The Good and Not-So-Great of Concrete Flooring

Concrete flooring has grown in popularity over the last few years, and not just for use in the commercial sector.

Concrete is gaining a real following with eco-conscious homeowners who want something a little different. The material lasts for more than a lifetime and is chic, impressive and unusual — not to mention environmentally friendly. Concrete can be more than just the gray stuff you find in sidewalks. It comes in a variety of colors with a choice of patterns and designs.

As such, it is finding a niche in the residential sector.

The advantages of this type of flooring are numerous, but the most obvious one is durability. This type of flooring will not require replacement any time soon. Those with kids and animals are especially likely to benefit from its toughness.

Concrete flooring also adds value to a home on resale. Before investing in hardwood, laminate or tiling, research concrete floors. Easy to clean and maintain, with no seams and a smooth finish, versatility is its middle name. Installation is fast, and cracking and heaving are rare.

However, concrete is harder underfoot than softer wood flooring is. If desired, one can certainly use carpeting to give polish to certain areas or install a foam-backed runner to give the surface some spring. These finishes also add desirable warmth, as concrete will feel cold during the winter months. On the other hand, some prefer concrete flooring precisely for its cooling ability in warmer climates like Florida’s.

Pouring concrete needs to be done correctly. If errors are made, moisture finds its way under the surface and can mar the top of the flooring, creating the possibility of chips and cracks in variable temperatures. One needs to ensure the material is handled in just the right manner to ensure a level floor when the concrete hardens.

Concrete is a viable and worthy alternative flooring, and the price is extremely attractive as well.