Concrete floors have come into their own over
the last decade, now offering a nearly infinite variety of colors, patterns, stains,
and acid etching. Techniques for stamping concrete can provide floors that
resemble brick, or stone or even hardwood floors. Concrete’s versatility is
high, and because it is much easier to maintain, clean and sanitize, it is
making it a material of choice in a world that is more sensitive to keeping our
environments cleaner and healthier.
concrete floors a good idea?
Everyone has seen indoor concrete floors at
some point, but the vast majority have experienced with them in garages or
basements, or in commercial applications like warehouses. Over the last few
years, however, as concrete stains and stamping have developed, concrete
flooring has far exceeded the utility of your parents' garage floor and has
become a design focal point in homes. However, like those garage and basement
floors of years gone by, concrete has held onto its deserved reputation for
longevity. An indoor concrete floor can and should last the life of your home.
concrete flooring look like concrete?
The short answer is that concrete flooring
looks however you want it to look. The color ranges of concrete stains are
nearly infinite, and when you take the concrete floor styles into consideration,
you have significant options. You can have an entry hall that looks like the
finest palazzo in Venice, with the look of inlaid marquetry floors, or you can
have the modern gray industrial tones that match the modern furnishings you've
placed throughout your home. You can have the hardwood floor look that matches
your rustic decor or a jewel-toned floor that is the focal point of the room.
Concrete flooring is versatile to match every style in every home.
kind of concrete styles are available or common?
The flat-floor styles available for your
concrete floors run the gamut from stencils to stains, with
translucent, glowing colors giving way to muted polished, professional flooring
for your home office. Acid staining can also provide a marbled look to your
home and your floors. As the end process is affected by everything from the age
of the floor to the composition of the concrete, creating a marbled,
natural-looking surface, staining concrete will present a beautifully completed
floor that is unique to your home.
Textured-floor styles are created
of stamped concrete, and range from the look of wood planks to
brick, flagstone, and more. There is even the ability to install concrete
vertically, transforming fireplaces or shower walls with hand-carved stone or
beautiful overlays of existing brick or stone. .
a concrete floor easy to maintain?
Once in place, concrete flooring requires a
dust mop and damp mop to maintain and shines like new with very little effort.
The ability to keep allergens in check is one of the many selling points of
concrete floors, helping keep your indoor air quality significantly cleaner
than with carpeted flooring.
are concrete floors better than carpeting?
There are many reasons why indoor concrete
flooring is a better option than carpeting. For starters, when it comes to
stains and spills, you can easily wipe away any type of liquid or mess. With
concrete flooring, you eliminate the need for regular professional carpet
cleaning services which can be costly.
Along with stain removal, carpets can become a
breeding ground for germs, mold, and bacteria. This can affect the overall air
quality in your home and pose many health risks unknown to you. While vacuuming
on a consistent basis can help, your carpet will still require a thorough deep
clean every six months. Concrete can easily be sanitized by simply dry and damp
mopping the surface area. You may need to eventually reseal your concrete
floor, but that is only necessary every three to five years.
Another issue that accompanies carpets is wear
and tear. In high-traffic areas, carpets tend to wear, showing their age and
use quickly. Concrete, on the other hand, is durable enough to handle the same
amount of foot traffic and more.
The biggest advantage of concrete is how
easily you can resurface your floor with a different pattern or color to match
your future renovation. Carpet, on the other hand, would have to be ripped up
and entirely removed if you choose to update the color of your flooring.
At Concrete Craft, we pride ourselves on being
craftspeople and artists. We use proprietary products that set our business
apart, and make sure that your project takes priority. We know your need is
unique, and we can help you achieve the vision of the perfect floor for your
home. Whether it's for the new home you're building, or resurfacing your
existing floors, contact us today for your free consultation!