Due to its durability, modern aesthetic, and affordability, concrete has become popular as a flooring choice for commercial and residential spaces.
When it comes to the look and functionality of your concrete floor, the choices are plentiful. Options for concrete finishing include acid stains, water-based stains, polishing, epoxy, and other Paradigm concrete finishes.
When choosing the right kind of concrete flooring for your property, consider your budget, amount of traffic, upkeep, and most importantly, your personal design preference.
Here are some key things to know when it comes to concrete floors.
Concrete is a cost-effective option, compared to many other types of flooring. Because concrete is less likely to chip or crack than other flooring materials, it reduces the need for expensive repairs or replacement.
If you have a concrete subfloor in your home or business, you can create a whole new look by adding a finishing treatment to your existing concrete flooring such as polishing or staining, rather than installing expensive new hardwood, tile, or carpet over it.
With different types of staining applications and finishes, concrete floors can replicate the look of marble, tile, or granite, for a fraction of the cost.
When concrete floors are properly sealed, they are extremely durable and resistant to dust and spills. Since concrete stain penetrates the material rather than simply coating the surface, colors will keep their brilliant, rich appearance for a very long time, even with heavy traffic.
For cleaning concrete floors, a broom or dry mop can be used for everyday cleaning, and a damp mop can be used with water or mild soap for deeper cleaning. Every six or nine months, concrete floors should be waxed or sealed to protect them and keep their fresh appearance.
Concrete is one of the most durable materials you can find for flooring. Because of its strength and hardness, it's less likely to get damaged or worn from heavy foot traffic or furniture.
The investment in concrete will pay off for a very long time — if properly maintained, a concrete floor can have a lifespan of over 100 years.
The choices for concrete finishes have come a long way from plain, grey concrete slabs.
Both acid stains and water-based stains can produce a unique, quality finish, but have different effects. For a marble-like look, an acid-based stain can provide a translucent, luxurious appearance.
Water-based stains come in a larger variety of colors and create a consistent, even look to the concrete surface. With this option, you have the capability to create a very specific color to match your space, while acid-based stains tend to bring out the natural color variations in the concrete.
Dyes can also be added to stains to create even more color variety. For a more decorative, patterned look, stencils can be used with thicker gel stains to create a one-of-a-kind, artistic look.
Concrete can be recycled, it doesn't deplete natural resources, and it takes up less energy to make than other types of flooring materials — making it an extremely eco-friendly option. Old, worn concrete can be broken down and repurposed for driveways, sidewalks, or other commonly-used surfaces.
Concrete floors can help you breathe better too. By resisting odors, mold, and mildew, concrete promotes good air quality, especially beneficial for people with allergies or other respiratory issues. It also doesn't contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which are commonly found in other types of flooring.
By taking into account your lifestyle, budget, and types of concrete flooring finishing options, you can design the perfect modern look and feel for your unique space.