April 12 2018 0Comment
Light Reflectivity Benefits of Concrete

Light Reflectivity Benefits of Concrete

How Concrete Floors Are Light Efficient

Light reflective floors and walls improve illumination inside buildings by reflecting light from both natural and artificial sources. While and light-reflective surfaces provide a background that reduces shadows from large machinery, stacked goods, and tall racks. Instead of adding more costly lighting fixtures or increasing their intensity, polished concrete floors can help to improve light reflectivity.

Improved illumination leads to increased visibility, which is an important consideration for a wide range of buildings, from factories, warehouses, retail stores, grocery stores, and other establishments. Light reflective floors can create an inherently safer facility, all the while saving energy and money for building owners.

Darker surfaces such as black roofs and dark pavements generally have a low solar reflectance. They absorb heat from the sun and warm the air through convection, which is generally considered undesirable for its effect on the environment. This may have an immediate, local effect, like heat gain in urban areas, commonly known as heat islands.

Lighter colored materials (such as concrete) generally have a higher solar reflectance. They reflect heat from the sun and do not warm the air very much. Shade, from trees and buildings, and the natural process of evaporation of water from the surface of plants also help keep the air cool.

Dark surfaces and unpolished concrete mean that you’re not leveraging the most of concrete floors. A polished concrete finish with a sheen increase the light reflectivity so much that facilities will see:

  • Increased energy savings
  • Fewer errors
  • Improved quality control
  • Increased employee morale
  • Improved company image
  • Safety improvements

All Stone Restoration can restore your concrete floor or add in a new, sparkling one. Whether you need help deciding on the finish or material, contact us today for your free on-site advise and estimate. We look forward to hearing from you.