Looking for new floors? Today we are sharing one more idea, these are concrete floors. As with all flooring materials polished concrete has a variety of benefits that have made it an extremely popular flooring choice for commercial and manufacturing facilities, processing plants, shop and production floors, communal areas in these facilities, as well as other high traffic environments.
Concrete Floors For Kitchens
Kitchens are high traffic spaces where we often spill or drop something, and concrete floors are a perfect solution for such problems. Polished concrete flooring is extremely strong and resilient and is able to withstand the pressure from very heavy foot traffic and equipment. It is very difficult to damage and is nearly impossible to chip or scratch. Polished concrete flooring is relatively easy to maintain. You just have to dust mop or broom sweep daily to prevent dirt accumulation.
If you are afraid of falling, I will calm you down: it can also be sealed with a non-slip epoxy coating to add texture and prevent falls and injuries. Concrete floors can be also can be sealed with a chemical-resistant epoxy coating to protect them against extreme chemicals and corrosion.
Concrete Floors For Bathrooms
Bathrooms’ main problem is moisture and if concrete flooring is not properly finished and sealed, it will be very susceptible to penetration by moisture. If liquid does manage to make its way into the pores of a concrete floor, it can sit there and lead to the growth of mold or mildew. But If you have polished concrete flooring, you shouldn’t have to worry about this.
Thermal shock-resistant coatings can be applied to concrete flooring to ensure that delamination, cracks, bubbles and other deterioration does not occur if your floors are subjected to very hot water or steam washes. Some coatings can also provide anti-microbial protection. What can be better for a bathroom?
Concrete Floors For Living Rooms
As for living rooms, concrete floors are also a cool idea because there is an endless variety of color and texture effects and can simulate the look of dozens of different pricier materials. You can also add decorative engraving and stenciled graphics into the surface.
Its life-span will also far surpass that of other floor coverings, such as carpeting, vinyl tile and wood laminates. Of course, it won’t ‘give’ under the feet and concrete is also cold but you can embed radiant heating cables in concrete floors to reduce heat loss.
Polished concrete floors can be loud like ceramic tile, natural stone flooring, and some hardwood or bamboo floors. To reduce the noise, you can furnish the space with rugs, heavy drapes, acoustic wall panels and other elements that absorb or block sound.
Concrete Floors For Other Spaces
Here are some more features of concrete floors that can help you make a choice. Concrete flooring materials do not contain volatile organic compounds, making it more environmentally friendly and safer for your family during installation. Concrete, unlike carpets, are not susceptible to holding onto pests like dust mites. Such floors are a solid and basically irremovable surface, it allows for easy replacement and coverage with other materials such as carpeting or wood flooring if you get sick of the look without having to remove it. If you chose a stained color, once you choose the color is almost impossible to change it so be sure that it is one you will be happy with for a long time.