Used in commercial buildings and businesses for years because of its durability and easy care, concrete flooring is now a top option for home owners. Some of the finest of homes are using concrete flooring with excellent results. It is a viable solution for both new construction and anyone planning to remodel. Gone are the days of carpet or tile, both of which require constant care and cleaning, as concrete flooring with its beauty and ease of care comes to the forefront.
Although not a cheap alternative, concrete flooring lasts for many years with a minimum of fuss and care. Holding up well during the daily wear and tear of constant use, it is easy to clean, inhibits the growth of mold and mildew, and is very pet-friendly by not absorbing odors. Perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms due to its coated and sealed waterproof surface, it works well throughout the house.
There are several methods of creating a personalized look using the existing concrete in the home. The most affordable of these methods is concrete overlays, which uses specially formulated polymer coatings that still give a choice of designs and colors. Acid-staining is the easiest to care for, while polished concrete gives the impression of a highly waxed and glossy surface yet is not slick or slippery. If you want the look of wood grain or Spanish tile without the expense, then stamped concrete is the way to go. Spanish tile is the most expensive on the market, and no one will be the wiser when you use the stamping method instead! Scored concrete allows for the creation of unique designs and shapes that reflect your personality, either in a small area or throughout the home.
The options are practically endless when it comes to the look you’re trying to achieve; warm and cozy, contemporary, earthy, or personalized to suit individual taste. Colors can be bright, bold and beautiful, or more muted when the concrete is dyed or stained. Polished to a glossy mirror-like finish or a textured matte finish, concrete flooring adds both beauty and value to your home.