Managing sound transfer into and throughout a large commercial building can present a serious challenge. To help manage this issue, this article ranks seven innovative materials, from most to least comprehensive, that can reduce noise in commercial spaces.
Most restaurants, schools, stores, and hospitals utilize concrete floors, polished concrete floors, or vinyl composite tile (VCT). Concrete floors are often placed due to the durability and ease of cleaning spills. However, concrete is rarely fully cleaned and teams up with harmful pathogens.
If the importance of proper curing is so well-documented, why is the process marginalized or even skipped? Part of the reason is confusion around the definition of “curing.” Few terms associated with concrete have been so misused, misinterpreted, or misquoted as the term “curing.”
When specifying flooring, one should consider both sustainability and performance. They are not mutually exclusive, but rather completely integrated. Both are affected by the material science that goes into the product: How are they constructed? Where do the materials come from that make these products? These factors not only contribute to the sustainability of the flooring, but how it performs.
Resinous flooring, also known as fluid-applied or poured-in-place flooring, is common in industrial and commercial environments. Its properties allow for a smooth, non-porous, easily cleanable surface that cannot be achieved with any materials that have grout or seams.
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