When most people think of concrete floors they think of unfinished basements, garages or even a warehouse. Very few people think that this would be a flooring of choice in someone’s home. However, concrete flooring is becoming a home decor trend that is on the rise right now and it gives homeowners a variety of benefits.
There are many different styles of concrete flooring that can be implemented into any home and at any budget too. The designs are endless and with a variety of stains and colors to choose from, the options are endless. Before you dive into the concrete flooring world, here are the pros and cons to help you make your flooring decision.
Sustainability – if you take the proper care of your concrete floors then it can basically last indefinitely.
Low maintenance – you just need to wax or seal it every 3-4 months and you use a neutral cleaning agent periodically. It’s easier than with wood floors!
Low cost – the price can vary since there are so many finish options. The cost can range from $2 per square foot for a basic to $30 for more high-end artistically rendered floors.
Basic design – $2-$6 per square foot for a basic design – including pouring the slab or overlay, then a basic polishing and single colorizing treatment (staining or dyeing).
Mid- range design – $7-$14 per square foot – including pouring the slab or overlay, then polishing and staining with multiple colors.
High-end design – $15-$30 per square foot – This is the most sophisticated (and expensive!) concrete floors can include creating geometric patterns in the slab or overlay, as well as multiple colors and a variety of texturizing or stamping techniques. These floors can be very artistic.
Long lasting – concrete flooring is very durable and resilient so this makes it difficult to damage. With concrete floors you don’t have to worry about things like high heels, pet claws or furniture legs damaging its surface because it’s nearly impossible.
Versatile – if you opt for concrete flooring but you decide you want something else at one point then all you have to do is install the new flooring over it. This gives you more freedom in choosing the design because you start with a very versatile surface. Also, concrete flooring comes in a variety of colors and texture effects, not just in the grey form you’re probably imagining
Eco Friendly – the reason why having concrete flooring is an eco-friendly option is basically because a concrete subfloor already exists beneath another flooring material in most cases so all you do is uninstall anything that was placed over it.
Cracking – concrete floors can be susceptible to settling and cracking over time, and this is a more frequent problem when an existing structural slab has adapted to a finished residential flooring surface—such as when a basement or loft condo has been converted to living space. If the floor becomes badly cracked, it is possible to patch, grind, and refinish the floor to restore its sheen.
Hard – concrete flooring has a very hard surface so standing on it for long periods of time can be uncomfortable. Of course, carpets and area rugs can solve the problem
Cold – concrete doesn’t retain heat very well, so your floors will feel very cold, especially during winter. Carpets and rugs can diminish the problem but not if you prefer the floors to be simple and free of any accessories.
Durable – because concrete is such a strong and durable material, this can also represent a problem. For example, if you trip and fall you’ll most likely get hurt. Also, if you drop something on the floor, it will get damaged.
Loud – 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