Concreate

Concrete, used as a purely ornate surface finish, is a relatively new concept, yet it has fast become an integral part of the designer’s portfolio. The clever use of contrasting surface materials, such as wood and concrete, has become incredibly desirable in modern interior design schemes.

Until recently, a concrete surface has been available as either cast polished concrete tiles or poured concrete. Whilst these options both deliver a stunning look and feel, they involve a highly energy-intensive development, and necessitate a difficult installation with a great deal of extra structural support.

The exciting new concept of Concreate flooring and wall panels offers a brilliant, stylish alternative that is also significantly more environmentally-friendly than its predecessors, due to its low carbon footprint and requirement for less materials overall.

The production of a durable and robust Concreate floor board begins with the combination of two layers. The surface wear layer is created from a micro-fibre, portland-type cement which has been sealed with natural oil in order to preserve the wonderfully tactile exterior.

The individuality of Concreate is demonstrated in the unique and distinctive mottled patina surface, which can be produced in a range of five stunning colours. These include Metal Grey, Dark Grey, Natural Grey, Titanium Black and Mineral White.

The base layer of the board is formulated from a non-portland mineral cement with a honeycomb structure that is skilfully reinforced with recycled textile layers. The result is a gorgeous board that weighs just over 7kg and is only 14mm thick.

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Concreate

Concrete, used as a purely ornate surface finish, is a relatively new concept, yet it has fast become an integral part of the designer’s portfolio. The clever use of contrasting surface materials, such as wood and concrete, has become incredibly desirable in modern interior design schemes.

Until recently, a concrete surface has been available as either cast polished concrete tiles or poured concrete. Whilst these options both deliver a stunning look and feel, they involve a highly energy-intensive development, and necessitate a difficult installation with a great deal of extra structural support.

The exciting new concept of Concreate flooring and wall panels offers a brilliant, stylish alternative that is also significantly more environmentally-friendly than its predecessors, due to its low carbon footprint and requirement for less materials overall.

The production of a durable and robust Concreate floor board begins with the combination of two layers. The surface wear layer is created from a micro-fibre, portland-type cement which has been sealed with natural oil in order to preserve the wonderfully tactile exterior.

The individuality of Concreate is demonstrated in the unique and distinctive mottled patina surface, which can be produced in a range of five stunning colours. These include Metal Grey, Dark Grey, Natural Grey, Titanium Black and Mineral White.

The base layer of the board is formulated from a non-portland mineral cement with a honeycomb structure that is skilfully reinforced with recycled textile layers. The result is a gorgeous board that weighs just over 7kg and is only 14mm thick.

FAQ

Concreate

Concrete, used as a purely ornate surface finish, is a relatively new concept, yet it has fast become an integral part of the designer’s portfolio. The clever use of contrasting surface materials, such as wood and concrete, has become incredibly desirable in modern interior design schemes.

Until recently, a concrete surface has been available as either cast polished concrete tiles or poured concrete. Whilst these options both deliver a stunning look and feel, they involve a highly energy-intensive development, and necessitate a difficult installation with a great deal of extra structural support.

The exciting new concept of Concreate flooring and wall panels offers a brilliant, stylish alternative that is also significantly more environmentally-friendly than its predecessors, due to its low carbon footprint and requirement for less materials overall.

The production of a durable and robust Concreate floor board begins with the combination of two layers. The surface wear layer is created from a micro-fibre, portland-type cement which has been sealed with natural oil in order to preserve the wonderfully tactile exterior.

The individuality of Concreate is demonstrated in the unique and distinctive mottled patina surface, which can be produced in a range of five stunning colours. These include Metal Grey, Dark Grey, Natural Grey, Titanium Black and Mineral White.

The base layer of the board is formulated from a non-portland mineral cement with a honeycomb structure that is skilfully reinforced with recycled textile layers. The result is a gorgeous board that weighs just over 7kg and is only 14mm thick.

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Concreate Installation

The easy installation process of these boards is just one of the advantageous qualities that Concreate boasts. The floor panels easily slot together because they have been designed to utilise the wonderfully simple yet innovative tongue and groove fitting system. This progressive architectural technique eliminates the need for grouting.

Concreate has even revolutionised the process of concrete wall panelling. Historically, wall tiles have been unwieldy and difficult to install due to their weight and bulkiness. However, Concreate wall panels are only 4mm thick, which means they can be easily cut to size through scoring with a sharp blade. They are also surprisingly lightweight, at just over 7kg per square metre.

These panels, when combined with Concreate wall adhesive, can be adhered to any flat surface, from walls and ceilings to furniture and work tops. The surface of these panels, as with the floor boards, has a wonderfully tactile surface and they are professionally sealed with three coats of high-quality Concreate oil, providing them with water and stain-resistant properties.

Professional architects and designers now look to Concreate as a stunning and environmentally-friendly flooring and panelling solution, in order to create outstanding modern interior design schemes that will amaze and captivate for many years to come.

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What is Concreate flooring?

Concreate is an exciting, new, innovative product. These floor panels are sure to impress with their unique appearance. The panels are micro bevelled, 300 x 14 x 1200mm, and come in a beautiful range of colours to complement any interior design scheme.

What materials are used to create the flooring?

Concreate flooring is composed of two layers of concrete, with a base layer of magnesium oxide cement making up 75% of the panel. The base is given a tensile strength due to the layers of recycled textile on the base layer, increasing the durability and strength of the flooring.

