If you’ve been considering polished concrete floors or Terrazzo floors for your next project, until now there have only been three choices available. Either grind the existing concrete floor, install a 50mm-80mm concrete screed over the existing floor or pour an engineered slab where the whole slab has a controlled colour and aggregate mix.
Limitations associated with polishing existing concrete
- If not poured with the intention of being exposed, can be far less than suitable for grinding later.
The contractor cannot guarantee what the finished product will look like until they have finished grinding.
Footprints, water damage and screed marks are almost always noticeable after polishing.
Inconsistent aggregate exposure.
Irreparable and significant cracking.
Colour uncertainty and more.
Limitations associated with concrete screeds
The screed will add large additional weight which may result in engineering issues.
Issues with meeting existing door and window heights.
90% of the time the process requires traffic management, concrete truck, concrete pump and or wheelbarrows.
Can result in substandard finishes with inconsistent aggregate exposure.
Thick and very difficult to install to existing properties.
Limitations associated with new engineered concrete slabs
Far more costly than a standard concrete slab.
Limited to colour and aggregate choices from concrete supplier.
Entire slab must be poured to engineered standards regardless of how much is being exposed.
Risk of incorrect engineered blend being provided and no recourse if an error has occurred.
If not placed correctly you can end up with patchiness or screed marks.
SOLUTION.... PANGÆA® PCV
Is finished at a thicknesses of 10mm-12mm.
Can adjoin other floor coverings such as tiles, timber and carpet with no height difference.
Can be installed on top of concrete, timber, stable tiles and other sound substrates.
Is seamless and dimensionally stable.
No expansion joints or saw cuts are necessary. (unless there are existing saw cuts in the substrate or existing movement/construction joints, these must be honoured).
Designed and engineered to be consistent in colour and aggregate exposure.
Ability to control the gloss levels.
Available in over 30 possible base colour and aggregate combinations. (Hundreds of combinations available for commercial applications.)
Cheaper than in situ Terrazzo floors.