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The differences between casting floors and concrete floors

The differences between casting floors and concrete floors
28 August 2018

Are you still in doubt whether to choose a PU casting floor or a cement-bound casting floor (e.g. concrete, concrete ciré, home concrete, living concrete, called design concrete or concrete look)? We are happy to explain the differences to you, so that you can make a well-informed choice.

Sustainability

A new floor is quite an investment. So it is nice, if your floor is not in need of replacement already after a couple of years. PU casting floors are more sustainable than cement-bound casting floors. The reason for this is, that PU casting floors possess crack bridging properties of up to 2.5 millimetres. Cement-bound casting floors are composed of water and cement and may therefore shrink. As a result, cement-bound casting floors pose a higher risk of crack formation. PU casting floors, on the other hand, will last up to 30 years! Also, cement-bound casting floors are less scratch-proof than PU casting floors. As a result, they will show more signs of use in time. In fact, fully scratch-proof floors do not exist, so in case of PU casting floors it is also important to take precautions to prevent scratches (e.g. put Scratch no More under your furniture). PU casting floors are very strong. This results from the fact that EPI PU casting floors were developed on the basis of industrial floors. As a result, EPI PU casting floors combine the bearing power of an industrial floor with the stylishness of a design floor.

Comfort and design

Both PU casting floors and cement-bound casting floors have quite a sleek and modern look.  Both materials therefore present a nice industrial look, however, casting floors offer many more design possibilities. Unlike cement-bound floors, EPI Superbase casting floors offer you a wide assortment of colours and types to choose from, so that your floor perfectly suits your taste. Casting floors are also a good choice with an eye to comfort. Although both cement-bound floors and PU casting floors can be combined with floor heating, a cement-bound floor may still feel rather cold.  PU casting floors do not directly take on the heat of the environment and therefore the floor does not feel cold, not even in winter, and not even to your bare feet!

Maintenance

Both floors are easy to maintain, but a cement-bound casting floor releases dust and therefore needs cleaning more often. As mentioned before, cement-bound floors are less scratch-proof than PU casting floors. As scratches may also form on a PU casting floor, it is important to take this into account when cleaning and maintaining your floor. Please use a soft brush when vacuuming and avoid the use of scouring cleaning agents. You are also well advised to place an absorptive doormat at the door, to prevent sand and rubble from scratching your floor.  Do you need tips on the maintenance of your casting floor? Please read more here!

More information

Have you become enthusiastic and do you consider applying a casting floor? Please apply for the brochure for more information, or read everything on our latest innovation, the EPI Superbase casting floor.


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