrete floors are extremely durable through the densification and polishing process, they will eventually lose their beautiful shine if not properly maintained, especially if they are in high-traffic commercial or retail facilities. The good news is that while polished concrete floors are not maintenance-free, they generally are easier to maintain than other types of decorative concrete floors since they require no waxing or sealers.

Vulnerability to Humidity and Moisture

Wood flooring is a natural product that responds to humidity variations by expanding and contracting even though the wood has been dried, cut and processed into flooring. Sometimes these changes may be noticeable. During warm and humid summers wood expands. During dry winter weather, hardwood contracts. Polished Concrete does not have this vulnerability.

Mold, Mildew, Dust Mites

Again, when your wood floor gets too moist it is in danger of mold, mildew, dust mites. Polished floors are a better alternative to those who are sensitive to allergens.

Whether you know exactly what you want or are looking for a little creative assistance, Alternative Edge Concrete can help. Check out some examples of Polished Concrete by Alternative Edge.

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The Benefits of Polished Concrete In Your Portland Office

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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Polished Concrete provides a durable and flexible look, perfect for a trendy Portland office. Many modern high-end offices in Portland have incorporated polished concrete into their interior design. It’s proven to be a favorite of interior designers, elevating the raw or industrial look that is in such high demand. 

There are many benefits of concrete including its comparatively low cost and custom design options. Concrete, especially polished concrete, can be the perfect flooring material for any startup business or established corporation here in the Portland area. Its flexibility in design guarantees that it will match any style!

UNIQUE PROPERTIES

Part of concrete’s appeal is its ability to work in a wealth of applications, according to Gehman. He explains, “Concrete’s flexibility is a very valuable addition to any kitchen or bath project. It can be utilized where other conventional products cannot, i.e. non-uniform, odd shapes. And concrete can be used not only aesthetically, but functionally. It has the ability to support itself and be molded into various shapes and designs.”

Diaz-Joves also sees flexibility as a key advantage to concrete, pointing out that it allows for customization of the design, texture, shape and finish. She adds, “It has the beauty and character of a natural material and can be molded to almost any shape.”

Carpenter is another artisan who gives concrete’s versatility rave reviews. “Concrete is one of the most versatile surface materials available…and because we are starting from a hand-blended material, we can use different types of concrete mixes that will deliver a wide range of surface finishes and textures – from rustic pitted and distressed finishes to smooth, modern and sleek. Different decorative aggregates, glass, steel shavings or inlays/embedments can also be incorporated into the surface finish to further customize it.”

He continues, “Colors are another customizable trait of concrete, using pigments and/or stains that can be either an integral part of the mix or applied to the surface to tailor it to color schemes within the space [where] it will live.”

However, he warns that this versatility only comes with experience, as the finer points of working with concrete can take years to master.

CONCRETE BENEFITS

Diaz-Joves sees many benefits to working with concrete, and the biggest, she maintains, is the amazing ability to create highly personalized designs. As she points out, “The possibilities are endless and each piece is one of a kind!” This makes it a natural fit for kitchen and bath designers looking to create uniquely custom creations for their clients.

Carpenter concurs: “The biggest advantages of working with concrete is allowing yourself the creative freedom to play with designs that are a bit outside the box. Most everyone in our industry is drawn to this medium because of its creative capabilities.”

For Gehman, the material’s appeal comes from its ability to do or be nearly anything. He explains, “We can do things with concrete that one cannot do with any other surface. Architects and designers are becoming very creative when it comes to utilizing concrete in their designs.”

He adds, “Functional areas can be landscaped into these pieces. An example of this would be integrated drain board and cutting board rails, recessed outlets, inlays, backlighting of precious stones and gems and fiber optics…there are virtually no limitations to concrete. It can be poured. It can be sprayed. It can be troweled. It can be hand-packed. It can be ultra smooth or rough. It can be any color. And it can be any size.”

Whether you know exactly what you want or are looking for a little creative assistance, Alternative Edge Concrete can help. Check out some examples of Polished Concrete by Alternative Edge.

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3 Ways To Showcase Concrete As A Modern Interior Design Element

Friday, July 14th, 2017

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A new favorite interior design choice lately has been the introduction of a raw or industrial look. This is a very durable and flexible look as it fits into almost any home or office design. Polished concrete, in particular, is very popular.

There are 3 ways you can showcase concrete in your home as an interior design element. The first is to let the natural beauty of concrete show; The industrial look is very modern and popular. Bringing color in with beautiful stains is another way you can design with concrete. Finally, add some shine with polished concrete with its beautiful high reflectivity.

Natural concrete beauty:

 Concrete has long known to be a building material for pouring columns, foundations, and even used for flooring and walls. With urban warehouse lofts trending with their exposed industrial finishes and designers using the bare material as a design aspect, concrete loves to be shown off. 

Bringing color and concrete together:

While concrete is inherently gray, there are many ways to add color to the mixture or to stain the surface to give gorgeous new tones. From colorful flooring to adding flecks of colorful stones and aggregate, concrete can beautify any space.  Consider adding colorful textiles in furniture, pillows, area rugs and drapery to give a high contrast between soft and hard textures.

