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A Concrete Revolution

The polished concrete floor look is probably more popular now than it has ever been but achieving this is not without its challenges:

It’s a messy installation process and can be pretty disruptive because it takes a long time to dry

This can be especially difficult in a retrofit project

It’s not possible over suspended floors

And many find that polished concrete isn’t great to live with. It can be hard, cold and costly and difficult to maintain.

 

Bio Concrete solves all these issues and delivers some important additional benefits in design, sustainability and commercial performance. It might just redefine the concrete flooring category

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Installing a traditional polished concrete floor is a complex job. It’s a multi-stage process taking place over a number of days and requiring specialist skills and equipment. The final polish and seal can’t be carried out for at least a month. All in all, it’s a labour-intensive and very expensive process.

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Bio Concrete makes life simple. Liquid components arrive in tins, are mixed onsite and applied as a screed around 2mm thick. This cures in around 24 hours to a finish which is seamless like a polished concrete but which remains flexible so it’s much more forgiving.

 

Nonetheless, it’s very durable - suitable for the busiest of commercial spaces - and is great on fire safety (B rated) and slip (up to R11). It’s highly resistant to staining (without any additional seal or treatment) and easy to maintain. 

 

These factors make Bio Concrete a perfect product for commercial retrofits or for places where traditional concrete is not practical.

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Biopolymers, made from vegetable oil not crude oil, are an important tool in the drive for Zero Carbon buildings. They have a lower carbon footprint and none of the environmental issues associated with oil-based plastics. Innovative producers are creating new construction materials based on biopolymer technology.

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A simple recipe

The ingredients of Bio Concrete could not be simpler - vegetable oils, baking soda, cement dust and natural pigments. It’s therefore free of any of the potentially harmful chemicals that are present in many other types of flooring, as designated in the LBC Red List. It contains around 50% recycled content and it can be recycled itself at the end of life (although it will last for decades). 

 

Bio Concrete represents a new generation of innovative, organic-based formulations that offer sustainable alternatives to traditional building materials.  By delivering the look of polished concrete without the costs and complexities, it opens up a world of design possibilities.

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