Dining al fresco

A concrete floor in an outdoor area retains heat, meaning you can sit outside for longer
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View of the precast fireplace and exposed aggregate polished concrete in this outdoor entertaining area supplied by firth industries

Reflecting the current trend for slick, contemporary surfaces and the owners' desire for permanent, low-maintenance materials, the flooring used both inside and out is exposed aggregate polished concrete, supplied by Firth Industries.

Anita Boundy, Firth's marketing services manager, says using concrete flooring for outdoor areas means the al fresco dining season in New Zealand can be extended.


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View of the precast fireplace and exposed aggregate polished concrete in this outdoor entertaining area supplied by firth industries

"Sitting in an outdoor area such as this, not only does the fire give you warmth, but the concrete, which is a thermal mass, releases the heat it has stored during the day. This gives a warm ambience and means the owners of this holiday home can entertain guests outdoors all evening, without having to break up a party to move indoors when the temperature drops."

Concrete's durability gives it a further advantage over other flooring materials.

View of the precast fireplace  and exposed home, real estate, gray
View of the precast fireplace and exposed aggregate polished concrete in this outdoor entertaining area supplied by firth industries

"Some surfaces, such as timber decking, have to be replaced every ten years or so," says Boundy. "A polished concrete floor will last a very long time and requires almost no maintenance."

For more information, contact Firth Industries, phone 0800 800 576. Website: www.firth.co.nz.

Mar 31, 2007
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