In 1833 one of the top building materials companies in the world was founded in the hamlet of Le Teil in the Ardèche (France) when Joseph-Auguste Pavin de Lafarge began exploiting limestone quarries in the area. His undertaking had two major assets: the limestone of the region was of excellent quality and could be used to replace mortar, and the Rhône river made it relatively easy to transport goods.
His two sons, Édouard and Léon, expanded the family business, which has borne the name “Lafarge Frères” since 1848.
Since that date, cement and concrete have become familiar to us all…
Your concrete floor becomes a modernist “feature”
The origins of concrete floors
In around 3000 years B.C., the Sumerians of Mesopotamia created a kind of mortar.Later, the Romans adopted this mortar, adapting it for use in the various regions they had conquered.
12th century monks were already waxing floors composed of lime mortar.
An old or recently poured concrete slab can be used as an “end product” for the floor of a house just as it can outdoors for your terrace, poolside area or drive.
These floors from the past can be treated with various degrees of sanding, including polishing (polished concrete) or natural or chemical treatments, and can even be tinted for a more modern appearance.