It’s not only for walkways; concrete is a sleek choice for indoor floors. Its surface can be done in different ways – with colors, stains, and aggregates – and given a finished surface or buffed until smooth. Concrete floors are easy to clean and highly durable and also water resistant when correctly sealed. Concrete works perfectly with radiant heating, and the surface absorbs heat to save on energy bills.
Other reasons why concrete is your best bet in flooring are:
There are two concrete floor main types:
With simple decorative treatments, such as polishes and stains, the concrete slab already in your house can be upgraded stylishly.
To provide a fresh new look or conceal damage, concrete overlays can be installed over any home’s current hard-surface floor types.
Depending on the look and feel you want to establish, select from a multitude of textures, including polished, smooth, or troweled. Concrete can also be scored (patterned using a circular saw) or stamped (to form a pattern, such as tiled).
Choose a range of colors applied to concrete in various methods.
- Integral color is added to concrete during the mixing process.
- Paint can be applied to concrete as well.
- For surface-level color, colored hardeners can be added to fresh concrete.
- Dyes, often mixed onsite, provide more vibrant shades.
- Stains create a transparent finish with a unique look.
Most interior floors are made from a fine concrete mix, although some integrate gravel or crushed stone for a rougher surface.
Concrete is Green
Concrete is sustainable and eco-friendly. It does not use up natural resources, is made locally, and necessitates less energy than other floor types to produce. Concrete is perfect for indoor air quality as it inhibits odors mildew, and mold has no possibly harmful VOCs, and can be finished with zero-VOC sealers. Its absorption of cool and warm air lessens the need for cooling and heating. And concrete can be reprocessed, and the surface diminishes the need to dispose of waste, such as underlayment and scraps of flooring.
Factors to Consider:
Best for: Any room, especially entryways, basements kitchens, and baths.
Underlayment. Concrete floors generally require a level of metal lath, felt paper, and a base layer of concrete.
Pet-friendly? Absolutely! This is the superior standard for pet-proof floors. Concrete can stand up to pet messes, scratches from claws as well as spilled water, and it won’t absorb stenches. Provide pet beds or soft mats for extra comfort.
How to Clean. Use vinegar or gentle cleaners to clean. Vacuum or Sweep and mop regularly.
Concrete rocks. It’s durable, waterproof, stain-proof, and stylish, giving your room a sleek modern look.
Concrete flooring and installation generally cost in the range of $2 to $20 per square foot. Installation is, in general, best left to experts.
Concrete resists wear, and it’s resistant to odors, bacteria, stains, water, and fire. It’s easy to clean, it won’t scratch, and the design is customizable.