Green Umbrella Design Statement
From Design to Completion
Green Umbrella’s architectural concrete floors provide a solid, durable surface with versatile surface-design options, such as aggregate exposure, surface appearance, and color. They provide a more sustainable option by eliminating off-gassing, highly-reflective surfaces (if desired), and the longest product lifecycle of conventional floors. Additional benefits include lowering lighting, heating, and cooling costs and reducing construction waste. Architectural concrete floors are also economical due to reduced construction downtime, lower initial and maintenance costs, and an immediate value-engineered design. Green Umbrella offers an element of design that is versatile, sustainable, and economical.
Architectural concrete is the foundation of our design statement. Anchored to it is all that Green Umbrella is built on. Because our concrete vision is not limited solely to polished concrete, our primary focus is on architectural concrete flooring with three distinct design pillars.
Architectural concrete floors are solid and durable and come in various final surface-design options. The level of aggregate exposed can be controlled, allowing a salt-and-pepper, small aggregate, or large aggregate finish. Choose from a high-gloss to a matte finish combined with various colorants, making the final appearance customizable to what each project needs.
- Fine aggregate
- Coarse aggregate
- Natural aggregate or sand
- Time of placement integral colorant
- Post-placement surface dye or pigments
Architectural concrete floors offer built-in value enhancement by reflecting ambient light from a processed, dense concrete surface. A reflective floor lowers lighting costs because of the floor’s reflective surface. Properly placed concrete can reduce heating and cooling loads by increasing R-value. Concrete construction can negatively impact the environment with the introduction of landfill materials or can be featured as environmentally friendly by eliminating off-gassing with low VOC concrete treatments. During construction, indoor air quality is controlled by a wet cutting process, protecting laborers and future occupants. The wet process also creates the longest lifecycle and most durable flooring option. Green Umbrella systems promote a floor that requires less maintenance than traditional concrete methods.
Architectural polished concrete floors have a lower initial cost, require less maintenance, and have a longer product lifecycle than traditional flooring choices, such as marble, granite, tile, linoleum, carpet, and epoxy-coated concrete floors. Traditional floor coatings will eventually chip, flake, or peel. When they are disposed of, they are added to landfills. Eliminate expensive replacement costs by starting with architectural concrete.
Reduced construction downtime
Lower maintenance costs
ROI—Return on Investment. At every milestone of the construction process—from design to construction to occupancy—tremendous time and energy are invested, and everyone wants a return. Green Umbrella systems are a sound investment. Design professionals can confidently specify treatment systems. Contractors will find their processes more straightforward and hassle-free, eliminating call-backs. Owners will appreciate their architectural concrete’s beauty and functionality for decades and benefit from significantly reduced maintenance requirements.