The ‘sustainable’ trend has created some unique options in floor treatments besides the traditional wood or fully carpeted floor.
One of those options is concrete. Originally Mediterranean cultures hand-pressed cement with beach sand, or mixed cement with black volcanic sand and pumice for various effects and colours; today concrete is typically used in commercial buildings, residential garages and basements.
Concrete floors is now finding its way into residential homes and lofts. With the advance of mixing and treating concrete, different colours, smooth and textured finishes easily transform the austere grey concrete look. Once sanded, polished and sealed, the floor can look elegant especially when ‘dressed’ with oriental and other rugs, colourful furnishings and accessories.
Durable and resilient to scratches and spills
Versatile for indoor and outdoor applications
Easy maintenance and cleaning
Subtle cracks and markings create a natural stone-like appeal and architecturally salvaged sought-after look
Textured effects can be etched in while drying for a warmer look
Different colours can be added in the mixing of the concrete
Epoxy finishes create dramatic colourful designs, protect against abrasion and extend the floor life
Radiant heating can be installed before the concrete is poured
Stays cooler in the summer months
Options to have another floor system over it
Generally cheaper than hardwoods
Hard on the feet
Porous in nature
Doesn’t retain heat
Must be sealed properly to prevent moisture seepage
Moisture causes mold and cracks with winter freezing
Ask your contractor or builder for their suggestions based on your house, style and considerations.