Polished concrete can look so dramatic:

While you may think you have to stick with the matte finish of concrete, just like any aggregate or stone, concrete can be buffed and polished to have a reflectance that is modern and very sophisticated. Take a look at this concrete polished floor in this modern loft apartment. The floor combined with the decorative stone below the dining room table is a great organic touch to avoid the look of a “sea of concrete”. For a softer touch, consider adding an area rug to your floor, with a good backing material to avoid the rug slipping! 

Whether you know exactly what you want or are looking for a little creative assistance, Alternative Edge Concrete can help. Check out some examples of Polished Concrete by Alternative Edge.

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4 Reasons Polished Concrete Benefits Your Business

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

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A new favorite interior design choice lately has been the introduction of a raw or industrial look. This is a very durable and flexible look as it fits into almost any home or office design. Polished concrete, in particular, is very popular.

There are 4 big reasons why Polished Concrete is such a popular choice, especially for businesses. There is a lower lifetime cost due to its lower initial price tag and it’s low maintenance requirements. The aesthetics can be made to fit any style of business, whether you want simple functional floors or showroom quality, polished concrete can deliver. Ambient light also increases with polished concrete floors because of its beautiful high shine. Finally because polished concrete doesn’t require any coatings it is actually environmentally friendly.

  1. Lower Lifetime Cost

    One of the benefits of polished concrete is less maintenance cost. In high traffic areas especially, such as schools, hallways and corridors hold up better and last longer with polished concrete. Not only are polished concrete floors easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping, they can resist scuff marks and tire marks. They also eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. Its dense surface also inhibits stains from oils or liquids. Polished concrete has a longer lifespan than materials such as vinyl composite tile (VCT) or upgraded stone tile. Polished concrete only needs to be refinished once every five to ten years. In addition, the downtime required the polishing process is minimal, and service or traffic on the surface can start almost immediately.

  2. Aesthetics

    People typically compare polished concrete’s cost and its appearance to other materials. Knowing polished concrete is a viable, economical and long-lasting option, the next most important question is what does it look like. Total Polish Solutions describes polished concrete as “shiny, beautiful and striking.” By smoothing and exposing the aggregate in the concrete, polishing provides a design that has a natural stone appeal and appears expensive and elegant.

    It’s important when choosing polished concrete to also understand that polishing can expose some of the concrete’s imperfections. “You have to be comfortable with the theme of the concrete,” explains John Buteyn, Senior Technical Manager of Colorado Hardscapes. “Polishing can produce rustic-looking results, and imperfections will show. The floor has to fit the character of the space,” he says. Some of these imperfections may include cracks already existing in the floor, uncovering different types of concrete in places or uneven concrete. “These imperfections can be improved,” says Buteyn, “but they will be reflected in the final product. Some people call this organic where you see the natural qualities of the concrete. You can see areas of coarser aggregate and unevenness of veins and aggregate.” This is often one of the most appealing characteristics for people who want a natural and still functional look.

  3. Ambient Lighting Increases

    The high light reflectivity of polished concrete is another important benefit, especially for office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. “Some customers simply want a look that’s unique,” according to contractor Doug Demmert of Demmert & Associates, Glendale, Calif. He says that polishing can give concrete a higher degree of shine, similar to polished marble or granite, than can be achieved with a high-gloss coating. This means greater visibility and fewer overhead lights required in buildings with polished floors.

  4. Environmentally Friendly

    Total Polish Solutions points out that polished concrete contains no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which makes it an environmentally friendly surface. There are no coatings applied, such as epoxies, urethanes, or waxes. There is no slurry or hazardous waste.

Whether you know exactly what you want or are looking for a little creative assistance, Alternative Edge Concrete can help. Check out some examples of Polished Concrete by Alternative Edge.

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Choose Polished Concrete for Luxurious Floors in Beaverton

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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Whether it’s for your Beaverton showroom, office, or lobby floor, polished concrete is a wonderful way to have a luxurious and durable floor. The design opportunities will allow your business to stand out. Whether it’s a retail, industrial, commercial, institutional or residential floor in Beaverton, polished concrete is the most cost-effective, long-term, customizable flooring available today.

Using colored dyes and acids to stain concrete floors is a process that transforms an ordinary concrete slab into a luxurious floor that resembles marble or glazed stone at a fraction of the cost. It is permanent unlike paint or coatings. Acid stains have a mottled, variegated look and come in a variety of different shades and colors. If a custom touch is desired, dyes and stencils can be used to create beautiful patterns and designs.

