Decorative concrete floors have become very popular in many areas of the country. While there are several benefits to having them, you still need to make sure this option is the best one for your home or your office. Here is some important information to help you make the right choice.
There are some instances where minor cracks may appear. However, many people actually prefer the rustic look that can result from staining the surface and leaving these cracks exposed. If you believe small cracks would be an eyesore, the issue can be quickly remedied by applying micro-toppings that can provide a wide range of decorative treatments.
Coldness and Dampness
While concrete floors can be cold, they are no more so than natural stone or ceramic tile surfaces. The advantage they have over these other options is that since they store and radiate heat, you can have heating cables installed to keep your feet warm during the winter. These floors will remain dry unless they are either improperly installed or built on a sub grade that has not been drained correctly.
This type of material is hard, of course, so it will not have as much give when you walk on it. But this hardness is the reason why the material is so durable and resistant to abrasion. If you're considering this option in a commercial setting, the harder the better. The area will stand up to not only heavy foot traffic but forklifts and other equipment as well. You can always use area rugs in your home to provide more cushioning.
When you compare concrete floors to other coverings, it is a very economic alternative. There are many pricier options such as slate and marble available, but skilled artists can duplicate the appearance of these other materials. In addition, concrete will last much longer than vinyl tile, wood laminates, carpeting, and other lower-priced coverings.
While this type of covering is not completely free of maintenance, it is very easy to keep in good shape. The amount of care you'll need to provide will depend on how much traffic the area gets. If, for example, there is only light foot traffic in your home, all you'll need to do is sweep and use a damp mop occasionally. In addition, using a good sealant as well as a high-quality wax or finish will provide even more resistance to abrasion, chemicals, and stains. Using floor mats will further reduce the effort needed to keep this area looking its best.
There are several other factors you need to keep in mind when deciding whether or not concrete floors are right for you. Talk to a local dealer and he or she will be happy to answer any other questions you may have.