The surface layer is comprised of a micro fibre concrete which is air cured and then finished with three coats of protective natural oil.

Is Concreate flooring eco-friendly?

The magnesium oxide cement which comprises 75% of the panel is known as one of the most environmentally-friendly materials, due to its sustainability.

This material requires over 50% less energy to produce than traditional cement that is utilised in concrete floors.

The fully biodegradable magnesium oxide cement, with no toxic chemicals, is expertly combined with natural minerals, recycled fibres, and water.

The Concreate flooring is almost completely free from VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), to comply with strict environmental regulations such as the VOC Emission Test, thus ensuring a higher level of safety.

Concreate has also passed other European standard tests, which include the Antistatic Test, Asbestos Test, Formaldehyde Release Test, Sound Insulation Test, and Physical Properties Test.

How are the boards installed?

Concreate flooring is incredibly quick and simple to install, making it the perfect fitting experience for the DIY enthusiast. The ready-made micro bevelled panels fit together with the unique tongue and groove system, eliminating the need for grouting between the panels. These panels must be installed to a level and stable subfloor, utilising the specialist Concreate Adhesive.

A high level of care is required to be taken when unpacking the boards in order to prevent any chipping of the edges. If a panel is damaged, however, it can be easily repaired using the Concreate powder repair kit.

How easy is installation?

With the appropriate tools and experience in the installation of engineered wood or laminate flooring, these Concreate panels are conveniently simple to fit.

Concreate flooring can be installed, dust-free, in an average sized room in as little as a single day, and can be walked on immediately.

Most subfloors, including suspended wooden floors, are able to be laid on, providing that the surface is stable and even. An expansion gap of 5mm should be left around the perimeter in order to account for seasonal movement.

What are the boards finished with?

The surface layer of these unique panels is air cured before being expertly finished with three coats of WOCA Danish oil.

The oil has been specifically designed to effectively cover the open pores of the concrete, thus making the board highly resistant to water and stains.

Is Concreate flooring durable?

The Concreate panels are incredibly durable, and are designed to withstand the impact of heavy furniture and areas of high traffic. Once this flooring has been properly fitted, it is nearly impossible to damage the highly resilient surface of the boards.

Are the boards waterproof?

Concreate is a water-resistant product, making it the perfect choice for most rooms, with the exception of wet rooms because it does not have sealed joints.

Are the boards stain proof?

Concreate flooring is resistant to stains, with an oiled surface that will withstand common spillages from red wine to coffee.

It is recommended that, should a stain occur, it should be quickly cleaned with a damp cloth. If left, the liquid could begin to sink into the surface of the board due to its open pores.

A WOCA cleaner or spot remover can be used to treat the stain, and once it has been removed, just apply some maintenance oil to the area that has been affected.

Does a Concreate floor require maintenance?

The surface of the plank is sealed with oil, and this maintains the water and stain resistant properties of the board.

With regular washing, the top layer of oil may need to be replenished. Whilst the floor will not become damaged, it can begin to become discoloured or stained.

Therefore, the optimum condition of the board can be preserved with the occasional application of maintenance oil.

How should I clean a Concreate floor?

Regular cleaning of these boards is quick and easy. Whilst water and detergent could be used to clean the board, it is advised that this could result in the eventual stripping of the oil from the surface.

Therefore, after sweeping or vacuuming, an oil soap, such as the WOCA oil soap, is ideal for cleaning the surface whilst preventing the stripping of the top layer of natural oil. A capful of oil soap with each individual wash will keep the floor in its optimum condition.

How regularly will the boards require maintaining with oil?

The frequency of which the boards will require a maintenance oil application is dependent upon the particular room in which the Concreate boards are installed.

For example, an area which may be washed on a regular basis, such as the kitchen, will require an application of maintenance oil in approximately 12-18 months. However, rooms that do not necessitate such frequent washing, such as a bedroom, may require only occasional re-oiling.

Fortunately, it is difficult to over-apply oil to the boards, due to their pores allowing oil to be absorbed easily. Maintenance oil can be applied to the surface with a buffing pad, and in large areas this can be achieved quickly with a buffing machine.

Is the flooring cold underfoot?

The surface of a Concreate floor absorbs the temperature of its surroundings, storing it as a thermal mass. This prevents the floor from being cold underfoot.

Can Concreate flooring be installed over underfloor heating systems?

As these boards are able to radiate and store heat, they are suitable for modern underfloor heating systems. Once the underfloor heating is turned off, the floor will actually maintain the heat, making it a very efficient flooring solution.

Do the boards come with a shiny surface?

Whilst the boards do not come with a shiny surface as standard, an additional coat of oil can be applied and then machine buffed using a patina disc in order to produce a beautiful polish.

Is Concreate flooring slip resistant?

Yes, the flooring is slip resistant. Additionally, the boards are resistant to fire and mould.

Does the flooring require sound insulation?

When these boards are installed with Concreate Adhesive, which contains rubber granules that provide cushioning, this flooring has an excellent sound impact absorption.

This prevents sound being reflected in to a room. If installed in a space where additional sound insulation is necessary, the boards can be bonded to a high-density rubber underlay to produce an impact sound reduction of <18db.

Does Concreate come with a guarantee?

The confidence in the incredible durability of Concreate flooring is backed by the manufacturer’s impressive 35-year domestic use guarantee.