Polishing can give concrete a higher degree of shine and reflectivity, similar to polished marble or granite, than can be achieved with a high-gloss coating. This means greater visibility and fewer overhead lights (decreased maintenance costs) required in buildings utilizing polished concrete floors.  High light reflectivity of polished concrete is an important benefit for office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other public facilities that want to project a bright, clean, professional image. Polished concrete utilizes low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which makes it an environ-mentally friendly surface. There are no coatings applied, such as epoxies, urethanes, or waxes. There is no slurry or hazardous waste. Polished concrete floor systems are also recognized by the United States Green Building Council and LEED certification as an environmentally friendly flooring option. Specifically, the polished concrete floor advantages for LEEDs relates to lower use of interior lights, use of existing floor system and low VOC use.

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