Commercial and Retail Floor Benefits…

  • Cost savings: Using the slab on grade as the finished floor surface is more cost effective and maintenance costs are lower(see chart below).
  • More resistant to high foot traffic: In some cases, retail stores are able to maintain primarily just the traffic ways within the store, which saves time and money because they do not have to move large display cases to wax and strip the floor.
  • Less maintenance and longer service life: Polished floors are easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping. They also eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. The glossy surface of polished concrete resists the marks of forklift truck tires and staining from oil and chemical spills.
  • Resistant to moisture transmission issues: Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe and eliminates issues that arise with other flooring materials that seal off the concrete, such as tile, etc.
  • High-light reflectivity: Important for office building floors, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Also, saves energy by reducing artificial lighting requirements
  • Is a sustainable flooring alternative: Polished concrete does not require hazardous coatings, cleaners or adhesives.

Whether you know exactly what you want or are looking for a little creative assistance, Alternative Edge Concrete can help. Check out some examples of Polished Concrete by Alternative Edge.

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6 Reasons To Get Polished Concrete In Your Business

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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A new favorite interior design choice lately has been the introduction of a raw or industrial look. This is a very durable and flexible look as it fits into almost any home or office design. Polished concrete, in particular, is very popular.

It has so many benefits from its durable nature, it is low maintenance and easy to clean, you can polish and buff it to make it shine, you can even dye it to make it look like some of your other favorite floor materials! Or design something new and personalize your floors! You can get all of this from concrete all with it costing a fraction of other building materials. Here are some more benefits of Polished Concrete.

1) Cost savings:

Using the slab on grade as the finished floor surface is more cost effective and maintenance costs are lower. Because Concrete is so durable, you don’t have to spend as much time keeping up on it.

2) More resistant to high foot traffic:

In some cases retail stores are able to maintain primarily just the traffic ways within the store, which saves time and money because they do not have to move large display cases to wax and strip the floor. Concretes durability pulls through again in this way, keeping the place looking nice longer with less maintenince required.

3) Less maintenance and longer service life:

Polished floors are easy to clean, requiring only occasional damp mopping. They also eliminate the need for messy waxes or coatings as well as the associated labor, time, and expense to apply them. The glossy surface of polished concrete resists the marks of forklift truck tires and staining from oil and chemical spills.

4) Resistant to moisture transmission issues:

Polished concrete allows the floor to breathe and eliminates issues that arise with other flooring materials that seal off the concrete, such as tile.

5) High light reflectivity:

Important for office building floors, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Also saves energy by reducing artificial lighting requirements. Depending on the polish you use, polished concrete can shine like marble, bringing class and sophistication to your business.

6) Is a sustainable flooring alternative:

Polished concrete does not require hazardous coatings, cleaners or adhesives, making it a cleaner alternative in the long run.

Whether you know exactly what you want or are looking for a little creative assistance, Alternative Edge Concrete can help. Check out some examples of Polished Concrete by Alternative Edge.

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Can You Change The Finish or Color of an Existing Concrete Subfloor?

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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What is underneath your floors?

Did you know underneath your current flooring you may already have concrete floors? It’s common to have concrete subfloors beneath wood, tile, or carpet. Updating your home’s interior design could be as simple as removing your current flooring and having a professional come in to transform the rough finish of your current flooring into beautiful polished concrete. If the underlying concrete is in good condition you’ll have a variety of options for changing the color or design of your existing concrete subfloors. Before exploring this option any further, you’ll want to first make sure polished concrete floors are right for you.

What is Polished Concrete?

Concrete is a natural composite material that has been treated with a chemical densifier and is then ground down to the desired degree of smoothness and shine. When discussing polished concrete you’ll need to know how it’s measured: grades and finishes. The larger the exposed aggregates the higher the grade of concrete. The more reflective or shiny the concrete indicates a higher finish.

What are the Pros and Cons of Polished Concrete?

The most well-known benefits of polished concrete are its durability and strength. It is also more affordable than many other flooring options. Keep in mind that concrete floors can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time. It can also be cold without radiant floor heating, so depending on where you live this may or may not be a factor. No matter what room you’re looking at converting to concrete floors rest assured it will require very little maintenance and can be customized to look how you want.

Whether you know exactly what you want or are looking for a little creative assistance, Alternative Edge Concrete can help. Check out some examples of Polished Concrete by Alternative Edge.

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Modernize Your Kitchen With Polished Concrete

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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Polished Concrete Is Not Just For Your Garage: Personalize Your Kitchen Floors

Polished concrete is has become a new favorite for interior designers. Why? In addition to it being extremely versatile, long-lasting and easy to clean, polished concrete is so easy to personalize. Do you want granite floors in your home but don’t have the budget for them? Polished concrete can get you that look with dyes, stains and high shine.

Or instead of trying to imitate you could make your own style! Polished concrete allows you to have your own designs, patterns and color schemes for your floors. Imagine the possibilities! You can match the colors in your kitchen or you can set complimentary colors. Do you want warm inviting tones in your kitchen? Or cooler more relaxing ones? The options are endless. Check out these design ideas that you could make a reality in your home’s kitchen.

Alternative Edge is dedicated to quality and we want to make sure your home floors look their very best. If you are looking to renovate your floors this spring, give us a call!

Learn more about Polished Concrete from Alternative Edge and take a look at some of the beautiful work we have done.

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