The differences between concrete and PU cast floors

Often a PU cast floor is compared to a cement-bound cast floor (also referred to as concrete, concrete ciré, living concrete, design concrete or concrete look) We are happy to explain the differences to you so you can make a well-informed choice.

Sustainability

A new floor is quite an investment that you want to last you a good while. PU cast floors are more sustainable than cement-bound casting floors.
1. Cement-bound cast floors are composed of water and cement which can cause shrinkage. As a result, cement-bound cast floors pose a higher risk of crack formation. EPI PU cast floors have slightly elastic properties which help then bridge cracks. If you add our EPI Membrane to the EPI PU cast floors, the crack-bridging properties can take up to 2.5 millimetres wide cracks. This is one of the reasons EPI PU cast floors will last up to 30 years!
2. EPI PU cast floors are more scratch-resistant than cement-bound cast floors as the PU is stronger. As a result the cement floor will show more signs of daily use. But truthfully, no floor is completely scratch-proof. However, taking preventative measures such as using a quality doormat and gliders under your furniture helps you to keep your PU cast floor’s scratch-free.
3. PU cast floors are very strong. This strength has its origin in the fact that EPI PU design cast floors were developed on the basis of industrial floors. As a result, EPI PU cast floors combine the loadbearing power of an industrial floor with the high-end look of a design floor.

These qualities combined make for a sleek, stylish floor that lasts over 30 years. 

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Comfort and design

Both PU cast floors and cement-bound cast floors have quite a sleek and modern look. Both materials give your project an industrial look, however, cast floors offer many more design possibilities. Unlike cement-bound floors, EPI Superbase cast floors are available in a wide range of colours to suit every interior design style and taste. When it comes to comfort an EPI Cast floor is definitely the winner. Although both cement-bound floors and PU cast floors can be combined with underfloor heating, a cement-bound floor may still feel rather cold where PU cast floors transfers the heat evenly and keeps it for longer. The floor does not feel cold, not even in winter, and not even to your bare feet!

Maintenance

Both floors are easy to maintain due to their seamless and smooth surface. However, a cement-bound cast floor gives off dust and therefore needs cleaning more often. Cement-bound floors are less scratch-resistant than PU cast floors. For either floor goes that preventing scratches is important and needs to be taken 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 cast floor? Please read more here!

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Are you considering a cast floor? At EPI we have over 30 years of experience developing and producing cast floors. Whatever your specific requirements are, we can help you. Read more about the different systems on our overview page or contact one of our experts.

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As we produce the floors in our own factory we have extensive knowledge in house to give you tailored advice. Contact us via the form below or call  our specialists direct.

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